From the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border to the disproportionately higher incarceration rates for black people than for white people, combined with the ongoing national discussions about sexual assault, and the sometimes contentious interactions between black men and police officers, one group from Texas Tech University finds this an opportune moment to highlight the issues of dignity and justice in body politics.
Texas Tech’s Literature, Social Justice and Environment program, part of the Department of English, will host its fall roundtable discussion entitled “Demanding Dignity: A Discourse on Bodies” with four featured panelists at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 17) in the English building, room 001.
Delilah Montoya is an associate professor of art at the University of Houston who previously taught at both Smith College and Hampshire College for three years each. Montoya works with photography to investigate cultural phenomena, critically interrogating assumptions commonly held within society. Her works have been shown in the exhibitions “Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self” and “Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum,” as well as included in collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
Constance Cortez is director of the School of Art at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and a former associate professor of Chicano/a Art History and Post-Contact Art of Mexico at Texas Tech. Her works include “Aztlán to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján;” “Carmen Lomas Garza,” for which she was awarded first place in the category of Best Arts Book (English) at the 2011 International Latino Book Awards; and “Death and Afterlife in the Early Modern Hispanic World.”
Sister Rosemary Welsh has served concurrently as the executive director of Casa de Misericordia (House of Mercy) and as director of Outreach Services for Mercy Clinic in Laredo for 20 years. Through her efforts, Welsh helps women who suffer from chronic illness or domestic violence at Casa de Misericordia, while the Mercy Clinic serves those who are uninsured or under-insured, provides primary healthcare services and facilitates health education.
Apryl Lewis is a doctoral candidate in English at Texas Tech, studying African-American literature, trauma studies, sports culture and protest literature. She has presented work at the South Central Modern Languages Association, the National Association of African American Studies, the Popular Culture Association and the Futures of American Studies Institute. Her publication, “‘Broad Stripes and Bright Stars’ of Misdirection: Donald Trump’s Use of Patriotism in Response to NFL Players’ Protests,” appears in the journal Sport in American History. Lewis completed her bachelor’s degree in English at Texas Tech and her master’s degree in English at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
The event is free and open to the public.
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