EVENT CANCELLED BECAUSE OF AUTHOR ILLNESS!
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When? Thursday, January 18, 6:30-8:30
Where? BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303-284-0194
BookBar “is a bookshop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers. And a fabulous cafe, too”.
Cesar Chavez (1927-1993), founder of the United Farm Workers and activist for Mexican-American rights, modeled a distinct spirituality for Latino men involving fraternity, self-sacrifice, and respecting women and the LGBT community.The example of his ritual life and spiritual teaching disrupted mythologies of machismo. In his current research, Luis León explores this similar macho disruption among Latino men, particularly within the conversion narratives of those who have converted from Catholicism to Pentecostalism.
Dr. Luis León is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of two books – The Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez: Crossing Religious Borders (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014), and La Llorona’s Children: Religion, Life, and Death in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004). A new and expanded edition of Religion and American Cultures: Tradition, Diversity, and Popular Expression, edited with Gary Laderman, was published in December 2014 by ABC-Clio. His current research interrogates the intersections of spirituality, race, class, and sexuality among Latino men in lived religions and popular media. He is exploring the same intersections through Pentecostal autobiography, and in an ethnographic project focused on Penitente men. With Laura E. Perez he is co-editing a collection of essays on de-colonizing spirituality and sexuality.
Dr. Leon will be available for signing of The Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez, which is available in hardback and paperback.