Dr. Carmen Tafolla to be the Keynote Speaker for ASAT’s 60th Annual Meeting

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Dr. Carmen Tafolla will be the keynote speaker for 60th annual meeting sponsored by the American Studies Association of Texas to be held Nov. 10-12 at Sam Houston State University. Tafolla, is a writer, performance artist, motivational speaker, and university professor who was chosen as San Antonio’s first Poet Laureate in 2012 and as Poet Laureate of Texas in 2015.

Her work appears internationally in textbooks, newspapers, journals and magazines. She is the recipient of the prestigious Americas Award (2010), five International Latino Book Awards, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards and a Charlotte Zolotow Award for her children’s literature, and the Art of Peace Award, sponsored by St. Mary’s University, for writing which promotes peace, justice and human understanding.. The National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies recognizes her work as “giv[ing] voice to the peoples and cultures of this land.”

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The founder of Critical Studies Blog, Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University. She specializes in new media portrayals of women and people of color. Her recent papers focus on the effects of the James Byrd Jr. dragging death on Jasper, Facebook hate groups, stereotypes of President Barack and Michelle Obama, male and female rappers’ differing views on the “independent woman,” and coverage of missing women.

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