Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Plática: Maylei Blackwell and Anna NietoGomez

Mon, October 10, 2011 | Meeting Room (2.120), Student Activity Center, The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This plática by Maylei Blackwell and Anna NietoGomez is based on the recently published book by Maylei Blackwell, "¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement," the first book-length study of women's involvement in the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. The plática tells the powerful story of the emergence of Chicana feminism within student and community-based organizations throughout southern California and the Southwest, especially the work of pioneering Chicana activist and theorist Anna NietoGomez and the Hijas de Cuauhtémoc, one of the first Latina feminist organizations, who together with other Chicana activists forged an autonomous space for women's political participation and challenged the gendered confines of Chicano nationalism in the movement and in the formation of the field of Chicana studies. Maylei Blackwell, Assistant Professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Women's Studies at UCLA, uncovers the multifaceted vision of liberation that continues to reverberate today as contemporary activists, artists, and intellectuals, both grassroots and academic, struggle for, revise, and rework the political legacy of Chicana feminism.

A book reading and signing featuring Maylei Blackwell and Anna NietoGomez will take place at Resistencia Bookstore (1801-A South 1st Street, Austin, Texas) beginning at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call (512) 416-8885

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies

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