Dr. Mariana OrtegaMILWAUKEE —  Dr. Mariana Ortega, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University, will deliver Marquette University’s distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture on Wednesday, April 19th at 6pm in the Raynor Beaumier Suites.

Ortega is the 2022-23 Association of Marquette University Women (AMUW) Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies. In her lecture, “Spilling Herself in Trees, Autoarte and Laura Aguilar’s Carnal Aesthetics" she will explore the relational process of self-mapping that opens possibilities for self-naming and transformation.

Registration for the event is free and is available here

Ortega is a leading theorist of Latina/x feminisms. Her work, including In-Between: Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self, emphasizes the importance of lived experience and embodiment in human understandings of social identity. She is known for her commitment to mentoring of people of color, especially Latinx people, and for founding the Latina/x Feminisms Roundtable, which fosters intellectual exchange among Latina/x people both inside and outside of the academy.

The Chair in Humanistic Studies was endowed in 1963 through successful fundraising by AMUW members. The Boheim Lecture Series was established concurrently with a gift from Mary Boheim Finnigan, a friend of Marquette, in honor of her mother. The Chair in Humanistic Studies is housed in Marquette’s Center for the Advancement of the Humanities and delivers the annual Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture.

A group of alumnae formed the AMUW in 1938 to provide housing for women on campus. Since then, the organization has turned its focus to scholarships; annual awards to recognize outstanding graduating students, alumnae and female faculty members; and social, spiritual and educational events that bring women together.