Black History Month Lecture - Chocolate City Latina: One Story of Afro-Latinidad in Detroit

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Date: February 23, 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: online
Category: Other

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The Latinx Faculty Staff Association is pleased to present this lecture celebrating Black History Month.

Alicia Diaz is an instructor for the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University. Recent courses taught include Introduction to Latino/a Studies Interdisciplinary Research, Introduction to Latinx Speculative Fiction, and Community Engagement and Narrative through the Practice of Ofrendas. A lifelong Detroiter with African American and Puerto Rican roots, Alicia uses a mix of historical and contemporary art, media and literature to bring complex topics on race and identity to life for her students.

Alicia also is the director of the documentary short Dangerous Times, Rebellious Responses, for which she received a Knight Foundation Detroit arts grant. The film examines Detroit’s role as a sanctuary for Central American refugees in the 1980s.

She received her bachelor's and J.D. degrees from Wayne State University.

The title of Alicia's talk is taken from the 2006 book of poetry entitled Chocolate City Latina by Esperanza Malave ​Cintrón, Ph.D., a native Detroiter, a gifted writer of poetry and prose, and a dedicated academic.

Sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.