FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 | 5 - 7PM
PURO CORAZÓN: AN EXPANDED ART EXHIBITION AND SLIDESHOW LECTURE BY MELANIE CERVANTES
Melanie creates visual art inspired by the people around her and her communities’ desire for radical social transformation. Her intention is to create a visual lexicon of resistance to multiple oppressions that will inspire curiosity, raise consciousness and inspire solidarities among communities of struggle.
Melanie has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco); National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago); and Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY). Her work is in the permanent collections of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the Latin American Collection of the Green Library at Stanford, and the Library of Congress and the as well as various private collections throughout the United States. In 2007, Melanie along with Jesús Barraza co-founded Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration that produces screen prints, political posters and multimedia projects grounded in Third World and indigenous movements.
FEBRUARY 20-22 | VARIOUS CAMPUS SITES
CO-SPONSORED WITH THE LUTA INITIATIVE
ANTI-BLACK STATE VIOLENCE IN THE AMERICAS: POWER AND STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL AND THE US
This symposium will facilitate transnational coalitions, engagement, and learning. Taking place over three days, scholars, scholar-activists, and organizers will discuss the intersecting challenges of addressing anti-black state violence through workshops on topics including: policing and democracy; historical foundations of Black struggle; wellness and healing; sustainability and social movements; cultural media production; education in today’s socio-cultural contexts; pathways to contesting racialized forms of violence, and, many others.
Join us during this dynamic multi-disciplinary symposium as we illuminate cross-cultural understanding, bringing forward the sharp contrast and commonality between South and North America and generating anti-oppression community building across the Americas. All community members welcome!
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 | 4 - 6PM
SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ'S 17TH-CENTURY PROTO-LATINX FEMINISM
WITH IVONNE DEL VALLE AND EMILIE BERGMANN
In the 17th Century, the brilliant polymath Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz defied colonial patriarchy against attempts to control and silence her, declaring she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to women. Join us for two insightful presentations by Department of Spanish and Portuguese scholars examining this feminist and queer heroine's strategies for defying the patriarchy of her day!
“Óyeme con los ojos: Listening to Primero sueño" by Prof. Emilie Bergmann
While silenced by the Catholic Church on her last years, Sor Juana invites us to hear the range of sounds and rhythm created in her major philosophical poem. The cosmic resonance of the Baroque and a dramatic, sometimes comical, interchange of voices has held readers’ imagination ever since.
"On Being Woke: Sor Juana dos veces despierta" by Prof. Ivonne Del Valle
In response to patriarchal ecclesiastic criticism of the impropriety of her pursuit of secular knowledge because she was a woman, Sor Juana created a minimalist autobiography that functions by negation, suggesting that she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to a woman. In this presentation, I’ll contrast the nun’s writing about herself in relation to knowledge with Descartes, in Discourse on the Method, to get to the way she manages to create a powerful self who is at the same time entirely innocent of the accusations against her.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 | 5 - 7PM
"MAKING OHLONE VISIBLE:" ART EXHIBITION OPENING OF NEW WORK
BY CELIA HERRERA RODRÍGUEZ, CORRINA GOULD AND JESÚS BARRAZA
Making Ohlone Visible is a collaborative project conceived by visual and performing artist Celia Herrera Rodriguez (Xicana/O’dami) and community activist and co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change (IPOC), Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone). Brought into this world through a vision to counter the constant and profound erasure of the original peoples of California, Herrera Rodriguez, in partnership with IPOC, will design and produce a prototype for a long-term public installation to mark (over five hundred years later) the “welcome” of other peoples to Ohlone Land.
Funded by a grant from the Creative Work Fund (Irvine and Hass Foundation), Celia Herrera Rodríguez, Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone, and Jesús Barraza, developed a series of markers for the Chochenyo Ohlone land base making the villages visible in the present. As there are no other Chochenyo artists working today, the spirit of the baskets was consulted about how to mark those sites. Because very few identified Chochenyo baskets are in community hands, the artists and a multigenerational group of Chochenyos went to the British Museum in London and had ceremony with the few remaining baskets and artifacts. It has been a "slow realization" of the precarity of Chochenyo Ohlone ancestral objects and of the nature of memory. We will show images from our trip to London, Gould's work finding and claiming Indigenous sites, Herrera Rodríguez's work reflecting upon this experience, and Barraza's design 'signage' and historical documentation.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH | 4 - 6 PM
WORKSHOP WITH PHILOSOPHER ENRIQUE DUSSEL