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In survival and in grief, with resilience and creativity, residents of Puerto Rico and other islands continue to live through the extreme, forced reversion from the digital world to analog life. After catastrophic failures of basic infrastructure, wrenching decisions and practical strategies have introduced radical approaches to the far-reaching consequences of colonialism, the implications of climate change, and the effects of continuing political neglect. Although centered on the lived experience in the path of the hurricane, the lessons to be learned address widespread systemic precariousness and resource inequities across the nation.
Join us as panelists from across the Clark community share stories of unimaginable transformations in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and other places forever altered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Professor María Acosta Cruz(Language, Literature and Culture), author of Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture and the Fictions of Independence (2014), will lead this interactive forum.
Co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; International Development, Community and Environment; the Department of Language, Literature and Culture; and the Office of Multicultural and First Generation Student Support at Clark University