Puerto Rico Lab (2018-2020)

The Puerto Rico Lab’s learning outcomes:

  • define aspects of the evolving and multifaceted challenges facing Puerto Rico,
  • describe the sociohistorical and political context of the current crisis,
  • communicate effectively in a variety of contexts on the topic of Puerto Rico,
  • understand the value of the Humanities in responding to the intertwined challenges of sustainability, citizenship, and communication, and
  • articulate the skills that they have gained through the experience.

 

The Puerto Rico Lab's objectives include: 

  • stimulate and support students’ creativity and inquiry
  • build students’ skills in humanities methodologies
  • foster an interest in the relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico
  • contribute to the local (New Hampshire)/regional (New England) understanding of the crisis and recovery in Puerto Rico
  • grow UNH’s capacity in Caribbean Studies
  • build ties with Puerto Rican communities in New England
  • reinforce the relationship between COLA and UNH’s Latinx student community

 

The Puerto Rico Lab’s anticipated outcomes and products include:

  • a substantial presence at the Undergraduate Research Conference; student presentations at disciplinary conferences;
  • student publication in Inquiry or other outlets
  • applications for grants through the Hamel Center
  • a Lab website and podcast
  • a commissioned creative/artistic work to be featured on the Lab website
  • public talks in the NH Seacoast area

The Puerto Rico Lab’s three interconnected thematic focus is sustainability, citizenship and communication. 

Sustainability

  • climate, climate change, interaction between humans and weather/geography;
  • institutions and infrastructure;
  • natural resources,
  • public health,
  • local (vs. globalized visions of) arts/culture

Citizenship

  • belonging and identity, colonialism and sovereignty, and migration/diaspora;
  • civil society before and after María;
  • political relationship between Puerto Rico and the mainland;
  • democratic participation, social justice/equality, decoloniality,
  • civil discourse, and ethics of economic development,
  • recovery and investment

Communication

  • discourse and power, intercultural communication;
  • bilingualism and translation;
  • journalism, digital storytelling, travel writing;
  • relationship among social and political structures, language and power, and media

Puerto Rico Lab Faculty

  • Holly Cashman & Scott Weintraub (co-directors), Spanish & Portuguese Program, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
  • Clara Castro Ponce, Spanish & Portuguese Program, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
  • Daniel Chávez, Spanish & Portuguese Program, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
  • Lori Hopkins, Spanish & Portuguese Program, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
  • Lucía Montás, Spanish & Portuguese Program, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
  • Mauricio Pulecio, Spanish & Portuguese Program, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
  • Mónica Ramírez Echeverría, Spanish & Portuguese Program, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, College of Liberal Arts (COLA)

Around COLA and Across UNH

  • Tom Haines, Journalism Program, English, College of Liberal Arts ( COLA) 
  • Mary Stampone, Geography, College of Liberal Arts (COLA) 
  • Rosemary Taylor, Nursing, College of Health & Human Services ( HHS) 

 

Fall 2018 courses linked to the Puerto Rico Lab