Professor Patricia Rosas Lopátegui’s Spanish American Culture and Literature topics class “Teatro y Lengua,” follows the notion that performing can play a role in the classroom.

“Theater is a tool that can help one learn more about Mexican culture, its history and the language,” Lopátegui said. The class of 22 paid homage to Mexican writer Elena Garro throughout the semester and performed parts of her plays on Thursday night. Garro’s social activism and criticism of the corruption, racism and class systems of Mexico was one topic in the class, Lopátegui said.

“[Garro] was very outspoken during a time when the freedom to do so was not there,” Lopátegui said. The “Teatro y Lengua” class will perform Elena Garro’s plays on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in Dane Smith Hall 123.