Entering its second season, the Personally Speaking (P.S.) lecture series was developed to further connect the community with UNC Charlotte faculty and their work. Four events are hosted each year where faculty members speak and answer audience questions on a book they’ve recently written. The setting is casual, with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails offered before and after the discussion.
On September 6, 6:00pm, at Atkins Library, the season’s first event showcases Department of Language and Culture Studies’ chair and professor Ann González’s new book, Resistance and Survival: Children’s Narrative from Central America and the Caribbean. In her book, González explores native Central American and Caribbean children’s stories, rich with playful yet profound lessons on how to survive – and even thrive – in a world ruled by more powerful figures.
“Children’s literature in Latin America, like any other literature, has subtexts and contexts, and there are a lot of cultural, political and identity issues going on beneath the surface,” says González. “These are messages that the children aren’t explicitly aware of but that over time help them to form their identity.” During her talk, González will guide us through several narratives, offering her research and insight on a medium that has offered hope to many generations.
“We support the University’s mission to serve as a resource to the greater Charlotte area, and this series is an excellent way to share with the community the knowledge and expertise of our faculty,” says Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Co-sponsered by UNC Charlotte's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the J. Murrey Atkins Library, the event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to register by calling 704-687-0085 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org