Guest Scholars

Yajaira M. Padilla is an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She holds joint 

appointments in the Department of English and the Program for Latin American and Latino Studies. Her research and teaching interests include Latin@ American literary and cultural studies as well as Modern/Contemporary American Literary and Cultural Studies with a specific focus on Central American cultural production. She is the author of Changing Women, Changing Nation: Female Agency, Nationhood, and Identity in Trans-Salvadoran Narratives (SUNY 2012) and has published articles in Latin American Perspectives, Latino Studies, the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, and Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature. Currently, she is working on a new project on the politics of Central American “belonging” and “non-belonging” in the United States.

See Padilla at the Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 p.m. exhibit opening and reception, Watson Library, Third Floor West, University of Kansas.

Santa Arias is Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her current teaching and research highlight the critical importance of space and place in cultural products produced under colonialism. She deploys a comparative perspective for the study of early modern Iberian global engagements. Her commitment to transdisciplinary research and critical thinking distinguish her training of students and her contributions to the advancement of scholarship in colonial studies.

See Santa at the Friday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. film screening for “Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)”, Lawrence Public Library Auditorium.

Ruben Flores is an intellectual and cultural historian from El Paso, Texas who studied at Princeton and Berkeley before Kansas. He studies the relationship of ideas to political institutions in the United States and Mexico, including the complicated history between local communities and the national state. He also studies philosophy and literature, including the modernist movement in writing that swept through Mexico and the US beginning in 1900, and the 20th-century transformation of the social sciences that produced the modern configuration of the research university.

See Ruben at the Friday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. film screening for "Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)”, Lawrence Public Library Auditorium.​

Norma E. Cantú is professor of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Through publications in the areas of folklore, literary studies, women’s studies and border studies, she engages in critical scholarship on Latinas and Latinos, especially on the border. Her numerous publications include the 1995 Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera that chronicles her coming of age in Laredo, Texas and most recently the edited book,  Ofrenda: Liliana Wilson’s Art of Dissidence and Dreams.  She is co-founder of CantoMundo, a space for Latina/Latino poets.

See Norma at the Friday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. film screening for “Peril and Promise (1980-2000)”, Lawrence Public Library Auditorium.

Magalí Rabasa is Assistant Professor of Latina/o and Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Kansas. She received her PhD in Cultural Studies and Feminist Theory & Research from the University of California, Davis in 2014. Her teaching and research focus on alternative media production and contemporary social movements in the US, Mexico, Bolivia and Argentina. Over the past decade, she has been an active participant in a variety of independent media projects in the US and Mexico.

See Magalí at the Saturday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. film screening for "Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)”, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Jeanette Rodriguez is professor and chair in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University, and serves as adjunct graduate faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry. Rodriguez is the author of several books and articles concentrated in the areas of U.S. Hispanic theology; theologies of liberation (with an emphasis on Latin America and feminist); peace building; justice education; and genocide studies. She is a member of the Academy of Hispanic Theologians in the United States, has served as Vice Chair for Pax Christi USA, and is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Rodriguez holds a Ph.D. in Religion and the Personality Sciences from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

See Jeanette at the Friday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. exhibit closing and keynote, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University.


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