Raquel Z. Rivera, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College


“Reggaeton’s Socio-Sonic Circuitry: From Jamaica and New York, to Panama, Puerto Rico and Beyond”

Tuesday, April 21, 4pm, 206 Ingraham

“New York Bomba: Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and a Bridge Called Haiti”

Wednesday, April 22, 4 pm, 8417 Social Science

Open Seminar

Thursday, April 23, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program, the Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, and the Comparative US Studies Collective.

RAQUEL Z. RIVERA is a Researcher at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College. Her areas of scholarly interest are popular music and culture, race and ethnicity, nation and diaspora, and the intersections between Latino and Africana studies. Author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and numerous articles on popular music and culture, she is co-editor of the anthology Reggaeton with Wayne Marshall and Deborah Pacini Hernandez (Duke University Press, 2009). A freelance journalist, her articles have been published in various magazines and newspapers, among these: Vibe, One World, Urban Latino, El Diario/La Prensa, El Nuevo Dia and The San Juan Star. A singer-songwriter, she is a member of Puerto Rican bomba group Alma Moyó, and a founding and former member of Boricua roots music group Yerbabuena and the women’s musical collective Yaya dedicated to Puerto Rican bomba and Dominican salves.

Rivera, Raquel Z. “Between Blackness and ‘Latinidad’ In the Hip Hop Zone” in Juan Flores and Renato Rosaldo (Eds) A Companion to Latin@ Studies, Massachusetts: Blackwell, In press
Rivera, Raquel Z. “Will the ‘Real’ Puerto Rican Culture Please Stand Up? Thoughts on Cultural Nationalism.” In Frances Negron-Munaner (ed) None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in A Global Era, Palgrave McMillan, 2007.