Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow Lecture: Wanda Alarcón

Wed, February 22, 2017 | Room 2.206 (Multi-Purpose Room), Gordon-White Building (GWB), The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Photo Credit: Lizzie Choffel
Photo Credit: Lizzie Choffel

"Performing América on the National Stage"

Wanda Alarcón is a recipient of the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies for the 2016–2017 academic year. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley.

This lecture examines three performances of “The Star Spangled Banner” by contemporary Chicana/o musicians. Jimi Hendrix’s 1969 iconic performance at Woodstock and Jose Feliciano’s soulful rendition at the 1968 World Series were deemed “unorthodox” at the time and debates continue to reverberate. This talk explores how dissonant moments between the visual and aural performance of nation provide openings for multiple interpretations of citizenship. When the national anthem becomes part of the Chicana/o repertoire, what map of the Americas is sounded? Against the dominant sounds of nation, these performances highlight meaningful disruptions, tensions, resistances, and variations on the theme of América.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies

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