Mangels lecture, “Liberation Mythologies: Quests for Roots, Spirit and Justice in Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Dominican, and Mexica Dance and Music”

Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 28
Kane Hall 120

Raquel RiveraWhere does artis­tic prac­tice and spir­i­tual belief inter­sect with grass­roots activism? This ques­tion will be at the heart of Raquel Z. Rivera’s dis­cus­sion on art and spir­i­tu­al­ity, The Lib­er­a­tion Mytholo­gies: Quests for Roots, Spirit and Jus­tice in Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Dominican, and Mex­ica Music and Dance.

Dr. Rivera will look at myth-making through the prisms of eclec­tic North Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties. She will exam­ine how groups try to explain the unex­plain­able, from Afro-Puerto Rican bomba dancers in New York to com­mu­ni­ties of New Mexico-based concheros and Mex­ica dancers. Rivera will con­nect the tra­di­tions these groups honor while explor­ing how they build a bet­ter future.

Dr. Raquel Z. Rivera is an author, scholar, and singer-songwriter

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Current research project The Multi Dimensions of Blackness: Cultural Hegemony in the US and Abroad I am interested in how the concept of race and identity plays a role in how we perceive difference. Moreover, I would like to investigate how colonial powers such as the United States have shaped ideas of race and identity while maintaining colonial rule abroad. This past summer (2012) I was a participant in the Summer Institute in the Art & Humanities. This opportunity allowed me to explore questions concerning race and representation. Why were my peers studying abroad and returning with the same preconceived notions of developing countries? Why were my college classmates representing people and places in the Global South as underdeveloped, religious radicals, uneducated, disease stricken, and confrontational? These questions have driven my interest in globalization, power, borders, and how a variety of people and institutions located in "the West" represent the Global South.

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