Entre Mujeres: Tuesday, April 15 7:30 p.m.

The Scripps College Humanities Institute
invites you to the final event of the spring series, “Feminisms and the
Radical Imagination,”
and Professor Cándida F. Jáquez’s last event as director

“Entre Mujeres (Between Women): Embodied Knowledges”

Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. in Garrison Theater at the Scripps
Performing Arts Center

Author and Professor of Creative Writing, Cornell University
Assistant Professor of Chicano Studies, Scripps College
Director, Scripps College Humanities Institute
Associate Professor of Music, Scripps College
Adjunct Faculty, Claremont Graduate University

Scholars, musicians, writers, and artists , Helena María Viramontes,
Alma Martinez, Martha Gonzalez, and Cándida Jáquez join to create an
evening peña. A peña is most broadly conceived as a community gathering
through the arts that often relates to social justice issues. These
women bring spoken word, music, and dance from feminist perspectives
that define and critically reflect intersectional struggles across race,
class, and sexuality. These feministas present their work as an open
dialogue across multiple communities. Each addresses power relations in
how she creates art and scholarship to shape social and cultural debates
within those communities. Please join us as they bring their collective
knowledge and artistry to the stage.

Helena María Viramontes is the author of Their Dogs Came with Them, a
novel, and two previous works of fiction, The Moths and Other Stories
and Under the Feet of Jesus, a novel. Named a USA Ford Fellow in
Literature for 2007 by United States Artists, she has also received the
John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, a
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Luis Leal Award, and a
Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Viramontes
is currently professor of creative writing in the Department of English
at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she is at work on a new
Alma Martinez holds a doctorate in drama from Stanford University and a
master’s of fine arts in acting from USC. She attended the Centro
Universitario de Teatro at the National University of Mexico, the Royal
Academy of Dramatic Art and studied with Lee Strasberg, Jerzi Grotowski,
Arianna Mnouchkine, and Anna Deveare Smith. In 2010 she initiated a
production of Zoot Suit with the National Theatre Company of Mexico in
Mexico City and served as U.S.-Mexico project coordinator. In 2011 the
Association of Theatre Journalists in Mexico City awarded the play “Best
Musical,” the first such award for a non-Mexican play. A Fulbright
scholar, Alma’s research focuses on Chicano and Latin American political
theatre between 1965-1976. Alma holds the distinction of being the first
Latina/o PhD to be inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, Actors’ Branch and the Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences, Actors’ Peer Group.
Martha Gonzalez was born and raised in East Los Angeles and is a Chicana
artivista (artist/activist), feminist music theorist, and academic. Her
academic interest in music has been fueled by her own musicianship as a
singer and percussionist for East L.A’s Quetzal for the last 17 years.
The traveling exhibit “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,”
sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, featured Quetzal as leaders and
innovators of Chicano music. This feat, coupled with a Grammy Award for
Quetzal’s May 2012 album, “Imaginaries,” (released on the Smithsonian
Folkways label), marks the importance of her past and ongoing work. As a
musician, Gonzalez has collaborated and/or toured with artists such as
Los Lobos, Los Van Van, Jackson Brown, Susana Baca, Perla Batalla,
Jaguares, Ozomatli, Jonathan Richman, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas,
¡Cubanismo!, Taj Mahal, Tom Waits, Los Super Seven, Lila Downs, Raul
Malo, Rick Treviño, Son De Madera, Relicario, Chuchumbe Cakewalk, The B-side Players, Teatro Campesino, and Laura Rebolloso. In
these ways, music pedagogy and transnational music movement experience
have influenced Gonzalez’s scholarship.
Cándida F. Jáquez is an associate professor and ethnomusicologist in the
Music Department at Scripps College. Her research has focused on Latino
popular and Mexican traditional music with a specialty in women’s
mariachi performance across the complexities of performativity,
ethnographic research, race, class, and gender. She is the co-editor,
with Frances Aparicio, of Musical Migrations: Transnationalism and
Cultural Hybridity in Latin/o America, Volume I. She is currently
completing a book manuscript concerning mariachi performance in North
America. In addition to research in Latino music, Cándida is pursuing a
multi-year study of indigenous music and dance surrounding the iconic
figure of La Virgen de Guadalupe in feast day celebrations at the Mexico
City Basilica. A former vice president of the Board of Directors for the
Arte Américas Museum, Cándida remains an active member of the Chicana
community in promoting the arts and education for under-represented
groups. She can also be found on stage from time to time as a violinist
and singer in the mariachi tradition.

Join us this semester as we explore multiple feminist narratives and
trajectories, addressing the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race,
power, and social justice within and beyond the academy.

Events are free and open to the public.

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directions and parking information can be found here at
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Amy Emmert
Program Administrator
Scripps College Humanities Institute

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