UH Center for Mexican American Studies’ Fall Speaker Series Begins Sept. 18

“The Chicana woman does not want to be liberated.”

The words come from members of the Chicana Caucus at the 1969 First National Chicano Youth Conference in Denver.  The path from that bold declaration of Chicana feminism to today is the subject of Professor Denise Segura’s talk, “Challenging Patriarchal Eagles and Risking the Personal: Chicana Feminisms Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”  It is part of the University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies’ 40th Anniversary Fall Speaker Series.  

Segura is professor of sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara and is an affiliated professor in the department of Chicana/o studies program in Latin America and Iberian studies.  She specializes in Chicana/o feminism, Latina/o education and Chicana/Mexicana education.  

The lecture takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the 2nd floor Rockwell Pavilion of the M.D. Anderson Library.  The event is free and open to the public.   CMASlogo

“In this presentation, I reflect across the borderlands of time and space upon the ways in which Chicana feminisms have challenged the ‘tradition of silence’ and reclaimed our unique funds of knowledge to organize ourselves and our communities to create new paths for sexual and social agency,” Segura said. 

The center is celebrating its 40th anniversary this fall with a host of events, culminating in a November scholarship banquet. 

Also on the Fall Speaker Series:

  • Oct. 3 “MAYO and Mexican American Studies at UH in 1972”—UH and MAYO Alums
  • Oct. 18 “Return to Aztlan: Mexican Americans and the Immigration Debate”—Nestor Rodriguez (UT)
  • Oct. 18 “Gendered Migration from Mexico to the U.S. and Resultant Labor Patterns”—Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (USC)
  • Oct. 18 “No Undocumented Child Left Behind”—Michael Olivas (UH Law Center)
  • Oct. 23 “Reflections of a Huelga (Strike) School Teacher—Augustina Reyes (UH)
  • Oct. 23 “The Historical and Contemporary Significance of the Chicano School Walkouts”—Guadalupe San Miguel (UH)
  • Oct. 25 “Exploring the Political Edge with the Brown Berets: an Ethnography of the Chicano Movement”— David Montejano (UC-Berkeley)
WHAT: UH Center for Mexican American Studies’ 40th Anniversary Fall Speaker Series

WHO:   Featuring Denise Segura, professor of sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara

WHEN: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18

WHERE: Rockwell Pavilion, 2nd floor, M.D. Anderson Library