Tuesday, March 3, 5:00 p.m.
102 Weaver Building

Dr. Jossiana Arroyo-Martínez
Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
University of Texas, Austin

“Writing Secrecy in Caribbean Freemasonry” analyzes the Masonic, literary, and political writings of Andrés Cassard, Ramón E. Betances, José Martí, Arturo Schomburg, and Rafael Serra, Spanish Caribbean intellectuals who lived in the decades of anticolonial struggle in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola(1860-1898). In the Caribbean, Masonic notions of liberal freedom coincided with the legacies of empire and colonial slavery, creating languages of secrecy, dissent, and radical affective politics that influenced radical Caribbean political cultures in the turn of the 19th century. By analyzing the lives, writings, and activism of these exiled Masonic intellectuals, this presentation provides insights into Pan-Caribbean formations of nation and diaspora and sheds light on the role of print-culture, Masonic ritual and languages, racial ideologies, and community in the Caribbean and the United States.

This is event is sponsored by the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Latina/o Studies Program. For more details, email Judith Sierra-Rivera (jus55@psu.edu) or Sarah J. Townsend (sjt18@psu.edu).