Eddie’s Perejil: A Latinx Story of Confronting History and Love of Homeland
Join the Latin American and Latinx Studies (LAS) Program on February 28th for a thought-provoking performance followed by a Q&A with inspiring Latinx storytellers.
We will be presenting Eddie’s Perejil, a one-man show written and performed by Edward Paulino and directed by Samantha Galarza. This theatrical piece challenges our nostalgia about patria by taking as its subject the history of the Haitian massacre that occurred at the hands of the Dominican state, the concept of borders, and the language of racial distinction.
This free event is open to the public, generously sponsored by numerous campus partners and broadly advocated by the Center for African, Black, and Caribbean Studies as well as the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
Professor Edward Paulino is a scholar, author, playwright, and Associate Professor of History at John Jay College (CUNY). He leverages his insights on the history of genocide, race, border relations, nation-building, Latin America/Caribbean, 1937 Haitian Massacre, and the African Diaspora across various mediums. He is the co-founder of Border of Lights, an organization created to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1937 Haitian Massacre. Paulino’s social justice and human rights endeavors have been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, PSC-CUNY Research Foundation, and the New York State Archives. His work has been featured in the BBC, DW, Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Miami Herald, New York Times, and MSNBC, respectively.
About the Director
Samantha Galarza is a queer, Puerto Rican, SAG-AFTRA actress, writer, performance artist, educator, podcaster, and director. Ultimately a storyteller, her dream is to bridge the gap between mainstream media and progressive “de-colonial” art. Her work interweaves personal narratives of queer identity, internalized and systemic anti-black racism, generational trauma, migration, and gender-based violence with policies that disproportionately affect historically marginalized communities. She’s been published in award-winning anthologies and has performed internationally. Sam is co-foundeder/co-host of the bilingual queer femme Latina/e/x centered podcast Latinas en Queerantine and co-founder of the queer performance-art collective A Beautiful Desperation. She’s a NALAC, ILI, EmergeNYC, La Pocha Nostra, and EmergeLab fellow.
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Associate Professor, Director of Latin American and Latinx Studies