Professor Deborah Paredez Awarded Humanities War & Peace Initiative Grant for Forthcoming Collection 'Year of the Dog'
BY Zoe Contros Kearl, May 1, 2019
Associate Professor Deborah Paredez was awarded a Humanities War & Peace Initiative Grant from Columbia's Division of the Humanities in the Arts and Sciences for her forthcoming poetry book, Year of the Dog.
The Humanities War and Peace Initiative (HWPI), is a new 3-year project by Columbia University’s Division of Humanities committed to fostering the study of war and peace from the perspective of scholars in the Humanities, in conversation with colleagues from around Columbia and the world. The program is generously supported by President Bollinger and aims initiative to encourage creative thinking about the critical topic of war, with an ultimate goal of perpetuating a more peaceful world. The HWPI will support a broad range of activities, including individual scholarship, new scholarly collaborations, projects and events within existing interdisciplinary and collaborative structures, teaching, community outreach and programming, performance and exhibition, and ongoing dialogue in other forms.
Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (Wings Press 2002), and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke 2009). Her poetry and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Boston Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the co-founder and co-director of CantoMundo, a national organization dedicated to Latina/o poets and poetry. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Deborah is currently working on a poetry manuscript, Year of the Dog, and a book of essays about divas.