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UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society Hosts Chicano Art and Activism Conference

Music, Film, Theater, Readings and Lectures Scheduled Feb. 6 through 8

(January 29, 2003)

Graphic image for Conference registration

Graphic image for Conference registration

Artists, activists and scholars will come together for a three-day conference at the University of California, Riverside titled, “Revolution and Resistance: A Conference on the State of Chicana/o Art and Activism.”

Lectures, theatrical performances, music and a screening of the film, “Real Women Have Curves” are all planned for Thursday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 8, sponsored by the UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society. The conference is free to the public, but seating space is extremely limited and those attending must be registered for the conference by Feb. 1.

“We want to bring together noted scholars, artists, and activists to explore the ways art and activism are connected, and have always functioned together in the culture,” said Professor Emory Elliott, Director of the Center. He is leading the conference along with UC Riverside Professor of English, Tiffany Ana Lopez.

The conference will begin Thursday with a scholarly conversation between American Studies specialists from Madrid, Spain, and California-based scholars of Latina/o studies. That afternoon a performance based look at Latina/o Literature and Culture will include a reading by Susana Chavez-Silverman, editor of the critical volume "Tropicalizations" and winner of this year's El Andar Premio for personal narrative, followed by Maria Elena Fernandez, and her critically-acclaimed one-woman show, “Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist.”

On Friday, the conference marks the second annual Chicana/o Writers Day as part of the 26th annual UCR Writers Week organized by the Creative Writing Department. Three noted Chicana/o writers will read from their works. That evening, a dinner in the community will include a live performance by satiric comedy troupe Chicano Secret Service.

On Saturday, the final day of the conference, three panels feature some of the most important voices in Chicana/o arts and letters.

The day will begin with a keynote address by Cherrie Moraga. The first panel will focus on visions of community building in Chicana/o theater and performance. Speakers include: Monica Palacios, Tomas Carrasco (Chicano Secret Service), Olivia Chumacero (founding member of El Teatro Campesino), and critics Alicia Arrizon and Yolanda Broyles Gonzalez.

The panel will be followed by a group lunch and a performed visual work by Celia Rodriguez. The first afternoon panel will focus on art as a tool for social action. Speakers include Raul Villa, Tomas Benitez (Self Help Graphics), Debra Padilla (SPARC), Josefina Lopez (CASA 0101), Alma Lopez (Tongues/Viva), Harry Gamboa (ASCO), and Luis Alfaro (the Latino Theater Initiative).

Between the two afternoon panels there will be a brief intermission for a student performance of a scene from Cherrie Moraga's “Shadow of a Man.”

The final panel on youth culture will include cultural critic George Lipsitz, Trini Rodriguez (Tia Chucha’s Cultural Café), Dolores Chavez (Performing for Los Angeles Youth), Francisco Alarcon (children's book author), Raul Salinas (activist and poet) and Coral Lopez (RECLAIM/MY LUCHA). The conference will conclude with a closing reception featuring live music by Los Illegals curated by Josh Kun, a professor of English at UC Riverside, followed by a screening of the popular movie, “Real Women Have Curves.”

Information about the conference is available from Laura Lara Lozon, at (909) 787-3987 x11555 or email A full schedule is also on the web at

Parking on campus costs $6 during the day or $4 after 4 p.m. Parking at the University Extension Center costs $3 per day.

The event is sponsored by the UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society, funded by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation on “Intellectual Diversity and Excellence.” The Center fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary research, performances and conferences in areas that advance the understanding of human experience.

A Conference on the State of Chicana/o Art & Activism

Latina/o Literature and Culture Symposium
FEBRUARY 6, 2003 / Thursday
Humanities 1500

9 am: Welcome and Introduction,
Emory Elliott, Director, Center for Ideas and Society

9:15 am — 12:00 pm: Presentations by American Studies scholars from the
Universidad Complutense de Madrid:
Isabel Durán, "Latino/a autobiography: a poetics of difference, or different poetics?" Félix Martin, "Spanish Responses to the Chicano/a Writing and Culture "Ana Antón Pacheco, "Inside the Monster's Entrails: Anglo Myths and Global Acculturation" JoAnne Neff, "What's at the bottom of the 'Botellón'? Crisis of Identity in Spain"
U.S. scholars of Latina/o studies respond: George Lipsitz, UCSD * George Sanchez, USC * Jorge Mariscal, UCSD * Yvonne Yarbro Bejarano, Stanford * Alicia Gaspar de Alba, UCLA
** NOTE: If you plan to attend the Susana Chavez Silverman or Maria Elena Fernandez Performance on Thursday afternoon, tickets MUST be picked up at WILL CALL 30 minutes prior to the event. A WILL CALL booth will be in front of the Performance Lab on the day of the event. Due to the space limitations of these performances, any tickets that are NOT picked up 10 minutes prior to the event are subject to forfeiture.
Performance Lab, Fine Arts Building, Room 166

1 pm: Susana Chavez Silverman, Pomona College.
Bilingual word play from “Killer Crónicas; versiones del sur”

3 pm: Maria Elena Fernandez, “Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist”

Chicana/o Writers Day
FEBRUARY 7, 2003 / Friday
Humanities 1500

2 — 5 pm: Readings by Poets Juan Delgado, * Diana Garcia * Sandra Munoz. Sponsored by the Department of Creative Writing.

Welcome Dinner & Performance
FEBRUARY 7, 2003 / Friday
Zacatecas Restaurant and Community Center
2472 University Avenue, Riverside

5:30 pm: Conference Welcome Buffet Dinner

7 pm: Performance by Chicano Secret Service

Conference and Conversation
UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Avenue, Riverside

8:45 am: Welcome and Introduction,
Emory Elliott, Director, Center for Ideas and Society
Tiffany Ana Lopez, Conference Organizer

9 am: Keynote Address: Cherríe Moraga, playwright, author, activist

10:00 am: Visions of Community Building in Theater and Performance
* Alicia Arrizon, UCR Moderator * Cherríe Moraga, Stanford * Monica Palacios, Activist Performer * Tomas Carrasco, Chicano Secret Service * Yolanda Broyles Gonzalez, UC Santa Barbara * Olivia Chumacero, El Teatro Campesino

12:00 noon: Catered Group Lunch

1:00 pm Performance Image by Celia Rodriguez

1: 30 pm: Organizations for Change: Arts and Social Action
* Raul Villa, Occidental College, Moderator * Josefina Lopez, CASA 0101 * Tomas Benitez, Self Help Graphics * Alma Lopez, Tongues Magazine * Luis Alfaro, Latino Theater Initiative * Harry Gamboa, ASCO * Debra Padilla, SPARC

3:00 pm: Performance Break
A scene from one of Moraga’s plays by UCR students. Directed by Adelina Anthony, Director of the world premiere of Cherrie Moraga’s The Hungry Woman.

3:30 pm: Future Imaginings with/through Youth Culture
George Lipsitz, UCSD, Moderator * Dolores Chavez, P.L.A.Y, Mark Taper Forum
* Raul Salinas, activist and poet * Trini Rodriguez, Tia Chucha’s Cultural Cafe * Francisco Alarcon, UC Davis & children’s author * Coral Lopez, MY LUCHA

5:00 pm: Closing Reception
Los Illegals: Music curated by Josh Kun.

Watkins 1000
7:00 pm-9:00pm: Screening of “Real Women Have Curves”




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