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One of the greatest threats against democracy and justice is indolence–defined as a form of militant indifference based on the lack of empathy for the suffering of others. Cristina Rivera Garza will explore how taking part in and contributing to transnational emotional communities, many of them based on shared experiences of social suffering and the grieving that comes with it, may help us leap out of ourselves and into the heart of the bond we share with human and non-human beings alike.
Cristina Rivera Garza is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Studies and Creative Writing and Director of the PhD in Creative Writing in Spanish Program at the University of Houston. She is an award-winning author, translator, and critic. Her recent publications include The Taiga Syndrome, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana (Dorothy Project, 2018); The Iliac Crest, translated by Sarah Booker (The Feminist Press, 2017); Autobiografía del algodón (Random House, 2020); Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country, translated by Sarah Booker (The Feminist Press, 2020); The Restless Dead: Necrowriting and Disappropriation, translated by Robin Myers (Vanderbilt University Press, 2020); and La Castañeda Insane Asylum: Narratives of Pain from Modern Mexico, translated by Laura Kanost (Ohio University Press, 2020). She is also a 2020 MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient.
Sponsored by the IHC’s Living Democracy series
ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided. To view ASL interpretation, please attend the webinar on a desktop computer.