The Myth of a Freely Chosen Status: Puerto Rico's Future in the Wake of 'PROMESA' and Hurricane Maria

Featuring Puerto Rican independence leader and former political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, whose 55-year sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 as one of his last acts in office. López Rivera, who spent 35 years in prison for “seditious conspiracy,” has been described as the “Nelson Mandela of Puerto Rico,” and is seen as a hero by many Puerto Ricans. He will discuss the state of the independence movement in the context of the island’s ongoing financial crisis and the devastating impact that last year’s storm has had on the Puerto Rican people.

Introduced by Professor Mario A. Murillo, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, and Hofstra Cultural Center.


Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 2:20-3:45 p.m.

Location: Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus (Please note this event is not in Guthart but in the Student Center Theater)

Free and open to the public.

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This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.



Thursday, October 25, 2018





Student Center Theater
Student Center - Sondra and David S. Mack
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Hofstra Cultural Center

Phone: 516-463-5669
Website: Click to Visit

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