Sept. 30, Oct. 1: Latina author, filmmaker present works

hildago-with-cameraPULLMAN, Wash. – “Immigrants Transforming American Identities” is the theme of free, public presentations by two Latina artists Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, at Washington State University, timed to coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Alexandra Hidalgo’s film, “Vanishing Borders,” will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in CUB L60, Butch’s Den. The program will include discussion and refreshments. The 90-minute documentary is about four immigrant women in New York City who transform their communities with their work.

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Author and poet Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés will present a reading and short film 3-5 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Bundy Reading Room of Avery Hall. Her “Everyday Chica” won the 2010 Longleaf Press Poetry Prize. Her collections of stories, “Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles” and “Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You,” were among the “top 10 ‘must reads’ to understand Cuba,” according to The Guardian British newspaper.

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“Their artistic contributions and their efforts as college professors cover significant distances in helping everyone understand what challenges immigrants – particularly women – face as they build lives as Americans,” said Victor Villanueva, WSU Regents professor and director of The Writing Program at WSU, host of the events.

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