UCSD Professor, Jorge Huerta is the final lecturer for UCSD's 40/40 Vision Lecture Series. This free public lecture will be held on Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m., Huerta's lecture is titled "Chicano Drama: Myth, Mystery, Redemption and Damnation." This presentation will be held at the Institute of the Americas, Copley Auditorium on the UCSD campus.
Jorge Huerta's intimate involvement in the Contemporary Chicano theatre movement allows him access to the plays and players, the myths and myth-makers. Huerta will focus on plays produced in the last part of the 20th century, demonstrating how Contemporary Chicana and Chicano dramatists do not/cannot forget their origins, Mexican roots and how the playwrights infuse their plays with symbolic and actual references to their indigenous ancestors as they attempt to locate their communities in the North American imaginary. He will discuss plays that explore a Chicano mythos, the mysteries of events some might consider extraordinary, and the role of the Roman Catholic Church in creating and sustaining a distinctly Chicano/Mexican sensibility.
Jorge Huerta holds a Chancellor's Associates Endowed Chair as Professor of Theatre at UCSD. Dr. Huerta founded El Teatro de la Esperanza and was also a co-founder of the Old Globe's Teatro Meta and co-founder of Teatro Máscara Mágica, also in San Diego. Dr. Huerta's most recent book, Chicano Drama: Performance, Society and Myth is published by Cambridge University Press.
The UCSD 40/40 Vision Lecture Series, honoring the 40th anniversary of UCSD, celebrates forty years of research, discovery, teaching and public service at UCSD. The series, running October 2000 through June 2001, features internationally renowned UCSD faculty members reflecting on important ideas and breakthroughs over the last forty years and giving their prognostications for the next forty. The speakers will emphasize the implications of cutting edge research and scholarship with-in their disciplines for the lives of all San Diegans.
"By focusing on their research spanning the past 40 years and looking ahead to the coming 40 years, a unique perspective will be delivered to San Diego audiences," said Jim Langley, UCSD's Vice Chancellor for External Relations.
Admission to the lecture is free and parking is $3.