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Lehigh Valley Authority on Puerto Rican History is Featured Speaker

2/20/2009 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley welcomes Sis-Obed Torres Cordero, Esq., one of the leading authorities on Puerto Rican history in the Lehigh Valley, as the next featured speaker in its Faculty Invitational Lecture Series. Torres Cordero will present "Puerto Rican History: A Focus on Civil Rights, Social Engineering, and Assimilation" at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, in the Atrium at the Lehigh Valley campus in Fogelsville.  

Torres Cordero will talk about his own historical discovery of Puerto Rican children being sent to the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, PA, in 1898, and classified as "Porto Rican Indians." He will also talk about civil rights, and processes of social engineering and "assimilation" that help comprise the experiences of those who immigrated to the Lehigh Valley in the last century.    

Mr. Torres Cordero is a product of the New York City Public School system and the City University.  One of seven children, his family was raised in public housing projects in Brooklyn. While he was born in Puerto Rico, he refers to himself as "Double Rican" because his mother is from Costa Rica. He attended CUNY Law School and was the only Latino male in his class. He has practiced law in New York City, served as a law clerk for a judge in the Bronx, and has been a civil rights advocate for most of his life. He is presently the executive director of the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of the Lehigh Valley, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving low income families in the City of Bethlehem. 

The Faculty Invitational Lecture Series at Penn State Lehigh Valley aims to enhance the academic year by inviting scholars from a variety of disciplines to share their insights with the campus and community.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the University Relations Office at 610-285-5067.

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