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Quiara Alegría Hudes to Speak at Penn State

Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and coauthor with Lin-Manuel Miranda of In the Heights, will speak on October 15th at 6:00 in Foster Auditorium.

Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and coauthor with Lin-Manuel Miranda of In the Heights, will speak about the craft of play- and screenwriting on October 15th at 6:00 in Foster Auditorium.

Latinx Superheroes Lecture

Latinx Comics Lecture by Frederick Luis Aldama

“Real & Reel Latinx Lives Matter!” Frederick Luis Aldama will unzip his brain, offering a multimedia extravaganza of all things Latinx pop culture in the 21st century. Thursday April 18th at Foster Auditorium from 4:00 to 6:00.

Following the success of his most recent book, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, Frederick Luis Aldama brings the experience of his book to life in a full-fledged documentary. In it, Aldama brings together academics, comics scholars, artists and content creators from across the Latinx community and its allies as they examine the history of Latinx characters in comic books. From Zorro to Miles Morales, from the racist caricatures of the past to the inspiring and uplifting Latinx superheroes of the modern day, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics: The Documentary serves as a vehicle to bring forth the experiences, opinions, hopes and perspectives of Latinx creators who are changing the landscape of American comic books that will inspire new generations of comic book creators.

Welcoming the Other: An Event Sponsored by Latina/o Studies with Penn State President Eric Barron

We find ourselves in a time of heated rhetoric and now deadly violence against people who are deemed outsiders. “Welcoming the Other” is a community event facilitated by State College-area leaders to consider the meaning of inclusion and the basis for community in religion, history and law.
We find ourselves in a time of heated rhetoric and deadly violence against people who are deemed outsiders: this includes immigrants and refugees to the United States, as well as Americans who are racial, religious, or ethnic minorities. The rhetoric against outsiders has crossed the line into violence, including here in Pennsylvania. We must examine our shared history, who we are, and the values that should guide our future. “Welcoming the Other” is a community event facilitated by State College-area leaders  to consider the meaning of inclusion and the basis for community in religion, history and law. We seek to build bridges among the many parts of our community by inquiring into the meaning of the national motto E pluribus unumFrom many, one.

Affluence and the production of illegality

Lise Nelson, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Geography, gave a presentation entitled ‘Affluence and the Production of Illegality’ on Tuesday, October 9th in 124 Sparks. The talk explored the connections between landscapes of luxury and new geographies of low-wage Latinx immigrant settlement, both of which are situated at the cross-hairs of globalization and white nationalism.

Lise Nelson, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Geography, gave a presentation entitled ‘Affluence and the Production of Illegality’ on Tuesday, October 9th in 124 Sparks. The talk explored the connections between landscapes of luxury and new geographies of low-wage Latinx immigrant settlement, both of which are situated at the cross-hairs of globalization and white nationalism.

An American language: the history of Spanish in the U.S.

Rosina Lozano of Princeton University offered a talk entitled ‘An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States’ on Monday, October 8th in Foster Auditorium, in which Lozano presents detailed accounts of the historical role of Spanish as a state-sanctioned language and demonstrates how this was an important crucible of identity and power in the U.S. past.

Rosina Lozano of Princeton University offered a talk entitled ‘An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States’ on Monday, October 8th in Foster Auditorium, in which Lozano presents detailed accounts of the historical role of Spanish as a state-sanctioned language and demonstrates how this was an important crucible of identity and power in the U.S. past.