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Latino/a studies scholar Deborah Paredez discusses “Latin Boom, Latina Tomb: Selena and the Making of the Latino Market,” October 14, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Latino/a studies scholar Deborah Paredez will deliver the lecture “Latin Boom, Latina Tomb: Selena and the Making of the Latino Market” on Thursday, October 14, at 5:00pm. Free and open to the public, the event will be held in Rockefeller Hall, room 200. This event is sponsored by the programs of media studies, women’s studies, drama, Hispanic studies, Latin American and Latino/a studies, and American culture.

Deborah Paredez is an associate professor in the theater and dance department and associate director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. She is the author of the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009). Her article, "All About My (Absent) Mother: Latina Aspiration in Real Women Have Curves and ‘Ugly Betty’" was published this fall in Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America (NYU Press, 2010). Her recent research explores the work of black and Latina divas; her current article-in-process is about the character Anita in West Side Story.

In addition to her work as a theater scholar and performer, Paradez is also a poet. She is the author of This Side of Skin (Wings Press, 2002) and the recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Writing Award founded by Sandra Cisneros. Her poems have also appeared in Daughters of the Fifth Sun: A Collection of U.S. Latina Fiction and Poetry (Putnam, 1995), This Promiscuous Light (Wings Press, 1996), Floricanto Sí! A Collection of Latina Poetry (Penguin, 1998), and The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007). She is currently at work on her second poetry volume, After the Light. Paradez is a founding member of CantoMundo, an organization dedicated to fostering Latina/o poetry. She is also a former Vassar professor, having taught in the Departments of Drama and Film and Women’s Studies from 2000-2003.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 29, 2010