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English Department Attends USF’s Hispanic Heritage Showcase

TAMPA, Fla. – USF celebrated its annual Hispanic Heritage Showcase and Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Many USF faculty, staff, and students received awards for their service and work with Hispanic communities in Florida and globally. During the showcase, USF English Department’s advisor, Mike Stowe, and the Director of Literature, Dr. Susan Mooney, shared information about the Latinx and Hispanic content in the department's creative work, research, and teaching.

Dr. Ylce Irizarry’s award-winning 2016 book “Chicano/a and Latino/a Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad” was on display, as well as information about her recent courses on Latinx Literature. 

Information about the Graduate Certificate in Comparative Literary Studies, directed by Mooney, which allows for bilingual interdisciplinary studies in Hispanic and Latinx topics, was on hand.

English Department representatives also spread the word about two fall events, showcasing Angie Cruz’s book talk and reading from her raved-about novel, “Dominicana,” and USF MFA Graduate Jaquira Díaz’s reading from her first book “Ordinary Girls.”

Also available for viewing were the Florida-Cuba bilingual issue of “Saw Palm,” USF MFA’s award-winning literary journal; a copy of “Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures,” which featured graduate student Ashely Tisdale’s article, “Transfigured Women: Race, Gender, and Disability in Alejandro Morales’s ‘The Rag Doll Plagues’”; and newly minted Ph.D. in Literature José Aparicio’s dissertation “Remembrance of a Wound: Ethical Mourning in the Works of Ana Menéndez, Elías Miguel Muñoz, and Junot Díaz.” Issue 10 of Saw Palm can be ordered at

Filed under:Arts and Sciences English    
Author:Dr. Susan Mooney & Alexis White