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Mi María: Puerto Rico after the Hurricane
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Over 150 students at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez are participating in a large-scale public humanities project, “Mi María: Puerto Rico after the Hurricane,” led by Dr. Ricia Anne Chansky Sancinito, a professor of literature in the Department of English.
Students involved in this project are collecting personal narratives of Hurricane María and its aftermath. Project participants are working to gather and circulate these stories of the people of Puerto Rico. The courses affiliated with the project have won an Innovation in the Humanities Award from the Modern Language Association.
This project is being conducted in collaboration with Voice of Witness—an organization dedicated to amplifying unheard voices—and the Humanities Action Lab “Initiative on Climate and Environmental Justice,” led by Columbia University, Rutgers University, and The New School.
At the end of the project, an edited volume of oral histories of the hurricane and its aftermath will be published in the Voice of Witness book series produced by Haymarket Books, which will be accompanied by a curriculum that meets Common Core standards. Books in this series are used in over 20,000 classrooms, are distributed to legislators, and have been cited as evidence in legal cases. This part of the project has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
UPR-Mayagüez students will also make a contribution to the Humanities Action Lab international traveling exhibition, which will be based upon collected the oral histories and other narratives of the hurricane, such as: parranda lyrics; radio broadcasts; photographs; and, comics.
There will be a permanent digital version of this exhibition hosted by Rutgers and a breakout portion of the exhibition dedicated to Puerto Rico that will travel throughout the archipelago and the United States.
The project is partnered with Fundación de Culebra, Surfrider Foundation Rincón, Sandra Farms, Mayagüez Biblioteca Juvenil, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, Universidad Politecnica, Universidad Interamericana de Fajardo, UPR Aguadilla, UPR Cayey, Columbia University, Florida International University, among others.