Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Fall 2017 Jovita González Memorial Lectures in the Arts and Humanities

Tue, November 14, 2017 | Gordon-White Building Multi-Purpose Room | GWB 2.206 | The University of Texas at Austin

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for our annual Jovita González Memorial Lecture
Join us for our annual Jovita González Memorial Lecture

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) will host the Fall 2017 Jovita González Memorial Lectures in the Arts and Humanities on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

The Jovita González Memorial Lectures in the Arts and Humanities are presented by faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in Latino Studies who are new to the UT Austin community. Jovita González (1904–1983) was a leading Mexican American folklorist, historian, creative writer, and teacher from Roma, Texas. At a time few people of Mexican descent even attended college, González earned a masters degree in history from UT Austin in 1930. Her thesis, “Social Life in Cameron, Starr, and Zapata Counties,” is still a valuable model of social analysis and an important early contribution to Mexican American letters. She served as president of the Texas Folklore Society from 1930–1932, and taught countless Corpus Christi schoolchildren after moving there in 1939.

Rebeca L. Hey-Colón is the 2017–2018 Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Mexican American Studies (College of Liberal Arts, UT Austin) and Assistant Professor of Spanish at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The title of her lecture is “The Weight of Water: Spirituality on the Border.” In this lecture, Professor Hey-Colón will discuss her work in the Gloria Anzaldúa archive (LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, UT Austin), and how it has informed her understanding of rivers as borders.

Ariana Vigil is a Research Fellow for the Latino Research Initiative (College of Liberal Arts, UT Austin) and Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The title of her lecture is "Public Negotiations: Gender and Journalism in Latina/o Literature." In her lecture, Professor Vigil offers an overview of her current book project, an investigation into contemporary U.S. Latina/o literary works that feature Latina/o media workers – specifically journalists and photojournalists.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies

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