Marjorie Agosin is the Luella La Mer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies and Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. Professor Agosin’s poetry is inspired by social justice and the dedicated to the remembrance and memorialization of traumatic historical events in the Americas and in European holocaust. As a Chilean-American of Jewish heritage Agosin’s poetry enshrines women’s human rights. As a literary scholar she has published work on Pablo Neruda, María Luisa Bombal, and Gabriela Mistral. She is especially well known for preserving and celebrating Chilean “arpilleras” the resistance quilts made by work addresses the role of women during the Pinochet dictatorship. Some of these will be on display during the poetry reading.
May 18th: Presentation
Marjorie Agosin: Gender & Sexuality in the Work of Gabriela Mistral
May 19th: A Poetry Reading
“Translating the Soul: Meditations on Poetry”