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Dr. Lisette Garcia is an experimental psychologist, human rights activist, Buddhist scholar, and Latina percussionist.
Her first book, “Poderosas: Conversations with Extraordinary Ordinary Women,” is a book of stories that takes place between Dr. Garcia, her husband Barrett Martin, and 12 extraordinary women. Each woman highly accomplished in her field, none have sought fame, yet all have made an indelible mark on their respective communities.
These conversations take place in unusual and sometimes exotic locations, as these women describe their work and life experiences: A Latina pediatrician at a Texas barbeque, a Cherokee healer during a sweat lodge ceremony, two Shipibo shamans in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, an anthropologist in a noisy New York restaurant, a Tlingit professor in her cozy Alaskan home, a Zen master in her Los Angeles Zendo, two mothers in their homes near the Mexico border and the Pacific Northwest, an African American dancer in a New York studio, and an artist in her pick up truck, speeding across the New Mexico desert.
Each of these stories show how powerful a woman can be when she embraces her circumstances, envisions her life, + then transforms herself into a “Poderosa” - a powerful woman, who effects real change in her corner of the world.
Lisette Garcia holds a PhD in experimental psychology from Tufts U.
She taught @ Barnard College + Columbia University, + she later became professor @ John Jay College Of Criminal Justice.
Native of El Paso, Texas & of Mexican immigrants.
Her experience as a Mexican-American women + human rights advocate has taken her many places around the world.
Buddhist scholar W/over 20 YRS of practice+ 4 years of silent meditation retreat.
Latina Percussionist + voting member of the Latin Recording Academy, and has worked on numerous albums in Peru, Brazil, + the U.S.A.