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Sam Coronado (1946 - 2013), American

Mestiza Virgin, 2000

Screen Print, Ed. 10/20

Gift of Jill Ramirez Coronado

Collection of La Salle University Art Museum, 16-G-3748

I use this artwork in my teaching as a way to open a conversation primarily about expanding our worldview and understanding the role that bias can play in how we see, understand, and act in the world. I ask students to think about what they know and how they know what they know. And then I ask them questions about topics that we might consider to be general knowledge and absolute fact. For example, I ask how many continents there are. For people who grew up in the U.S. the answer is always seven. But for people who grew up in other parts of the world the answer might be five or six. Likewise I use short stories and images such as the Mestiza Virgin to ask students to interrogate what they know as fact, how they learned what they know, and how what they know might not be accurate. The image of the Mestiza Virgin can be startling to people who grew up with an image of a white Virgin Mary, but the image helps us understand that there are multiple realities in the world.

Rosemary A. Barbera, Ph.D., MSS

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work

Broader Identity

  • 1. Understanding Diverse Perspectives
  • 2. Reflective Thinking and Valuing

Active Responsibility

  • 11. Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

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