Joseph R. Gladden Jr. Public Lecture
"Franz Boas in Porto Rico: Retention and Reinvention of Puerto Rican Folklore"

Thursday, March 3, 2016

5 p.m. - Gladden Lecture, Rafael Ocasio
Graves Auditorium, Campbell Hall
Reception to follow in the Campbell Hall Atrium.

7:30 p.m. - Kirk Concert & Master Class presents Ani Cordero, singer-songwriter
Maclean Auditorium, Presser Hall
Reception to follow in the Presser Lobby.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Music and the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund.

Rafael Ocasio


Rafael Ocasio, Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish, is a Latin Americanist and a specialist in revolutionary and counter revolutionary Cuban literature. He is the author of two books on the Cuban dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas. Ocasio is currently working on the manuscript for "Franz Boas in Porto Rico: Retention and Reinvention of Puerto Rican Folklore," an edited, critical anthology of oral folklore documented by that reputable anthropologist in Puerto Rico in 1915.

The Gladden Award is given every year to a member of the Agnes Scott faculty whose scholarly activities are especially noteworthy. Recipients give a public lecture on a topic related to their scholarly work. The Gladden Public Lecture Series is named for Joseph R. Gladden Jr., chair of the Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2002.

Ani Cordero


Raised by Puerto Rican parents between Atlanta and San Juan, Ani Cordero is now a long-time resident of Brooklyn and a staple of the global music scene. Recently, she's appeared as drummer and back-up vocalist with the legendary Os Mutantes, as a founding member and drummer of Pistolera and as the front-woman for her bilingual art rock band, Cordero. In April 2014, Cordero released her new album titled "Recorder: Latin American Songs of Love and Protest," revisiting songs from the 1930s-70s that highlight influential artists who provided the soundtrack for social change. Cordero is an Agnes Scott alumna.