Verónica A. Gutiérrez, assistant professor in the department of history and political science, along with APU’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honors Society, and the Department of Modern Languages.

Gutiérrez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Latin American history. Her areas of expertise include Colonial Mexico, Mesoamerican cultures, medieval Castile, Franciscan spirituality, and the early modern Catholic world. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on Franciscan evangelization of native peoples in 16th-century San Pedro Cholula, Mexico, as well as a grant from Spain’s Ministry of Culture to spend two months at the Archive of the Indies in Sevilla. Gutiérrez has also received funding from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Academy of American Franciscan History, and the Latin American Institute at UCLA.

Gutiérrez delivers her lecture, “I Was Named for Santa Verónica: How an English-Speaking Chicana Became a Latin American Historian.” Gutiérrez will share her personal struggle to understand and embrace her Hispanic heritage. Although currently a scholar of Latin American history, Gutiérrez did not learn Spanish until 30. She said that her family believed teaching her the language as a child would make her the target of discrimination. As a result, she came to believe that being American meant she should speak English exclusively.

This address continues APU’s new Juan Bruce-Nova lecture series on the Chicano/Latino experience in the United States, featuring discussions and experts on literature, history, and art.

Wed., March 20, 7–8 p.m.

Wilden Lecture Hall
901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702