Cati de los Ríos leads off 2019-2020 Hilton Lecture Series with talk on literacy in xenophobic climates

Diversity and Social Responsibility News
By Breanna Bruening

The 2019 2020 Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series will feature lectures from shown left to right Z Nicolazzo Debbie Reese Cati de los Ríos and Nolan Cabrera. The theme for this years series is From the Margins to the Middle Education for Social Justice

September 17

headshot, Cati de los Ríos

Cati de los Ríos

Ríos’ lecture, titled, “Literacy as Action in Enduring Climates of Xenophobia,” will focus on providing concrete practices and networks that schools and teachers can engage in to stand more deeply in solidarity with vulnerable communities. Her talk begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 17, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

October 7

headshot, Z Nicolazzo

Z Nicolazzo

On Monday, Oct. 7, Z Nicolazzo will give a lecture on trans* inclusion and gender justice. Nicolazzo’s latest research centers on tracing discourses of gender across postsecondary educational contexts, with an emphasis on transgender students. His lecture, “Un/Seen: Gender, College Going, and Transgender Student World-Making,” will start at 8:15 p.m. at the Great Hall in the Memorial Union.

January 30

headshot, Nolan Cabrera

Nolan Cabrera

The lecture series continues into 2020 with Nolan Cabrera presenting on the history and pitfalls of white privilege. This lecture links the history of racial oppression to contemporary times, and helps work through some of the pitfalls of privilege. Cabrera will deliver a public lecture, “White Immunity: Working Through the Pedagogical Pitfalls of Privilege,” on Monday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

February 26

headshot, Debbie Reese

Debbie Reese

Debbie Reese will present her lecture on Native people in literature on Wednesday, Feb. 26. In this lecture, Reese will examine depictions of Native peoples in children’s books, past and present, and provide suggestions for how to become more skilled in selecting and presenting information about Indigenous peoples to children. Reese’s talk, “Indigenous Peoples in Children’s and Young Adult Literature,” will take place in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union at 7 p.m.

About the Hilton Chair

In 1993, LeBaron Hilton bequeathed $1.4 million, establishing the largest fully endowed faculty chair fund at Iowa State University at the time to draw to campus visionary leaders with excellent academic credentials who advance the well-being of children, families, and consumers.

The Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair was established by Helen LeBaron Hilton, who served as dean of what was then the Iowa State University College of Home Economics from 1952 to 1975. LeBaron Hilton was an advocate of the status of women and the well-being of children.

The 2019-2020 lecture series is coordinated by the Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series Committee in the School of Education. The committee is chaired by Rosemary Perez, an assistant professor in the School of Education.

For more information about the series, visit the Hilton Endowed Chair page.

Key contacts

Rosemary Perez, chair, Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series Committee; associate professor, School of Education, 515-294-4447,

Cathy Curtis, communications director, College of Human Sciences, 515-294-8175,

By Breanna Bruening