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Book Talk: Aftershocks of Disaster

Yarimar Bonilla, Hunter College, City University of New York; Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Rutgers University,

December 3, 2019 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · 216 Aaron Burr

Program of Latin American Studies

The concept of “aftershocks” is used in the context of earthquakes to describe the jolts felt after the initial quake, but no disaster is a singular event. Aftershocks of Disaster examines the lasting effects of hurricane Maria, not just the effects of the wind or the rain, but delving into what followed: state failure, social abandonment, capitalization on human misery, and the collective trauma produced by the botched response.

In this event one of the book’s editor, Yarimar Bonilla, and one of its contributors, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, will discuss the newly released publication and what it reveals about contemporary Puerto Rico.

César Colón-Montijo, Spanish and Portuguese
Adriana Petryna, University of Pennsylvania

Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones, Spanish and Portuguese

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