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Claire Garcia to Discuss Women and Leadership

Colorado College English Professor Claire Oberon Garcia will give the keynote address at the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce awards luncheon on Aug. 19. Garcia, who also is director of Race and Ethnic Studies at CC, will discuss “Thinking about Women's Leadership in the Age of Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.”

The chamber’s annual awards luncheon celebrates the accomplishments of women in business.

Earlier this year Garcia spoke at Pikes Peak Community College during Black History Month on a panel focused on Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.” She currently serves on the Girl Scouts Presidential Advisory Council and is on the board of the Colorado Springs Community Partnership for Child Development. She is past president of the board of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, formerly served on the Colorado Council for Creative Industries, and was named a “Pikes Peak Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Colorado in 2012.

Garcia is the co-editor of a collection of essays titled “From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives of Black Life,” to be published this month.  She also is writing a book based on her research into the work of black women modernist writers, including Jessie Fauset, Suzanne Césaire, the Nardal sisters, and Anita Thompson Dickinson Reynolds. 

Garcia sometimes is referred to as Colorado’s “second lady,” as her husband, Jose Garcia, is Lt. Gov. of Colorado.