Oct. 25: 'Social Justice in the Americas' topic of symposium

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4:14 p.m., Oct. 13, 2010----“Social Justice in the Americas: Reflections from Latina Scholars” will be the topic of a daylong University of Delaware Hemispheric Dialogues Research Cluster symposium to be held Monday, Oct. 25, in the Ewing Room of the Perkins Student Center.

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The research cluster is an interdisciplinary group of Latina scholars with common research interests in Latino and Latin American studies.

Organized as part of the Latino Heritage Month with the support of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Institute, the goal of this symposium is to engage in a discussion about conceptual frameworks and methodologies in the exploration of social justice across the Americas.

Following breakfast from 9:30-10 a.m., the symposium will begin with a panel discussion from 10-11:30 a.m. on “U.S. Latina Scholars Rethinking Latin American Studies.”

Panelists are Pascha Bueno-Hansen, assistant professor, “Feminist Hemispheric Dialogues”; Alvina Quintana, associate professor, “Emerging Voices, Rising Tides: U.S. Latinas and the Literary Market Place”; and Rosalie Rolon-Dow, associate professor, “Research in Your Own Backyard: Diasporic Longings, Dilemmas and Possibilities.”

There will be a lunch break from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

A second panel, on “Latin American Scholars in the U.S. Academia,” will be held from 1:30-3 p.m.

Panelists are Monica Dominguez Torres, associate professor, “Figuring Out the Discovery: Early Modern Visual Culture and the Politics of Representation”; Carla Guerron-Montero, assistant professor and interim chair fo the Department of Women's Studies, “A De Facto Applied/Public Anthropologist”; and Gladys Ilarregui, associate professor, “The Aftermath of Ideologies in the U.S./Latin America Academia: Teaching Che Guevara.”

From 3:15-4:30 p.m. there will be a roundtable discussion with panelists and members of the audience. Moderator will be Sarita Gaytán, assistant professor, Latino Studies, New York University.

Funding support for the symposium has been provided by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Deputy Provost, the Department of Women's Studies and the Center for Black Culture.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, send email to [pbh@udel.edu].

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