The Latina/o Studies Speakers Series

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deguzman@email.unc.edu

THE UNC-CH LATINA/O CULTURE(S) SPEAKERS SERIES:

Dr. María DeGuzmán is the conceiver and organizer of the UNC-CH Latina/o Culture(s) Speakers' series sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill English Department and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Series, begun Fall 1999, is the first of its kind at UNC-CH. It is dedicated to exploring Latina/o Studies as a transdisciplinary endeavor that draws on, among other areas of inquiry, literary and cultural studies, visual culture and media studies, creative writing and performance studies, philosophy and aesthetics, history, sociology, comparative ethnic studies and postcolonial studies, Americas studies, health and environmental studies, and gender and sexuality studies. It has served to create dialogue between ethnic studies areas on campus. The Series has hosted creative writers and scholars addressing the intersections between Latina/o and African-American cultural production, between specifically Chicana/o and Native American Studies, and common ground (LatinAsia or AsiaLat Studies) between Latina/o Studies and Asian Diaspora Studies.

Fall 1999 Chicana novelist and academic Sheila Ortiz Taylor gave a talk entitled "Coachella: The Novel as Community" and spoke at length with Marianne Gingher's Creative Writing class. Spring 2000 Miguel Algarín, poet and founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café, translator of Pablo Neruda, teacher of Shakespeare, and winner of numerous American Book Awards conducted a well-attended open poetry reading at the Skylight Exchange and gave a talk entitled "Four Hundred Year-Old American" on his relation as a Puerto Rican Afro-Latino to the work of William Shakespeare, in particular Othello and The Merchant of Venice.

During the Fall semester of academic year 2000-2001, the series hosted Chicana-Latina novelist and chair of Chicana/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University Graciela Limón, winner of The Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award (1994). Its next guest was Dr. Rane Ramón Arroyo, poet and playwright of Puerto Rican heritage who grew up in the midwest and is currently associate chair of the English Department at the University of Toledo, Ohio. After Arroyo's visit, the series hosted the Puerto Rican writer, winner of the Letras de Oro Prize and the Juan Rulfo Prize, and author of the acclaimed Sirena Selena, Mayra Santos-Febres. She was followed by Puerto Rican academic and professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez author of José Can You See?: Latinos On and Off Broadway and editor of Puro Teatro: A Latina Anthology.

This Fall 2001 Roberto Márquez--translator, editor, essayist, literary critic, cultural historian and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Mount Holyoke College--gave a talk entitled "Notes of an Other Rican: Race, Nationality, and Identity in the Caribbean Americas."

March 25, 2002 Native American scholar and associate professor of Women's Studies M. A. Jaimes-Guerrero spoke on the topic of "Women, La Raza, and Indigenism" about the historical relation between Native American and Chicana/o identities and statuses. April 29, 2002 Dr. Arturo J. Aldama, professor of Chicana/o Studies at Arizona State University presented from his new book Disrupting Savagism: Intersecting Chicana/o, Mexicana/o, and Native American Struggles for Representation (Duke University Press).

This Fall 2002, Nov. 21 and 22, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, spoke about the historical bases for the intersection of Latina/o and Asian Diaspora Studies in the Americas as well as the work of comparative ethnic studies. November 21st at 7:30 PM in Greenlaw 101 (Auditorium), UNC-Chapel Hill Dr. Hu-DeHart lectured on "Racial Construction and Race Relations: Chinese and Blacks in Nineteenth-Century Cuba." Friday November 22 at 12 noon in Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw, 2nd floor, Dr. Hu-DeHart led a brown bag lunch discussion on the questions "What is Ethnic Studies? Ethnic Studies at UNC?"

February 12, 2003 poet, journalist, and nonfiction writer Luis Francia, author of, among other books, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago (2001) and co-editor of Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream 1899–1999 gave a talk entitled "Navigating Three Rivers: A Filipino Writer in a Postcolonial World" on cross-currents in his own work of Latino/Anglo/Malay-Pilipino histories and cultures.

Wednesday March 26, 2003 at 7:00 PM Karen Tei Yamashita, writer and associate professor of Literature & Creative Writing at the University of California-Santa Cruz, gave a public talk entitled "The Floating Tropic: São Paulo/L.A./Tokyo" (on Japanese in Brazil, Brazilians in Japan, Los Angeles, Transculturation, and "LatinAsia"). In the Frank Porter Graham Student Union Expansion, Room 1505 (bottom floor, South Road level). UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Book signing after the talk.

Monday November 10, 2003 at 4:00 PM Silvio Torres-Saillant, associate professor of English, Director of the Latino-Latin American Studies Program at Syracuse, and founding Director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at City College, spoke on "Latino Discourses: Autobiography, Community Identity, and the Contours of Americanness" in the University Room of Hyde Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday February 16, 2004 Achy Obejas, Cuban-American fiction writer, journalist, poet, explorer of queer Latina/o cultures and of Jewish Latinidades, and author of We Came All the Way from Cuba so You Could Dress Like This? (1994), Memory Mambo (1996), and Days of Awe (2001), and Springer Writer-in-Residence in the English Department at the University of Chicago delivered a talk entitled "Identity and Dislocation" at 4:00 PM in the University Room, Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts & Humanities. A question answer period and a book-signing followed.

Monday April 19, 2004 Kirsten Silva Gruesz, associate professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of Ambassadors of Culture: The Transamerican Origins of Latino Writing (Princeton University Press, 2001), gave a talk entitled "Thinking Back from the Latino Future" at 3:30 PM in Louis Round Wilson Library.

Monday September 20, 2004 Frances Aparicio, professor and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, gave a talk "Gendered Transculturations in Six Feet Under: Rethinking Disciplinary Boundaries."

Tuesday March 1, 2005 Arturo Arias, Guatemalan novelist and screen-writer as well as Director of Latin American Studies at the University of the Redlands in California spoke in Hanes Art Auditorium 121 at 5:30 PM. His presentation was entitled " 'The Tattooed Soldier' and 'Odyssey to the North': Central Americans' Emerging Visibility and Representation in the United States." Followed by a book-signing.

Tuesday April 26, 2005 Antonia Darder, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Latino/a Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, gave a talk entitled "Latinos and School Desegregation 75 Years after the Lemon Grove Incident" at 4:30 PM in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, followed by a book-signing.

Wednesday October 5, 2005 Suzanne Oboler, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, presented "Re-racializing Latino/as: The Politics of Citizenship, Labeling, and Alliance Building in the Post 9-11 Context." 5:00 PM at Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts & Humanities, UNC, Chapel Hill. A book-signing followed the talk.

Wednesday November 16, 2005 Loida Maritza Pérez, Dominican-American author of the acclaimed novel Geographies of Home, gave a talk entitled "Dominican Identity as Construct" (followed by Q & A and book-signing) at Fox Auditorium, Carrington Hall addition, School of Nursing, corner of South Columbia Street and Medical Drive, Chapel Hill, at 5:00 PM. Free parking in the Bell Tower lot after 5:00 PM.

Tuesday April 4, 2006 Junot Díaz, Dominican-American author of Drown and associate professor at M.I.T., spoke at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Hitchcock Multi-purpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Center for Black Culture at 7:00 PM. This event was sponsored by the UNC Latina/o Cultures Speakers Series, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture, the Institute of African American Research, and the Office of Multicultural & Diversity Affairs.

Monday October 9, 2006 Cecile Pineda gave a presentation entitled "Writing at the Edge of Being" and participated in a book-signing of a number of her works. This event was held in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History's Theatre at 7:00 PM and was sponsored by the UNC Latina/o Cultures Speakers Series. Tuesday October 10 she conducted a creative writing workshop in Randall Kenan's senior seminar that started at 2:00 PM in Greenlaw Hall 526B.

Tuesday January 9, 2007 Federico Subervi, professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University - San Marcos, presented on Latino communication research in the era of Hispanic marketing growth, media conglomeration, electoral wooing, and immigration backlash. 4:00 - 5:00 PM, 305 Carroll Hall - Freedom Forum Conference Room. Sponsored by UNC Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the UNC Chapel Hill Latina/o Cultures Speakers Series. Questions, contact Dr. Lucila Vargas at lcvargas@email.unc.edu.

Wednesday April 4, 2007 Renato Rosaldo, inaugural Director of Latino Studies and professor of anthropology at New York University, gave a talk entitled "Huntington's Language Problem: The Case for the Polyglot Citizen." This talk was followed by a question and answer period and a book-signing. The talk began at 6:00 PM at the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History.

Monday October 1, 2007 Jorge Huerta, Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer of the University of California at San Diego, will be giving a talk entitled "Dangerous Laughter: Comedy in Chicano Theatre. " Q & A and book-signing to follow. The talk will begin at 6:00 PM at the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History. Questions, contact Dr. DeGuzmán at deguzman@email.unc.edu.

Thursday October 25, 2007 José Galvez, Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer who has been documenting Mexican American communities for years in the Southwest and in North Carolina, gave a talk about his work entitled "Images of Self – Then and Now," Freedom Forum Center, Room 305, Carroll Hall, School of Journalism, UNC - Chapel Hill. Questions, contact Dr. Lucila Vargas at lcvargas@email.unc.edu. Also, please visit www.josegalvez.com.

Tuesday November 13, 2007 Malaquias Montoya, professor and artist at the University of California at Davis, gave a talk entitled "The Social Responsibility of the Artist." Q & A and book-signing to follow. The talk began at 6:00 PM at the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History. Questions, contact Dr. DeGuzmán at deguzman@email.unc.edu. Also, please visit www.malaquiasmontoya.com.

Tuesday April 1, 2008 Helena María Viramontes, professor and creative writer at Cornell University, gave a talk entitled "Cemeteries, Freeways, and the Bones of the Forgotten: How Geography Shaped One Writer's Inspiration." The talk began at 6:00 PM at the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History. Q & A and book-signing followed the talk. Questions, contact Dr. DeGuzmán at deguzman@email.unc.edu. Also, please visit www.stuartbernstein.com/viramontes.

Thursday November 13, 2008 Cristina Henríquez, author of the collection of stories and a novella Come Together, Fall Apart (2006) and the forthcoming novel The World in Half (Riverside Books, 2009) and recipient of an Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award (founded by Sandra Cisneros), gave a talk entitled "Writing Who You Are (and Who You Are Not)" at 6:00 PM in the University Room of Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Q & A and book-signing followed the talk. For further information about Cristina Henríquez, please consult the following website: www.cristinahenriquez.com. Questions, contact Dr. DeGuzmán at deguzman@email.unc.edu.

Tuesday March 3, 2009 Ana Celia Zentella, anthro-political linguist and Professor Emerita in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, gave a presentation entitled "Transfronterizo Talk: Policentric Identities and Conflicting Constructions of Bilingualism along the Tijuana-San Diego Border." The talk started at 6 PM in the University Room of Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts & Humanities. Q & A and a book-signing followed the presentation. For more information, contact Dr. DeGuzmán at deguzman@email.unc.edu or Ashley Lucas at lucasa@email.unc.edu.

Tuesday March 24, 2009 Cuban American author Cristina García gave a talk entitled "Beyond Dreaming in Cuban: A Reading with Cristina García." The talk began at 6 PM in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Auditorium/Theatre. Q & A and a book-signing followed the presentation. For more information, contact Dr. Halperin at lhalperi@email.unc.edu. Generous co-sponsors for this event were the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History, the Carolina Women's Center, and the Program in Creative Writing.

Monday November 16, 2009 Nancy Raquel Mirabal, associate professor of Latina/o Studies at San Francisco State University, gave a talk entitled " 'Echando Pleito': El Club Cubano Inter-Americano and the Emergence of Afro-Cuban Politics and Identity in New York City, 1945 - 1995." The talk started at 6 PM in the University Room of Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts & Humanities, followed by Q & A and a book-signing. For more information, contact Dr. DeGuzmán at deguzman@email.unc.edu.

Monday April 12, 2010 artist and photographer Kathy Vargas, named 2005 Texas Two-Dimensional Artist of the Year by the Texas Commission on the Arts, gave a slide-talk demonstration of her work entitled "Life, Death, Resurrection, Remembrance." The talk started at 6 PM in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center and was followed by Q & A and a book siging. For more information, contact Dr. DeGuzmán at deguzman@email.unc.edu.

Wednesday November 10, 2010 professor and poet Martín Espada gave a talk about and reading of his poetry entitled "The Republic of Poetry." 6 PM in the University Room of Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts & Humanities. This was followed by Q & A and a book-signing.

Monday March 28, 2011 professor and creative writer from Vanderbilt University Lorraine López gave a talk entitled "The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Cultural Identity." University Room of Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts & Humanities. Followed by Q & A and a book-signing.

Monday October 3, 2011 at 6 PM professor of mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Rochelle Gutiérrez will give a talk entitled "Desarrollando Nepantler@s: Rethinking the Knowledge Needed to Teach Mathematics." Followed by Q & A. University Room of Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts & Humanities. For more information, contact Dr. DeGuzmán at deguzman@email.unc.edu.

Photo Documentation from the Latina/o Culture(s) Speakers' Series Events (From the Present to Fall 1999)

(Photos courtesy of SPIR: Conceptual Photography [1999–2002] and Camera Query [2003 onwards]

 

Rochelle Gutíérrez delivering her presentation on Monday October 3, 2011 at the Institute for the Arts & Humanities, UNC - Chapel Hill

 

Rochelle Gutiérrez fielding questions

 

Gutiérrez's audience

 

Gutiérrez's audience

 


Lorraine López delivering her talk March 28, 2011

 

Segment of Lorraine López's audience

 

Lorraine López's full audience

 

Lorraine López in Minrose Gwin's creative writing class

 


 

Martín Espada reading from his poems November 10, 2010

 


 

Kathy Vargas delivering her talk Monday April 12, 2010 in the Stone Center, UNC - Chapel Hill

 

Kathy Vargas during Q & A

 

Kathy Vargas's audience


 

Dr. Nancy Raquel Mirabal delivering her talk November 16, 2009

 

Dr. Mirabal's audience in the University Room of Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts & Humanities

 

Dr. Mirabal during Q & A


 

Cristina García speaking with her audience March 24, 2009 at the Stone Center Theatre

 

Cristina García interacting with her audience

 

Cristina García's audience at the Stone Center Theatre

 


 

Dr. Ana Celia Zentella delivering her presentation Tuesday March 3, 2009 at the IAH

 

Dr. Zentella's audience in the University Room of the IAH

 

Back of the audience and the book table for the book signing

 

Dr. Zentella and her audience during Q & A

 


 

Cristina Henríquez at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, November 13, 2008

 

Cristina Henríquez engaging questions after her talk

 

Cristina Henríquez and part of her audience

 

Cristina Henríquez's audience at the IAH

 


 

Helena María Viramontes conversing with Randall Kenan's and Daniel Wallaace's creative writing classes, April 1, 2008

 

Students from Randall Kenan's and Daniel Wallace's classes

 

Helena María Viramontes addressing her audience at The Stone Center, UNC - Chapel Hill, April 1, 2008

 

Audience at The Stone Center for Helena María Viramontes, April 1, 2008


 

Malaquias Montoya responding to a question November 13, 2007

 

 

Part of Malaquias Montoya's audience at The Stone Center


 

José Galvez talking about his book Vatos

 

Part of the audience for José Galvez's talk October 25, 2007

 


 

Renato Rosaldo April 4, 2007

 

Portion of Renato Rosaldo's audience


 

Federico Subervi at the UNC School of Journalism, January 9, 2007

 

Roundtable audience for Subervi's talk

 

Roundtable audience for Subervi

 


 

Cecile Pineda reading October 9, 2006

 

Section of the audience for Cecile Pineda, Stone Center Theatre

 

Cecile Pineda engaging questions from the audience

 

Cecile Pineda conducting a workshop in Randall Kenan's creative writing senior seminar class, October 10, 2006

 



Junot Díaz reading April 4, 2006

 

Junot Díaz's audience, Stone Center for Black Culture

 

Junot Díaz listening to questions

 

Audience during Q & A

 



Loida Maritza Pérez on November 16, 2005

 

Loida Maritza Pérez during Q & A

 

Portion of audience for Loida Maritza Pérez

 


 

Suzanne Oboler on October 5, 2005

 

Audience for Oboler's presentation


 

Antonia Darder on April 26, 2005

 

Audience for Darder's talk

 

Q & A session

 

Book signing

 


 

Arturo Arias on March 1, 2005

 

Audience for Arias's Talk

 


 

Frances Aparicio's presentation at the inauguration of the UNC Latina/o Studies Minor, September 20, 2004

 

Associate Dean Gless introduces the UNC Latina/o Studies Minor

 

A section of the audience at the inauguration of the Latina/o Studies Minor

 

A portion of the camera crew and the audience for the inauguration

 


 

Kirsten Silva Gruesz's lecture, April 19, 2004


Kirsten Silva Gruesz's audience


 

Achy Obejas addressing her audience, February 16, 2004

 

Achy Obejas's Audience

 

Signing books


 

Silvio Torres-Saillant engaging questions from the audience, November 10, 2003

 


 

Karen Tei Yamashita reading from Circle K Cycles, March 26, 2003


Luis Francia signing books, February 12, 2003

 

Francia's Audience


 

Evelyn Hu-DeHart giving her talk "Racial Construction and Race Relations: Chinese and Blacks in Nineteenth-Century Cuba," November 21, 2002

 

Audience for Evelyn Hu-DeHart's November 21 talk

 

Evelyn Hu-DeHart leading the discussion "What is Ethnic Studies? Ethnic Studies at UNC?" November 22, 2002

 

A section of the participants on November 22, 2002

 


 

Arturo Aldama and a section of the audience, April 29, 2002

 

Arturo Aldama engaging questions

 

Arturo Aldama's book signing following his talk "Mestizaje, Borders, and Decolonization in the Global Age," April 29, 2002

 

Conversing after the talk

 

Arturo Aldama and Danny Bell


 

M.A. Jaimes-Guerrero before her presentation

 

M.A. Jaimes-Guerrero

 

Audience for M.A. Jaimes-Guerrero's talk "Women, La Raza, and Indigenism," March 25, 2002


 

Roberto Márquez and Alicia Rivero

 

Roberto Márquez presenting "Notes of an Other Rican: Race, Nationality, and Identity in the Caribbean Americas," Nov. 29, 2001

 

Part of the audience for Roberto Márquez

 

Roberto Márquez responding to questions



Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez signing his books, April 30, 2001, Toy Lounge, UNC - CH

 

Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez and Celia Garzon-Arrabal

 

André Kimber, Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez, and Fiona Mills


 

Mayra Santos-Febres delivers her talk "Cities of the Sea/ Ciudades del mar," April 2, 2001, Toy Lounge, UNC - CH

 

Mayra Santos-Febres during her book signing

 

A crowd gathers at Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC - CH to hear Mayra Santos-Febres speak.


 

Rane Arroyo reads from "The Singing Shark," March 26, 2001

 

Rane Arroyo signing books, March 26, 2001, Toy Lounge, UNC - CH

 

Professor Rosa Perelmuter and Rane Arroyo converse at the book signing


 

Graciela Limón, Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH, December 4, 2000, after her talk.

 

graphics/Graciela Limón, Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-CH, December 4, 2000, book signing.

Graciela Limón, Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC - CH, December 4, 2000, book signing.


 

Algarín reading to the accompaniment of Aaron Oliva, Mark Simonsen, and John Randall Pelosi, March 26, 2000, Skylight Exchange, Chapel Hill

 

People gathered at the Skylight Exchange to hear Miguel Algarín and other poets perform at the open microphone poetry reading, March 26, 2000


 

Sheila Ortiz Taylor giving her talk "Coachella: The Novel as Community" November 15, 1999, UNC - CH

 

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Book signing after Sheila Ortiz Taylor's presentation

 

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