Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. Consuelo Luz
Email luz@rt66.com
Phone 505/820-2262
Address 207 Montoya St.
Santa Fe, NM  87501
US
Biographical Info Actress, singer, writer, poet and community activist of Chilean, Cuban, Sephardic, Mapuche and Basque descent, Consuelo Luz has performed all over the world and is an internationally recognized recording artist.
Program Title GABRIELA MISTRAL: Chilean Poet and Nobel Laureate (1889-1957)
Character Name Gabriela Mistral
 
Program Description Born Lucila Godoy in the Andes in the north of Chile, this mestiza of humble origins became a teacher and later transformed herself into beloved Gabriela Mistral. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature and was appointed to diplomatic posts in New York, Europe and Latin America. With poetry and song, Luz brings to life Mistral's genius, her deep spirituality, her romantic obsessions and her abiding devotion to children.
Series Writers, Storytellers and Poets
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Program Title SEPHARDIC SURVIVAL: The Balance of the Kabbalistic Heart
 
Program Description Sephardic Jews have much to teach us about survival and peace. In North Africa and the Middle East they coexisted peacefully for centuries with their Arab neighbors. In their golden age in Spain they influenced Spanish culture, adopted their language, Ladino, and developed, with Christians and Muslims, the mystical tradition of the Kabbalah. Their exile and persecution after the Inquisition led to their Crypto-Jewish experience in places like northern New Mexico. Luz weaves music, political history and her family's stories.
Series Art, Music and Dance
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Program Title REBECA ROMERO DE ESPINOSA, a 17th Century hidden Jew
Character Name converso, or Crypto Jew
 
Program Description On August 26, 1660, the Holy Office of the Inquisition arrested Governor of New Mexico Bernardo López de Mendizábal and his wife Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche on suspicions of Judaizing. The dramatic events surrounding this arrest are recounted by Rebeca (a fictional character), close friend of Doña Teresa and herself a hidden Jew who sings Ladino songs and talks about the inner drive she feels to hold on to her Jewish identity in spite of the risks. Rebeca describes the hidden Jewish practices of her own family and what she has learned about Native American ways and how they tie in with ancient Jewish traditions. She also shares her views on the use of religion as a political tool as she laments the long arm of the cruel Inquisition "...reaching even to the end of the Earth, the blessed mountains of New Mexico where we thought we could be safe. Will the exile ever end?"
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; Conversations With the World
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