Professor Taina Figueroa
PhD candidate, Philosophy and Program Coordinator, Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (R.A.C.E.)
Emory University
Talk summary: This presentation explores the immediate impact and aftermath of Hurricane María through the work of Gloria Anzaldúa, as stages on her path of conocimiento.  I focus on Anzaldúa’s concepts of thearrebato and Coatlicue state to help make sense of the shifts in political consciousness of Puerto Ricans, as demonstrated through the recent Summer 2019 political protests (#RickyRenuncia) that successfully called for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Roselló.

Speaker bio: Taina Figueroa is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta. Her current research is primarily concerned with conversations in philosophy of race, Latinx and Latin American philosophy, and Caribbean philosophy. She is also a Program Coordinator at Emory University’s Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (R.A.C.E.), the founder of Emory’s Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA), and the founder of #PrendeCiales, a non-profit launched as part of the relief effort in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria.

Taina Figueroa