NMSU Women's Studies Program Presents: Cherrie Moraga
A Special Speaker Event with Moraga for the Public
On the Road to Xicana Conciencia:
A Reading & Conversation with Cherríe Moraga
6:00 pm Wednesday April 3, 2013
Corbett Center Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
Cherríe Moraga is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (with the late Gloria Anzaldúa). Her most recent collection of writings, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000 - 2010, was published by Duke University Press last June.
Combining moving personal stories with trenchant political and cultural critique, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness looks back on the first ten years of the twenty first century. She considers decade defining public events from 9/11 to the election of Barack Obama, and she explores concerns closer to home, sharing her fears about raising her son amid increasing urban violence and the many forms of dehumanization faced by young men of color. Moraga describes her deepening grief as she loses her mother to Alzheimer's; pays poignant tribute to friends who passed away, including the sculptor Marsha Gómez and the poets Alfred Arteaga, Pat Parker, and Audre Lorde; and offers a heartfelt essay about her personal and political relationship with Gloria Anzaldúa.
Her publications and plays have received national recognition, including National Endowment for the Arts Playwrights' Fellowship, two Fund for New American Plays Awards and in 2007, the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature. In January 2012, her latest play New Fire: To Put Things Right Again, a collaboration with Celia Herrera Rodriguez, premiered at Brava Theater in San Francisco. Over three thousand people witnessed the work!
Currently, Moraga is completing a memoir on the subject of Mexican American cultural amnesia entitled Send Them Flying Home: A Geography of Remembrance. She is an Artist in Residence in the Department of Drama and the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity program at Stanford University. She is a founding member of La Red Xicana Indígena and cihuatl productions. She calls Oakland, California home.
Conversation with Moraga for Students
Thursday, April 4
Conroy Honors Center
Commons Room #105
This a special event for Women's Studies majors and minors, students, invited guests, and Sponsors.
Reception in honor of Maestra Moraga begins at 1:00pm
Recipients of the Women's Studies Paper Award will also be announced at reception
Co-sponsors of these events: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Honors College, New Frontiers Institute, College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium Series