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Baruch College Welcomes Silvio Torres-Saillant to Speak at 17th Annual Donald H. Smith Lecture



NEW YORK, NY- November 12, 2012 – The Department of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch College has invited Syracuse University Professor/ author Silvio Torres-Saillant to deliver the 17th annual Dr. Donald H. Smith lecture. It is scheduled for 6 p.m., December 5, Rackow Conference Room 750 in the 7th Floor Conference Center inside the Technology and Information Building.

Named after Donald H. Smith, one of Baruch’s first black administrators and past president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, this year’s lecture is entitled, “Dominican Blackness, Unforgivable Haiti, and Western Modernity.”

Professor Silvio Torres-Saillant is Professor of English at Syracuse University and the former director of its Latino-Latin American Studies Program. He is also the founding director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. He has authored and edited numerous books, including An Intellectual History of the Caribbean (Palgrave Macmillan 2006); Caribbean Poetics: Toward an Aesthetic of West Indian Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, Vol. IV (Houston: Arte Publico Press, 2002); The Challenges of Public Higher Education in the Hispanic Caribbean (Markus Wiener Publishers, 2004); and Desde La Orilla: Hacia Una Nacionalidad Sin Desalojos (Ediciones Librería La Trinitaria and Editora Manati, 2004), among other volumes.

WHAT: 17th Annual Dr. Donald H. Smith Lecture,
“Dominican Blackness, Unforgivable Haiti, and Western Modernity”

WHEN: 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WHERE: Baruch College, 151 East 25th Street, 7th Floor Conference Center,
Rackow Conference Room 750

The event is free and open to the public. To register, contact Black and Hispanic Studies Professor Bobbie Pollard at or (646) 312-1619.

About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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