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Sandra Cisneros Visits LUC

Sandra Cisneros Visits LUC

Sandra Cisneros (left) and Dr. Natalia Valencia (right)

This past October Loyola University welcomed back to campus Loyola alumna and National Medal of the Arts 2016 awardee Sandra Cisneros (BA ’76). The acclaimed poet, short story writer, and novelist began her two day visit with an intimate conversation with students at the Schreiber Center in the Water Tower Campus on Friday, October 13th. Over 100 students came to hear Cisneros speak about her experiences growing up in Chicago, her time at Loyola and her artistic career. The conversation was wonderfully moderated by Dr. B. Minerva Ahumada from Arrupe College. The following Saturday, October 14th, Cisneros participated in Loyola’s second Converge event, where she was presented with the College of Arts and Sciences Damen Award, and engaged in a candid discussion about her works with Dr. Héctor García Chávez, recipient of the 2017 Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching. Both days she was available for book signing. Throughout her visit, Cisneros was accompanied by Dr. Natalia Valencia from the Modern Languages Department, who had the opportunity to engage one-on-one with the author and develop a personal connection.