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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Presentation: Cubans in New Jersey: Migrants Tell Their Stories

Book Presentation
Cubans in New Jersey: Migrants Tell Their Stories
Saturday, December 1, 2:00 PM 
Newark Public Library – Auditorium, 4th floor
5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

New Jersey is home to the second–largest Cuban community in the country. In this book Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Doctoral Candidate at Columbia University, presents a carefully researched social history of this vibrant immigrant group, enriched with the words and vignettes of the people who actually lived the experience of dislocation and adjustment while creating meaningful new lives in New Jersey. Published by the Newark Public Library, this study is the first in a series exploring the Latino immigrant experience, being developed by the NJ Hispanic Research and Information Center (NJHRIC) @ The Newark Public Library.

Zulima V. Farber, Of Counsel to the Firm Lowenstein Sandler PC, will present “Cubans in New Jersey: Migrants Tell Their Stories.”  Ms. Farber, who was born in Cuba and came to the United States in her teens, is the first Hispanic woman to become a partner at a major law firm in New Jersey as well as the first to have served as a New Jersey cabinet officer. She served as New Jersey Public Advocate and Public Defender in former Governor Florio's cabinet, and as Attorney General in Governor Corzine’s cabinet.

Additional commentary will be provided by the author, Milagros Castillo-Montoya and Dr. Olga Jiménez-Wagenheim, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, who served as Director of the Latino Community Profiles Project.  The publication of "Cubans in New Jersey: Migrants Tell Their Story" was made possible in part by a generous donation from Esther Gatria in honor of her late aunt, América Gatria.

This event is cosponsored by the Friends of the HRIC (FoHRIC), an organization established to support the work of the NJHRIC with the goal of spreading the word about the need to establish a historical repository to preserve data on various Latino communities in New Jersey. The FoHRIC ( also sponsors events and activities that help increase awareness of the various Latino communities in New Jersey.

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Cubans in New Jersey: Migrants Tell Their Stories will be available for purchase at this event. 

Please RSVP to or 973-733-7772.   

Directions to the Library and parking information:

All Newark Public Library programs are free and open to the general public.  

For additional information, please call 973–733–7772 (Sala Hispanoamericana) or email