USJ Student Presents at Trinity College Conference

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On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, USJ student Megan Ricci ’19 presented at the CTW Undergraduate Symposium in the Arts and Humanities on Trinity College’s campus. Ricci was the only USJ student selected to present alongside her peers in the arts and humanities from the Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University Consortium.

Sponsored by Diana Valencia, Ph.D., professor of Spanish and chair of USJ’s department of Culture, Arts, and Languages, Ricci presented her project entitled, “The Silenced Voices in the Murals by Jose Clemente Orozco at the Hospicio Cabanas of Guadalajara, Mexico.” Offering a discussion of the history and development of Mexican Muralism, Ricci’s presentation also provided an in-depth analysis of the frescos created by Jose Clemente Orozco in the Hospicio Cabanas, which reflected the time periods of the Spanish Conquest and Mexican Revolution of 1910. She also analyzed the ways in which the pieces represented the reality of the Others, the mothers, children, orphans, and indigenous people of the time.

“The Undergraduate Symposium at Trinity was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provided me a unique environment for presenting my project for the first time. Overall, the conference was a way to further foster my confidence in speaking, and a wonderful opportunity to share a part of the Mexican and Spanish culture I have grown to love and appreciate,” remarked Ricci.

To learn more about USJ’s Spanish program, click here.