"Mind and Body: Gloria Anzaldúa, Xicanísima and Beyond", February 22

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
February 14, 2020

A one-day symposium: "Mind and Body: Gloria Anzaldúa, Xicanísima and Beyond", February 22, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., features Seattle University alumni, students, professors, and internationally renowned poets, writers, and academics addressing the "Other" within LGBTQ+, Latinx, and migrant communities.

The symposium is led by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, 2018-20 Theilene McCone-Pigott Chair in Humanities and Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures and Women and Gender Studies. The event is co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the SU Law School.

Flyer artwork for eventRenowned speakers include Norma Cantú, Martina Giselle Ramírez, Jodi O'Brien, Shari Dworkin, Jeanette Rodríguez, Nalini Iyer, Christina Herrera, Randa Tawil, Steven Bender, Juan Velasco, and many others. This event is free and open to all. Online, advance RSVP is requested, in order to accommodate meals and dietary needs/

MIND AND BODY: Gloria Anzaldúa, Xicanísima, and Beyond
A One-Day Symposium at Seattle University
February 22, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Casey Atrium and Pigott Building

RSVP online here.

Program Details (subject to change)

8:00 a.m.

  • REGISTRATION in Casey Commons, 5th floor of Casey Building

8:15 a.m.

  • OPENING with Dr. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Theiline Pigott McCone Chair of Humanities and Provost Shane Martin

8:30 a.m.

  • Opening Poetry reading: Demetria Martínez,  What Then Shall We Do: Crossing Borders of Conscience

9-10:30 a.m.

  • Introductory Panel: "Mind and Body: Gloria Anzaldúa, Xicanísima and Beyond" with Norma Cantú, Jodi O'Brien, Steven Bender, Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, and Juan Velasco

10:45 a.m. – noon

Morning Presentations

  • Panel A: "Alumni: The Immigrant and The Other in the Pacific Northwest.” Location: TBD. Moderator: Gabriela Boyle. Panelists:  Noemi Natividad, Vanessa Castañeda, Veronica Eldredge, Mónica Reyes
  • Panel B: “The Catholic Church and the Immigrant: Mapping and Assessing Expressions of Solidarity in Western Washington." Location: TBD. Moderator: Prof. Audrey Hudgins. Presented by students from the class US-Mexico Border: Contemporary Perspectives, Jonathan Young, Gareth Fairchok, Temperance Johnson, Mindy Miller, Meilani Mandery, Kellen Fitzgerald, Lynn Nguyen, Jake Goguen, Alexis Balomaga, Alexa Montenegro, Alexandra Schulte, Alena Hinojosa, Cande Hierro-Terrell, Michael Desimone, Ale Weber, Anna Kirkpatrick, Sam Fisher, Mikaelyn Blanding, and Gwen Carmichael

Noon-1:30 p.m.

  • LUNCH and Second Plenary. "Mind and Body: Theorizing, Belonging and Social Class in Institutions.” Location: TBD. With Jeanette Rodríguez, PhD, Juan Velasco, PhD, Nalini Iyer, PhD, East Indians in the Pacific Northwest, Cristina Herrera

1:45-3 p.m.

Afternoon Presentations

  • Panel A: Location: TBD. Steven Bender, JD:  "Snapshots of Law, Vida, and Cultura in the Borderlands" and Audrey Hudgins, EdD, “Encounter in the Borderlands: At the intersections of Catholic Social Teaching and US Immigration Policy”
  • Panel B: "Arabs and Borders in and out of the Arab World.” Location: TBD. Nova Robinson, PhD: "Unwanted Immigration and Naturalization Services and the Deportation of Syrian Women in the 1930s," Randa Tawil, PhD Candidate: “The Borders Never Leave You: Syrian Women's Mobility Across Borders in the Early 20th Century” and  Maryam Griffin

3:00-3:30 p.m.

  • AFTERNOON TEA-Casey Commons

3:30 – 5 p.m. Presentations

  • Panel A: Community Savings Programs in Mexico: Comparing Models and their Impact on Poverty Alleviation, Migration Patterns, and Empowerment. Location: TBD. Moderator: Audrey Hudgins, EdD. Presented by students from the class Global Poverty and Migration, Nicole Beauvais, Shariz Dizon, Abby Eom, Michael Haran,Nam Huynh, Noelle Ichimura, Chris Inouye, Claire Kurronen, Nate Nollan, Mark Penner, Lars Schmassmann, Alexcia Straw, Saniel Sunny, Janae Theodore, and Ruth Zekariase
  • Panel B: "Word Images: New Perspectives on Canícula and Other Works” by Norma Elia Cantú. Location: TBD. Norma Cantú, PhD, Juan Velasco, PhD, Stephen Bender, JD, Veronica Eldredge, and Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD

5 – 6:30 p.m.

  • DINNER Plenary: "Mind and Body: Science, Research, Cuiredad and 'The Other.” Location: TBD. Shari Dworkin, PhD, Martina Giselle Ramírez, PhD, Marianne Mork, Connie Anthony, PhD

7 – 8 p.m.

  • Palabras de Medio Día: Poetry Reading and Open Mic. Location: TBD. The Poet Activist, Art, Film and artistic collaboration. Demetria Martínez and Veronica Eldredge. Closing Poetry/Fiction readings about the border, immigrants and activists, Norma Elia Cantú, NW Latino Writers Collective, Claudia Castro Luna, Rita Wirkala, Juan Carlos Reyes, and Jim Cantú