This Year's Conference: Featured Speakers

roseWendy Rose

Born in Oakland, California, Wendy Rose is a poet, author, artist, educator, and anthropologist of Hopi, Miwok, and European descent. She founded and for 19 years coordinated the American Indian Studies Program at Fresno City College before her retirement. Rose studied anthropology in the graduate program at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds both MA and BA degrees in anthropology from UC Berkeley, and she previously taught at Fresno State. She has published 13 volumes of poetry, most recently Itch Like Crazy (2002) and Bone Dance (1994) from the University of Arizona Press. Other notable volumes include The Halfbreed Chronicles (1985); Lost Copper (1980), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and her first collection, Hopi Roadrunner Dancing (1973). Rose’s work explores themes related to the Native American experience, including buried secrets of personal, family, and American history. She also writes about the concept of “Whiteshamanism” where non-Indians take on a literary identity of an Indian shaman or healer, an act that Rose considers a form of cultural imperialism.

ariasArturo Arias

Scholar, critic, and author Arturo Arias serves as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the University of California, Merced. He has published Taking their Word: Literature and the Signs of Central America (2007), The Rigoberta Menchú Controversy (2000),The Identity of the Word: Guatemalan Literature in Light of the New Century (1998), and Ceremonial Gestures: Central American Fiction 1960-1990 (1998), as well as a critical edition of Miguel Angel Asturias’s Mulata (2000). Forthcoming in 2017 is his book Recovering Lost Footprints: The Emergence of Contemporary Indigenous Narratives in Abya Yala. The 2001-2003 President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), professor Arias co-wrote the film El Norte (1984), and he has published six novels in Spanish, two of which have been translated to English (After the Bombs, 1990, and Rattlesnake, 2003). Twice the winner of the Casa de las Americas Award, and winner of the Ana Seghers Award for fiction in Germany, he was given the Miguel Angel Asturias National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature in 2008 in his native Guatemala.

Conference Schedule

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Friday, March 10

8:30-8:45 – Opening Remarks (PB 192)

Dr. Honora Chapman, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

8:45-9:15 – Tribute in honor of Mireyda “Mia” Barraza Martinez (PB 192)

9:30-10:45 – Session 1: Narrative Constructions, Social Constructions (PB 192)

• Jazmin Arias (Chemistry) – “Self-Identity Constructed Through Memories and Misogyny in Maxine Hong Kingston’s ‘No Name Woman’ ”

• Rebeca Flores (English) – “A Look into The Get Down and Its Place in American Rap Culture”

• Marisa Gutierrez (English Education) – “The Function of Sonnet Form in Protest Poetry”

• Jenna Wilson (English Education) – “Buffalo Hunting: The Way to Sustenance, Survival, and the Self”

• Moderator: Kevin Jensen (M.A., Literature)

11:00-12:15 – Session 2: Representation and Strategic Self-Fashioning (PB 192)

• Maria Bosch (English) – “ ‘Phenomenal Woman, That’s Me’: Black Womanhood in And Still I Rise

• Mayra Cano (English and Chicano Studies) – “Mejorando la Raza: The Global and Domestic Internalization of the Spanish Colonial Casta System”

• Primavera Leal Martinez (English) – “A Comparative Analysis of Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison”

• Destiney Warren (English) – “Representations of Homosexuality in Manuel Munoz’s Zigzagger

• Moderator: Paul Sanchez (M.F.A., Poetry)

12:15-2:00 – Lunch Break

2:00-3:00 – Keynote Speaker (Alice Peters Auditorium, PB 191)

Wendy Rose, poet

3:30-4:45 – Session 3: Duality, Citizenship, and National Belonging (PB 192)

• Esmeralda Gamez (English) – “The Struggle to Adapt: Religious Disillusionment in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima and Tomas Rivera’s . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him

• Kyle Rackley (English Education) – “The Supernatural Clash of Generations in Multicultural Literature”

• Jacob Simmons (English Education) – “A Lover of America: Analysis of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist

• Sarah Warner (English) – “What Makes a Citizen? Questions of Race and Citizenship in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric

• Moderator: Monica Limon (M.A., Literature)

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Keynote Speaker (PB 192)

Arturo Arias, novelist and scholar

8:30 p.m. – Film Screening: I Am Not Your Negro (Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave.)

Conference attendees are invited to the Fresno Filmworks showing of the film I Am Not Your Negro at the Tower Theatre. The film is a documentary based on writer-activist James Baldwin’s unfinished book on race relations in America, Remember This House. It is directed by the Haitian director Raoul Peck.

Saturday, March 11

12:00-1:30 – Craft Talk (PB 101)

Wendy Rose, poet