Lázaro Lima to Open Latino Heritage Month With Lecture on Puerto Rico’s Special Status

Posted September 11th, 2009 at 4:55 pm.

event posterAssociate Professor of Spanish Lázaro Lima will open Latino Heritage Month at Bryn Mawr on Tuesday, Sept. 15, with a lecture titled “Empire’s Remains: Puerto Rico’s ‘State of Exception’ After 1898.” The lecture, sponsored by the Bryn Mawr Spanish Department and the Latina student group Mujeres, will take place in Room B21 of Carpenter Library from 4 to 6 p.m.

This inaugural lecture for Latino Heritage Month relates Puerto Rico’s political status as a “Free Associated State” (Estado Libre Asociado) with the emergence of contemporary understandings of U.S. “states of exception” that suspend the rule of law for the ostensible greater good of democratic governance. The lecture seeks to demonstrate how the discourses of law, science, and elite governance in Puerto Rico created the first territory in the Americas to achieve a middle class without a revolution, and the costs associated with this social experiment in empire building and population management.

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