The Latina/o Literatures Committee in the English Department invites faculty, staff, and students to join us in celebrating Latina/o and Latin American cultures, histories, and communities at the Symposium on Latinx Culture at LaGuardia on Monday, April 16, 2018. This year’s symposium will focus on "Mental Health in Latinx communities" but submissions are welcome on any aspect of Latinx experiences, including but not limited to:
- Latinx literature, music, performance, and visual culture
- Disability, accessibility, inclusivity
- Migration and immigration
- Latinx genders and sexualities
- Policing, criminalization, detention
- Hurricane Maria, the earthquake in Mexico
- Trauma and healing
- Activism and community resistance
Our keynote speaker is award-winning Latina feminist mental health activist Dior Vargas.
Dior Vargas is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project. With the photo project, Vargas challenges the lack of media representation of POC and mental illness and hopes to end the stigma around these issues in communities of color. You can find more information about the project in the attached opinion piece where Vargas shares her experiences with mental illness and the start of the photo project. You can also check out her website: http://diorvargas.com/poc-mental-illness/
Faculty and staff are invited to present their own research or creative work or nominate current or former students to present. Please email 200-word proposals and 100-word bios to Dr. Sonia Alejandra Rodríguez email@example.com and Dr. Belkis González firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 16, 2018.
Please view the Latinx Culture Symposium flyer for more information.
The Symposium is co-sponsored by The English Department’s Latina/o Literature Committee, the College Association, Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), the Women’s Center, Campus Life, the Office for Students with Disabilities, and the Wellness Center.