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Visiting Scholars from the University of Houston to Lead Discussion on U.S. Latinx Representation

Friday, November 17, 2017

LAWRENCE — The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas will host visiting scholars from the University of Houston for a roundtable discussion on U.S. Latinx representation. The event will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Pine Room of the Kansas Union.

The visiting professors were awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on U.S. Latinx digital humanities titled “Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage” from the University of Houston /Arte Público Press. The roundtable discussion will highlight U.S. Latinx presence and representation in digital humanities, literature, culture and language. Speakers include the following scholars:

Carolina Villarroel, who holds a doctorate in Spanish literature with a specialization in U.S. Latino literature and women's studies. She is the former archivist in charge of the Mexican-American and African-American Collections at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Houston Public Library. She is also the Brown Foundation Director of Research of the University of Houston's Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, a national program whose goal is to identify, preserve, study and make accessible the written production of Latinos/as in the United States from the colonial period until 1960.

Gabriela Baeza Ventura, associate professor of Hispanic literature in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston, where she teaches courses on U.S. Latina/o literature for graduate and undergraduate students, and she also is executive editor for Arte Público Press. Her publications include a monograph on the representation of Mexican women in Spanish-language newspapers in the United States, two anthologies on U.S. Latina/o literature and an edited volume on the poetry of a renowned Chicana poet, Angela de Hoyos.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Contact clacs@ku.edu for any questions.



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