August 11, 2015
American ethnic studies faculty present at summer institute in Albuquerque
American ethnic studies faculty members Isabel Millán and Norma A. Valenzuela presented at the 2015 Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Summer Institute July 29 through Aug. 1 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The organization is the oldest Chicana/Latina Indigenous women's association in the U.S. This year's theme was "Honoring our Intersectionality, Our Migration Roots/Routes."
Millán participated in the roundtable "Technology and Social Media: Building Strategies for Teaching, Research, Movement Building, and Activist Community Organizing." Millán, along with other members of the association's Ad Hoc Committee on Heteropatriarchal Institutional Violence shared strategies for engaging technology within Chicana/o studies. Millán also will serve another year on the association's Coordinating Committee as co-chair of the LBTQ Caucus.
Valenzuela presented "Transnational Spaces in Chicana/Latina Drama: Mujeres Revoltosas in Search of Home." Valenzuela's study interrogates the manner in which Chicana/Latina playwrights center their characters economically, politically and culturally in order to redirect their gaze on the process of finding a "home" within a colonized space. Valenzuela's manuscript, "The Devil Never Sleeps/El diablo nunca duerme: Subvertido el imaginario mexicano sobre la chicana" will be in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.