• Members of the Latina Oral History Project meet to talk over stories and view photos and videos. Left to right: Margarita Ribas Groeger, director of Spanish language in the foreign languages and literatures section (FLL); Cynthia Conti (S.M. 2001); Jazlyn Carvajal, a senior in civil and environmental engineering; Nancy Lowe, administrive officer for FLL; and Professor Isabelle de Courtivron of FLL.

    Members of the Latina Oral History Project meet to talk over stories and view photos and videos. Left to right: Margarita Ribas Groeger, director of Spanish language in the foreign languages and literatures section (FLL); Cynthia Conti (S.M. 2001); Jazlyn Carvajal, a senior in civil and environmental engineering; Nancy Lowe, administrive officer for FLL; and Professor Isabelle de Courtivron of FLL.

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Documentary on MIT Latina students premieres March 15

Members of the Latina Oral History Project meet to talk over stories and view photos and videos. Left to right: Margarita Ribas Groeger, director of Spanish language in the foreign languages and literatures section (FLL); Cynthia Conti (S.M. 2001); Jazlyn Carvajal, a senior in civil and environmental engineering; Nancy Lowe, administrive officer for FLL; and Professor Isabelle de Courtivron of FLL.


A documentary film, "Nuestras Voces: Being Latina at MIT," will premiere at MIT on Monday, March 15 in Room 4-231 at 5 p.m.

The film, a collaboration between the foreign languages and literatures section and the Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Studies, portrays the experiences of Latina students as they encounter life at MIT and as they balance the sometimes conflicting, sometimes overlapping demands of personal, social and cultural spheres.

The project began as a collection of interviews, intended to give voice to a group of women whose efforts and struggles are often not recognized and who as a group are underrepresented in higher education. The stories in "Nuestras Voces" are personal, but certain themes unite the diverse group, including the significance of family traditions and relations, personal and community expectations, and the quest for a sense of identity.

The screening is free and open to the public. For details, call 253-4771 or see http://web.mit.edu/ffl/www/news.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 10, 2004.


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