The Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas invites you to join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day with keynote speakers Prof. Michelle Tellez and Prof. Esther Hernández-Medina. Together, they will help the audience explore the critical themes of resistance, survival, intersectionality, and reproductive justice in the Americas
Prof. Tellez’s lecture is titled “Fronteriza Imaginaries: Women’s Leadership in the Borderlands” and Prof. Hernández-Medina’s lecture is titled “Take your Rosaries out of Our Ovaries:” the Fight for Women’s Right to Choose in the Dominican Republic.
Prof. Michelle Téllez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. Her public and academic scholarship focuses on transnational community formations, mothering, and gendered migration along the U.S./Mexico borderlands. Her work has been published in journals such as: Gender & Society, Feminist Formations, and Aztlán and featured online in Truth Out, The Feminist Wire, and Latino Rebels. She has a long history in grassroots organizing projects, digital media, and community-based arts and performance. She co-edited The Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución, published in March of 2019 and is the author of Border Women and the Community of Maclovio Rojas: Autonomy in the Spaces of Neoliberal Neglect published in September 2021. In 2022, she her Co-PIs were awarded two Andrew W. Mellon-Foundation funded Crossing Latinidades Humanities Research Initiative Grants for new work on Afro-Chicanx communities and Mexicana/Chicana activists in the borderlands. You can find out more about her work at: www.michelletellez.com.
About Keynote Speaker: Prof. Esther Hernández-Medina
Prof. Esther Hernández-Medina is a feminist academic, public policy expert, and activist from the Dominican Republic, with a particular interest in how marginalized groups are able to change and influence public policy in their favor. She is an Assistant Professor at Pomona College in Latin American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. And she holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Master in Gender and Development and a B.A. in Economics from INTEC in the Dominican Republic.
Location | Merrill Cultural Center at UC Santa Cruz
Light refreshments will be served outdoors in the courtyard of the Merrill Cultural Center