Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Public Lecture: Renato Rosaldo

Mon, February 18, 2013 | Meeting Room 2.120, Student Activity Center, The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

This talk, part of the Department of Anthropology's 2012-2013 Speaker Series, explores the relations between poetry and ethnography by reflecting on the author's poetry collection, "The Day of Shelly's Death."  What would it mean to write poetry with an ethnographic sensibility – what the author calls antropoesía?  In what ways is this series of poems like and not like an ethnographic arrival scene?  Professor Rosaldo will read a set of poems to accompany the talk. 

In addiiton to the mid-day talk, Professor Rosaldo will do a reading at Resistencia Books (1801-A South First Street, Austin, TX) from his latest collection, Diego Luna’s Insider Tips. This reading will begin at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public.

An internationally known cultural anthropologist, Renato Rosaldo (Professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University) started writing poetry in English and Spanish while recovering from a stroke in 1996.  His first book of poetry, Prayer to Spider Woman/Rezo a la mujer araña (ICOCULT, Saltillo, MX), received an American Book Award (2004).  His most recent collection, Diego Luna’s Insider Tips, won the Many Mountains Moving poetry book prize for 2009. Professor Rosaldo is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author of Culture and Truth and Ilongot Headhunting, 1883-1974, Rosaldo found “bridges” between anthropology and poetry and coined a term—“antropoeta”—to describe the way he can move back and forth between the two modes of writing.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies.

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