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José Campeche: One of Our Best Known Rococo Artists

Born on December 23, 1751 in San Juan, Puerto Rico,  José Campeche was the son of Tomás Campeche,  a slave who bought his freedom. Tomás  was a restorer and painter of religious statues thus influencing José at a very young age.  Campeche was also influenced by the exiled Spanish court painter Luis Parets Alcázar. Among some of his most notable work […]

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Latinos Receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists & Engineers

Four Latinos among latest recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Department of Energy Mr. Adrian Chavez, Sandia National Laboratories Dr. Miguel Morales (Puerto Rico), Lawrence Livermore National […]

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Asaltados, Aguinaldos, Parrandas y Trullas – A Latin American Christmas Tradition

From “villancicos” to “parrandas” our version of Christmas involves lots of singing, dancing, eating and sharing with la familia y vecinos. For those of us that grew up in the Caribbean, or whose family originate from there, can attest to how infectious and fun aguinaldos, parrandas, trullas, o asaltos are. Surely, the rest of our Latin […]

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