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Honors Program Fall Lecture: Decolonizing the University with Lorgia García Peña
September 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Honors Program Fall 2020 Lecture: Professor Lorgia García Peña
From Theory to Practice: How Can Ethnic Studies Methodologies Help Decolonize the University?
Why do we need ethnic studies? How can we teach—in whatever field of studies we choose —in ways that are inclusive, that empower students and that promote social justice in our communities and, by extension, in the world? Reflecting on her career as an ethnic studies scholar, García Peña shares some of the important lessons that have helped her develop as an engaged scholar and teacher and suggests ideas and methods for conducting research, teaching, and learning in ways that promote justice and inclusion.
Lorgia García Peña is the Roy G. Clouse Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of History and Literature at Harvard University. García Peña is the author of The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nation, and Archives of Contradiction, a study of the impact of stories — historical and fictional — on the national and racial identity of a people. Offering the Dominican experience as a case study, this book shows how the stories of a nation create marginality through acts of exclusion. The Borders of Dominicanidad is the winner of the 2017 National Women’s Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, the 2016 LASA Latino/a Studies Book Award, and the 2016 Isis Duarte Book Prize in Haiti and Dominican Studies.