2018 Transnational Latino Conference


The Department of Modern Languages invites you to:


Transnational Artistic Articulations of Cross-Cultural

Latin@ and Latin American Identities.

May 17-19 at DePaul University, Chicago



Keynote Speaker:  Reyna Grande

                FRIDAY, MAY 18
6:40 – 8:10 PM


Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist.  She has received the International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award (2017), the Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature (2015), the International Latino Book Award (2010), and El Premio Aztlán Literary Award (2006) among others.  She is the author of The Distance Between Us (2012), Across a Hundred Mountains (2006), and Dancing with the Butterflies (2009).  Reyna Grande is a member of the Macondo Writer’s Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros.  Her new memoir A Dream Called Home, a sequel to The Distance Between Us will be released in October 2018 by Atria Books.

Reyna Grande was born in Iguala Guerrero, she was two years old when her father left to the United States in search of better opportunities.  Her mother reunited with her father  two years later leaving Reyna and her siblings in Mexico.  She left Mexico and came to the United States in 1985 as an undocumented immigrant; she was also the first in her family to attend and graduate from college.  She obtained a BA. In creative writing and film and video from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University.  She is also a motivational speaker at colleges and universities across the United States.

She will be the keynote speaker on Friday, May 18  and will participate in a roundtable discussion on immigration on Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-12:30p.m.

For information contact:

María A. Beltrán-Vocal     mbeltra1@depaul.edu

Tamara Martínez    tamara_martinez@enesmorelia.unam.mx

Casimiro Leco Tomás         leco@colmich.edu.mx

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