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Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Conference Keynote: The Third Way with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Feminism, Gender, Mixed Genre, Women's Studies
Tags: Culture, Tradition, Healing

About the Session

Novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras comes from a lineage of curanderos—healers who used herbs, dreams, stories, and exorcisms to treat illness and suffering. Women were not allowed into this lineage, until Rojas Contreras’ mother created a space for herself in this male-dominated tradition. Join Rojas Contreras as she presents the keynote on the enforced silence of women, memory, and the power of story in recasting the world around us.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree is the silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards. Fruit of the Drunken Tree was an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor's choice. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Buzzfeed, Nylon, Guernica, and elsewhere.