Chicana activist, writer Cherríe Moraga to give Lorwin Lecture

Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist and playwright Cherríe Moraga will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Moraga will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Erb Memorial Union. She also will lead an activist methods workshop for faculty and graduate students from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Many Nations Longhouse.

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Moraga has been an artist-in-residence at the Stanford University Department of Theater and Performance Studies and in comparative studies in race and ethnicity for nearly 20 years. A poet, playwright-director, writer-essayist, educator and cultural activist, she is also the co-editor of the seminal anthology “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color,” which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986 and was republished in a new edition by SUNY Press in 2015. 

As a political and literary essayist, Moraga has published several collections of writings, including "A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness — Writings 2000-2010.” Moraga is the recipient of the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lambda Foundation’s Pioneer Award, among many other honors.

Her most recently premiered play, “New Fire: To Put Things Right Again,” which she also directed, opened at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco in 2012. A collaboration with visual artist Celia Herrera Rodríguez, more than 3,000 people witnessed the work. 

In 2017, Moraga will premiere a new work, the award-winning “The Mathematics of Love,” a theatrical conversation with her forthcoming literary memoir, “The Native Country of a Heart – A Geography of Desire.”