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Art History Professor Conducts Research in Puerto Rico

This May and June, Art History faculty member Laura Katzman, a specialist in the History of Photography, has been conducting research in the document and photographic archives at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City. She was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the University's College of Visual and Performing Arts in support of this travel and research towards her next book, “Picturing Puerto Rico Under the American Flag: The Office of Information Photography Project.” Dr. Katzman has worked at the Center for the past several years, including on an exhibition she guest curated in Summer 2012. She is photographed here with the Center's Senior Archivist Pedro Juan Hernandez with whom she works closely. To continue her research Dr. Katzman leaves for Puerto Rico on July 6th for four weeks of study in archives on the island. She will be based in Old San Juan on Puerto Rico's north coast, established as a Spanish colonial port in 1508.

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