8thsymposium

Symposium Program
Saturday, Oct. 5

Parker-Reed Room in Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

9:00   Coffee & Opening Remarks

9:30 – 10:30   Paul Gootenberg
Cocaine’s Globalization North, 1900-2000:
‘Blowback’ and the Historical Origins of Mexico’s Drug Crisis

10:40 – 11:40   Marta Tienda
Latin American Pathways to the United States post 1965:
Policy Intentions vs. Results

12:00 – 1:30   Lunch
(please RSVP to mevigue@colby.edu )

1:30 – 2:30   Raquel Chang-Rodríguez
Virtual and Real Traveling in Early Spanish La Florida:
Inca Garcilaso and Luis Jerónimo de Oré

2:40 – 3:40   Richard Blanco
Navigating Identities

3:40   Coffee

4:00 – 4:45   Round Table of Guest Speakers:
Paul Gootenberg, Marta Tienda, Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, Richard Blanco


Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

5:15 – 6:15   Cuban Music Concert by Yuniel Jiménez (yunieljimenez.net)


for symposium inquiries contact professor luis.millones@colby.edu

Guest Speakers Bios

Richard Blanco, the first Latino and openly gay person to serve as the Presidential inaugural poet, has joined the ranks of such luminary inaugural poets as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, and Elizabeth Alexander. At the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, Blanco read “One Today,” which the University of Pittsburgh Press has published as a commemorative chapbook. Blanco’s first book, City of a Hundred Fires, which explores the yearnings and negotiations of cultural identity as a Cuban-American, received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Directions to The Beach of the Dead, his second book, won the PEN American Beyond Margins Award for its continued exploration of the universal themes of place and homecoming. His third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel, was awarded the Patterson Poetry Prize and the Thom Gunn Award. Blanco’s poetry and essays have also appeared in several anthologies and he has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Blanco is a Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. A builder of cities and poems, Blanco is also a professional civil engineer currently living in Bethel, Maine.

Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Studies at The City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the founding editor of Colonial Latin American Review, the premier journal in the field of Colonial Latin American Studies, and is currently on the board of Chasqui, Itinerarios, Ciberletras, and Review: Latin American Literature and Arts. Supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Organization of American States, the New York Council for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities, Professor Chang-Rodríguez’s scholarship includes numerous articles, critical editions, and monographs, among which are Hidden Messages: Representation and Resistance in Andean Colonial Drama, La palabra y la pluma en “Primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno,” and Beyond Books and Borders: Garcilaso de la Vega and “La Florida del Inca.” Cartografía garcilasista, her most recent book, was published by the Universidad de Alicante in 2013. In 2011 the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens awarded Professor Chang-Rodríguez a Doctorate Honoris Causa.

Paul Gootenberg, a SUNY Distinguished Professor, is a former Rhodes scholar who teaches Latin American history and sociology at New York’s Stony Brook University. He is an internationally recognized authority on Peruvian history and the history of global commodities, and a pioneering scholar in the history of drugs. He has authored and edited many books, including Imagining Development: Economic Ideas in Peru’s “Fictitious Prosperity” of Guano, 1840-1880; Between Silver and Guano: Commercial Policy and the State in Postindependence Peru; Caudillos y comerciantes: La formación económica del estado peruano, 1820-1860; Imaginar el desarrollo: Las ideas económicas en el Perú postcolonial; Tejidos y harinas, corazones y mentes: El imperialismo norteamericano del libre comercio en el Perú; Indelible Inequalities in Latin America: Insights from History, Politics, and Culture; and Cocaine Global Histories. His most recent monograph, Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug, is essential reading on the drug. Professor Gootenberg helped to establish the Initiative in Historical Social Sciences, and innovative interdepartmental workshop, and serves as a coordinator of the monthly New York Latin American History Workshop, which brings together students and faculty from Columbia, NYU, CUNY, and Stony Brook. He is also active in a number of interdisciplinary research programs at the Social Science Research Council and is the current chair of the Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellowship, a program that fosters alternative research on drugs and violence in the Americas.

Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, directed the Office of Population Research from 1998 to 2002 and is the founding director of the Program in Latino Studies. Her research interests include ethnic and racial stratification, poverty and social policy, and the sociology of international migration. She is author, coauthor, or editor of numerous articles and books, including Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future; Hispanics and the Future of America; Ethnicity and Casual Mechanisms; Youth in Cities; The Color of Opportunity: Families, Welfare and Work in the Inner City; Divided Opportunities: Minorities, Poverty, and Social Policy; The Hispanic Population of the United States; and Hispanics in the U.S. Economy. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of several honorary doctorates, Professor Tienda is one of ten women featured in the Women’s Adventures in Science biography series published in 2005 by the National Academy of Sciences. She is also past president of the Population Association of America, past board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and has served as trustee for several philanthropic organizations.