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Puerto Rican scholar lectures on Salsa music at Loyola

April 8, 2011

Since the 1970s, Salsa music has been one of the most significant cultural expressions for Latinos in the United States. Angel G. Quintero-Rivera, Ph.D., will give a lecture at Loyola University New Orleans “The Complex Geography of Salsa Music: Culture, Nation and Migration,” detailing the influence of this genre today. The free event takes place Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall.

Quintero-Rivera’s talk will focus on the historical and cultural aspects behind Salsa’s popularity. He will refer to Salsa music as a product of the Latino Diaspora showing the bonds between the U.S. and the Caribbean. According to Uriel Quesada, Ph.D., director of Loyola’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Quintero-Rivera’s lecture will be an exceptional occasion to discover the background of Salsa, a Caribbean music formed by processes historically, geographically and culturally close to New Orleans.

Quintero-Rivera is a professor of social sciences at the University of Puerto Rico’s Social Research Center and is a leading scholar specializing in Salsa music as a social and cultural phenomenon. He has published extensively on the historical sociology of Caribbean societies with a focus on Puerto Rico.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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