Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

2011 Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture

CMAS is pleased to announce that Norma Elia Cantú, Ph.D., Professor of English and U.S. Latina/o Literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio will give the 2011 Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture. 

The title of the 2011 Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture is Primas: A Transnational Family Odyssey. Professor Cantú will present brief biographies of seven cousins whose lives straddle the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to present a prototype for the diasporic reality of Chicanas in the late 20th and early 21st century. Centered on a Chicana Thirdspace Feminist analysis drawn from Chicana theorists Emma Pérez, Chela Sandoval and Gloria Anzaldúa, her presentation explores three key concepts: (de)colonization, cultural affirmation, and conocimiento. Her lecture will be a braided essay that weaves theoretical and autobioethnographic prose with poetry and history.


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