Richard Rodriquez, author of Brown: “The Last Discovery of America” speaks at UBC
following announcement has been sent to me from Glenn Deer, Assistant
Professor of English, University of British Columbia.
funny how I just read about Richard Rodriquez, and wished that I could
have attended a talk that he just gave in town…. Well, thanks to
Glenn Deer sending me this announcment of upcoming talks by
Rodriquez… I guess I can!
Glenn has been teaching Asian
Canadian literature in his courses. He is a head tax descendant,
and knows of my interests in interculturalism and racial
identies. Glenn is also a supporter of my Gung Haggis Fat Choy
Robbie Burns Chinese New Year dinners.
author of Hunger of Memory (1982), Days of Obligation (1992), and
Brown: The Last Discovery of America (2002) will give two presentations
at UBC on April 25th. These talks are free and open to the
public. (Please distribute this notice to others who might
be interested in attending.)
“On Being Brown: Identity and Impurity in North America”
April 25th, 3:30 p.m.
at the Buchanan Penthouse,
University of British Columbia.
“Writing the World: The Essayist Within the Americas”
Wednesday, April 25th, 7:30 p.m. at UBC Robson Square (Campus Level),
Richard Rodriguez (B.A. Stanford, PH.D., Berkeley)
is the author of an acclaimed autobiography — Hunger of Memory (1982)
— along with two other books that explore Mexican American identity,
multiculturalism, family life, language, and literature, including Days of Obligation:
An Argument with My Mexican Father (1992) and Brown: The Last Discovery
of America (2002). He has written regularly for publications like
Harper's and The Los Angeles Times, and his works have been honoured with
many awards, including the Frankel Medal from the National Endowment for
the Humanities and the International Journalism Award from the World
Affairs Council of California.
Richard Rodriguez's visit has been made possible through the
generous support of the American Consulate General in Vancouver and, in
particular, the support of Indran Amirthanayagam, Public Affairs Officer
for the Consulate. This visit is also sponsored by the UBC Department