Speakers and Issues Event
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Lizbette Ocasio-Russe

Lizbette Ocasio-Russe

Thursday, Nov. 16 , 2023 at 7:00 pm

Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas.

In her novel Loverbar, Lizbette Ocasio-Russe "plays with the metaphor of devastation with Hurricane Maria as a watershed moment for the Caribbean nation. It is an environmental event with a potent sociopolitical afterlife setting the island in the crosshairs of global and local crisis. Loverbar’s plot moves between events before, during, and after Maria following characters’ memories. The novel focuses on the important and often overlooked role of the queer community in actual protest actions in PR following the failures of the government in restoring power and circulating aide on the island" (Latino Book Review).

Pop cultural critic, writer, comic collaborator and academic, Lizbette Ocasio-Russe is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. She completed her PhD in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received her BA in Journalism and minor in Creative Writing from New York University and her MA in English Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. 


For more information, please contact Dr. John Schulze.   

The Speakers and Issues Series was born in 2001, thanks to the vision of co-founders Dr. Charles Olson and Mr. John Hirschi and out of discussions between academicians and members of the community, all centered on the idea of bringing, on a regular basis, informed and creative speakers to the community in a context that would attract an audience from the academic and municipal communities.

The range of topics was conceived to encompass a broad spectrum of topics from the creative to the historical, the political, and the scientific spheres. Speakers and Issues Series has brought to campus speakers who have come from all corners of the world of human knowledge.