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Afro-Latinx Studies Scholar to Present White Fund Lecture at NECC

Submitted by on February 13, 2020 – 8:21 pm
Portrait of Dr. Lorgia García-Peña,

Dr. Lorgia García-Peña, an expert on Afro-Latinx Studies will speak at NECC.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Harvard University’s Dr. Lorgia García-Peña, an expert on Afro-Latinx Studies, will discuss ways to teach more inclusively during a talk titled “From Theory to Practice: Teaching For a More Just World,” as part of the Thursday, March 5, White Fund Lecture Series.

The White Fund is brought in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. The lecture will be held in The Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center, 414 Common St., Lawrence from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Reflecting on her career as an ethnic studies scholar, Prof. García Peña, Will share some of the important lessons that have helped her develop as an engaged scholar and teacher and will suggest ideas and methods for conducting research, teaching, and learning in ways that promote justice and inclusion.

García-Peña is the Roy Clouse Associate Professor of Latinx Studies
at Harvard University and the co-founder of Freedom University in Georgia. Her first book, “The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nations and Archives of Contradictions,” (Duke, Fall 2016) won the 2017 National Women’s Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, the 2016 LASA Latino/a Studies Book Award, and the 2016 Isis Duarte Book Prize in Haiti and Dominican Studies.

The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex.

Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts, and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series.

For additional information on Alvarez or the White Fund Lecture Series contact Analuz Garcia at