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~Wellesley College Professor Marjorie Agosín
Receives 2004 National Mujer Award

For immediate release:
August 26, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Marjorie Agosín, professor of Spanish at Wellesley College, has been honored by the National Hispana Leadership Institute with its 2004 National Mujer Award. The annual award pays tribute to the sustained lifetime achievements of Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well-being of the Hispanic community.

“Your ongoing commitment to bringing women and Latina issues to the forefront through your literacy and artistic works has earned you this prestigious award,” the institute wrote in notifying Agosín. “You certainly exemplify the essence, the vigor and the strengths of La Mujer Latina.” The awards will be held on Oct. 29 in Orlando, Fla.

“This is very significant for me because it represents the recognition of my work as a human-rights activist who has sought to empower the marginalized communities of Hispanic women in the United States as well as in Latin America,” Agosín said. “I also remember my own struggles coming to the United States in the ‘70s without the ability to speak English or understand the culture. This award, for me, recognizes the possibilities of dreaming to belong in all the Americas, as well as the possibilities of constructing a world with justice.”

Earlier this year, Agosín published her latest book, Cartographies: Meditations on Travel (University of Georgia Press, April 2004), which chronicles her travels as a way of connecting with inner knowledge. She is the prolific author of nearly 20 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and essays. A human-rights activist as well as an author, she was nominated for this year’s prestigious Newstad Prize for world literature and the government of Chile has recognized her with a lifetime achievement award, the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor. Her work has been profiled in Haddasah Magazine, The Boston Globe and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

National Hispana Leadership Institute is celebrating its 17th year as the premier leadership program in the United States that focuses on the development of Hispanic women leaders. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of Hispanas as ethical world leaders through training, professional development, community and world activism.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to


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