Read to Lead: Hispanic + Latin Heritage Month Panel

Midtown Reader is encouraging you to come to listen, engage, and participate with our Hispanic and Latin Heritage month panelists!

Midtown Reader is a community staple that is dedicated to creating an inclusive meeting ground for readers of all backgrounds to Read, Think, and Share together. Our Read to Lead panels brings Leaders from our community to discuss what books have shaped them into who they are today.

Our panelists for this month are:

Camille Vilela-Jones:

Born and raised in Brazil, Camille Vilela-Jones is a professor at the English department at FSU. She is also a member of the Tallahassee Hispanic theater. She has taught several literature courses including Latinx literature. She loves reading the most about Brazilian history; in fiction, she has a special admiration for Latinx short stories.

Estefanía Vallejo Santiago:

Estefanía Vallejo Santiago investigates the visual production of Black and Indigenous heritage in Puerto Rico, with a methodological interest in decolonial and critical race art history. She is interested in sites where race-based narratives are shown in public spaces within contemporary politics of cultural production and national rhetoric. Estefanía aims to expand this research by continuing my work on muralism throughout contemporary Puerto Rico and thereby contributing to scholarship on Latinx and Latin American art history as well as critical race theory, decolonial theory, and spatial studies.

Estefanía’s research intersects with aspects of colonialism and engages primarily with contemporary muralists of African descent such as Damaris Cruz and David Zayas. She analyzes the representation of Blackness in public art and media as methods of heritage to discuss its importance in relationship to cultural production and the subversion of Hispano-centered cultural hegemony. Her contribution to Puerto Rican studies would be to bring scholarly study to contemporary mural programs on the island as heritage processes in relation to the island’s five-hundred-year colonial history and ongoing U.S. imperialism. This discussion is necessary to aid in the re-imagining of Puerto Rican Blackness from a spatial perspective and its relation to national identity.

Diego Mejía Prado

Diego Mejía Prado was born in Colombia. He is a biologist from Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. After doing research in plant genetics at Universidad Javeriana and University of Delaware, in the United States, Diego joined Florida State University where he wrote his dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano. Broadly, his research interests intersect topics both from the natural sciences and humanities, like environmental issues, history, ecocriticism, and the relationship between nature and culture, specifically in riverine and indigenous communities in Amazonia. For his Ph.D. research, Diego studied new strategies of environmental protection and exploitation in natural resources dependent communities in the Peruvian Amazon.



Event date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1123 Thomasville Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32303