Conversation | Mestizaje: Past, Present, Future
Thursday, May 12, 6:00–7:30 p.m. CDT
Watch the recorded program:
Join scholars Karen Mary Davalos and Olga Gonzalez with moderator Xavier Tavera, curator of Mestizaje: Intermix Remix, for an in-depth conversation about the complexities of mestizaje and its impact on Latino/a/x identity. Panelists will share reflections on the significance of racial mixing through migration and colonization, the dynamics of self-identification, and the evolving meaning of mestizaje.
Karen Mary Davalos:
Karen Mary Davalos, Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, has written extensively about Chicana/o/x art, including the prize-winning book, Yolanda M. López (distributed by UMN Press, 2008). With Constance Cortez, she is leads Rhizomes: Mexican American Art Since 1848, a multi-component, digital ecosystem which includes an open-source search tool progressively linking art collections and related documents from libraries, archives, and museums. She has served on the Board of Directors of Self Help Graphics & Art since 2012.
Olga González is associate professor in the Anthropology Department at Macalester College, affiliated faculty in the Latin American Studies Program, and Associate Dean of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship. She is the author of Unveiling Secrets of War in the Peruvian Andes (University of Chicago Press, 2011) She has been the advisor for two traveling art exhibits in the United States, Weavings of War; Fabrics of Memory and Ayacucho: Tradition and Crisis in Peruvian Popular Art. In 2012 she curated the exhibit Ayacucho: The Times of Danger at the Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery. In 2018 she co-curated Resistencia Visual in Macalester’s Art Commons with Karen Bernedo and the collaboration of her Museum Anthropology students. Her current research focuses on memory, visuality and censorship in post-war Peru.