Lund-Gill Chair

Ana Castillo named 2014-2015 Lund-Gill Chair

Ana Castillo Lund-Gill Chair 2015

Ana Castillo is an internationally acclaimed creative writer, scholar, editor, and translator. Her nearly forty-year publishing career includes the novels The Mixquiahuala Letters, winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; So Far from God, recipient of the Carl Sandburg Literary Prize; and Sapogonia, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has also published several books of poetry, including My Father Was a Toltec and I Ask the Impossible, and edited a collection of essays, Goddess of the Americas, on the religious and cultural significance of the Virgin of Guadalupe. With Norma Alarcón, Castillo translated into Spanish Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa’s seminal anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. She is also the editor of La Tolteca, a literary ‘zine “dedicated to the advancement of a world without borders and censorship.”

Castillo's latest novel, Give It to Me, was released in May 2014, and the twentieth anniversary edition of her foundational work on Chicana, Mexican, and indigenous women, Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma, will be published in November 2014. A Chicago native, she received her BA from Northeastern Illinois University, MA in Latin American and Caribbean studies from the University of Chicago, and PhD in American studies from the University of Bremen, Germany. Learn more about Castillo’s work at

In Fall 2014, she will teach an Honors English class on “Writing Life Stories.”

Lund-Gill Lecture

"Twenty Years of Xicanisma:  Latina Empowerment in the U.S."

Lund Auditorium, Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Lecture is free but reservations are required.

About the Lund-Gill Chair

The Lund-Gill Chair is named for former Dominican University President Sr. Candida Lund, OP, and former English professor, Sr. Cyrille Gill, OP. Each year, the Lund-Gill Chair in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences brings to campus an individual of the highest moral and intellectual reputation who can address themes and issues at the heart of the liberal arts and sciences.

Past Lund-Gill Chairs

2014: Tricia Rose, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University
2013: Christopher Kennedy, Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises
2012: Eboo Patel, PhD, founder and the executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core. 
2011: Chia-Feng Chang, PhD, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and expert in Chinese science and medicine. 
2010: Father Richard Woods, OP, professor of theology and former chair of the Ekhart Society 
2009: Stephen Kinzer, a prize-winning journalist with the Boston Globe and New York Times 
2008: David Bevington, the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago 
2007: Leon Lederman, Nobel prize-winning physicist who was the inaugural chair