María Elena Cepeda, professor of Latina/o Studies, will present “Latina Feminist Moments of Recognition: A U.S. Colombiana Encounter with Bomba Estéreo’s ‘Soy Yo'” as part of the annual Faculty Lecture Series. Cepeda’s research and teaching focus on transnational Latina/o popular media and music, audience studies, gender, and language politics. She is the author of Musical ImagiNation: U.S.-Colombian Identity and the Latin Music Boom.
The Faculty Lecture Series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” The current chair of the series is Greg Mitchell, Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and chair of the Lecture Committee.
The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The remaining talks will be offered on February 28, March 7 and 14. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry and be followed by a reception in Schow Atrium. The events are free and open to the public.