College of Liberal Arts

Rethinking Sovereignty in the Face of Crisis: Lessons from the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party

Wednesday Apr 18, 2018 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM | Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

This LLILAS New Faculty Lecture features Assistant Professor Mónica Jiménez, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. 

In the early 20th century, Puerto Rican Nationalist Party leader Pedro Albizu Campos argued that the US presence in Puerto Rico was an unlawful occupation. To his thinking, it was Puerto Rico, and not Spain, that had the right to decide the island’s destiny after the Spanish American War. In response to Albizu Campos’ arguments, the US government maintained that the autonomy that Spain granted the island was not tantamount to sovereignty. 

This presentation addresses the historic conflagration of sovereignty and autonomy that has plagued the island’s history with the United States. 

Mónica A. Jiménez is an historian and an assistant professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department. Her teaching and research explores the intersections of law, race, and nationalism in US empire building in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is particularly concerned with the role that law has played in the creation of the relationship between the United States and its island colony of Puerto Rico.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Paloma Díaz. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit Rethinking Sovereignty.

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