Award-winning writer and speaker Daisy Hernández will discuss the importance of media and language in social issues at the University of Richmond on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. This event will be held in Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room and is free and open to the public.

Hernández’ lecture, entitled “Feminism, Beyoncé, and Writing Cuentos: A Talk on Media Representations,” will cover how words play a critical role in how gender, race, queer and immigration issues are portrayed and policed. She will also speak on how words are a potent way in which people imagine the future, as can be seen in the #blacklivesmatter campaign. Hernández will also explore how we can turn social media into social education.

In 2015, Hernández was awarded the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award for her book “A Cup of Water Under My Bed” from the Lambda Literary Foundation.

This event is part of the WILL*/WGSS 2015-16 speaker series, UR Comes Out! and Latino-Hispanic Heritage Month.

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