Dra. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

Conference Papers and Other Academic Presentations


“Claiming Competence and Presumed Incompetent,” University of Washington, January 24th.

“Contesting the Boundaries of Literature: A Panel by Contributors of the Forthcoming Word Images: A Norma Elia Cantú Critical Reader. “The Latin@ Literary Landscape Symposium,” supported by the American Literature Association, San Antonio, Texas, March, 2014.

“Life in Academia: Plenary Session Keynote Speaker,” John Jay College of Criminal Justice. New York, April, 2014.

“Sprituality in Latin@ Literature: A Diversity that Mystifies.” Panel chair for “Cityscapes: Urban and Human Cartographies and Spirituality in Helena María Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them and Other Chican@ Literature.” In the IX Congreso Internacional sobre Literatura Chicana y Estudios Latinos. Oviedo, España, May 28-30, 2014.


“CETL: Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia.” University, February 20, 2013.

“Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena Maria Viramontes Critical Reader book launch,” Elliott Bay Bookstore, March 6, 2013, presented my book with Seattle University students.

“La evolución de la espirtualidad en la literatura latina.” Search for Meaning Conference, Seattle University, March, 2013.

“Road Signs on a Yellow Brick Road: Presumed Incompetent, The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia,” Women of Color in the Academy Keynote Speaker, Urbana-Champaign, April 3, 2013.

“Fifth Annual César Chávez Day Celebration,” Keynote Speaker, organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Leadership Development Programs, Seattle University, April 9, 2013.

“Influential Voices: Presumed Incompetent,” presentation with co-editor Carmen González at the SU law school. April 25, 2013.

“La evolución de la espirtualidad en la literatura latina.”     Search for Meaning Conference, Seattle University. March, 2013.

“The Teachings of Presumed Incompetent.” University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, May, 2013. (All day presentation, unpacking the book for faculty).

“Beyond Presumed Incompetent.” NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity), New Orleans, May 2013.

“A Conversation About Abortion.” Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington, May, 2013. ( Panel presentation with Pia de Solenni and Caleb Henry).

“Spirituality and Religion in Chican@/Latin@ Literature:A Diversity that Mystifies,” Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University, October 16, 2013.

“César Hoy: Discerniendo through word and poetry,” University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. ~“Presumed Incompetent presentation: La Colectiva’s Symposium of Women of Color in Academia, A Response from Presumed Incompetent.” October 16-19, 2013.


“Like Us: Unintentional Othering in Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us.” Sullivan Leader’s Day Keynote Presentation, Seattle University, January 14, 2012. English

Department Graduation Dinner Keynote Speaker, June 10, 2012. MALCS Conference Presenter: “Presumed Incompetent,” July 2012, UCSB. “Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia,” PAMLA, October 2012.

University of Washington Día de los Muertos Celebration, Alumni Relations dinner Keynote speaker, November 1, 2012.


“Buscando espiritualidad en la literature latina.” Search for Meaning Conference, Seattle University, February 5, 2011.

“Language as a skin: In which words will we dress our lives?” Central California Writing Project Keynote Speaker, March 5, 2011.

Students of Color Graduation Banquet Keynote Speaker, June 11, 2011, Seattle University.

Keynote Presentation and reading from Sustainable Humanity. In, “Making Connections: Sustaining the Earth, the Self, and Women in Higher Education—Present and Future Visions,” Luncheon speaker, June 17, 2011.

MALCS Conference Presenter: “How Many Indians Can We Be?,” July 2011, Cal State Northridge.

“Lit Twice/Luminado Dos Veces” Presentation, on October 12, 2011 at the Bellevue Arts Museum and in Collaboration with La Sala and the cities of Bellevue and Seattle.


“La Trascendencia de la Espiritualidad en la Cultura Popular en la Literatura Latina” / “The Transcendence of Popular Culture Spirituality in Latin@ Literature.” Search for Meaning Conference, Seattle University, February 13, 2010.

"Allies: Nuestro pequeño mundo de grandes personas." Semana de la Raza, Pullman Washington. " The Gabriel Cardenas Memorial Scholarship Banquet" Keynote Speaker. March 6, 2010.

“Redefining Reflective Writing across the curriculum,” Central California Writin Project Institute, San Juan Bautista, July 7, 2010.

“Portals: Understanding the Days of the Dead,” Bannan Auditorium, Seattle University, November 2010.


“Tools of the trade and our Seattle University Students.” New Faculty Institute, Seattle University, September 9, 2009.

“Slamming Slumdog,” Spring, 2009, Le Roux, Seattle University, Series of Wismer Professor Presentations, May, 2009.

“Beyond Ourselves: Sigma Lambda Beta-Beta Women’s Appreciation Banquet” Keynote Speaker, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, April, 11, 2009. Latino authors and identity” in Cali, Colombia, Universidad Javeriana, March, 2009.

“ Gender and identity,” in Bogotá, Colombia, Universidad Javeriana, March, 2009. “Violence against women in the United States,” in Bogotá, Colombia, Radio Universidad, Bogotá, Colombia. “La Familia: New renderings of family in the United States.” Cali, Colombia, Universidad Javeriana, March 2009.


“Opening the Portals of Time: Celebrating El Día de los Muertos,” El Centro De la Raza, November 12, 2008.

“Chilean Women Writers and Postmodernism: Pía Barros, Susana Sánchez Bravo and Emma Sepúlveda.” In the Postmodern Tendencies in Latin American Literature and Culture panel, RMMLA, Reno, Nevada, October 9-12. Panel Chair.

“Immigration,” Keynote speaker with Michael Ramos and William O’Neill, moderator of event for MAGIS: Justice Education Forum, Seattle University, October 2008.

Keynote luncheon speaker for the LAT CRIT Conference, October 2008, Seattle University Law School.

“Internationalizing the Classroom and the College,” Asked to serve on panel for instructional event for faculty. S.U. May, 2008.

“Eric Liu, Kenji Yoshino and Richard Rodríguez, Identity and a Discourse of Othering,” Seattle University, Sullivan Scholars Conference Speaker among three others, February, 2008.

“Immigration and Immigrants,” University of Idaho, Moscow, April, 2008.


“Chicano Authors and Linguistic Exile,” NAAAS (National Association of African-American Studies and Affiliates, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February, 2007.

“La evolución de las escritoras chilenas en la actualidad,” at RMMLA, Calgary, Canada, October, 2007. Chaired and co-chaired two panels.


“Cuerpos Cabales: Embodiment in Helena María Viramontes’Oeuvre,” RMMLA, Tucson, Arizona, October, 2006. Chair and co-chair for two panels.


“Spirituality in Chicana Literature,” Invited presenting scholar at the Latino Research Center and American Ethnic Studies, at Washington State University, Pullman, Oct. 28, 2005.

“A Popular Culture Exchange in Sandra Cisneros’ Caramelo,” at RMMLA, Coeur D’Arlene, October, 2005.

“Chilean Authors in the New Millennium,” University Women’s Club, Seattle, Oct. 2005. “The Tongue of Betrayal: Myths and Stereotypes of US Latinos” Keynote speaker at the Ninth Circuit Pretrial Services Conference, Sept. 17 and 18 , 2005. Seattle, Washington.

“Capirotada: A renewed Chicana Spirituality” at Latina Letters, San Antonio, July 14-17, 2005.

Keynote Speaker for Cabrillo College’s Senior Day Conference, April 19, 2005 Keynote Speaker, Santa Clara University Writers’ Advancement Via Individual

Determination (AVID) Conference, Mach 22, 2005.

Keynote Speaker, CSUMB Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Conference, March 18, 2005.

“The Seattle Opera: Magical Realism and García Marquez” at Seattle University, March 15, 2005.


“A MENA Tribute: The Representation of the Indian in María Cristina Mena’s Literature.” The Recovery Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, November, 2004.

“Nafteando: Sandra Cisneros and her trade of the free Word,” RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association), Denver, Colorado. October, 2004.

“Chicana Literature through the eyes of Caramelo” University Women’s Club, Seattle, Oct. 2004.

MALCS, Panel coordinator and chair, presenter, organizer of the

MALCS Summer Institute, Seattle Wa. University of Washington. Presented:

Spirituality in Chicana Literature, August 7, 2004.

The Globalization Conference, Seattle University. “Cultural Icons in the Literature of Sandra Cisneros.” Seattle University, May, 2004.

Keynote Speaker. “The Volunteers of America Annual Luncheon,” The Downtown Hilton, Seattle, Wa. May 9, 2004

Wismer Work in Progress Presentation: “Chicana Spirituality Through Literature” March, 2004.

“Sandra Cisneros, Norma Cantú, Ana Castillo and the Disappearance of the Literary Border Between the US and México.”MELUS (Society of Multiethnic Literatures of the United States) Conference, San Antonio, March, 2004.


“Sandra Cisneros in Perspective: A Bad Night at Benaroya,” Seattle University, Wismer Center, November, 2003.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude and Fame: García Márquez in the US.” University Women’s Club, Seattle, Nov. 2003.

“El Día de los Muertos and Spiritual Exchanges” with Jeanette Rodríguez at the Seattle Center, Nov. 2003.

“Multifaceted Identities and New Subjectivities: Photographic Dissonance in the Work of Norma Cantú,” MALCS Summer Institute and Conference, August 2003. “Chicanas and Education,” ELLA Conference, Seattle University, May 2003

“Chicana Literature and Emerging Subjectivities,” Women’s Studies Program, Cabrillo College, May 2003.

“Crayola Dialectics and Chicana Authors”, LATCRIT Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, May 2003.

“The Quinceañera, coming of age or something more...” Seattle City Schools, April 2003.

Latina Leadership Network Conference, Keynote Speaker, San Diego, CA. March 19-20, 2003. Western Law Teachers of Color Conference, Keynote Speaker, Edgewater Inn, Seattle, WA. March 21, 2003.


“Emerging Subjectivities in Chicana Literature: Madres, Comadres, Madrinas, Quinceañeras y Criadas” at the Race, Space, and Place: Living in America Conference, Seattle University, Nov. 2002.

“The Languages of Emotional Injury,” Seattle University, April, 2002.


“Altared States: The Evolution of Mexican/Chicano Icons in the American Southwest, 1950-2000,” CSU, Monterey Bay, Monterey, California, November, 2001.

“Identidad y disonancia en Carmen la Coja or is it Peel my Love Like an Onion by Ana Castillo,” Rocky Mountain Literary Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada, October 2001

Prior to 2000:

“Altars, a Repossession of the Land in the American Southwest?” Seattle University, 1999.

“In Celebration of José Antonio Burciaga,” Stanford University, May 1997 Presentations on Denise Chávez, Alejandro Morales, Norma Cantú, Demetria Martínez, José Antonio Burciaga, Alejandro Morales, Helena María Viramontes, Cherrie Moraga as a Stanford University Chicana Fellow 1996-1997.

“Alejandro Morales: Brick Layering of Female Subjects,” National Association of Chicano and Chicano Studies, March 1996.