American Studies Association of Texas
Lunch time began calmly enough, with the usual excellent spread, as attendees gathered for the event.
Abbey Zink (left), Dean, SHSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, gave a warm welcome, and Cassy Burleson began her enthusiastic introduction of what was anticipated to be an academic lecture.
But in the middle of the introduction, a confused elderly woman looking for a certain room wandered in, asking for directions. She was helped and quickly escorted out.
As Cassy finished the introduction, and the applause went on a bit longer as the
audience awaited the speaker, the old woman again appeared in the doorway. By then
it was realized by all that this was in fact Carmen Tafolla, in character, and the
vehicle for the presentation, one full of humor, wisdom, poetry, and spot-
ASAT was fortunate and honored to have one of Tafolla’s full presentations, and the openness of her personal style is such that many stayed after the event to speak with her and have pictures taken. More on Tafolla can be found at her website and here.