Comparative Literature Graduate Students host Juan Felipe Herrera, Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside, for a spring quarter lecture.
Venue: UCEN Harbor Room
Time: 5.00 to 7.00 pm.
Lecture Title: THE OTHER SHOW: The Experimental Vaudeville of Others & Non-Others
Juan Felipe will read from his work and discuss his journeys into Mayan & Huichol Indian country in Mexico and his participation in the Chican@ Latin@ Arts Movement during the last four decades in order to open a conversation on an experimental triad of Poetics, Vaudeville and the Other. Because of his intimate involvement with teatro, Chican@ poetry and performance, he will also mention his new experiments regarding the power of the Other as well as the Non-Other and The First Other. In doing so, he will bring up the notion of Vaudeville as a performative-stage of Other Power. In this experiment, J. Felipe Herrera will propose that poetics is the key to writing about these increasingly variable and wide-spread "Other Shows" in the border-making and border-breaking 21st Century. As part of his conversation, Juan Felipe will hand out a worksheet regarding his Other Experiment where he delineates the "No Other Theory: Twenty-One Other Ways to the Other & Otherlessness" and the "Four Main Acts of the Other & The Non-Other." Please come alone or with an Other.
Juan Felipe, son of farm workers, poets and story-tellers, is a cartoonist, photographer, anthropoeta, teatrista, painter and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at UC-Riverside. As a cultural community activist, since the 60's, he has founded and co-founded teatros, poetry-performance and multi-media ensembles. He has published twenty-eight books, written various musicals for young audiences and is currently working on a new performance piece. Juan Felipe is a recent National Book Circle Critics Award winner, Guggenheim Fellow and new member of the board of Chancellors for the Academy of American Poets.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies through funding from the Luis Leal Endowed Chair