SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | March 23, 2016
Conversation with Cherríe Moraga: Feminist Identity and Education
Wednesday, March 23 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cherríe Moraga | Off the Map: Chicanas Writing Our Way into Being
Wednesday, March 23 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Alkek Library Teaching Theater
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Cherríe L. Moraga grew up two blocks from the San Gabriel Mission, just east of East Los Angeles. Her Mexican elders have all passed on, as she continues to write in their name.
Maestra Moraga is playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition, including a TCG Theatre Artist Residency Grant, the NEA's Theatre Playwrights' Fellowship, and two Fund for New American Plays Awards. In 2007, she was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature and is a recipient of The American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the "Pioneer" Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation.
Moraga is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Winner of the Before Columbus American Book Award, Bridge’s 4th edition was published by SUNY Press in 2015. Moraga’s most recent non-fiction collection is A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000-2010 (Duke University Press). She is also the author of the now classic Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por Sus Labios (1983) and The Last Generation (1993). In 1997, she published a memoir on motherhood entitled Waiting in the Wings and is presently completing another memoir entitled The Native Country of My Heart. Moraga has also published three volumes of drama through West End Press of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They include: Heroes and Saints and Other Plays, Watsonville/Circle in the Dirt, and The Hungry Woman/Heart of the Earth.
A San Francisco Bay Area playwright, Moraga has premiered and developed her work at theatres throughout San Francisco. Brava’s production of "Heroes and Saints" in 1992 received numerous awards for best original script, including the Drama-logue and Critic Circles Awards and the Pen West Award. Her plays have also been presented throughout the Southwest, as well as in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and New York. In 1995, "Heart of the Earth," Moraga's adaptation of the Popol Vuh, the Maya creation myth, opened at the Public Theatre and INTAR Theatre in New York City. Her most recent play, NEW FIRE—To Put Things Right Again, a collaboration with visual artist, Celia Herrera Rodríguez, had its world premiere at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco in January 2012. Over 3,000 people witnessed the work in its 10-day run. In 2015, she was awarded the MAP Fund/Creative Capital grant for her new play, “Mathematics of Love” to premiere in 2017 in San Francisco.
For nearly 20 years, Moraga has served as an Artist in Residence in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University and currently also shares a joint appointment with Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. She teaches Creative Writing, Chicano/Latino Theater, Indigenous Studies, Playwriting and more.
Cherríe Moraga is a founding member of La Red Xicana Indígena, an advocacy network of Xicanas working in education, the arts, and indigenous women’s rights. She is a mother and a grandmother, by blood and heart, several times over. She calls Oakland, California, home.