Project MALES will be hosting our first plática of Spring 2023 on Monday, January 30th from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. CDT in room 2.222 of the George I. Sánchez Building (SZB). We have the privilege to be joined by Dr. Sergio G. Barrera, who will discuss the impact of mentoring on Latinx masculinities, how to create and sustain brotherhood, and the importance of breaking intergenerational hauntings of patriarchy and hypermasculinity.
Dr. Sergio G. Barrera is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Department of American Culture. Dr. Barrera is a performer, ethnographer, choreographer, mentor, and community organizer and his works centers the performing arts as anti-patriarchal pedagogies among men of color in homosocial, all-male, spaces such as fraternities and prison. His working book project Movidas Masculinas: Reimagining Latino Men’s Movements focuses on the importance of movement-physical, intellectual, and spiritual-for a redefining of Latinx masculinities by centering his experience working with Latino and other men of color in Michigan. In Movidas Masculinas, Dr. Barrera argues that theatre, dance, and music, has the potential to help young men develop an awareness for their bodies, to help find comfort in expressing themselves in healthy ways, and to help create community in spaces that were not designed for us to thrive in.
Pláticas are held monthly during the academic year and highlight faculty and community leaders whose work centers and/or impacts boys and young men of color through research and practice.
Food will be provided from 5:00 – 5:30 P.M. CDT. We invite all UT students, faculty, staff, and community members to join us.