Dr. María DeGuzmán is the conceiver and organizer of the UNC-CH Latina/o Culture(s) Speakers’ series sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill English Department and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Series, begun Fall 1999, is the first of its kind at UNC-CH. It is dedicated to exploring Latina/o Studies as a transdisciplinary endeavor that draws on, among other areas of inquiry, literary and cultural studies, visual culture and media studies, creative writing and performance studies, philosophy and aesthetics, history, sociology, comparative ethnic studies and postcolonial studies, Americas studies, health and environmental studies, and gender and sexuality studies. It has served to create dialogue between ethnic studies areas on campus.
The Series has hosted creative writers and scholars addressing the intersections between Latina/o and African-American cultural production, between specifically Chicana/o and Native American Studies, and common ground (LatinAsia or AsiaLat Studies) between Latina/o Studies and Asian Diaspora Studies.