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The annual CWU Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series continues this month with poet, novelist, memoirist, and human rights activist Marjorie Agosin. She will be presenting on Tuesday, November 1st at noon in Black Hall room 151 and again at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union room 137.
After spending her early life in Chile, Agosin and her family fled to the United States to escape former dictator Augusto Pinochet’s rule. As an adult, she has used her writing to bring justice and voices to the oppressed.
Following Agosin’s 7:30 p.m. reading of her work, her books will be available for sale courtesy of the CWU Wildcat Shop. She will also be giving a craft talk titled “Cartographies of a Dream: A Poet’s Notebook” at noon that same day. Both events are free and open to the public.
Agosin will complete her visit to CWU by giving a lecture entitled “Threads that Speak: The History of the Chilean Arpilleras” in the Museum of Culture and Environment on Thursday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m. The museum is currently featuring her collection of arpilleras, small tapestries constructed out of leftover cloth, in the “Threads of Hope: The Arpilleras Movement in Chile” exhibit.
Agosin’s collection, which tells the story of abuse and of human rights activists who “disappeared” during Pinochet’s dictatorship, is on display in Dean Hall through December 10. Both exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.
Agosin is the author of more than two dozen books, including poetry, memoirs, short stories, essays, and a novel. She has been recognized by the United Nations for her human rights work, and is the winner of a Jeanette Rankin Award in Human Rights and the Letras de Oro Prize. She has also been honored by the Chilean government with a Gabriela Mistral Medal for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently a professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. Her visit is part of CWU’s annual Social Justice Dialogue on migration.
This event is sponsored by CWU College of Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Museum of Culture and Environment, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Department of World Languages and Cultures, Karen Gookin, and the Wildcat Shop.
Persons with disabilities may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1745 or emailing DS@cwu.edu.