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Women, Music, and Activism in Latin America

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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Program on Latin America and the Caribbean


Women, Music, and Activism in Latin America

A Performance and Lecture by Colleen Kattau, Associate Professor of Spanish, SUNY Cortland

This event will feature signature songs of comprometida (or politically conscious) female folk artists from the nueva canción genre with special emphasis on the work of Amparo Ochoa, Violeta Parra, Mercedes Sosa and more contemporary artists such as Ana Tijoux and Lila Downs - all of whom sang or sing on the side of nature and the common people, and take a special  look at the important role women's music plays in current social movements.  Dr. Kattau will explore the lyric content as well as the context of where and how the songs were and are presented.

Dr. Kattau is a bilingual singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist. She has published articles and given many workshops on nueva canción. She holds a doctorate in Spanish language and culture from Syracuse University and is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at SUNY Cortland.  Dr. Kattau is also an avid organic gardener.

Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA), Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics,  Department of Art and Music Histories, Department of Women's & Gender Studies, and Latino-Latin American Studies Program (LLAS)

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