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Millie Gimmel, a UT Knoxville professor of Spanish, will discuss the persistance of indigenous Nahua medical practices as they are represented in Chicano fiction at the University Studies Program’s Centripetals Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, March 25.

Gimmel – whose lecture is titled “Nahua Medicine in Chicano/a Fiction: Five Centuries of Indigenous Medicine” – will talk about references she has found to what is commonly referred to as “folk medicine” in Chicano fiction that were actually minimally altered practices from the 16th Century and perhaps earlier. In the presentation, Gimmel will discuss some of the diseases and treatments that figure prominently in Chicano fiction and reflect a continuity of medical practices that spans five centuries.

The Centripetals Luncheon – open to scholars, researchers and interested members of the Knoxville community – is a monthly affair held in the University Center Executive Dining Room. Cost for lunch is $8, payable at the door, but RSVP is required.

For more info or to RSVP, call 974-8177 or e-mail unistudy@utk.edu.