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2011.09.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

OLLAS Charla Series Starts Sept. 20

Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will kick off its 2011-2012 Charla series at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 20, with a lecture by Dr. Maylei Blackwell in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

The event is free, and open to the UNO community and the public.

Blackwell is an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches and conducts research at the Cesar Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She specializes in gender, politics of race, indigenous women rights, Latin American feminism, and borderland studies. Her research focuses on Chicana, Mexican and Latino women.

Blackwell’s UNO presentation will be based on her latest book, ¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement, published earlier this year by the University of Texas Press.

In the book, Blackwell retells the stories of the emergence of Chicana feminism in the student- and community-based organizations throughout southern California and the Southwest during the 1960s and 1970s.

“Dr. Blackwell speaks truth about all women who have been written out of history,” said Dr. Thomas Sanchez, OLLAS and sociology professor. “The truth is that these lives were as important to society then as they are today. Chicanas were at the vanguard of the Chicano movement and retain that position in Chicano studies.”

The Charla (which means “chat” or “conversation” in Spanish) is part of several UNO events celebrating Latino Heritage Month, sponsored by OLLAS, Student Organizations and Leadership Programs, and the Student Cultural Programming Committee.

The Sept. 20 Charla is co-sponsored by the Department of History and Women’s and Gender Studies program.

For more information, contact Yuriko Doku (402) 554-3835, or visit the OLLAS website: www.unomaha.edu/ollas.

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