Fall Faculty Reading Group: The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

Faculty Reading Group Fall 2014

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage would like to invite faculty from Loyola University Chicago to participate in our Fall 2014 Faculty Reading Group.

This fall, we will be reading The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea.

The selection of this text coincides with the Hank Center's Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Mexicans from 7-8 November 2014. Faculty who participate in this reading group will have the opportunity to meet the author, Luis Alberto Urrea.

From the New Yorker review of Urrea's novel:

Twenty years in the making, Urrea's epic novel recounts the true story of his great-aunt Teresita. In 1873, amid the political turbulence of General Porfirio Díaz's Mexican republic, Teresita is born to a fourteen-year-old Indian girl, "mounted and forgotten" by her white master. Don Tomàs Urrea later takes his illegitimate daughter into his home, where she learns to bathe every week and read "Las Hermanas Brontë." But Teresita also continues a folk education as a curandera, discovering healing powers and a mystical relationship with God. Indian pilgrims swarm to the Urrea ranch, where "St. Teresita," a mestiza Joan of Arc, kindles in them a powerful faith in God and a perilous hunger for revolution. The novel brings to life not only the deeply pious figure whom Díaz himself dubbed "the Most Dangerous Girl in Mexico" but also the blood-soaked landscape of pre-revolutionary Mexico.

The dates and times for the Faculty Reading Group meetings this semester are as follows:

First Meeting
Group A: Thursday, 25 September from 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Broup B: Monday, 29 September from 3:15PM - 4:45PM
Reading: Chapters 1-29 (p. 1-243)

Second Meeting
Group A: Thursday, 16 October from 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Group B: Monday, 13 October from 3:15PM - 4:45PM
Reading: Chapters 30-61 (p. 243-495)

All meetings will take place in the CCIH Library and Conference Room: Cuneo Hall 425.

If you have any questions, or would like any further information, please contact the Hank Center at catheritage@luc.edu.