Mon. 7/6, 7p: On Espejos de Aztlán, New Mexican author Dr. Lillian Gorman shares insights from her research on the 4th of July Fiestas in Las Vegas, New Mexico. In a re-evaluation of the Fiestas cultural richness and its deeply rooted anchor as querencia for many northern Nuevomexicanos. We will chat about these Fiestas as a “love of place” and as a "contestatory space" at the same time, hosted by Cristina Baccin.
Dr. Gorman is currently Director of the Spanish as a Heritage Language Program and Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona. Her work, “Remapping patriotic practices: The Case of the Las Vegas 4th of July Fiestas” is published in the recently released book Querencia: Reflections on the New Mexico homeland edited by Dr. Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, Inaugural Poet Laureate of New Mexico Levi Romero, and Dr. Spencer R. Herrera, published by the University of New Mexico Press.