This presentation – “Soy de Aqui, Soy de Alla" (I'm from here, I'm from there) – will explore the recurrent themes of identity and belonging emblematic of the trailblazing generation of Latina writers who broke through in the 1980s. We will examine the ongoing history, complexity, and diversity of Latinas living in the U.S. Among this array of first generation writers – “Las Madrinas/ the Godmothers”— we will focus primarily on two influential authors: Julia Alvarez and Sandra Cisneros. Each storyteller eloquently voices the paradox of being bilingual, bicultural….and AMERICAN.
Indiana Quadra is a first generation Nicaraguan-American born and raised in San Francisco, CA. As a bilingual and bicultural Latina, she has been committed throughout her career to working with the diverse immigrant populations of San Francisco. She holds degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco. During her 35-year career at City College of San Francisco, she began as a bilingual counselor and later became the Chair of the Career Counseling Center and a professor in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Department. She authored and, for 21 years, taught “Latinas in the U.S./ VOCES (Voices)” that remains the singular Women’s Studies class in the LALS Department. As a child of the 60's, she continues to be an advocate for Social Justice.