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The Political Status of Puerto Rico: Four Perspectives - Monday, January 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm via Zoom

Should Puerto Rico remain a territory of the United States, become a U.S. state, or become an independent country? Which of these alternatives would most benefit Puerto Ricans? And how much (or how little) will the island's political status determine its fate?

All students interested in these questions are invited to attend a Zoom panel discussion taking place on Monday, January 22 at 6:30pm. The discussion will feature four scholars with diverse and sometimes differing interpretations of Puerto Rico's political status in light of the island's history. These four scholars are Jenaro Abraham, Jorge Duany, Harry Franqui-Rivera, and Ian J. Seda-Irizarry.

The discussion will be moderated by Crystalynn Ortiz, a master’s student of History at Northeastern Illinois University and the founder and president of the NEIU History Club. A Q&A session with the audience will follow the panelists' opening remarks and responses.

To attend, please register: https://neiu-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A0KTvOeDRkqmo8XR6PYASQ

A recording of this event will be posted on the NEIU Libraries YouTube channel.

This event is open to the public. All members of the University community and of the public are encouraged to attend.

Photograph of Puerto Rican flag next to United States flag

This event is taking place as part of an ongoing NEIU Libraries panel discussion series, “Between Past and Future,” that is co-sponsored by the NEIU History Department and the NEIU Political Science Department. Discussions in this series feature scholars with differing interpretations of controversial topics at the intersection of history and politics. Discussions in this series likewise feature scholars with diverse intellectual frameworks and varied areas of expertise. These discussions encourage scholars to clarify sites of both divergent interpretations and convergent interpretations, for the benefit of future teaching, learning, research, and scholarship.

Questions can be directed to Ed Remus, NEIU Social Sciences Librarian, at e-remus@neiu.edu.