Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture on 'politically engaged art' March 27

March 22, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jennifer Flores Sternad Ponce de León, assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania, will present ”On State Terrorism and Class War: Radical Art in Argentina in the 21st Century,” at 12:15 p.m. March 27, in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Ponce de León's research is situated at the intersection of literary studies, studies of contemporary visual arts and aesthetics, and the study of left social movements. She is currently completing "Radical Politics Across the Arts of the Americas: Engagement & Experimentation in the New Millennium," a transdisciplinary and transnational study of politically engaged literature, art and performance by artists in Argentina and Chicano and Mexican artists in the U.S.

Ponce de León’s writing has been published in "Dancing with the Zapatistas; Live Art in LA, 1970-1983"; "Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization"; "MEX/LA: Mexican Modernisms in Los Angeles"; and in the journals e-misférica; GLQ; Contemporary Theatre Review; and Interreview. An essay on counterhistory and the work of Argentine and Chicana art collectives is forthcoming in "Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas." She received her doctorate in American studies from NYU, her master's in art history from UCLA, and her A.B. in literature from Harvard.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. – coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit  This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.      

Last Updated March 22, 2017