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Latina Women & the Body
Dr. Myra Mendible

Latina Women & the BodyDr. Myra Mendible

Latinas in Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Wednesday Oct. 17, 7 pm

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Dr. Myra Mendible, Professor in the Language and Literature department, Florida Gulf Coast University
(This lecture will be followed by a book signing with Dr. Mandible in the MOCA Shop of From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture, University of Texas Press, 2007).




The Latina Women and the Body lecture series examines stereotypes of Hispanic and Latina women in media, film and art, and provides opportunities for open dialogue on these issues. The series continues MOCA’s ongoing efforts to provide meaningful public forums that engage the public on subjects at the forefront of today’s society.

MOCA Education Outreach Coordinator Jillian Hernandez, co-organizer of the lecture series, Latina Women and the Body, is a PH.D. candidate in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Ms. Hernandez is the recipient of the prestigious American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship for her work on girls, visual culture and sexuality. In September, 2012, she was recognized by the community organization URGENT, Inc. for her work with at-risk teenage girls. She holds a B.A. degree in Art History with a minor in Anthropology and certificate in Women’s Studies from Florida International University.

Ms. Hernandez is the creator of Women on the Rise!, MOCA’s nationally recognized gender-specific outreach program that presents the work of contemporary women artists and uses contemporary art to inspire girls to engage in critical dialogues about body image, relationships, and culture, with the goal of increasing girls’ self-esteem, communication and critical thinking skills, and access to arts and culture. Ms. Hernandez is also the organizer of MOCA’s Girls’ Summit (2012), which examined Creative Approaches to Girls’ Education, and a workshop on media and anti-racist activism (2012) that focused on Hmong culture with actor Bee Vang of the film Gran Torino and Professor Louisa Schein of Rutgers University

Presented by MOCA’s Women on the Rise! program in partnership with Florida International University’s Women Studies Center

In celebration of October’s Hispanic Heritage Month, MOCA’s Women on the Rise!, education program in partnership with Florida International University’s (FIU) Women’s Studies Center, will present a special three-part lecture series titled Latina Women and the Body.  The series will examine issues of Latina women and body image and will explore how representations of Latina women and girls in visual culture shape notions about their sexuality. All lectures will take place on Wednesday evenings at the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th Street, North Miami.)