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  • April 19th | Workshop

"Reproduce and Revolt: A Social Justice Poster Workshop" by Favianna Rodriguez

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | The Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio (602 Avenue J)
FREE and open to the public! No experience needed.


There has never been a movement for social change without art and culture being central to that movement. Art can inspire, educate, and help spur the imagination beyond the realms of what politics can do. Social justice posters, in particular, are powerful living reminders of struggles for worldwide peace and justice. In this workshop, students will hear a short lecture by Favianna, and learn the guiding principles for effective poster design and create a poster of their own utilizing stock graphics from the book, ​Reproduce and Revolt​, by Favianna Rodriguez and Josh MacPhee.

  • April 20th | Speakers

Norma E. Cantú, Ph.D., Professor (Emeritus), Trinity University
San Antonio, TX

Plenary Speaker

Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room | 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
FREE and open to the public!

Dr. Norma Cantú, Professor, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&I at Laredo and Kingsville, respectively, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. At Laredo State University, later renamed Texas A&M International University, she taught and served as Chair and Interim Dean. She was a senior arts administrator with the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC and was Acting Chair of the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her teaching interests include Cultural Studies, Contemporary Literary Theory, Border Studies, Chicano/a and Latina/o Literature & Film, Folklore and Women's Studies. Dr. Cantú has published articles on a number or academic subjects as well as poetry and fiction. Her publications on border literature, the teaching of English, quinceañera celebration and the matachines, a religious dance tradition have earned her an international reputation as a scholar and folklorist. She has co-edited four books and edited a collection of testimonios by Chicana scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Her award winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. She edits the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Culture and Traditions book series at The Texas A&M University Press.

Latina/o literatures, Chicana/o literatures, border studies, folklore, women's studies, creative writing

Favianna Butterfly Wings
Favianna Rodriguez, Artist
Oakland, CA

Keynote Speaker

Student Union Bldg. | Matador Room | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public!

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and political activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that's visionary and transformational. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. She was recently featured in a documentary series titled Migration is Beautiful which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policy in the United States. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities. In 2016, she was named a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist fellowship. Currently, Rodriguez is about to embark on her first major public art project: a largescale glass mural to be installed at the Garfield public pool in the Mission district in San Francisco.

  • April 21 | Workshop

Norma Cantu Canicula

"Writing as Witnessing" by Dr. Norma E. Cantu
A Writers Workshop

9:00 a.m. - Refreshments (coffee & pan dulce) | English Building Atrium
10:00 a.m. - Writing Workshop | English Building, Room 201
FREE and open to the public! No experience needed.


"I see a mosaic pattern (Aztec-like) emerging, a weaving pattern, thin here, thick there . . . This almost finished product seems an assemblage, a montage...now appearing, now disappearing in a crazy dance. The whole thing has a mind of its own, escaping me and insisting on putting together the pieces of its own puzzle with minimal direction from my will." – Gloria Anzaldua.