NYLS Hosts PlayCo Public Workshop Series on Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

NYLS’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with The Play Company (PlayCo) to host a series of free educational workshops during weekends in March 2019.

The workshop series, titled “IdeaLab,” focuses on the debt crisis facing Puerto Rico and the impact of its colonial history. The workshops complement the New York premiere of a new PlayCo production, Recent Alien Abductions, written and directed by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas and set in a post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico.

IdeaLab workshops are open to the public and hosted by leading thinkers and community activists.

“We’re excited to partner with PlayCo by hosting these important public dialogues at our Tribeca campus,” said Ella Mae Estrada, NYLS’s Associate Dean of Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Diversity Initiatives. “Community engagement is a priority for NYLS’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a key part of our School-wide strategic planning.”

Learn more—and register for upcoming workshops here.

Saturday, March 9, 4:30 p.m.
“The Debt Crisis Era: How did Puerto Rico become one of the most indebted places in the world?” led by Ed Morales, a journalist, author, and adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

Sunday, March 10, Noon
“The Impact of Hurricane Maria: How the devastation was not a “natural” disaster” led by Huáscar Robles, a journalist, photographer and documentarian

Saturday, March 16, 4:30 p.m.
“The ‘Emptying Island’: How mass migrations are reconfiguring Puerto Rico and the U.S.” led by Frances Negrón-Muntaner, a leading scholar of Latino studies, author, filmmaker, and Columbia University professor

Saturday, March 23, 4:30 p.m.
“Debtless Futures: How the crisis is producing new ways of thinking and acting in the world” led by Monxo López, a researcher, professor, cartographer, and South Bronx-based environmental and urban justice activist

PlayCo develops and produces adventurous new plays, from the U.S. and abroad, to engage New Yorkers in a dynamic global practice of contemporary theatre and expand the American repertoire.