Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Announces Two Visiting Lecturers

Fri, August 31, 2012

Michael Cucher completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Southern California in December 2011, where he specialized in Chicana/o Literature and Culture, Twentieth Century US Literature and Culture, as well as American, Cultural, and Subaltern Studies. In both his research and in his lectures, Dr. Cucher uses literature, films, murals, postcards, photographs, and other modes of cultural representation to think about the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, place, and power in the United States. 

While in residence at CMAS, Dr. Cucher will work on his book project, Fighting with Zapata: Disrupting Race, Space, and Gender in the United States and Mexico, which compiles and puts to use a critical, multi-generic archive of one of the most recognized and important figures in the fight against Indigenous dispossession in Mexico.

Dr. Cucher will teach undergraduate courses in Mexican American literature, and ethncity, gender and film.

Myrna García will receive her doctorate from the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). At UCSD, she co-founded Raza Graduate Student Association, an organization for Latina/o graduate students across disciplines with the goal of improving the retention rates of Latinas/os in higher education.

While in residence at CMAS, García will revise chapters from her dissertation, entitled, "Sin Fronteras [Beyond Borders]: Activism, Immigration, and the Politics of Belonging in Mexican Chicago, 1968-1986." The dissertation examines the alternative ways Chicago’s Mexicans and Mexican Americans created a sense of belonging in the United States, ways that reflected a changing social reality on the ground and the emergence of a sense of imagining and community not strictly tied to or bounded by the juridical rights of U.S. citizenship.

García will teach undergraduate courses in ethnicity and gender, and comparative Latina/o im/migration to the United States.

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