El Mundo Zurdo Conference Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Gloria E. Anzaldúa's Borderlands

click to enlarge El Mundo Zurdo Conference Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Gloria E. Anzaldúa's Borderlands
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Gloria E. Anzaldúa, for the uninitiated, was a groundbreaking feminist theorist, poet and writer. As a queer woman of Mexican-American descent, Anzaldúa wrote of her struggles against the forces of misogyny and racism (among many other topics) in ways that explore her specific experience, while speaking profoundly to the larger experience of all those who find themselves on the margins of society, culture and identity.

A Chicana icon whose work has grown increasingly influential since her death in 2004, Anzaldúa is studied the world over. Among those who believe her work is more important now than ever are members of the San Antonio-based Society for the Study of Gloria E. Anzaldúa. The organization facilitates El Mundo Zurdo, a conference dedicated to the discussion and continuation of the writer’s work, every 18 months.

This year’s conference, themed for the 20th anniversary of Anzaldúa’s 1987 masterwork Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, begins with a reception at Galeria E.V.A. (3412 S Flores St.). The conference features a huge cast of noteworthy presenters and scholars discussing Anzaldúa’s work through a variety of lenses. After the conference on Friday night there is a special night of arts and performances, Noche de Cultura, to be held at Esperanza Center (922 San Pedro Ave.). After the conference on Saturday, Trinity’s Ruth Taylor Theater will host a dance/social gathering for conference attendees. Visit the website below for registration and a full schedule of talks and events.

$40-$95, opening reception 6-8pm Thu, conference 8am-5pm Fri, Noche de Cultura 7-9pm Fri, conference 8:30am-1:30pm Sat, post-conference gathering 2-5pm Sat, Trinity University, William Knox Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Ct., (210) 999-7601, conferences.trinity.edu/events.

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