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"Rostros y Almas/ Faces and Souls": A Photography Exhibit


In 1992 photographer Mary Jessie Garza and co-curators Mary Visser and Lupita Barrera Bryant sought to create an exhibit that displayed the work of Latina women throughout Central Texas. This is the original exhibit display of the 31 photographs of the women paired with portrait descriptions. It debuted at the 1992 Brown Symposium held at Southwestern University, titled "Discoveries of America." This campus event recognized the Quincentennial of Columbus' arrival to the Americas. According to the 1992 Winter Southwestern Quarterly, the symposium featured a "range of academic disciplines who discussed interconnected meanings of America." The exhibit discussed Columbus'  lasting effect on the various peoples of the Americas that were and are marginalized by the history of colonization. The original physical exhibit remains on permanent display in the F.W. Olin Building at Southwestern University. In order to raise awareness about the presence and work of Latinas in Central Texas and on the campus of Southwestern University, this exhibit has been digitized to create more accessibility to the public. It was the Latina History Project's goal to preserve the integrity and entirety of the original exhibit. 

2017 Borderlands Symposium, Dr. Norma E. Cantú

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2017 is the second year of the Borderland's Symposium at Southwestern University. It is presented by Latin American & Border Studies with major support from Feminist Studies, The Latina History Project, the Office of Diversity Education, and the Mellon Inclusive Pedagogy Grant. Dr. Norma Elia Cantú is a prominent Chicana/o and Latina/o cultural studies expert, award-winning educator, and author of 10 books and numerous other publications on topics such as U.S.-Mexican folklore, Chicana feminisms, and Latinas/os in STEM. She currently serves as the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Endowed Professor in Humanities at Trinity University. Her scholarly works include the award-winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera (University of New Mexico Press) and Entre Malinche y Guadalupe: Tejanas in Literature and Art, co-edited with Inés Hernández Ávila (UT Press). Co-sponsors for the 2017 symposium include: Sociology & Anthropology, Paideia, Special Collections, Office of Student Life, English, History, Political Science, and Spanish.

A Look Behind the Scenes of the "Rostros y Almas/ Faces and Souls" Photography Exhibit

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This exhibit displays materials related to planning and preparation for the the 1992 "Rostros y Almas/ Faces and Souls" exhibit curated by Mary Visser and Lupita Barrera Bryant, featuring the photography of Mary Jessie Garza. There are a total of 31 women who were a part of the exhibit who contributed many pages of writings on their works and professions.

All of the women in the exhibit are Latina women who have made a significant difference to their respective communities. Their professions vary from piñata maker to television producer, but each one of them showed interest in the project and found themselves the subjects of an exhibit that is still on display on the second floor of the F.W Olin building at Southwestern University today.  This exhibit highlights original notes and other primary source materials from the creators and the participants. 

Another component of the exhibit includes the process in which the 1992 Brown Symposium was created. Within the Symposium was the Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture and other events that dealt with race and gender. 

There are some materials in the physical collection pertaining to the history of this exhibit that contain sensitive and restricted information, such as personal information about exhibit subjects, that are not included in this digital project. These materials include memoranda, faxes, correspondence among exhibit organizers, and subjects' resumes and biographical information.

Oral Histories


Chicana Feminist Thought, History and Spiritual Activism