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UTSA's Norma Cantu to speak about walking trek through Spain

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(Dec. 6, 2011) -- The UTSA Department of English will host Norma Cantu, UTSA professor of English, speaking on "Walking the Path: El Camino de Santiago" at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (1.338) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In winter 2010, Cantu walked the 500 miles of the ancient pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied a Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain and traveled to the "end of the earth" (or Finisterra).

Cantu will discuss the experiences and insights gleaned from walking the path using Gloria Anzaldua's concept of spiritual activism and Chicana third-space feminist theory.

A South Texas native, Gloria Anzaldua (1942-2004) was an award-winning Chicana philosopher, writer, scholar and poet who wrote about borders and identities, linguistic differences, philosophies and cultural expressions. She felt that borders should be fluid and unite people, rather then divide them.

The event is co-sponsored by the San Antonio Office of Community Affairs, the UTSA Mexican American Studies program and MALCS San Antonio (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Women Active in Letters and Social Change)

For more information, contact Norma Cantu at 210-458-5134.





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