Preserving, Sharing Powerful Stories: Humanities Dialogues at ASU Poly

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A new series kicks off at ASU's Polytechnic campus this fall to promote conversation across disciplines. The Humanities Dialogues at ASU Poly will each feature presentations by two faculty members sharing recent scholarship or projects. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend! 

The first event in the series features faculty members Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez and Patricia Colleen Murphy on Sept. 27:

“Chicana Movidas: Activism and Archives in Rural Wyoming” by Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez

This presentation will focus on a documentary that highlights the struggles of a Chicano community in Riverton, Wyoming to advocate for improved living conditions in their South Park Barrio. At the forefront of organizing efforts were Chicanas who utilized their University of Wyoming education and a spirit of activism to create movidas in their barrio. The documentary blends archival footage from 1986 with new footage from 2016, when the South Park community came together to celebrate 30 years of Chicano activism.   

Vanessa Fonseca is an assistant professor of English at ASU Polytechnic campus, where she teaches courses on Chicana/o and indigenous literature and film. She co-directs the Following the Manito Trail project, which looks at the Hispanic New Mexican, or Manito, diaspora from the mid-1800s to the present. The project team has conducted about 40 interviews of New Mexicans who migrated to Wyoming in the early 1900s and is now looking at Eastern Arizona as a migration point for New Mexicans who found work in the sheepherding and mining industries. She is interested in oral histories, folklore, digital stories and how one develops a sense of place for home and for new environments as a result of migration.

“Superstition Review” by Patricia Murphy, founding editor of Superstition Review  

Superstition Review is the original online literary magazine at ASU. Founded in 2008, Superstition Review has published 21 issues featuring 1,084 international artists and authors. The magazine's audience of 51,000+ is constantly growing over nine social media channels, a blog, a newsletter and the magazine.

Patricia Murphy is a principal lecturer at ASU where she teaches magazine production. Since founding the literary magazine Superstition Review in 2008, she has served 285 student interns, many of whom have established successful careers in publishing, web design, freelance writing and academia. Murphy's book of poems "Hemming Flames" won the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award and the Milton Kessler Poetry Award in 2017. She has published her writing in many of the top national literary magazines.

Mark your calendars now for the October and November events in this series, which will focus on: 

  • "Horror and Disguise" — Thursday, Oct. 25, noon to 1:15 p.m., Santa Catalina Hall 122, featuring presentations by Donald Guillory, James Sabata, Cindy McDonald and Jeni Grossman.
  • "Happiness and Beauty" — Thursday, Nov. 8, noon to 1:15 p.m., Santa Catalina Hall 122, featuring presentations by Elaine Yoshikawa and Ian Moulton.
Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Wendy R. Williams, Assistant Professor of English
Thurs., Sept. 27, 2018, 2-3:15 p.m.
Santa Catalina Hall 133
Polytechnic campus

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