Lucía Durá was born in Mexico City and moved to Ciudad Juarez at the age of three. Every day she crossed the border to go to school at St. Joseph's School, where she learned to speak English. Lucía received a B.A. in English and Communication Arts at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. She moved to Connecticut for two years, where she worked on a gender and faith based HIV/AIDS in Africa initiative through Yale University, and taught art at an inner-city school. Lucía has also lived in Indiana, where she took graduate classes in education at the University of Notre Dame and taught second grade at an inner-city school. Since she moved back to El Paso in 2004, she has been attending UTEP.
Lucía is collaborating as a co-author in a chapter of a book on Technology Gateways and Cultural Ecologies, and is editing a book for the El Paso Museum of Art that is a collection of work by local artists. She will be presenting at the CCCC conference in Chicago in March of 2006, with John Scenters-Zapico and Teresa Quezada on “Technology Gateways and Cultural Ecologies in the Borderland.”
Lucía’s research interests include visual rhetoric, multiliteracies and composition, feminist rhetorics, rhetorics of and against violence, border studies and bilingualism in second language acquisition.
When asked why she chose the Rhetoric PhD Program at UTEP, Lucía answered: “I chose to do my PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at UTEP because of the unique opportunity to study rhetoric(s) and composition on the El Paso-Juarez border. The availability of bilingual projects and studies is particular to this area and this university. And the solid leadership of the faculty in the program as well as the resources offered by the university are valuable assets and tools for success.”
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