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Sometime in her twenties, Jennifer De Leon asked herself, ""What would you do if you just gave yourself permission?"" While her parents had fled Guatemala over three decades earlier when the country was in the grips of genocide and civil war, she hadn't been back since she was a child. She gave herself permission to return-to relearn the Spanish that she had forgotten, unpack her family's history, and begin to make her own way. Alternately honest, funny, and visceral, this powerful collection follows De Leon as she comes of age as a Guatemalan-American woman and learns to navigate the space between two worlds. Never rich or white enough for her posh college, she finds herself equally adrift in her first weeks in her parents' home country. During the years to follow, she would return to Guatemala again and again, meet ex-guerrillera and genocide survivors, get married in the old cobblestoned capital of Antigua, and teach her newborn son about his roots.
College can be a complex time for Latinas, who are traditionally expected to leave home when they get married. In her essay "Only Daughter," author Sandra Cisneros remarks, "After four years in college and two more in graduate school, and still no husband, my father shakes his head even now and says I wasted all that education." Wise Latinas is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. For some Latinas, college, where they are vastly underrepresented, is the first time they are immersed in American culture outside their homes-and where the values of two cultures often clash. Wise Latinas is in part a response to this widening gap. Featuring acclaimed writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Norma Cantu, and Julia Alvarez, to name a few, Wise Latinas shows that there is no one Latina college experience. With thoughtful and engaging pieces, Wise Latinas provides a platform for Latina writers to share their experiences in higher education and gives a voice to the many Latina women who have taken risks; embraced the new, confronted change; and maintained (and in some cases found) their roots.
We explore the subject of stillness: specifically the stillness that occurs in the midst of movement, turbulence or chaos. It is found in the midst of movement - it can also be conceived as that which frames, or holds all movement. A principal focus is to distinguish the therapeutic value of this stillness. A Christo-centric philosophy and worldview are ground to the work and the research methodology is hermeneutic phenomenology. Within this framework a choreographed dance work and written exegesis are equal parts of the whole. The choreography for the dance work employs a neo-classical-contemporary technique particular to the choreographer. The dance work was choreographed on and presented by four dancers. These four dancers and four 'watchers' were the research participants. As the dance work evolved it was presented 'in process' and the participants interviewed subsequent to the showings. Information was sought about the essence of the danced/watched experience, with particular attention being given to the felt experience of stillness. This is a story and a journey - being the vehicle for the central theme of the thesis to be best elucidated.
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