During a career of more than 35 years, Juan González has become one of the nation’s best-known Latino journalists.
Pioneering journalist, columnist, and cultural historian Juan González has joined the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University for fall 2015, becoming the first Latino and first Puerto Rican ever to hold the prestigious Andrés Bello Chair in Latin American Culture and Civilization. He will host three timely public conversations, the first one scheduled Wednesday, September 23, at KJCC, located at 53 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y., tel. 212.998.3650. Please see below for further details.
González is a columnist at the New York Daily News and co-host of Democracy Now! and a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is the author of the influential Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America. He is also the author of Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America, and News For All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. Newly in residence at KJCC, he has designed a remarkable series of lectures, events and public conversations on the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, the history of Latino Studies, and the cultural and political legacy of the Young Lords. He will be hosting a dialogue with Lin Manuel Miranda and Sonia Manzano on Latino Performing Artists and their Communities, and discussing Rebel Latino Writers in American Journalism. He will also be teaching a graduate course on Latino American Journalism through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Three events, all free and open to the public, are coming up:
On Wednesday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m., González will host a conversation on “The Young Lords and the Modern Latino Community,” with: Johanna Fernandez (assistant professor of history, Baruch College, and author of the forthcoming book, When the World Was Their Stage: A History of the Young Lords Party, 1968-1974.); Darrel Wanzer-Serrano (assistant professor of rhetoric and pubic advocacy, The University of Iowa; author of The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation); Iris Morales (former leader of the Young Lords Party and producer of the PBS documentary, Palante, Siempre Palante!); and Mickey Melendez (founding member of New York Young Lords and author of We Took the Streets: Fighting for Latino Rights with the Young Lords.)
On Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m., González will host “Expanding the Narrative: The Struggle for Latino Studies and American Higher Education,” with: Virginia Sánchez-Korrol (professor emerita and former chair of the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York); and Carlos Muñoz Jr. (professor emeritus and founding chairman of the Department of Chicano/Latino studies at UC Berkeley).
On Monday, November 16, 7:00 p.m., González will host “Latino Performing Artists and Their Community: Lin Manuel Miranda and Sonia Manzano in Conversation with Juan Gónzalez,” with: actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda (composer and star of Hamilton, and Tony and Grammy Award winner for In the Heights); and actress Sonia Manzano (15-time Emmy Award winner as Maria on Sesame Street, and author of Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.)
González will also deliver two public lectures this fall:
On Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., he will speak on “Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: Economic Collapse in America’s Biggest Colony And What Can be Done About It.”
On Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m., he will give a talk on "Tribunes for the People: Rebel Latino Writers in American Journalism, From Ricardo Flores Magón and Jovita Idar to Jesús Colón.”
During a career of more than 35 years, Juan González has become one of the nation’s best-known Latino journalists. A staff columnist for New York’s Daily News since 1987, he has also been co-host for the past 18 years of Democracy Now!, a daily morning news show that airs on more than 1,300 public and community radio stations in the US and Latin America. Gonzalez’s investigative reports on urban affairs, the labor movement, the environment, race relations and political troubles in Latin America have won widespread recognition, including two George Polk awards for commentary and a 2004 Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
One of the original founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), González served as the association’s president from 2002-2004 and was elected to its Hall of Fame in 2008. Even before he entered journalism, González distinguished himself as a leader of the Young Lords, a militant civil rights organization of the late 1960s, and of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights in the 1970s. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he was raised in East Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, has been a visiting professor in public policy at Brooklyn College.
For more information, call the Center at 212.998.3650 or visit KJCC.