Lecture: "The Testimonies and Memoirs of Augustias de la Guerra Ord"
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The Old Monterey Foundation presents a free lecture by Christine Fernandez entitled The Testimonies and Memoirs of Augustias de la Guerra Ord on Thursday, August 23, 6pm-7:30pm at Irvine Auditorium in the McCone Building on the campus of MIIS. This event is suitable for age 9 and up.
This lecture will focus on Angustias de la Guerra Ord (1815-1890), a prominent Californio woman who is considered by scholars today as the first woman historian of Hispanic California. Born as a subject of Spain, she lived through California’s transition from Spanish-Mexican rule to statehood. Her testimonio, Occurrences in Hispanic California (1878) reveals the complexities of Californio life and is critical to our current understanding of the local history of Monterey and Santa Barbara. She was witness to the Battle of Monterey, and her testimonio and journal present shifting narrative discourses regarding the politics of language, culture, and race/ethnicity during California’s transition to statehood.
Christine Fernández is an Assistant Professor of Spanish language and Latin American Literature and Culture at CSU Monterey Bay, where she teaches in the School of World Languages and Cultures. Her teaching and research interests include Latin American / U.S. Latino literature and film, women writers, gender studies, and digital humanities. She earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages & Literature from UC Santa Barbara.
This lecture is sponsored by the Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.