Faculty Lecture Series Continues with Jacqueline Hidalgo on Feb. 23

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 16, 2017—Jacqueline Hidalgo, associate professor of Latina/o studies and religion, will present the third lecture in the Faculty Lecture Series at Williams College titled “Our Book of Revelation…Is Serpentine and Regenerative: Rethinking ‘Scriptures’ After the Chicano Movement” on Feb. 23, at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry Building. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception in Schow Auditorium will immediately follow the presentation.

In her lecture, Hidalgo will discuss broader U.S. cultural assumptions about scriptures, specifically the Christian Bible that Chicana writer Cherrie Moraga and other Chicana/o activists responded to in the late 20th century. She will discuss how Moraga recognizes the power of traditional scriptures, while also defining “scriptures” as a more expansive category that includes Native Mesoamerican codices and the daily-lived experiences of Chicana/os. Hidalgo will also discuss what Chicano movement responses to U.S. and Christian scriptures might tell us about “scriptures” as broader phenomena among humans. She will ask questions like “What makes something scripture?” “Must scripture be written?” and “How have people related to their scriptures and why?”

Hidalgo first joined Williams as a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in 2008, and she has taught full-time in Latina/o studies and religion since 2010. Her work has been featured in numerous journals and publications, including the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Feminist Biblical Studies in the 20th Century. She published her first book in 2016 titled Revelation in Aztlán: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement. Hidalgo holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.

The Faculty Lecture Series was founded by 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt and the current chair of the series is Keith McPartland, associate professor of philosophy. The next speaker is Luana Maroja, associate professor of biology, on March 2. The remaining speakers are Amy Podmore and Frederick Strauch.

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