Welcome to newest intern!

Recovery extends a warm welcome to their newest intern, Elena V. Valdez. Valdez is a PhD Candidate at Rice University. Her internship is supported by a Public Humanities Initiative fellowship from Rice University Humanities Research Center.

Valdez’s first project, curating “¡Extra, Extra! Recovering the Hispanic Literary Heritage of Texas” is on display at the Central Houston Public Library now through Oct. 31, 2018.

Valdez’s dissertation analyzes the folkloric underpinnings of the Mexican American literary archive through the lens of folkloric difference, a critical concept that focuses on the various ways Mexican Americans have responded to processes of modernity by using local knowledge to reformulate ideas of community between 1848 and today. Her areas of research and teaching include Latinx and Chicanx literature and religion, twentieth-century American literature, folklore studies, oral history, public humanities, and Chicana feminisms.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at recovery@uh.edu. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in working with archival material, document scanning, creating digital scholarship, creating metadata, indexing, and more.

About the Author
Lorena Gauthereau is a CLIR-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage at the University of Houston.

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