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Featured Event


Wed, March 6 | 5:00 PM | MultiCultural Center (MCC) Theatre

A Reading by Sandra Cisneros; in Conversation with Cherríe Moraga

Far from the heart-song of Sandra Cisneros’ 1984 signature “The House on Mango Street,” her new book of poems, “Woman Without Shame,” offers an intimate portrait of full-grown desire - for home, for freedom, for sex, and for laughter. In conversation with Cherríe Moraga, co-founder & co-director Las Maestras Center for Xicanx Indigenous Thought, Art and Social Praxis, the writers will discuss a wide -range of topics, including the binational complexity of la MeXicana's return; the marvel of the body in the age of aging, and the pure pleasure of writing poems.

Speaker Bio: Sandra Cisneros: Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her novel The House on Mango Street Has sold over seven million copies, has been translated into over twenty-five languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Her new collection of poetry, Woman Without Shame, was published in 2022 by Knopf Sandals. Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. As a single woman, she chose to have books instead of children. She earns her living by her pen. Cherríe Moraga: Cherríe Moraga is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. A Distinguished Professor of English at UC Santa Barbara, Moraga is the co-founder & co-director Las Maestras Cent

Photo Credit: Keith Dannemiller

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In 1969, the Chicano Coordinating Council on Higher Education met at UC Santa Barbara to draft El Plan de Santa Barbara, a document that served as the foundation for educational curriculum and community organizing across California. Another outcome was the formation of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). 

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