Come Join ! April 25 – CUNY Dominican Studies Institute – First Blacks in the Americas

Talk: CUNY Dominican Studies Institute on
First Blacks in the Americas

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Sarah Aponte and Anthony Stevens-Acevedo will discuss the First Blacks in the Americas / Los Primeros Negros en las Américas on Tuesday, April 25 (4:30 PM) at the Tamiment Library. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center.

First Blacks in the Americas is the new academic and educational digital tool constructed by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute about the sixteenth century’s black population of La Española. This presentation will highlight the First Blacks in the Americas platform as an instrumental starting point for anyone interested in understanding Black creole identity in the Americas, the emergence of ‘Dominican blackness’, and Afro-diasporic cultural traits in the Dominican Republic today.

Anthony Stevens-Acevedo is Assistant Director and founding member of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at The City College of New York. Stevens-Acevedo is a historian and focuses his research on the early colonial history of the Dominican Republic. He is the lead investigator in CUNY DSI’s Dominican colonial research projects. Stevens-Acevedo is a Foreign Corresponding Member of the Dominican Academy of History (Dominican Republic). He holds an M.A. in History from The City College of New York, CUNY, and a B.A. in History of the Americas from the University of Seville, Spain.

Sarah Aponte is the Chief Librarian of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute and Associate Professor at the City College Libraries teaching courses on Dominican Studies and bibliographical instruction. She founded the Dominican Library in 1994 with donations of books and other materials by the Council of Dominican Educators. Prof. Aponte holds an M.L.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Queens College; an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College; a B.A. in International Studies from the City College of New York; and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Hostos Community College.

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