A Door is a Wall Until It is Opened: Reflections on Border Crossings - Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

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A Door is a Wall Until It is Opened: Reflections on Border Crossings - Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

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A Door is a Wall Until It is Opened: Reflections on Border Crossings - Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location

Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, 208

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

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This presentation — a blend of critical commentary with personal memoir — is a report on border crossing, on the ghosts that we carry, on the stories that we bear and the promise that is handed on in telling them. Our material realities are made up of fragments of memories, echoes and traces that give shape and depth to a place. Through a series of reflections on borders and borderlands this presentation examines the specters/ghosts/echoes/traces — the oftentimes traumatic residue — that remains when crossing borders.

Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez is an unrepentant border crosser, ex-dj, Xicano writer, painter, and academic. An Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Hispanic Southwest Literatures and Cultures at the University of New Mexico, he has also taught and lectured at universities across the United States, Latin America, and Europe. In the spring 2006 term, he was a Fulbright fellow in Madrid, and during the 2016-17 academic year, he was a Fulbright fellow at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Author of four collections of short stories, Algún día te cuento las cosas que he visto (2012), Luego el silencio (2014), One Day I’ll Tell You the Things I’ve Seen (2015), and En el Lost y Found (2016). His most recent work is a co-edited anthology of scholarly writing, The Latino/a Midwest Reader (2017). Widely published in Spanish, his literary work has appeared in anthologies and literary journals in Spain, Italy, Latin America and the United States. His stories bear witness to the lives of Latinas/os who travel from California to Mexico City, from Madrid to Istanbul. The stories are populated by wanderers building a home out of movement and living through the cultural consequences of migration.

begin quoteSantiago Vaquera is literary lightning. He impresses, he illuminates, and when he is at his best you are left shaken, in awe. -- Junot Díaz
Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

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