The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) will host the 2014 Jovita González Memorial Lectures in the Arts and Humanities on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
The Jovita González Memorial Lectures in the Arts and Humanities are presented by CMAS faculty affiliates who are either in their first year of service at the University or who have been recently promoted to tenure or full professor. Jovita González (de Mireles) was a folklorist, historian, writer, and teacher from Roma, Texas, and a pioneer in collecting Mexican folklore in the Rio Grande valley. González was one of the first Texas Mexicans to obtain a master's degree and work as a professor.
Juan José Colomina-Almiñana is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. The title of his presentation is "Problematizing Prohibitionism." This presentation examines linguistic strategies in engaging the conception and function of slurs, critiques the prohibition of slurs, and proposes an alternative approach that can explain both derogatory attitudes and the potential of a target to appropriate slurs.
Laura G. Gutierrez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. The title of her presentation is "Gángsters contra Charros and (Un)disciplined Bodies and Boundaries." This presentation uses the film Gángsters contra charros (Juan Orol, 1948) to propose that the cabaret dance scenes featuring Rosa Carmina are important contrapuntal movements in the narrative of a rivalry between gangsters and charros.
Julie A. Minich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. The title of her presentation is "Aztlan Unprotected: Reading Gil Cuadros in the Fourth Decade of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic." This presentation reassesses the work of an early contributor to AIDS literature – the gay Chicano writer Gil Cuadros – to think about how critical paradigms emerging from disability studies can help us revaluate his significance.
A reception will follow the presentations.