This student-centered discussion with writer, LGBTQ activist, and co-founder of The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Charles Rice-Gonzalez, will be moderated by Associate Professor Catherine Cabeen of Dance and Erin O’Connor of Politics and Human Rights. Our conversation will draw from student questions to explore creating and holding space for marginalized identities through writing, activism, and the creation of BAAD!; a site of community organization and creative expression. Register on MMC Engage for the Zoom link!
Bio: Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time LGBTQ activist, and co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance which presents empowering works for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. He is an Asst. Professor at Hostos Community College – CUNY where he teaches in the English Department and serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture where he curates the dance and theatre programming and coordinates their CUNY Dance Initiative. His debut novel, Chulito (Magnus 2011), has received awards and recognitions from the American Library Association and the National Book Critics Circle. His honors include the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award in 2014, an award from the New York City Council in 2016 and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship in 2018. He is the chair of the board for The Bronx Council on the Arts and The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.