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February 24, 2005

   

CELEBRATED LATINA FEMINIST CHERRÍE MORAGA TO SPEAK

Cherríe Moraga

The Feminist and Gender Studies Program will bring the celebrated poet, playwright and essayist Cherríe Moraga to Bryn Mawr on Friday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m., in Carpenter B21. Moraga's visit to campus is part of "Still Loving in the War Years: Portrait of a Chicana/Latina Consciousness," a weeklong Philadelphia lecture tour sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium. After Moraga delivers a prepared talk, she will answer questions from a panel of students, led by Director of Intercultural Affairs Christopher MacDonald-Dennis; the floor will then be opened to questions from the audience.

Moraga is the co-editor of the influential anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, a staple of women's studies curricula around the world. In 1981, when This Bridge Called My Back was turned away by publishers, Moraga and co-editor Gloria Anzaldua founded Kitchen Table/Women of Color Press. This Bridge Called My Back, the press's first publication, won the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award and quickly found a broad audience.

Moraga's numerous plays include Shadow of a Man and Watsonville: Some Place Not Here, both of which won the Fund for New American Plays Award, and Heroes and Saints, which earned the Pen West Award for Drama in 1992. Her plays have been anthologized in numerous collections and are collected in a three-volume series published by West End Press of Albuquerque, N.M., which includes The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea. Her collected nonfiction writings include The Last Generation; Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood, a memoir; and a new expanded edition of the now-classic Loving in the War Years, republished by South End Press in 2000. Moraga is also a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' Theater Playwrights' Fellowship and is the Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Drama at Stanford University.

Moraga's appearance is co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium, in concert with the Arts Program, the Education Program, Mujeres, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the Rainbow Alliance and the Spanish Department.

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