One year after Irma and Maria



De Pueblo a Pueblo invites you to an afternoon of music and reflection:

What: An afternoon of music and reflection over what Irma and Maria have thought us about people, climate, and politics.

Where: City Hall Lobby

When: Sunday November 4th from 4pm to

Who: A discussion panel composed of local residents who visited Puerto Rico and will share their experiences followed by Rumba and Bomba!

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Scholastic Chess Club Fundraising Event

Join The Bloomington Indiana Scholastic Chess Club for the upcoming “bake sale” on Wednesday, April 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Bloomingfoods East. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to “De Pueblo a Pueblo” in their efforts to help people from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands devastated by recent natural disasters.

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Borinquen: A Puerto Rican Dance Party

What: “Borinquen: A Puerto Rican Dance Party”
What else: Live salsa music
Where: Serendipity Martini Bar, 201 S. College Ave.
When: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Cost: $5 Cover ($4 goes to charity). Age 18 and up.
Why: To raise funds for ‘De Pueblo a Pueblo’ initiative

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After-effects of the Disaster: Puerto Rico and Mexico, four months later

Roundtable, Wednesday, January 24, 4.00pm

Four months after hurricane María hit Puerto Rico, creating a vast path of destruction across the island and coinciding almost to the day with a series of major earthquakes in central and southern Mexico leaving millions of people without homes, there is need for reflecting on the long term consequences of natural disasters like these, beyond the material damage they caused. Some of the questions posed at this roundtable, organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in collaboration with the De pueblo a pueblo initiative, will be the following: what longterm strategies for rebuilding and development have been successful after preceding major disasters like the earthquake in Haiti (2010), or Hurricane Katrine? How have disasters contributed to reshaping the relationship between governments and local communities? What is the role of public and social media channels in reporting and encouraging, but also at times distorting a public conversation on regions and communities affected by natural disasters? What is “natural” and what is “human” or “social” about disasters like the recent hurricanes and earthquakes? What are the large-scale effects of natural disasters beyond the immediate destruction created, on the collective well-being of communities, and considering especially vulnerable populations such as the disabled, the elderly, and children?

The roundtable will bring together scholars of History, Education, Geography, and Political Science, to discuss these topics. Additionally, there will be testimonials offered by IU faculty and students from Puerto Rico and Mexico.

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