CONFERENCES

“’La Que No Tiene de Congo:’ The Art and Politics of AfroCubanidad in Exile.” Latin American Studies Association Congress: LASA at 50. New York, NY. 27-30 May 2016.

“Performing Exile: Cubanidad, the Episodic Condition of Cuban Exile Subjectivity, and the Myth of Eternal Return in Carmelita Tropicana’s Milk of Amnesia.” Latino Art Now!: Re-imaging Global Intersections. Chicago, IL. 8 April 2016.

“Ana Mendieta’s Primitive Siluetas and Transnational Identity.” Caribbean Studies Association Conference: The Caribbean in an Age of Global Apartheid—Fences, Boundaries, and Borders, Literal and Imagined. New Orleans, LA. 28 May 2015.

“Lessons from Paris Is Burning: Teen Girl Realness and The Performance of Cultural Drag.” 2013 Illinois Summer Research Symposium. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL. 26 July 2013.

 

INVITED CLASS LECTURES

“Disappearing Acts: Searching for Ana Mendieta.” Invited lecturer for LLS 458: Latina/o Performance. Invited by Dr. Sandra Ruiz, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies and English. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 3 March 2016.

“Performing Camp and Fierceness: Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, The Supremes, and Tina Turner Resisting the U.S. Colonial Gaze.” Invited lecturer for DANC 100: Intro to Contemporary Dance. Invited by Lailye Weidman, Graduate Assistant in Dance. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 16 February 2016.

“Ritual and Process in Performance.” Invited lecturer for ARTS 445: Special Topics in New Media: Performance Art. Invited by Deke Weaver, Associate Professor and Chair of New Media. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 9 February 2016.

“Body Art and Performance.” Invited lecturer for ARTH 446: Art Since 1940. Invited by Dr. María del Mar González, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 7 April 2015.

 

INVITED PUBLIC LECTURES

“Why There Are No Queer Disney Princesses: The Princess Metaphor, Or How Disney Girls Live Happily Ever After.” Invited speaker for Gender Scholar Seminar Series. Invited by Rachel Lauren Storm, Assistant Director of the Women’s Resources Center. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 16 June 2014.

“There’s Something About Rihanna + Nicki Minaj: Transnational Kitsch In AfroCaribbean Pop Cultural Performance Exported From North America.” Invited speaker for Figure One’s The Feed lunchtime talk series. Invited by Rehema Barber, Visiting Coordinator at Figure One. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 28 May 2014.

“No Blacks, No Latinas, No Queers: Revisiting Teen Girl Realness and the Performance of Cultural Drag in Seventeen Magazine.” Invited speaker for the Lunch @ La Casa lunchtime discussion series. Invited by Veronica Kann, Interim Director at La Casa Cultural Latina. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 21 November 2013.

 

INVITED PUBLIC PANELS + WORKSHOPS

“Growing Our Student Movement for Racial and Gender Justice.” Invited speaker for the 2016 Feminist Activist Academy. Invited by Rachel Lauren Storm, Assistant Director of the Women’s Resources Center. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 12 March 2016.

“In the Streets and Behind the Screen: Examining Call-Out Culture.” Invited speaker for the Hot Topics Dialogue Series. Invited by Rachel Lauren Storm, Assistant Director of the Women’s Resources Center. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 12 October 2015.

“Race, Gender, Class, and Body Image.” Invited panelist for a special edition of the Hot Topics Dialogue Series in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Invited by Rachel Lauren Storm, Assistant Director of the Women’s Resources Center. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 23 February 2015.

 

INVITED PEER MENTORING

“Table Talk: Perspectives on Graduate School in the Humanities.” Invited speaker for the Educational Equities Program’s Community of Scholars Campus Visit Program for underrepresented populations in graduate education. Invited by Jamil D. Johnson, Community of Scholars Program Coordinator. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 15 March 2015.

“Graduate Student Experience Panel.” Invited panelist for Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute’s Culture of Graduate School seminar. Invited by Jamil D. Johnson, Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute Instructor. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 23 June 2014.

“Dinner Dialogue: Definitions of Feminism for Women of Color.” Invited co-facilitator with Dr. Cecilia E. Suarez. Invited by Jessica Ramos, Student Programming Staff at La Casa Cultural Latina. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. 19 March 2014.

 

Photo of “In the Streets and Behind the Screen: Examining Call-Out Culture” panel by the Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.