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May 2017

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Puerto Rico Syllabus: Essential tools for critical thinking about the Puerto Rican debt crisis

The Puerto Rico Syllabus is a collaborative digital resource that uses social scholarship to disseminate information about Puerto Rico’s fiscal, economic, social, and environmental crisis. The site began as a hashtag campaign, but has now evolved into a larger ongoing public humanities project. Generally speaking, the Puerto Rico Syllabus poses three major questions: What is the nature of Puerto Rico’s current crisis? What are its historical roots? And what are its social consequences? Rather than offering one definitive answer, the site provides tools (academic, journalistic, and artistic) for both specialists and a general public to think through these issues and develop their own critical responses. Organized into several sections and subsections, the site allows users to easily navigate through various topics of interest, including ways that Puerto Ricans are resisting austerity, the hopes and hazards of migration, and how the debt crisis has provoked and exacerbated the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Unlike traditional classroom syllabi, users are encouraged to engage the sources at their own pace, in the order of their choosing, and for their own individual ends. The site is thus both a work of public humanities and a catalyst for it. Indeed, numerous journalists, scholars, filmmakers and artists have made use of the resource in developing their own answers to the larger questions the syllabus poses.

Puerto Rico Syllabus: Essential tools for critical thinking about the Puerto Rican debt crisis

Category:

Digital Projects

Published Date:

May 2017

Relevant Links:

ttps://puertoricosyllabus.com

The Puerto Rico Syllabus is a collaborative digital resource that uses social scholarship to disseminate information about Puerto Rico’s fiscal, economic, social, and environmental crisis. The site began as a hashtag campaign, but has now evolved into a larger ongoing public humanities project. Generally speaking, the Puerto Rico Syllabus poses three major questions: What is the nature of Puerto Rico’s current crisis? What are its historical roots? And what are its social consequences? Rather than offering one definitive answer, the site provides tools (academic, journalistic, and artistic) for both specialists and a general public to think through these issues and develop their own critical responses. Organized into several sections and subsections, the site allows users to easily navigate through various topics of interest, including ways that Puerto Ricans are resisting austerity, the hopes and hazards of migration, and how the debt crisis has provoked and exacerbated the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Unlike traditional classroom syllabi, users are encouraged to engage the sources at their own pace, in the order of their choosing, and for their own individual ends. The site is thus both a work of public humanities and a catalyst for it. Indeed, numerous journalists, scholars, filmmakers and artists have made use of the resource in developing their own answers to the larger questions the syllabus poses.