Friday, October 5, 2012

Jan Rodríguez: Honoring a Very Early New Yorker (The New York Times / EDLP)

Juan (or Jan or Joao) Rodriguez (or Rodrigues) appears to have been “the first immigrant, the first black person, the first merchant, the first Latino and the first Dominican to have ever lived in New York City” ... read more here and here
A contemporary illustration showing Juan Rodriguez (holding pan) establishing a trading post with Native Americans on Manhattan Island in 1613.
Charles Lilly/Photographs and Prints Division, New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureA contemporary illustration showing Juan Rodriguez (holding pan) establishing a trading post with Native Americans on Manhattan Island in 1613

TRANSCRIBING AND TRANSLATING SOCIAL KNOWLEDGE: THE DOCUMENTS ON JUAN RODRIGUEZ. A DOMINICAN IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1613.

Presented byCUNY Dominican Studies Institute & the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, The City College of New York

Date:  October 5, 2012

Time:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:  The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives and Library Multipurpose Research Room located at the North Academic Building of The City College, Room 2/202 at the City College Campus, 160 Convent Avenue, at West 138th Street.

Welcoming Remarks: Carlos Riobó, Chair, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, The City College of New York

Moderator: Anthony Stevens Acevedo, Assistant Director, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, The City College of New York

Panelists: Tom Weterings, University of Amsterdam and Desk Editor of Brill Publishers of Amsterdam;Charles T. Gehring, Director, New Netherland Project, The New York State Library; Alfred Mac Adam, Co-Chair, Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures, Barnard College of Columbia University

Jaime Manrique, Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, The City College of New York

The colloquium will be followed by a Q & A session from the audience.

Brief Description of the event: A conversation bringing together experts in the fields of transcription and translation, this colloquium will explore the insights, challenges, excitements, and rewards in these fields.  Tom Weterings, from the University of Amsterdam, will speak about his experience in transcribing and editing the Juan Rodriguez original Dutch documents.  An important but largely unknown historical figure, Juan Rodriguez, a black or mulatto from Santo Domingo, is the first non-native person to have settled in the Hudson Bay area, even before the founding of New Amsterdam in what is today New York City. Seating is limited and people must register using the online registration page or  by calling             (212) 650-7496      .

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