I never imagined during my period of infatuation with postmodern theory that I would one day be an advocate for objective truth. But if we’ve learned anything since the 2016 US presidential election, it’s that facts and truth matter. While sensitive to the ways in which data can be manipulated, or “alternative facts” mobilized, to recollect Kellyanne Conway’s infamous phrase, hard data on diversity can be a powerful reality check.1 To that end, this third issue of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture features a unique Dialogue section on diversity in the fields that make up our readership. It was initiated by guest editors Ananda Cohen-Aponte and Elena FitzPatrick Sifford,...
Diversity in Academia in a Post-Truth World
Charlene Villaseñor Black—is a professor of art history and Chicana/o studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She authored Creating the Cult of St. Joseph: Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire (Princeton University Press, 2006) and edited Tradition and Transformation: Chicana/o Art from the 1970s through the 1990s (University of Washington Press, 2015).
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Charlene Villaseñor Black; Diversity in Academia in a Post-Truth World. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 3 July 2019; 1 (3): 3–7. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2019.130002
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