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On José Montoya with Ella Maria Diaz

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Virtual Event

Artist, poet, and musician José Montoya (1932–2013) was a leading figure of the Chicano movement, producing iconic works in many genres, cofounding the art collective Royal Chicano Air Force, and helping to organize for the United Farm Workers, while also teaching at California State University, Sacramento, and establishing the Barrio Art Program there.
In a live, virtual Chats in the Stacks book talk, Ella Maria Diaz, associate professor of Latina/o Studies and Literatures in English, will discuss her recently published book on the life and work of this prominent artist, educator, and activist: José Montoya (Volume 12 of the A Ver Series, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, 2020). Utilizing oral histories, archival, and digital humanities research, Diaz examines Montoya’s long and diverse career while proposing a new model for the study of Latina/o/x artists who transcend boundaries between art, education, and activism. José Montoya is also a visual delight, richly illustrated with reproductions of Montoya’s art from his collections at the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at UC Santa Barbara and other institutional collections. In October 2021, "On Jose Montoya" received gold awards in both the Best Art Book and Best Biography (English) categories of the International Latino Book Awards. 
A live Q&A will follow the talk. The audience is encouraged to submit their questions in the chat.



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Author Appearance, Special Event, Webinar, Presentation


Latino Studies Program, English, American Studies Program, Cornell University Library, Olin Library, C&I (Centers & Institutes), Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Migrations

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library, Latino Studies, book talk, olin library, cascal, LSPCAL, engdep, amstcal, fgsscal


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Eveline Ferretti


Ella Maria Diaz

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Latina/o Studies and the Department of Literatures in English

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Free and open to all

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