Chicanas, Latinas and Native American women’s conference to be hosted at NMSU

June 30, 2009

About 300 participants are expected to attend the annual Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS / Women Active in Letters and Social Change) Summer Institute hosted at New Mexico State University July 22 to 25.

This year’s theme is “Border as Mirror: Negotiating the View From Here.”

MALCS is an organization of Chicanas / Latinas and Native American women who work in academia and in community settings with a common goal: to work toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana / Latina and Native American women’s issues. Women from these populations gather yearly at this summer institute to network and offer each other support while sharing information about their backgrounds, research, teaching and activism.

Highlights for the conference include an all female mariachi troupe; more than 45 panels, roundtables, and workshops on topics including Chicana popular culture, activism, issues in education, perspectives from Native / tribal elders and much more. There will be an optional post-conference bus tour to El Paso for those interested in the border city.

Among the presenters at this summer’s institute are a number of women whose work has been influential in MALCS and beyond: Norma Alarcón, Margarita Benítez, Norma Cantu, Antonia Castañeda, Denise Chávez, Carrie Dann, Dolores Delgado-Bernal, Rosa-Linda Fregoso, Isabel Garcia, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Deena González, Inés Hernández-Avila, Michelle Habell-Pallán, Alma Lopez, Tiffany Ana López, Josie Méndez-Negrete, Laura Rendón, Sonia Saldívar- Hull, and Margo Tamez. Other contributors to this year’s institute include a number of artists and activists from Northern Mexico as well as Angellia Deerwater, the Diné artist who designed this year’s program cover art.

The public and NMSU community are invited to the plenary sessions to be hosted in Corbett Center Ballrooms on the afternoons of July 23, 24 and 25.

•Thursday, July 23 – 3 to 4 p.m. Feminicides and Violence Against Women including Eva Arce, Lucha Castro, Paula Bonilla Flores and Rosa-Linda Fregoso

•Friday, July 24 – 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Women’s Indigenous Native Caucus (WINC) Plenary Session including WINC founder, Inés Hernández-Avila, Carrie Dann and Mattie Foster

•Saturday, July 25 – 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Plenary – Borderlands/Environmental and Human Rights Panel including Isabel Garcia, Adelaida Placencia and Margo Tamez

“The purpose of the plenary sessions is to share information on critical topics while bridging several key gaps: between theory and practice, between university and community, and between academics and activists,” said Mónica Torres, department head of English and one of the planning committee members. For more information visit http://malcs.nmsu.edu/ or http://malcs.net <http://malcs.net/>

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