Lillian Jiménez, Uncovering Hidden Histories: The Making of Antonia Pantoja: ¡Presente!, March 14

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Columbia Center for Oral History, the Oral History Master of Arts, and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Present:

Uncovering Hidden Histories:
The Making of
Antonia Pantoja: ¡Presente!

WHO: For over thirty years, Lillian Jiménez has worked as a media arts center manager, independent producer, media activist, exhibitor, funder and educator. She has conducted media literacy workshops on Latino stereotypes, self-representation, color/race, power & social relations, and the construction of whiteness.  She worked for five years with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College on a series of oral histories that chronicle the Puerto Rican community’s institution-building period in New York. She is currently working on a new documentary about the Puerto Rican Left in New York City. 

WHEN: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm.

WHERE: 509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd Street. Campus Map.

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:  This workshop will discuss the context surrounding the creation of “Antonia Pantoja: ¡Presente!” a documentary on the work of Puerto Rican educator and visionary leader, Antonia Pantoja.  Dr. Pantoja founded Aspira, the premiere Puerto Rican/Latino leadership organization in the US and in Puerto Rico, shepherding thousands upon thousands of youth into college and a professional life. Utilizing the extensive seventeen hour oral history Lillian Jiménez conducted with Dr. Pantoja and countless other oral histories of her collaborators, the documentary was fashioned after her death in 2002.  Jiménez will present the methodologies utilized in conducting the oral histories of Pantoja’s collaborators as well as adversaries.  Using documentary excerpts, the hidden history of Puerto Ricans and the paradigm shift from stereotypical victim to agent of action will be explored through Dr. Pantoja’s work. 

SPONSORS: This talk is part of the “Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series,” co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH), Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA), and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Support from the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) is provided for programming that embodies late Professor Paul Lazarsfeld’s commitment to improving methodological approaches that address concerns of vital cultural and social significance.

INFORMATION: For more information, please email Terrell Frazier