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Dr. Anasasia Valecce Discusses Femininity in Cuban Baseball During Hispanic Heritage Month Panel

October 2019

Spelman Faculty Anastasia ValecceAnastasia Valecce, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, presented a keynote lecture focused on Latinas in Baseball this fall at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

The lecture, "Good Girls in a Baseball Field. Acceptable Femininities in Cuban Film Grandes Ligas?" was organized as part of the University’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.

As part of her presentation, Dr. Valecce screened “¿Grandes Ligas?,” a short documentary directed by Cuban filmmaker Ernesto Perez Zambrano that examines masculine hegemonic and misogynist heteronormative social structures that deny or refuse to recognize women baseball teams in Cuba. For her lecture, she focused on the dialogues on femininity that are forced on women players.

“I presented the film as a space of reflection on taboo topics around gender, queerness, and race; and how they are treated and represented on screen in contemporary Cuban cinema,” said Dr. Valecce.

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