Language Matters Lecture Series and Other Departmental Events

Language Matters Lecture Series and Other Departmental Events

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As part of the Lecture Series "Language Matters," organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Activist, Brooke Cerda-Guzman presents, “Transphobia and Transgender Discrimination” at 5:40 pm on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 (Room L2.81NB) 

Everyone interested in LGBT+ and Human Rights is invited.

The talk will be conducted in English.

El Diario

Brooke Cerda-Guzmán is a Trans women's Civil Rights activist. She came to America escaping heavy bullying and her extremely catholic family in 1989. But it wasn’t until 2009 that Lorena Borjas invited her to her support group, that she was able to find the information and support to get the courage to start her feminization process and present to the world as herself. At the same time she realized her community is the most vulnerable and that Transgender women of color are even more so. It was around the same time that she decided to dedicate her life to educate and bring awareness to the world as well as advocate for her own community.

Since then she has gained great visibility and was awarded  "The Legacy of Pride Award" by Harlem Pride and has co-founded with other community leaders The TWOC (Transgender Women of Color) Collective In 2013 and she finished her two year (volunteer) internship at The Gender Identity Project.

On April 30th 2014 The Anti Violence Project honored her with The Community Hero Award. Brooke became the first trans woman on the cover of any Spanish language publication El Diario La Prensa : on Saturday May 17th, 2014. In April 2015 she was added to “The Trans 100 List”.

Currently Brooke makes herself available to all community based organizations and is 100% dedicated to open the first community center for Trans women in NYC that she hopes will be open by late 2017.


As part of the Lecture Series "Language Matters," organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures," Prof. Martín Gaspar will do a presentation, "Translation as a Profession" on November 5th during community hour, 1:40 to 2:50 pm, at the Room NB 1.83.The lecture will address isssues such as :What is this often overlooked profession like? How do translators work? What are the work opportunities for translators? How do translators get certified?

Martin Gaspar

Martin Gaspar is Assistant Professor in Spanish and Comparative Literature, and chair of the Latin American, Latino/a and Iberian Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College. He is the author of La condición traductora [Translation as Temperament] (Beatriz Viterbo, 2014), a historical and formal study of the rise of translator-heroes and narrators in Latin American fiction since the 1990s. He is a professional translator, accredited by the Colegio de Traductores Públicos (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and the American Translators Association (ATA). He has been a grader of certification exams for the ATA since 2000. 


New Spanish Major Open House 

Join us and find out how Majoring in Spanish can work for you! 

We will be discussing curriculum, expectations and job opportunities!

Meet and greet some of the professors you will be working with.

Jay Express Service

Monday, November 16, 2015

Community Hour ( 1:40 PM-2:40 PM)

Room: L2. 84 NB


“empowering the tribe: a symposium on lgbti issues”
Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, 2011 
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) 
Click here to view the symposium program

Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: August 30, 2011
Send submissions to: empoweringthetribe@jjay.cuny.edu