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Guest Lecture: Spencer Herrera, 2017 Jim & Linda Burke Visiting Scholar

Date: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 17:00

The Doel Reed Center for the Arts 2017 Jim & Linda Burke Visiting Scholar, Spencer Herrara, will present a talk based on his book Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland (UNM Press) on April 5.

Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland is a book about Chicana/a culture and the idea of culture as sacred. A sacred place is where two or more gather in the name of community. It can be found almost anywhere and yet it is elusive: a charro arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to Chimayó, NM, a curandero's shrine in South Texas, or at a bi-national Mass along the border. Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. The presentation includes a reading from the book accompanied by a photo-slideshow. Below is some more information about the book and its success. 

 

Acclaim:

"Sagrado's three talented artists represent the best in contemporary Chicano poetry, art and history. One of the most important books I've read recently."

-- Rudolfo Anaya

 

 "These poems are photos, these photos are poems, and together with the historical testimony that reads delicious as cuento, they are prayers said on behalf of others. A book to teach with or to teach ourselves things we forgot. Wise, heartfelt, generous, grace-filled, and, above all, created with love. And everybody knows whatever is made with love siempre sale bonito. A thousand and one blessings to the artists for this labor from el corazón."

-- Sandra Cisneros

 

Winner of:

2015 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention
2014 Border Regional Library Association SW Book Award
2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Multicultural Subject