The HWS community will welcome Debra A. Castillo to campus on Friday, Feb. 19, as the guest speaker in this year’s Anita Canizares Lecture Series. This event, titled, “(Don’t) Tell: Children in the Border zone,” sponsored by the Latin American Organization, will be held in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with refreshments served afterward.
A professor of romance studies and comparative literature at Cornell University, Castillo specializes in contemporary narrative from the Spanish-speaking world, gender studies, cultural theory, and visual studies. She is the author, editor, or translator of 10 books, including “Talking Back: Strategies for a Latin American Feminist Literary Criticism,” “Easy Women: Sex and Gender in Modern Mexican Fiction” and (co written with María Socorro Tabuenca Córdoba) “Border Women: Writing from La Frontera.” Her most recent book is “Re-dreaming America: toward a Bilingual Understanding of American Literature,” where she discusses at length the question of Latino identity in the United States.
The lecture series was created to honor and remember the work done by the late Anita Canizares, the first Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Event organizer Sky Davis ’10, of the Latin American Organization, said Canizares was a vital part of the community “not only because of her love of HWS but also because of her love of education.” “We invited Dr. Castillo to campus because we felt that she best mirrors what we believe Anita stood for,” Davis said.