Online Guest Talk: Indigenous Poetry in Women's Voices, with Mónica Sarmiento-Archer

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

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Apr 08

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Russell Hall 101

Gottesman Libraries 1st Floor

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bi/Coa: base iberoamericana Community of the Americas

Many languages of Mesoamerica and South America are disappearing, and as these languages disappear, very valuable cultures disappear. In this presentation, we will introduce four women, indigenous poets, who will present poetry in their native language: Nahuatl, Quechua, Zapotec and Aymara. Through their poetry they contribute to keeping their languages and cultures alive. We will talk about the cultural richness of these peoples, their traditions, customs and the wisdom of the knowledge of nature. We will hear from their voices poems of a beautiful sound, in which ancestral traditions are remembered.

Dr. Sarmiento-Archer is a member of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Adelphi University. As a Spanish teacher she aims to inspire her students to develop their creative abilities by teaching culture and context, and making the lesson current and relevant. She has two great passions in her life, literature and art. Her main research focuses on health in relation to literature and art. As an artist, she works on the oxidation process for coloring stainless steel. She is the director of project Bi/coa: Bicentenario Iberoamericano / Community of two Americas, an organization that promotes the exchange of cultures through academic and cultural activities. She participates in recitals and literary events at The New York Public Library, Poetry Project NYC. Her works are part of the following collections: 2019 Met Museum, Arthur K. Watson Library, The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; 2017 MoMA Library New York; Jose Luis Cueva Museum, Mexico; Royal House of Spain; Museo del Barro, Paraguay; 2008 MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art, California. She is also a member of the Art Students League, and the Junior Board of Queens Council of the Arts.

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Women's Voices - Poster

Poster Image: Book Cover for Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, Courtesy of Artist Ricardo Rodríguez

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, is energized by the recently published book, Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Courtney Weida, Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, and Carolina Cambronero-Varela.

"The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

-- Publisher's Description

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation offers multimodal events where presenters share how art, research, community outreach, and other endeavors serve to transform the status quo and nurture change for continuous action in search of a more just society. The mission of this interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration is to engage people in changing society through the power of art. The program is jointly sponsored by Adelphi University, Sing for Hope, and Gottesman Libraries.


Poster: Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, Courtesy of Jenna Ventura, Adelphi University Class of 2021


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