Gloria Velásquez, novelist, poet, pioneering Chicana activist, and professor in Modern Languages and Literatures, will discuss her work and its inspiration with Robert Inchausti, professor of English. The discussion will take place on Friday May 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Kennedy Library, room 111H. There will be time for audience questions and light refreshments will be served. The event is part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series at Kennedy Library.
About the Author
Gloria Velásquez is a professor in the modern languages and literatures department at Cal Poly and is an internationally acclaimed author who holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Latin American and Chicano Literatures. She is considered an early pioneer of the Chicano Art Renaissance, and her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies throughout the U.S. and Europe. Velásquez is the author of two bilingual collections of poetry, I Used to Be a Superwoman (1994) and Xicana on the Run (2005). She is creator of the popular Roosevelt High School Series, which includes nine novels to date. The ninth novel in the series, Tommy Stands Tall (2013) is the sequel to one of Velásquez’s earlier novels (Tommy Stands Alone) which made national headlines when it was banned in 1995. Gloria has received many honors for her writings and achievements and has been included in numerous literary biographies such as Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans, Something about the Author and Contemporary Authors.
About the Guest
Robert Inchausti is a professor in the english department at Cal Poly. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1981 and has published several books on Thomas Merton, the influential author who effectively merged social activism with his vocation as a Trappist monk. In 2014 the State University Press of New York published Robert’s book, Thinking Through Thomas Merton: Contemplation for Contemporary Times. An earlier work, Subversive Orthodoxies: Outlaws, Revolutionaries and other Christians in Disguise, recently appeared in a second edition.
About the Conversation
The interests, history and experiences that Gloria and Robert share in social activism and its relation to arts of the word ensure that theirs will be a fascinating conversation casting light for us all on both the present and the past.