University of Arizona Press presents: Documenting Scholarship and Community

Join us for Documenting Scholarship and Community, a discussion on research and community engagement with University of Arizona scholars and authors Roberto Rodriguez, Nolan Cabrera, Cristina D. Ramirez, and Michelle Téllez on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Location: University of Arizona Libraries Special Collections, 1510 E. University Boulevard, 6 p.m.

The event, moderated by Maribel Alvarez, beloved folklorist and Associate Dean for Community Engagement in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will be followed by light refreshments in the lobby. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., discussion starts at 6 p.m.

The event is free, but RSVP is encouraged. Please go here to register.

More about the scholars:

Moderator Maribel Alvarez, Associate Dean for Community Engagement in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is an anthropologist, folklorist, writer, and curator. She holds the Jim Griffith Chair in Public Folklore at the Southwest Center and is an Associate Research Professor in the School of Anthropology. She founded, and until recently served as executive director, of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, an independent nonprofit affiliated with the University of Arizona. SFA produces the annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival in addition to more than 20 other programs connecting heritage practices, artisanal economies, foodways, and traditional arts to community planning and neighborhood-based economic development throughout the region.

Roberto Cintli Rodríguez is an associate professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. He writes for Truthout’s Public Intellectual Page and is a longtime award-winning journalist, columnist, and author. His most recent book is Yolqui, a Warrior Summoned from the Spirit World: Testimonios on Violence, published by the University of Arizona Press. His is also the author of Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas.


Michelle Téllez is an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies. She writes about transnational community formations (and disruptions), Chicana feminism, and gendered migration across multiple publishing formats, from academic journals and books to publicly-engaged scholarship and digital media. Dr. Téllez is on the editorial review board for Chicana/Latina Studies, the executive board of directors for the Southwest Folklife Alliance and serves on the board for the UA Consortium on Gender Based Violence. She is co-editor of The Chicana Motherwork Anthology, published by the University of Arizona Press.


Cristina D. Ramírez is currently an associate professor of English and the Director of the Rhetoric, Composition and Teaching of English or RCTE Program at the University of Arizona. She is also currently the National Secretary of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. She is a rhetorical recovery scholar, considering Mexican and Mexican American women writers, having published two books in this area; the first, Occupying Our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875-1942 (University of Arizona Press, 2015) won the Winifred Bryan Horner National Outstanding Book Award from the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Her second book is  Mestiza Rhetorics: An Anthology of Mexicana Activism in the Spanish Language Press, 1887-1922. Ramírez teaches graduate classes on archival research and feminist rhetorical practices.


Nolan Cabrera is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of racism/anti-racism on college campuses, Whiteness, and ethnic studies. He is currently an associate professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, and was the only academic featured in the MTV documentary “White People.” His new book, White Guys on Campus, is a deep exploration of White male racism, and occasional anti-racism, on college campuses. Additionally, Cabrera was an expert witness in the Tucson Unified Mexican American Studies case (Arce v. Douglas), which is the highest-profile ethnic studies case in the country’s history. Dr. Cabrera is an award-winning scholar whose numerous publications have appeared in some of the most prestigious journals in the fields of education and racial studies. He is a former Director of a Boys & Girls Club in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is originally from McMinnville, Oregon.

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