The Association for the Study of Connecticut History (ASCH)

“Framing the Connecticut Latino Experience”

A Virtual Event to be Held on Saturday, June 5

The Association for the Study of Connecticut History is sponsoring an online conference on “Framing the Connecticut Latino Experience.” Sessions will be held on Saturday, June 5 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

This conference is designed to examine the Latino and Puerto Rican experience in Connecticut from both a historical and contemporary context.  Academics, community activists, high school and college students, and all others interested in the topic are invited to attend this event, which will be conducted by Zoom.

ASCH wishes to thank El Instituto at the University of Connecticut for their valued assistance in planning this event.

To register for this event, click here.

Conference Schedule:

9:00: Opening Remarks

Stephen Armstrong, ASCH President

9:20: Puerto Rican/Latino Studies: What Is Included in the New Course

Nitza Diaz-Candelo, Educational Consultant, State Education Resource Center (SERC)

9:40: Keynote: Framing the Connecticut Latino Experience

Dr. Stephen Pitti, Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University, Director, Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration

10:35: Panel Discussion: Latino Organizing in Connecticut

Kevin Diaz, Director and Founder, MovimientoCulturalCT
Milagros Ortiz, Community Organizer, No More Slumlords

11:20: Exploring Puerto Rican and Latino Activism, Inside and Outside the Classroom

Dr. Anne Gebelein, Associate Professor in Residence, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Connecticut; Associate Director, El Instituto

12:00: Teaching Puerto Rican, Latino, and African American Studies

Nataliya Braginsky, Metropolitan High School, New Haven
Allison Norrie, Andrew Warde High School, Fairfield
Adrian Solis, Abbott Technical High School, Danbury

1:10: Themes and Teaching Materials: Segregation and Housing in Connecticut

Dr. Fiona Vernal, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut

2:00: Puerto Rican Communities in Connecticut: Meeting the Challenges of Migration, Hurricanes, and United States Policy

Dr. Charles Venator Santiago, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut
Fernando Betancourt, Executive Director, San Juan Center, Hartford

3:00: Keynote: Reflections on Latino, Puerto Rican, Black and African American Studies

Dr. Paul Ortiz, Professor of History, University of Florida; Director, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

To register for this event, click here.

High school and college students may attend for no cost, but still must register.

For additional information on this event, contact

Stephen Armstrong, President

Allison Norrie, Vice President

Info on past conferences can be found under the Events tab above, or click here.

Since 1970, the Association for the Study of Connecticut History (ASCH) has been promoting the study of the history of Connecticut via meetings and conferences.  In 1974, ASCH began publishing Connecticut History, with a title change in 2014 to Connecticut History Review. It is the only academic, peer-reviewed, journal devoted to the history of Connecticut.  Our meetings, conferences and the Connecticut History Review serve many different constituencies:  academic scholars, museum and historical society professionals, history buffs, graduate students, and educators.