Digital Humanities, Social Justice, and US Latina/o Literature: A Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, November 29
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Pine Room, Kansas Union
The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and IDRH welcome visiting scholars from the University of Houston, Gabriela Baeza Ventura and Carolina A. Villarroel, who were awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on US Latinx digital humanities. They are also a part of the "Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage" at UH/Arte Público Press. There will be a Roundtable Discussion on U.S. Latinx presence and representation in digital humanities, literature, culture, and language. Students and faculty are welcome to attend this event.
Carolina A. Villarroel holds a Ph.D. in Spanish literature with a specialization in U.S. Latino Literature and Women's Studies. She is the former archivist in charge of the Mexican American and African American Collections at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Houston Public Library and in 2011, she became a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists. Her expertise in U.S. Latino culture and literature has been fundamental to her positions at the University of Houston (UH), where she is the Brown Foundation Director of Research of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, a national program whose goal is to identify, preserve, study and make accessible the written production of Latinos/as in the United States from the colonial period until 1960. Dr. Villarroel also teaches literature at a graduate and undergraduate level in the Hispanic Studies Department at UH. She and her colleague, Gabriela Baeza Ventura, were recently awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on US Latino/o digital humanities.
Gabriela Baeza Ventura is Associate Professor of Hispanic Literature in the Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston, where she teaches courses on US Latina/o literature for graduate and undergraduate students. She is also Executive Editor for Arte Público Press, where she supervises the production of up to thirty books a year. Her publications include a monograph on the representation of Mexican women in Spanish-language newspapers in the United States, two anthologies on US Latina/o literature, and an edited volume on the poetry of a renowned Chicana poet, Angela de Hoyos. She has also translated over 30 books for children and young adults from Spanish to English. She and her colleague, Carolina Villarroel, were recently awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on US Latino/o digital humanities.