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8th Annual Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas

Department of English
California State University, Fresno
Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2017
University Business Center (PB 192)

Featured speakers: Wendy Rose and Arturo Arias

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The 8th annual UCMLA conference is dedicated to the memory of Mireyda "Mia" Barraza Martinez and will open with a tribute to her. Mia was a beloved student, scholar, poet, and activist who believed deeply in the UCMLA mission. As an undergraduate, she presented papers on Wendy Rose (2013) and Andrés Montoya (2014). As a graduate student, she volunteered her time and talent to design the conference programs, and she formally joined the conference organizing committee in 2015. Mia died in a car accident in November 2016, one semester away from graduating with her MFA in creative writing. She was 29.

UCMLA Mission Statement

The Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas was started in 2010 to provide undergraduate students with a professional venue in which to present their research and to foreground the increasingly significant study of multiethnic literatures, particularly the interconnectedness of those literatures across cultures, nations, and languages. Undergraduate students gain experience in writing abstracts, presenting papers, and engaging in scholarly debate and discussion. The presentation of their research also serves to enhance the curriculum of Fresno State’s English Department. The conference is organized by the department’s graduate students and faculty advisers.

Previous Speakers

Wendy Rose (2017), Arturo Arias (2017), Saïd Sayrafiezadeh (2016), Michele Elam (2016), Manuel Muñoz (2015), Marilyn Chin (2015), Roxane Gay (2014), Samiya Bashir (2013), Hayan Charara (2012), Jorge Huerta (2012), Cherrie Moraga (2011)