Proyecto Latina – January 2012

Paloma Martinez-Cruz, Ph.D., Photo by Thelma Uranga

The Proyecto Latina Reading Series is excited to kick off the year with our first feature, writer Paloma Martinez-Cruz. She will be reading from her new book Women and Knowledge in Mesoamerica: From East L.A. to Anahuac (University of Arizona Press, 2011).  The book focuses on the medicine traditions of Mesoamerican women that constitute a hemispheric intellectual lineage that thrives despite the legacy of colonization.

Beginning with the pursuit of Chicana models of intellectual agency, Women and Knowledge in Mesoamerica is narrated as a journey to decolonize the mind in order to open up to the possibility of non-Western knowledge flows that prevailing analytical authorities have deemed “unintelligible.” Starting in East L.A., the centrality of Mesoamerican women healers can be observed in the literature of the Chicano movement and beyond.

Proyecto Latina Reading Series – Free

@Cobalt Studio

Monday, January 16, 2012 from 7PM to 9PM

1950 West 21st Street – Storefront

Chicago, IL 60608

Get Directions

CTA: Damen Pink Line Stop / #50 Damen Bus

Arrive early to sign up for the open mic and remember the Chisme Box is ready to be fed

Read more on Women and Knowledge in Mesoamerica: From East L.A. to Anahuac

Paloma Martinez-Cruz, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latino Studies and coordinator of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.  She received her B.A. in Latin American Literature and Chicano Studies from the University of California at U.C. Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Columbia University in the City of New York.  Martinez-Cruz’ book entitled Women and Knowledge in Mesoamerica:From East L.A. to Anahuac: (University of Arizona Press, 2011) argues that medicine traditions among Mesoamerican women constitute a hemispheric intellectual lineage that thrives despite the legacy of colonization. She is the translator of Conçeicão Evaristo’s Brazilian novel Poncia Vicencio.

Special thanks to Adriana Baltazar, Creative Director and our venue sponsor:

 

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