AUTHOR TO DISCUSS “HEALING THE WOUNDS OF RACISM AND FEAR” AT THE RUTH B. SHANNON CENTER

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AUTHOR TO DISCUSS “HEALING THE WOUNDS OF RACISM AND FEAR” AT THE RUTH B. SHANNON CENTER 

Whittier, CA (September 2, 2005)—Award-winning author Norma Elia Cantú will discuss “Surviving Patriotism: Healing the Wounds of Racism and Fear” on Monday, September 12, at 7:30p.m. in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Avenue in Whittier. This event, part of the Fall 2005 Hartley House Faculty Masters Program, is free and open to the public. For directions to the theater or for parking information, please call the Box Office, (562) 907-4203. 

Cantú is the keynote speaker at the lanzamiento, an event celebrating the spring release of One Wound for Another: Una Herida por Otra, a book co-published by Whittier College, Colorado College, and Universidad Autónoma de Mexico. The evening program, which will also include a reading given by internationally-renown poet Antonieta Villamil, is dedicated to the memory of Gloria Anzaldua, acclaimed Chicana writer who died shortly after submitting her final essay—the one published in One Wound for Another. 

Author of novels, essays, short fiction, articles, and poetry, Norma E. Cantú is a recognized expert in the fields of Chicana/o and Latina/o literature, folklore, and borderland studies. Her two most recent works—Soldiers of the Cross: Los matachines de la Santa Cruz and Entre Malinche y Guadalupe: Tejanas in Literature and Art—will be published later this year. Cantú is also a frequent guest lecturer and has been invited to present her research and read from her work at literary festivals, academic and professional conferences, and various venues around the globe.  

In addition to her prolific writing career, Cantú is currently a professor with the University of Texas, San Antonio, where she also teaches courses in creative writing, literary criticism, and women’s studies. She holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Texas A&I University and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska.

Colombian poet, editor, activist, and translator Antonieta Villamil is the author of seven books, including  Los Acantilados del Sueño, for which she won the International Poetry Award "Gastón Baquero 2001.” Recognized for her work focusing on giving voice to “the forgotten ones,” Villamil was also included in the 2004 documentary film Poetry In War Time, which humanizes the faces and impact of war through images and poetry. Besides composing her own creative work, Villamil directs Casa de Poesa / House of Poetry, the poetry review Moradalsur and poetry workshop, and is an on-air host for a Spanish language radio show on contemporary poets for KPFK  90.7FM Los Angeles.  

The Ruth B. Shannon Center is located on the northeast corner of Painter Ave. and Philadelphia St. on the Whittier College campus. 

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. 

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County.       

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