Local Events with Marjorie Agosín

We are very excited to announce a number of events taking place this week with Marjorie Agosín!

Agosín is an award-winning self-described “poet, human rights activist, literary critic…interested in Jewish literature and literature of human rights in the Americas; women writers of Latin America; migration, identity, and ethnicity.” Those of you who attended our workshops on the history of Chilean arpilleras are already familiar with some of Agosin’s work.  The collection of arpilleras displayed at the NHCC exhibit belongs to Agosin, and we featured some of her poetry in our curriculum guide “Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras.”

Below we’ve included information on her three different speaking engagements taking place this week. I’m really excited for Saturday’s reading from her new young adult book I Lived on Butterfly Hill. It looks absolutely beautiful. 

Agosin 1Weaving Resistance: Women, Creativity, and Social Change
Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
UNM Mitchell Hall, Room 122

Join us for a special presentation with guest lecturer Dr. Marjorie Agosín.  Agosín, Ph.D., author and human rights activist, is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Latin American studies at Wellesley College.  She is the recipient of the Dr. Fritz Redlich Global Mental Health and Human Rights Award at the Harvard Medical school (2013) for the Healing Power of her Poetry, the U.N. Leadership Award for Human Rights, and the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor (for lifetime achievement) from the Chilean government. She is considered one of the foremost Latina writers in the United States today.  Agosín’s lecture on “Weaving Resistance: Women, Creativity, and Social Change” will be followed by a panel discussion with Margaret Randall, Margo Chávez, and Iktemal Jaber.  Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist; Margo Chávez teaches interdisciplinary classes at the University Honors College at UNM, using history and literature to create classes revolving around issues of peace, social justice, and intercultural communication;Iktemal Jaber is a Fine Arts student whose work (mostly involving photography, printmaking and the visual arts) focuses on themes of Palestinian identity/subjects of women in exile.  This event is sponsored by the International Studies Institute, LAII, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University College, Department of Art & Art History, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and Women & Creativity 2014. For more information, please see the event flyer or LAII event calendar.

Agosin 2The Exile Writer and the Literary Imagination in the Americas
Friday, March 7, 2014  | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
UNM Ortega Hall, Reading Room

Join the International Studies Institute, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and LAII for a special presentation with guest lecturer Dr. Marjorie Agosín. According to Voices from the Gap, “Coming from a South American country and being Jewish, Agosín’s writings demonstrate a unique blending of these cultures. Agosín is well known as a poet, critic, and human activist. She is also a well-known spokesperson for the plight and priorities of women in Third World countries. Her deep socialconcerns and accomplishments have earned her many awards and recognitions, and she has gained an international reputation among contemporary women of color.   Agosín, a passionate writer, has received critical acclaim for her poetry collections, her close reflections on her parents and family, and her multi-layered stories. Within every novel, story, or poem, she captures the very essence of Jewish women at their best. Agosín’s works reveal the experiences of pain and anguish of Jewish refugees. She writes about the Holocaust as well as anti-Semitic events that occurred in her native land.” Agosín currently teaches at Wellesly College, where she is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Spanish. This event is sponsored by the International Studies Institute, LAII, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University College, Department of Art & Art History, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and Women & Creativity 2014.  For more information, please see the event flyer or LAII event calendar.

Agosin 3I Lived on Butterfly Hill
Saturday, March 8, 2014  | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Salón Ortega

Join us for a reading and signing with Marjorie Agosín as she discusses her most recent book, a young adult novel titled “I Lived on Butterfly Hill.”  An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in this searing novel from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.  Celeste Marconi is a dreamer.  She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile-until the time comes when even Celeste, with her head in the clouds, can’t deny the political unrest that is sweeping through the country.  Warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates disappear from class without a word.  Celeste doesn’t quite know what is happening, but one thing is clear: no one is safe, not any more.   See the event flyer for reference or visit the NHCC website.

These events are co-sponsored by the UNM International Studies Institute, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UNM University College, UNM Department of Art & Art History, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Bookworks, and Women & Creativity 2014.

Hopefully we’ll see you at one of the events!

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