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Dec 8: Gordon School to Host Conversation with Marvel Comic Author Gabby Rivera

The Gordon School will host a Zoom panel with acclaimed author Gabby Rivera and Gordon parent and Brown University professor Leticia Alvarado to discuss Rivera’s unique contributions the Marvel universe narrating this story of its first queer Latina superhero. The event is free and open to the public.

Centering on the America Chavez Marvel series, the conversation will touch on the relationship between art and activism, the importance of diverse representation, and nuanced approaches to race, gender, and sexuality in coming of age narratives.

This event is part of the Gordon School’s annual book fair, which brings a variety of authors into classrooms to work with students, and is free and open to the public.  Guests will have a chance to suggest questions to the moderator, as part of the registration process.

When:                Tuesday, December 8th, 6:30 p.m.

Where:               Register at www.gordonschool.org/rivera

About Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera is an author and comics creator who was the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics. As the writer of the Marvel series America, she created America Chavez, the first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero to appear in comics. Currently, Gabby is the writer and creator of b.b. free, a new original comic series for BOOM! Studios, and the host of the podcast joy revolution. When not writing, Gabby speaks on her experiences as a queer Puerto Rican from the Bronx, an LGBTQ youth advocate, and the importance of prioritizing joy in communities of queer and trans people of color at events across the country.  For more information, visit https://gabbyrivera.com/.

About Dr. Leticia Alvarado

Dr. Alvarado is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and American Studies at Brown University and a parent of two Gordon students. She is the author of Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production, recipient of honorable mentions from the 2019 Latin American Studies Association Latino/a Studies Section Outstanding Book Award and the Modern Language Association Book Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies. Her essays and articles appear in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies; Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Cultural Criticism; Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture; Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Thought; ASAP/J and the award winning art museum catalogue Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. Her current book project is Cut/Hoard/Suture: Aesthetics in Relation.

About Gordon School

The Gordon School, in East Providence, Rhode Island, was founded in 1910 as the state’s only non-public coeducational school. Since then, Gordon has evolved into a progressive institution that offers students hands-on, real-world academic experiences that have applications far beyond the classroom. Learning takes place among a diverse population of students and teachers who reflect the many cultures within Rhode Island’s community, ensuring that each student comes to truly appreciate the value of multiple perspectives. Educating children from nursery school through eighth grade, Gordon’s goal is to graduate intellectual leaders, joyful learners, and empathic young people who will make a positive impact on the world. For more information, please visit www.gordonschool.org.

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