Gabby Rivera in conversation with Dr. Leticia Alvarado

Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30pm
Free and open to the public 
Register for the Zoom at https://gordonschool-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ITASY9tRTBuG7HARFqvSXA
Guests will have a chance to suggest questions to the moderator, as part of the registration process


With Middle School readers, their parents, and comics enthusiasts in mind, this panel brings acclaimed author Gabby Rivera with Gordon parent and Brown University professor Leticia Alvarado to discuss Rivera’s unique contributions the Marvel universe narrating this story of its first queer Latina superhero. 

Centering on the America Chavez Marvel series, their conversation will touch on the relationship between art and activism, the importance of diverse representation, and nuanced approaches to race, gender, and sexuality in coming of age narratives.

This event is part of the Gordon School's annual book fair, which brings a variety of authors into classrooms to work with students. This year's book fair is happening online, on the web and via Zoom. Learn more at bookfair.gordonschool.org

Gabby Rivera is an author and comics creator who was the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics. As the writer of the Marvel series America, she created America Chavez, the first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero to appear in comics. Currently, Gabby is the writer and creator of b.b. free, a new original comic series for BOOM! Studios, and the host of the podcast joy revolution. When not writing, Gabby speaks on her experiences as a queer Puerto Rican from the Bronx, an LGBTQ youth advocate, and the importance of prioritizing joy in communities of queer and trans people of color at events across the country.

Dr. Leticia Alvarado is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and American Studies at Brown University and a parent of two Gordon students. She is the author of Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production, recipient of honorable mentions from the 2019 Latin American Studies Association Latino/a Studies Section Outstanding Book Award and the Modern Language Association Book Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies. Her essays and articles appear in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies; Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Cultural Criticism; Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture; Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Thought; ASAP/J and the award winning art museum catalogue Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. Her current book project is Cut/Hoard/Suture: Aesthetics in Relation.

This event is free and open to the public 
Register for the Zoom at https://gordonschool-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ITASY9tRTBuG7HARFqvSXA
Guests will have a chance to suggest questions to the moderator, as part of the registration process

Invite people to this event using the URL www.gordonschool.org/rivera

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