Marjorie Agosín, award-winning poet, essayist, fiction writer, activist and professor, is at UNM this week. On Thursday, March 6 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in Mitchell Hall room 122, Agosín offers a presentation and discussion, "Weaving Resistance Women, Creativity, and Social Change." She presents, "The Exile Writer and the Literary Imagination in the Americas," on Friday, March 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Ortega Hall reading room, located on the third floor.
Agosín's lecture on "Weaving Resistance: Women, Creativity, and Social Change" is followed by a panel discussion with Margaret Randall, Margo Chávez and Iktemal Jaber. Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist; Chávez teaches interdisciplinary classes at the University Honors College at UNM, using history and literature to create classes revolving around issues of peace, social justice, and intercultural communication; while Jaber is a fine arts student whose work (mostly involving photography, printmaking and the visual arts) focuses on themes of Palestinian identity/subjects of women in exile.
According to Voices from the Gap, "Coming from a South American country and being Jewish, Agosín's writings demonstrate a unique blending of these cultures." She is a well-known spokesperson for the plight and priorities of women in Third World countries. Her deep social concerns and accomplishments have earned her many awards and recognitions, and she has gained an international reputation among contemporary women of color. Agosín, a passionate writer, has received critical acclaim for her poetry collections, her close reflections on her parents and family, and her multi-layered stories. Within every novel, story or poem, she captures the very essence of Jewish women at their best. Agosín's works reveal the experiences of pain and anguish of Jewish refugees. She writes about the Holocaust as well as anti-Semitic events that occurred in her native land.
Agosín currently teaches at Wellesley College, where she is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Spanish. This event is sponsored by the International Studies Institute, LAII, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University College, Department of Art & Art History, National Hispanic Cultural Center and Women & Creativity 2014.