» Th | 23 Oct

Lázaro Lima


Lázaro Lima, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts and Professor of Latin American and Iberian Studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond, will present on his forthcoming biography of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The talk is entitled: “Losing Sonia Sotomayor: On the Political Limits of Representative Latinidad.” Lima is the author of The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory (New York University Press, 2007) and co-editor of Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011).
4 p.m. Women's Studies Pink Parlor.

» Wed | 29 October

Daisy Hernández


Daisy Hernández will read from her hot-off-the-press memoir, A Cup of Water Under My Bed (Beacon Press, 2014). To quote Kirkus Reviews, this debut memoir is

Warm and thoughtful, Hernández writes with cleareyed compassion about living, and redefining success, at the intersection of social, ethnic and racial difference. Personal storytelling at its most authentic and heartfelt.

Also read an excerpt from Hernández's enterprise at Salon. Hernández is the 2014–2015 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Seal Press, 2002) and the former editor of ColorLines magazine.
11:45 a.m. Smith Warehouse (FHI Garage).

» Mon | 3 Nov

Brando Skyhorse


Novelist Brando Skyhorse will read from his recently published Take This Man (Simon & Schuster, 2014), a memoir about a boy who grew up with five stepfathers and whose Chicana mother pretended they were Native American. Take This Man addresses, as the Los Angeles Times puts it, "race and its discontents" in the City of Angels. The New York Times Sunday Book Review had these wise words to say about Skyhorse's endeavor:

Slowly, surely, his story reveals a ­larger message: the cost of transforming life into art. Skyhorse didn’t have and couldn’t get what would make him happy. Even when his mother dies and his father is resurrected, even when he’s offered the tardy consolation of a family, he can’t connect. [. . . ] Contemporary memoir usually turns on epiphany. We expect insight that changes the author forever. We, too, believe in change, which is why we love memoirs. But Take This Man doesn’t tell a story of change. It speaks of a failure to change. Readers who believe in the healing power of self-awareness may be in for a shock. Along comes Brando Skyhorse with a tough and timely question: If self-awareness can’t make us happy, then what’s it for? Let the book club discussions begin!

Skyhorse is also the author of The Madonnas of Echo Park (Free Press, 2010), which earned the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
11:45 a.m. Smith Warehouse (FHI Garage).

» Th | 6 Nov

Jennine Capó Crucet


Jennine Capó Crucet, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Florida State University, will read from her debut collection of short stories, How to Leave Hialeah (University of Iowa Press, 2009), recipient of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Per the literary website The Rumpus, Capó Crucet

is endowed with the same double vision that has helped writers from Richard Wright to Salman Rushdie describe the lives of marginalized people and cultures with poignancy, humor, and rich music. Crucet exposes, full-frontal, the rich history of the Cuban-American community that has been laying bricks and threading tales in America for too long to be ignored. 'Oh please,' says the mother of the central character in the title story, 'like anyone would want to read about Hialeah.' The great success of this collection is how decisively she is proven wrong.

Capó Crucet's latest novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, is forthcoming in August 2015 from St. Martin's Press.
1:30 p.m. Friedl Building 225.

» Fri | 5 Dec

Arrivals and Departures


Arrivals and Departures: An LSGS Undergraduate Research Symposium is the first undergraduate student symposium by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South. This forum will feature semester-long projects by undergraduate students enrolled in these Fall 2014 courses: Introduction to Latino/a Studies (Walter Mignolo), Latino/a Autobiography and Memoir (Claudia Milian), and Truth Telling, Story Telling, and History (Yuridia Ramirez).

» Fri | 17 April 2015

Subjects of and for Central American-American Studies


This workshop maps the broad conceptual parameters of Central American-American Studies and explores them through history, cultural and literary studies, and humanistic social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary frameworks. Engaging with this transnational U.S. population, Subjects of and for Central American-American Studies aims to proceed with the critical baton of academic conversation started after the historic 2012 Teresa Lozano Long conference at The University of Texas at Austin on “Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latina/o America” and the summer 2013 special issue of Latino Studies on "U.S. Central Americans: Representations, Agency and Communities."  

Questions to be worked through include: what is "Central American-American" (and the very language that names it), how is it brought into view, what is its past and future, how is it dialoguing with Latino/a Studies, and are there new geographic sites and analytic nests of possibilities?

» Participants
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Arizona
Hunter College
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of New Mexico
Journalist at El Faro & author of The Beast (Verso, 2013)
The University of Texas at Austin
University of California at Santa Cruz



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