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Cornell professor to discuss community building in diverse communities

Sofia VillenasSofia Villenas, associate professor of anthropology at Cornell University, will discuss “Civic Learning as Community Building and Social Movement: Thinking with Latina/Chicana Feminisms in Diverse Communities” 1 p.m. March 1 at the Willis Library, Forum.

The event is sponsored by La Collectiva Lecture Series, an interdisciplinary group of five self-identified Latinas of various ranks working collectively to challenge the institutional barriers and stereotypes that create a difficult climate for Latina faculty. A reception will follow the lecture.

Villenas also will speak to female students from Denton High School, who will come to campus to hear Villenas and take a tour.

Villenas, who earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina, is on sabbatical from the directorship of the Latino Studies Program at Cornell University. Her interests encompass the areas of anthropology of education, critical race studies, multicultural teacher education, Latina/o education and Latina/Chicana feminist cultural studies.

She has co-edited books Race is . . . Race isn’t:  Critical Race Theory and Qualitative Studies in Education, Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life:  Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology and the Handbook of Latinos and Education: Theory, Research and Practice.

The lecture will be the first of three lectures sponsored by La Collectiva. Mary Pat Brady, associate professor of English at Cornell, will speak April 12, and Gabriela Soto Laveaga, associate professor of history at the University of California-Santa Barbara, will speak April 19.

Mariela Nuñez-Janes, associate professor of anthropology, said these scholars will share their recent findings in fields that resonate with the research conducted by members in the collective. The lectures also will increase the visibility of Latin@ Studies at UNT.

The series is supported by a mentoring grant from the Office of the Provost and UNeTe. The Department of Anthropology is co-sponsoring the lecture by Villenas.  

Posted on: Mon 18 February 2013

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