Thursday, August 25, 2011

Michelle Kells: Keynote Speaker at 4th Annual Albuquerque Cultural Conference

The fourth annual Albuquerque Cultural Conference: “Cultural Survival in Difficult Times” meets August 26-28, 2011 in Albuquerque.

A poetry reading, “To Have or Have Not” opens the conference at the Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd SE, Friday night, August 26, from 7-10 pm. Readers include local poets Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras, Lisa Gill, Jessica Helen Lopez, Mary Oishi, Margaret Randall, and Jason Yurcic, joined by award-winning national poets Cherrie Moraga, Sasha Pimentel Chacon, and others.

Weekend panels Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, from 9am-5:30pm at the Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th St NW, will provide a forum where panelists including local and national community activists and organizers, artists, scholars, and past and present UNM students and faculty, will discuss education, the arts, and historical and social trauma with an actively participating audience. Performance and its influence on community and activism is a major focus of the conference.

Michelle Hall Kells will deliver the keynote dinner address, “What’s Writing Got to Do with It? Citizen Wisdom, Civil Rights Activism, and 21st Century Civic Literacy,” on Saturday, August 27 at 5:30. Dr. Kells is Associate Professor in the Rhetoric and Writing program at the University of New Mexico. She specializes in civil rights rhetoric, sociolinguistics, and composition/literacy studies. She is the author of Hector P. Garcia: Everyday Rhetoric and Mexican American Civil Rights and co-editor of Attending to the Margins: Writing, Researching, and Teaching on the Front Lines with Valerie Balester and Latino/a Discourses: On Language, Identity, and Literacy with Valerie Balester and Victor Villanueva. Dr. Kells is the founder of the UNM Writing Across Communities initiative. She is widely known for her work as an activist and advocate for civil rights.

Cherrie Moraga and Celia Herrera Rodriguez: Literary & Visual Art Presentation

A XICANA CODEX OF CHANGING CONSCIOUSNESS A Literary & Visual Art Presentation with Cherríe Moraga and Celia Herrera Rodríguez

Essayist, poet, playwright, and activist Cherríe Moraga will read from her new collection of non-fiction writings
Xicana Codex (Duke University Press, 2011).

Painter, scenic designer, and performance artist Celia Herrera Rodríguez will present on the series of codex-influenced images she created for Xicana Codex.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and reception with the artists.
Books and prints will be available for purchase and signing.

Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 7-9:30 pm
Kiva Lecture Hall, UNM Main Campus
(at the northeast end of Cornell Mall, near the School of Education)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Deborah Weagel: Publication News

Deborah Weagel, a part-time instructor, published her article “Image as Text, Text as Image: Quilts and Quiltmaking in Eric Gansworth’s Mending Skins” in Studies in American Indian Literatures 23.1 (Spring 2011). She also published “The Quilt as (Non-)Commodity in William S. Yellow Robe Jr.’s The Star Quilter” in Western American Literature 46.1 (Spring 2011). Her review of Kyle Gann’s There is No Such Things as Silence: John Cage’s 4’33” appeared in Modern Drama 54.2 (Summer 2011). In addition, her book Words and Music: Camus, Beckett, Cage, Gould was published in 2010 and received a positive endorsement from the Glenn Gould Foundation. See

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship Awardee Julie Williams

"Julie Williams, a Ph.D. can­di­date in Eng­lish, with a con­cen­tra­tion in Amer­i­can Lit­er­ary Stud­ies, has received the Cen­ter for Regional Stud­ies Hec­tor Tor­res Fellowship."

Read the entire article at UNM Today.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Department Back to School Party

Save the Date:

Back to school department party

When: August 18, Thursday evening, 5:00-9:00

Where: Hibben Center

Food, drink, company

Say hello to old friends, meet some new ones!