Author, Photographer Margaret Randall to Speak at RIT April 13

Randall to give lecture, host poetry reading

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Margaret Randall

She Answers Back (1985) – Part of the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection

Margaret Randall, a noted author, photographer, poet, teacher and activist, will visit Rochester Institute of Technology to deliver a free public lecture and read from some of her best-known works.

Randall will host an informal talk on her life and work 12:30-1:50 p.m. April 13 in the Bamboo Room, second floor of the Campus Center. This presentation will include a PowerPoint with her award-winning photographs. Randall also will host a poetry reading at 4 p.m. in the College of Liberal Arts faculty commons, room 1251.

Randall, who was born in New York City in 1936, has published more than 80 books and taught in the Departments of Women and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. While living in Mexico City in the 1960s, she helped found and co-edit the influential journal, El Corno Emplumado.

“Margaret has devoted her long artistic and political life to the struggle for justice,” says Janet Zandy, professor of English at RIT and friend of Randall.

As a journalist and photographer, Randall traveled throughout Latin America and Cuba, reporting on social causes such as the Mexican Student Movement.

In 1990, Randall was awarded the Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett Grant for writers victimized by political repression for a constitutional rights case that she had won the previous year. She was also the first recipient of PEN New Mexico’s Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Human Rights Activism.

Randall’s visit is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, the English and modern languages departments and the international studies program. It is funded in part by Poets and Writers Inc. with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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