WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 2013 4:30PM-6:00PM
WHERE: Women and Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Prof. Janet C. Mendoza Stickmon, author of Crushing Soft Rubies, is a teacher, writer, and performer. Stickmon has taught ethnic studies, social justice, history of Christianity, spoken word and algebra at Salesian High School in Richmond, CA. She is currently a professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College, teaching Filipina/o-American Heritage, American Mind I and II, and Intro to Africana Studies. She is the founder and facilitator of Broken Shackle Developmental Training–a program that promotes the use of healing techniques to help reduce the effects of internalized racism. Stickmon’s memoir,Crushing Soft Rubies, has been used as a course textbook at U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Santa Rosa Junior College and Gavilan College. She is also a spoken word artist who has performed at several venues across the country. Through her literature and performances, she explores issues of love, motherhood, resilience, ancestral connection, and joy. She anticipates the release of her latest collection of work in October 2011 entitled, Midnight Peaches, Two O’Clock Patience. Stickmon holds a Master’s of the Arts Degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, a Master’s of the Arts Degree in Religion and Society from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from University of California, Irvine. Her work has influenced thousands of adults and adolescents for the last seventeen years.