Rise Together! Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

One of this year’s two keynote speakers is Kianny Antigua, a senior lecturer in Spanish, and a poet, translator, and fiction writer for both children and adults. Antigua has won many awards, including first place at the International Latino Book Awards for Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book, Bilingual, in 2018. Her work has been published in anthologies, literary magazines, newspapers, and textbooks.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, in Moore Theater at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Antigua will give a talk titled “Of Silence and Words.”

“I want to raise awareness about the things that we don’t say and the things that we've been saying, and how narrative is affecting our everyday life,” says Antigua. “We need to talk and think more about how we use social media. We are constantly searching, clicking, through Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, but we rarely pause to think about the context for all that communication—the attitudes that lie behind all those words.”