Western Connecticut State University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures and the WCSU International Center will host Dr. Jorge Duany for a virtual discussion about “National Identity in Puerto Rico” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. The free talk is open to the public.
Duany is director of the Cuban Research Institute and professor of Anthropology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. Born in Cuba and raised in Panama and Puerto Rico, Duany previously served as acting dean of the College of Social Sciences and professor of Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (UPR).
Focusing extensively on migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism and transnationalism in Cuba, the Caribbean and the United States, Duany has also written about Cuban cultural identity on the island and in the diaspora, especially as expressed in literature, music, art and religion. Duany is currently a member of the editorial boards of the academic journals Latino Studies and CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and previously served on the editorial boards of Caribbean Studies, Cuban Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies and New West Indian Guide. He has lectured widely throughout the United States, Latin America the Caribbean and Europe.