Alma Rosa Alvarez will speak on "Liberation Theology: Influences in Chicana/o Culture and Literature" for the next Siskiyou Views lecture on Thursday, May 29, at 4 p.m. in the Meese Meeting Room of the Hannon Library.




Alvarez, an associate professor of English at Southern Oregon University, teaches a variety of courses in American literature, as well as courses in multicultural literature, racialized bodies, Chicano subjectivities and religious perspectives.




She has been teaching at SOU since 1996. Her recent book, "Liberation Theology in Chicana/o Literature: Manifestations of Feminist and Gay Identities," looks at the ways in which Chicano authors who have experienced cultural disconnection because of their gender and sexual orientation attempt to forge a connection back to Chicano culture through liberation theology.




Her lecture will explore liberation theology, which rose out of Latin American experience, and how it continues to have relevance in Latino communities in the United States. Alvarez will discuss the connection between issues central to liberation theology and themes developed in Chicano literature.




Siskiyou Views events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 552-6835.