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Associate Professor of Performance as Public Practice Publishes New Book

Associate Professor of Performance as Public Practice Deborah Paredez, has announced the publication of her new book Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. Published in August by Duke University Press, the book explores the significance and broader meanings of the extensive posthumous celebration of the Tejana pop star, Selena Quintanilla Pérez, who died in 1995.

“Selena's life was such an important cultural influence that it deserved a critical and celebratory look at her impact and contributions as a role model,” Paredez said in a recent interview with the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

In addition to her duties as Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, Paradez serves as Associate Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and continues her work as Director of Arts and Community Engagement (ACE) in the Vice President's Office for Diversity and Community Engagement.

Hear Paradez speak more about Selenidad on the August 28 NPR Podcast, Texas Matters.

Friday, September 11, 2009