2011 Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture
Wed, May 4, 2011 • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM • Room 207 AB, San Jacinto Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Américo Paredes, Jesse Herrera, Photograph, 1996.
For many years, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) of The University of Texas at Austin has sponsored the Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings a prominent speaker from beyond the UT Austin to campus to address the public on a timely topic in Mexican American Studies.
CMAS is pleased to announce that Norma Elia Cantú, Ph.D., Professor of English and U.S. Latina/o Literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio will give the 2011 Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture.
The title of the 2011 Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture is Primas: A Transnational Family Odyssey. Professor Cantú will present brief biographies of seven cousins whose lives straddle the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to present a prototype for the diasporic reality of Chicanas in the late 20th and early 21st century. Centered on a Chicana Thirdspace Feminist analysis drawn from Chicana theorists Emma Pérez, Chela Sandoval and Gloria Anzaldúa, her presentation explores three key concepts: (de)colonization, cultural affirmation, and conocimiento. Her lecture will be a braided essay that weaves theoretical and autobioethnographic prose with poetry and history.
Américo Paredes was a musician, scholar, and folklorist from Brownsville, Texas. Prior to death on Cinco de Mayo of 1999, Dr. Paredes was the Dickson, Allen, and Anderson Centennial Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and English at The University of Texas at Austin. Among the numerous honors that marked his career are the Charles Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Orden del Águila Azteca – Mexico’s highest award given to the citizen’s of other countries. Dr. Paredes’ scholarship on the culture of the people of Greater Mexico helped lay the foundation of our understanding of the people of the Lower Rio Grande Border, and inspired an entire generation of Mexican American Scholars.