Featured In Book
Tuesday evening, June 19th, La Paloma Sabanera, in conjunction with the [Hartford] city's Office of Youth Services, will hold a reading by Roberto Cotto and Viana Turcios. Essays by these two local teachers were included in the new publication from Cornell Press entitled Mi Voz, Mi Voda: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories.
Amid the flurry of debates about immigration, poverty, and education in the United States, the stories in Mi Voz, Mi Vida allow us to reflect on how young people who might be most affected by the results of these debates actually navigate through American society.
The fifteen Latino college students who tell their stories in this book come from a variety of socioeconomic, regional, and family backgrounds—they are young men and women of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American, and South American descent. Their insights are both balanced and frank, blending personal, anecdotal, political, and cultural viewpoints. Their engaging stories detail the students' personal struggles with issues such as identity and biculturalism, family dynamics, religion, poverty, stereotypes, and the value of education. Throughout, they provide insights into issues of racial identity in contemporary America among a minority population that is very much in the news.
If you know of any students who are graduating high school and are headed to college, please make them aware of this event. Any questions, feel free to call me at 860.548.1670.