March, 2012

Librotraficante Caravan to “Smuggle” Borderlands and Other Banned Books Back into Arizona

March 20, 2012This week in the Huffington Post Blog, Emily Lutenski writes about the importance of student access to Ethnic Studies materials, specifically how Gloria Anzaldúa’s legendary Borderlands La Frontera, currently banned from classrooms in Arizona, remains vital for students of all ethnic backgrounds. Lutenski covers The Librotraficante Caravan, a group of educators and activists seeking to smuggle banned books back into Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico where Ethnic and Raza Studies are under attack. Borderlands is just one of the many banned books Librotraficante is working to re-distribute via its “underground libraries” in community centers and converted taco trucks that distribute books on-the-go.

Ellen Kuzwayo Honored at Rhodes University

March 19, 2012 • Ellen Kuzwayo, author of Call Me Woman, was one of four South Africans honored by Rhodes University earlier this month when the school renamed their Hilltop residences and Hilltop Hall. The other honorees were Amina Cachalia, Fort Calata and Desmond Tutu, and the four were selected for their inspirational lives.

Gloria Anzaldúa’s Enduring Legacy Celebrated in La Bloga

February 28, 2012 •

Imagine being at a conference… People are sitting on the floor, crammed against the walls, standing outside waiting to see if they can get in or to see if they can at least hear from a distance. There’s a buzz, an excitement about what is being discussed… I’m describing what has occurred at conferences when the topic of Gloria Anzaldúa’s work is discussed.

So begins Amelia M. L. Montes in her recently posted article at La Bloga, “Doing the Work That Matters”—The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa,” which discusses the formation and importance of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa (SSGA).

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