Anzaldúa Speaker Series in Philosophy

Honoring Gloria E. Anzaldúa's Philosophical Legacy at UTRGV

The Anzaldúa Speaker Series in Philosophy was officially inaugurated in 2008 to honor Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa’s life and work by highlighting its unique philosophical significance. The Department of Philosophy together with the ongoing support of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites intellectuals to share their current research, projects and/or to lead workshops with students, faculty, staff and the local and diverse communities to which we all belong.

Our yearly programs celebrate not only the immense influence Gloria Anzaldúa has had across many academic fields, on individuals, and within communities, but also the life changing contributions of a Rio Grande Valley native and alumnaof one of our legacy institutions – Pan American University.

All Anzaldúa Speaker Series in Philosophy events are open to the public. If you have any questions regarding the Series, please contact the coordinator Cynthia M. Paccacerqua here.

Visit the Anzaldúa Speaker Series in Philosophy website for more information regarding the story and vision behind the Series.

November 2007:

Gloria Anzaldúa Speaker Series in Philosophy Founded by Cory Wimberly.

Jesse Bailey, “What is Wrong with Meno."

 October 2008

Talk:  “Torture and the Production of bare life:  Extrajudicial Measures in the War on Terror”

Dr. Jeffrey D. Gower, Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy at Villanova University


December 5, 2008

Talk:  “Authority, Evidence, and Second-Personal Reasons for Belief”

Dr. Ben McMyler, Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University


February 2009

Talk: “Pure Pleasure and Abstract Art in Plato’s Philebus

Dr. Ryan T. Drake, Department of Philosophy at Fairfield University

Dr. Sara Brill, Department of Philosophy at Fairfield University


October 9, 2009:

Gregory Pappas, Texas A&M University. “Being in the Border is an Opportunity and Not a Fall from Grace” 

November 19, 2009:

Leigh Johnson, Rhodes College, “Heroes, Scapegoats and ‘Good’ Liberals: The Complicated Operations of Race in Post-Obama America”


February 4, 2010:

Shannon Winnubst, Ohio State University. “Queers Have No Passports: On the Floating Borders of Nationalism.”

March 25, 2010

Talk: “Hermeneutic Dimensions of Recognition”

Dr. Theodore George, Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University

October 7, 2010

Jennifer Suchland, Ohio State University. “Post Cold War Borders: Linking the Postcolonial and Postsocialist”

February 17, 2011:

Christopher Lauer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “Beauvoir and Nancy on Touching and Borders.”

March 3, 2011:

“The Many Borders of the Valley: First Impressions.” Mariana Alessandri, Cynthia Paccacerqua, and Alexander Stehn, UTPA.

March 29, 2012

What is the Transmodern Condition? Reflections on the Braceros Program

Dr. Sebastian Purcell, Philosophy Department at SUNY Courtland

November 8, 2012:

Robin Henderson-Espinoza, University of Denver. “Un estilo mestizaje: Tracing Ethical Intuitions in Anzaldúa.”  

March 21, 2013: 

Jennifer McWeeny, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  “The Colonial, Catholic Body: Identity and Self-Relation in Mexican and Irish Diasporas.”

November 21 & 22 2014:

Pedro Di Pietri, University of California, Berkeley. “Loving Sideways/Living Beyond Borders: Decolonizing Space in Xicana and Latina  Feminisims.”

Workshop: “La Jotería: Celebrating Queerness and Latinidad in the 21st Century.”

March 24, 2015

Talk: “Redefining Latino Masculinities through Anzaldúa’s Conocimiento and Collaborative Testimonio”

Dr. Aída Hurtado, Chair of the Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara & alumna of our legacy institution UTPA  


April 6, 2015

Talk: “Vulnerable Bodies and Environmental Justice in the Murals of Juana Alicia”

Dr. Julie Avril Minich, Department of English and Mexican American & Latina/a Studies at the University of Texas, Austin

October 13, 2016

Talk: “Shamanic Bodies: Alcoff, Anzaldúa, Kusch, and Andean Corporealities”

Dr. Omar Rivera, Department of Philosophy and Race and Ethnic Studies Program at Southwestern University.