Ahead of her time, ground-breaking author and literary icon Gloria Anzaldúa had to fight to have her voice heard in an academic world that thought she was too brown, too bilingual, too Mexican and too gay.
While a student at the University of Texas, Anzaldúa struggled to have her then-radical ideas accepted by academia. She eventually left Texas for California, but never forgot her south Texas roots. Anzaldúa’s books — “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza” and the anthology “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color,” co-edited by Cherrié Moraga — have inspired hundreds of writers, scholars, artists and others from around the world, addressing themes of borders, identity, gender and oppression.
If you go …
“El Mundo Zurdo” events that are free and open to the public
- Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. welcome reception by LILLAS-Benson at Sir Richardson Hall, Unit 1, 2300 Red River St.
- Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. “Noche de Cultura,” poet and artist showcase at the Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave.
Visit http://bit.ly/1IFoIfH for more information about conference. To learn more about Gloria Anzaldúa, check out “The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader,” edited by AnaLouise Keating.