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Nationally recognized poet, playwright, scholar in Chicana feminism to speak at NMSU

Wrapping up Women's History Month at New Mexico State University, feminist activist and author Cherrie Moraga will visit the campus to talk about the history and theory of feminism. The two-day event, presented by the Women's Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, will begin with a public talk followed by a book signing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Corbett Center Auditorium. An informal conversation with NMSU students is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Room 105, at Conroy Honors Center.


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Feminist activist Cherrķe Moraga will hold a public talk and book signing for her new book, 'A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000-2010,' at 6 p.m. April 3, in the Corbett Center Student Union. (Submitted photo)
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Feminist activist Cherrķe Moraga will visit the campus to talk about the history and theory of feminism. The two-day event will begin with a public talk followed by a book signing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Corbett Center Auditorium. A reception for NMSU students is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Room 105, at Conroy Honors Center. (Submitted photo)

"She is really the foremother of Chicana feminism," said Jennie Luna, assistant professor of women's studies. "It will be a really good opportunity for the public to engage with her on a personal level, and to meet this really amazing teacher, scholar and activist who laid the groundwork for the rest of us."

Her public talk, "On the Road to Xicana Conciencia: A Reading and Conversation with Cherrie Moraga," which is scheduled for Wednesday, will include a reading from her recent book, "A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000-2010."

"The focus will be on recent 'decade-defining events' in the U.S. and internationally, as well as experiences from her own life that shape her ideas and philosophies about social justice," said Laura Anh Williams, assistant professor of women's studies and the program's director.

Prior to the student gathering, a reception to honor Moraga at 1 p.m. will be open to co-sponsors and students from women's studies, English and honors. Recipients of the Women's Studies Paper Award will also be announced at that event.

Moraga is the co-editor of "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color," with the late Gloria Anzaldua." In January 2013, her latest play "New Fire: To Put Things Right Again," a collaboration with Celia Herrera Rodriguez, premiered at Brava Theater in San Francisco where more than 3,000 people witnessed the work.

Her publications and plays have received national recognition, including National Endowment for the Arts Playwrights' Fellowship, two Fund for New American Plays Awards, and in 2007, the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature.

Currently, Moraga is completing a memoir on the subject of Mexican American cultural amnesia titled "Send Them Flying Home: A Geography of Remembrance." She is an Artist in Residence in the Department of Drama and the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity program at Stanford University. She is a founding member of La Red Mexicana Indigena and cihuatl productions. She calls Oakland, Calif. home.

"A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness," published by Duke University Press last June, features essays and poems by Moraga. Combining moving personal stories with trenchant political and cultural critique, the writer, activist, teacher, dramatist, mother, daughter, comadre and lesbian lover looks back on the first ten years of the twenty-first century.

"Cherrie Moraga is a foundational scholar in both feminist and Chicano/a studies," Williams said. "We're incredibly fortunate to be able to offer our students an opportunity to meet a scholar that they will often find in their textbooks."

Sponsoring the event are the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Honors College, New Frontiers Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium Series.

For more information about the talks contact Williams at lawill@nmsu.edu.

For more information about Moraga's book visit Duke University Press at http://www.dukeupress.edu/Catalog/ViewProduct.php?productid=47045