This annual Women’s Voices series featured performances by LMU students that explore the lives of early California women. Dr. Antonia Castañeda (UC Santa Barbara, UT Austin) joined us to set the stage for understanding women’s experiences in the California of the late Spanish and Mexican periods. She introduced the three voices that were interpreted by undergraduate actors from the Department of Theatre Arts through dramatic readings from personal narratives.

This event was co-sponsored by the William H. Hannon Library, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Department of Theological Studies, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Department of Women's Studies, and the Department of History, with generous support by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Office of the Provost. It was offered in conjunction with our Spring 2016 exhibition, The Del Valle Vestments: The Devotion and Performance of a Matriarchy.

Students performed voices from a mission worker, a governor’s wife, and an eye-witness to the Bear Flag Revolt that heralded the American invasion.

Our cast:

  • Apolinaria Lorenzana: Alex Perroots
  • Eulalia Callis: Sarah Reichel
  • Rosalía Vallejo de Leese: Thalia Cordova


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