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2012-13 Past Lectures

December 13 - 15, 2013

Spanish in the Liberal Arts, Professional, and Scientific World (Its presence in the US) 


The role of the Spanish Language Programs has profoundly changed in the past decades. Spanish has become one of the most popular and demanded foreign languages in the United States, where for millions of citizens Spanish is not even a foreign language but their mother tongue. Simultaneously, the geopolitical relevance of Latin America has increased, making Spanish a very attractive option for many students pursuing a career in fields such as law, health, business and engineering, among many others. In order to successfully respond to this complex and multilayered situation, Departments of Spanish (and equivalents) face several challenges, some of which this conference will examine. How can we ensure that Spanish Departments remain true to their values of cultural, literary, and critical education, while at the same time appealing to students with a professional orientation? This professional meeting will explore the diverse ways in which this possible conflict can be addressed in the Spanish curricula.

Some of the topics to be covered in this conference include:

  • Current situation of Spanish in the institutions of participants
  • Current situation of Spanish in the Liberal Arts
  • Study Abroad and Service Learning
  • Strategies in professional and scientific fields through deep knowledge of Spanish language, culture, and society of Spanish-speaking countries and regions
  • Training of bilingual and bicultural students/teachers for entry into the professional and scientific fields

List of Participants

Calendar of Events


Meeting sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Associate Dean for International and Interdisciplinary Programs, the Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, and Office of the Provost at Dartmouth College, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Universidad Internacional "Menéndez Pelayo"


November - Four-day Theatre Workshop 

Claudio Valdés Kuri, the Mexican artistic director of theatre company "Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes" will give a four-day workshop titled "Practice and Theory for the Actor-Musician". These workshops will take place from Monday, November 4 - Thursday, November 7 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at 219 Wilson Hall.

Mexican theatre company "Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes" has become a landmark of Latin America´s avant-garde theatre. The company has won multiple international awards, including Best International Act for their play El Gallo at Brighton Festival (2011, United Kingdom).

Claudio Valdés Kuri

On Friday November 8 at 3:00 pm Claudio will give an artist talk about his own creative process and the implementation of it throughout the workshop. The talk will be held in 212 Dartmouth Hall at 3:00 p.m.  Please join us


Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - Award-winning Cuban Poet and Novelist Wendy Guerra

Wendy Guerra

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to announce the visit of Award-winning Cuban Poet and Novelist Wendy Guerra.  Ms. Guerra will be on campus October 15-16, 2013 for the following events:

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4:00 p.m., Treasure Room (Baker Library) - Bilingual Poetry Reading.  Ms. Guerra will read selections of her poetry in Spanish, with translations in English read by Dartmouth students.  Reception at La Casa to follow.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 4:00 p.m., 041 Haldeman - Lecture.  Title: Cuban Literature Today: Representations of Resistance in Fictional Diary Writings. Ms. Guerra will deliver a public talk focusing on her own fictional diary writings.  Book signing to follow.

(Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; the Leslie Center for the Humanities; the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding; the Comparative Literature Program; the LALACS Program, and, the Harbor Mountain Press)

Monday, October 14, 2013, 4:30 p.m., 041 Haldeman  - David Gies LectureDavid Gies

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to announce the visit of David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia.  An expert on the literature of Enlightenment and Romantic Spain and contemporary Spanish film, Professor Gies will give a lecture entitled "La Pepa Goes to the Theater," in which he will discuss how playwrights struggled to explain to a confused and needy public the meaning of the newly proclaimed Spanish Constitution of 1812, known as "La Pepa."
(Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

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"Mysticism and Aesthetics: On Saint Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle"

Christopher van Ginhoven, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Trinity College

Tuesday  April 16, 2013


217 Dartmouth Hall

Cristóbal Toral

"Diálogo con la obra de arte: la copia, la influencia y los d'après"/ "Dialogue with the work of art: copy, influence and the d'après"

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Hood Museum Auditorium

Lecture in Spanish / with translation in English available -- Open to the public.

Following the lecture there will be a public unveiling of Toral's painting and a reception at the Kim Gallery

Vicente Luis Mora. Lecturas no secuenciadas: textovisualidad y fragmento.

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 4:30 p.m., Steele 7; dinner and poetry reading at La Casa to follow

This lecture (given in Spanish) will try to adopt an innovative approach to the different possibilities of reading in our time, according with the new forms of literature, distribution of texts, and on-line creations. From hypertext to conventional novels with images on them, we are witnessing mutations in the process of writing and reading that we must analyze as critics and researchers. More complex and sophisticated "mechanical" eyes are required to understand the literature of our present.

Violeta Luna. The Body in Action: Path Towards a Personal Cartography

Monday, October 15, 2012, 6:00 p.m., Steele 7; dinner and Q&A session at La Casa to follow

Violeta Luna's work explores the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement. Working within a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of aesthetic and conceptual borders, Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. Born in Mexico City, Luna obtained her graduate degree in Acting from Centro Universitario de Teatro, UNAM and La Casa del Teatro. She has performed and taught workshops extensively throughout Latin American, Europe, Africa, and USA. She is currently a Creative Capital Fellow, a member of the Magdalena Project of International Women Performance Artists, and as associate artists of the San Francisco-based performance collectives La Pocha Nostra and Secos & Mojados.

LALACS Lectures Series "Cartographies of Violence"
co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities

The first lecture will be presented by
Gareth Williams, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Thursday October 4, 2012
105 Kemeny (next to Halderman Center)

"Anonymous vs Zetas:  The Collapse of the Katechon and the Anomie of the Earth" (la narcoviolencia y el fin de la geometría conceptual del espacio moderno en México).
The talk will be in English.

Gareth Williams is originally from Liverpool, England, where it first occurred to him that foreign languages might be a path elsewhere.  He is Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he has lived and worked since 2002.  He is the author of two books:  The Other Side of the Popular: Neoliberalism and Subalternity in Latin America (2002) and The Mexican Exception:  Sovereignty, Police and Democracy (2011). He is the author of numerous articles examining the relation between literature, cultural history and political philosophy in modern and contemporary Latin America, and is co-editor of a new University of Texas Press book series called "Border Hispanisms".


2011-12 Past Lectures

Luiz Carlos Villalta, Departamento de História, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

"As Imagens, o Antigo Regime e a 'Revolução' no Mundo Luso-Brasileiro (c.1750-1812)"

Professor Villalta will focus on the actions taken by the Portuguese authorities to  control the diffusion of images in the end of the Ancien Régime in Portugal and Brazil. He will also analyze how the revolutionary agents, according to repressive institutions, employed images in their fight against the political and religious order.

Friday – May 11, 2012

3:00 PM

106 Dartmouth Hall

Luiz Villalta has a PhD in History from Universidade de São Paulo and developed a postdoctoral research at École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, under the supervision of Roger Chartier. He is the author of O Império luso-brasileiro e os Brasis, and has published articles on cultural practices, libertarianism and censorship in Portugal and Brazil.

The lecture will be in Portuguese

Visiting Assistant Professor in Hispanic Studies, Brown University

April 23, 2012 - 4:00PM - 106 Dartmouth Hall

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"Zona Cero.  Pautas para una concepción tecnológica de la narrativa"

Juan Francisco Ferré is a writer, literary critic and lecturer / researcher at Brown University.  He has a PhD in Hispanic Studies.

A re-thinker of fiction, he writes with full consciousness of our contemporary media environment and with full liberty to use that in fiction, without constraints of "literary" expectations or conventional morality.

His fiction is in a post-modern tradition that draws on North American writers such as Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace as much as on Spain's Juan Goytisolo, and he can be seen to be part of a younger generation of literary hell-raisers and re-mixers in Spain that includes Agustín Fernández Mallo, Eloy Fernández Porta, Javier Calvo and Robert Juan-Cantavella.

Come Learn about Salvador and our Programs Abroad at ACBEU
                    (Associação Cultural Brasil Estados Unidos)

Meet Clara Ramos, The Brazilian Coordinator at ACBEU

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


217 Dartmouth Hall

Antonio Méndez Rubio, Universitat de València
"Hip-Hop en España: poética, política y cultura"

Thursday - April 12, 2012


212 Dartmouth Hall

Sexualities Lecture April 5th: Maite Zubiaurre

Professor, 19th and 20th Century Peninsular Literatures and Gender Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Department, University of California, Los Angeles

Public Talk: "Erotic Postcards: The Spanish Inventory." 4:15 PM, Haldeman 041. Free and open to all. Reception follows.

Presented with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Maite Zubiaurre is a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and has taught Spanish literature at many institutions including Columbia University, the University of Texas, Austin, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the University of Southern California, among others. Dr. Zubiaurre's research interests include: 20th century Peninsular literature; European and Latin American Realism; comparative literature; gender studies; urban studies; cultural studies; Latin American women's fiction; and Latina and Chicana fiction. She is the author of El espacio en la novela realista: Paisajes, miniaturas, perspectivas (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2000), a book on the dialectics of space and gender in European and Latin American realist fiction. Her book Cultures of the Erotic: Spain 1898-1939 (Vanderbilt University Press) is forthcoming and Professor Zubiaurre is presently writing a book on the cultural representations of trash and rubble in contemporary culture.



PERSONIFICACIÓN, the live session that established Afterpop Fernández & Fernández's prestige in the Spanish scene, is a striking 50-minute, non-stop, ten-hit show about the production of identity in a time dominated by technological excess and media turmoil.  Good old Big Lebowski famously said, people "treat objects as if they were women"  and yet, nowadays,  personification can no longer be conceived solely as a trope we humans impose upon things; quite contrary, we rely on clothes, machines and fashion in order to provide a brand new personality for consumers and lovers. "There's a certain glamour to nuclear plants" and "your feelings are controlled explosions" are some of the words that resonate throughout this ironic, mind-breaking recitation, featuring some of the duo's best known themes, such as Las máquinas and Emociónese así. The literature of science, corporate love, the freakishness of normality and the eloquence of things merge through this investigation on Life 3.0, where lyrics and fashion work together generating a new form of poetry... or maybe we should call it post-poetry.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Moore Hall B03

Christina Karageorgou-Bastea
     Vanderbilt University

"Hacia una poética del olvido"

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
212 Dartmouth Hall

Educada en Grecia y en México, donde hice mi doctorado en El Colegio de México y escribí mi tesis sobre García Lorca. Mis intereses y lealtades intelectuales se encuentran a caballo entre España y América Latina. Me especializo en poesía moderna y en los últimos cuatro años he estado trabajando sobre trauma y memoria. Mi preocupación más profunda en relación con la literatura es la praxis ética que es y se desprende de su lectura, interpretación y enseñanza. He escrito sobre Borges, Valle-Inclán, Lorca, Salinas, Peri-Rossi, poesía, teatro, las relaciones sobre literatura y artes visuales, trauma y ahora, sobre el olvido como dispositivo heurístico en la poesía de Cernuda y de Borges.

Wednesday-November 2, 2011
212 Dartmouth Hall

The Independence Effect Symposium

El efecto independentista / The Independence Effect

(jueves 27 a sábado 29 de octubre, 2011)

Schedule and Session Topics

Thursday, Oct. 27

Keynote and Welcome Remarks– 5:30 pm
Rockefeller 3

José M del Pino, Chair, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese; Adrian W. Randolph, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities; Mary Louise Pratt (New York University): "The Futurology of Independence"

Friday, Oct. 28

Haldeman 041
Panel I, 9am-10:45 Independence in History

Tracy Devine Guzmán (University of Miami): "Eu Quero Mocotó!: Interrogating Independence in Authoritarian Brazil"Jennifer French (Williams College): "Between Two Fires: Intergenerational Trauma in Paraguayan History and Literature" Jossiana Arroyo (University of Texas, Austin): "On Techné: Writing the Grammar of the Americas"
Moderator: Israel Reyes

Panel II, 11am-12:45 The Independence Effect on Thought: Philosophy and Critical Theory

José Ignacio López Soria (Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería –UNI–, Perú): "El efecto de la independencia en la filosofía y el pensamiento crítico" Beatriz Pastor (Dartmouth College): ["Independencia: Apuntes para una cartografía"] Alejandro Oscar Gómez (Center of Argentine Macroeconomic Studies Universtiy –CEMA–, Buenos Aires): "José del Valle: An Intellectual Leader of the Guatemalan Independence"
Moderator: Beatriz Pastor

Lunch 1pm-2:20

Featured Lecture, 2:30 pm-3:30

Carlos Malamud (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia-UNED-Spain): "Historia y política: la ulitización de los Bicentenarios"

Panel III, 3:45pm-5:30 Nation States: Independence and Modernity/ies

Aníbal González (Yale Univeristy): "Razón y sentimiento en la escritura gestual de Simón Rodríguez" Laura G. Gutiérrez (University of Arizona): "1810 into Cinema & Cinema in 1910: El Centenario, Modernity and Visual Culture in Mexico" J. Andrew Brown (Washington University in St. Louis): "Chile's Weird Independence"

Saturday, Oct. 29

Haldeman 041

Panel IV, 9am-10:45 Independence in Cultural Movements

Marshall Eakin (Vanderbilt University): "Independence, Mythmaking, and National Identity Raúl Bueno (Dartmouth College): "En torno al sentido de ideologías independentistas" Álvaro Kaempfer (Gettysburgh College): "1808-1814: ciudadanía, representatividad y globalización"
Moderator: Rodolfo A. Franconi

Panel V, 11am-12:45 Independence, Power and Ideology

Beatriz González Stephan (Rice University): Las viruelas de la Revolución Haitiana: pánicos y silencios en la intelectualidad venezolana (siglo xix). Pedro Ángel Palou (Dartmouth College): "La culpa es de las élites, poder e ideología en los primeros años de la Independencia mexicana" José Lara (Georgetown University): "The Return of the Maya: The Importance of the Copán Ruins in the Construction of the Honduran Nation"
Moderator: Pedro Ángel Palou

Lunch 1-2:30

Panel VI, 2:30pm-4:15 Independence, Subalternity and Globalization.

Juan Aranzadi (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, España): "El efecto independentista en los indígenas americanos y los esclavos africanos" Hernán Fernández-Meardi (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay): "La figura de los grupos subalternos en la constitución de las identidades nacionales" Lucas Savino (Huron University College): "From "dueños del país" to "un puñado de salvajes." The place of the indigenous subaltern in the independence movements of the Southern Cone"
Moderator: Raúl Bueno

Closing Remarks – 4:30pm

Rebecca Biron (Dartmouth College)

Orozco Murals. A Visit Guided by Mary Coffey (Dartmouth College), 5:00-6:30pm

Farewell Words by Provost Carol Folt (Dartmouth College)




Gregary J. Racz
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at Long Island University, Brooklyn

 gary racz

"Retranslating Poetic Texts: Garcilaso, Góngora, and Quevedo After Analogical Form"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


206 Dartmouth Hall

2010-11 Past Lectures

Professor Racz is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at Long Island University-Brooklyn, Vice President of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), and Review Editor for Translation Review.  Primarily a poetry translator with a special interest in meter and rhyme, Professor Racz has published translations of the Spanish Golden Age Classics Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (Penguin Classics, 2006) and Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega (Yale University Press, 2010).   Rigmaroles, Racz's translation of El señor de las patrañas by the contemporary Spanish playwright Jaime Salom, appeared in his edited volume Three Comedies (University Press of Colorado, 2005).  Racz has also translated Reasons for Writing Poetry, a personal anthology of works by the contemporary Peruvian poetry Eduardo Chirinos (Salt Publishing, 2011).  His critical study, Approaches to Translating Poetry, is due out in 2012.


ana merion

Ana Merino Associate Professor of Spanish Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at the University of Iowa

"Surrealist Intertextualities in Max's 'Bardin' "

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
4:00 PM
212 Dartmouth Hall

This presentation travels through the artistic mind of Spanish Artist Max, and his character Bardin, in an effort to show a way to perceive and connect cultural influences in comics.

Monday, April 4, 2011
Klaus D. Vervuert

General Editor of Iberoamericana Editorial Vervuert - Iberoamericana Vervuert Publishing Corp - Madrid, Frankfurt and Orlando

La historia de la edición como historia cultural y científica:  Publicaciones académicas hoy
4:00 p.m.
212 Dartmouth Hall

Klaus D. Vervuert


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Monday, April 11, 2011
Yvette Sánchez,
Professor of Hispanic Language and Literatures, Universitåt St. Gallen

"Dinámicas del Arte de Cruzar/Dynamics of the Art of Crossing"

4:00 pm
212 Dartmouth Hall

Professor Yvette Sánchez received her PhD from the University of Basel in 1987, with a dissertation on "Private Religiosity in Recent Hispanic Caribbean Narratives".  She was visiting professor at the Université de Nancy (2000-2001), and since 2004 has been a Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.  Yvette has published several books, has written numerous journal papers and articles, and, has participated in many conference presentations.  Her most recent books are entitled Poéticas del fracaso (2009) and Fehler im System. Irrtum, Defizit und Katastrophe als Faktoren kultureller Produktivitat (2008).  Yvette is currently working on Hispanic Cultures in the U.S., the idea of failure in literature and on Enrique Vila-Matas.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
013 Carpenter


Poet in New York/New York in a Poet: Federico García Lorca
Presented by: Christopher Maurer, Professor of Spanish, Department of Romance Languages, Boston University

Professor Maurer writes about Spanish poetry from Garcilaso to the so-called Generación del 27.  Three of his major research interests are biography, textual criticism, and poetry's relations with music and painting.  He is also a distinguished editor and a successful translator.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
4:15 p.m.
104A Dartmouth Hall

Professor Hélio de Seixas Guimarães from the Universidade de São Paulo will present:

"Machado de Assis, autor de si mesmo"

This lecture will analyze a writing by Machado de Assis, published in a newspaper column in 1895, in order to present an important procedure in Machado de Assis' poetics: the radical realativization of any possible system of thinking or belief. 

Dr. Hélio Guimarães is a professor at the Department of Brazilian Literature at Universidade de São Paulo, USP, and an expert on Machado the Assis.  He is the author of OS LEITORES DE MACHADO DE ASSIS: O ROMANCE MACHADIANO E O PUBLICO DE LITERATURA NO SÉCULO 19, and the editor of the book "A OLHOS VISTOS: UMA ICONOGRAFIA DE MACHADO DE ASSIS" among several articles on 19th century Brazilian literature.

This Lecture Will Be Given In Portuguese


Wednesday, January 19, 2011@ 3pm in 105 Dartmouth Hall

David R. Castillo, Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Dept of Romance Languages and Literatures at SUNY, Buffalo


Baro que Bodies Exposed: Kinship and Terror in Zayas' Desengaños

David Castillo is professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at SUNY, Buffalo. He is the author of two studies on Spanish early modern literature and culture, entitled Baroque Horrors: Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of Curiosities (2010) and (A)wry Views: Anamorphosis, Cervantes, and the Early Picaresque (2001). He is also co-author of Construcción de identidades en la primera modernidad española (1994) and co-editor of two volumes: Reason and its Others: Italy, Spain, and the New World (2006) and Spectacle and Topophilia: Reading Early (and Post-) Modern Hispanic Cultures (forthcoming 2011).

In this talk Castillo will focus on the (porno)graphic dimension of Zayas' Desengaños amorosos. He looks at Zayas' representation of violated and tortured feminine bodies in connection with baroque aesthetics, and simultaneously with gothic horror/terror. His claim is that the characteristically Zayesque close up of the body inside out can be theorized as an anamorphic image of the aristocratic body in baroque Spain.


Domingo Ródenas


Monday, November 8th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at La Casa:

Dinner and conversation with our two distinguished Writers in Residence:

Spanish novelist Laura Freixas, and Mexican novelist Pedro Ángel Palou

Dr. José Ángel González Sainzja sainz 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
4:00 p.m., 212 Dartmouth Hall 

"Consideraciones sobre el tropiezo"

Spanish writer José Ángel González Sainz (Soria, 1956) lives between Trieste (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain). He is the author of numerous critical essays on Thomas Bernhard, Italo Calvino, Stig Dagerman, H. M. Enzensberger, Claudio Magris, María Zambrano, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Carmen Martín Gaite, among other writers of international reknown. He is also the founder and former director (1988-2002) of the prestigious Spanish periodical Archipiélago: Cuadernos de Crítica de la Cultura. As a writer, he is the author of four novels and many short stories. His last book to date is entitled Ojos que no ven (Barcelona, Anagrama, 2010) on the physical and emotional violences caused by terrorism in the Basque Country. In 1995, he received the XIII Premio Herralde de Novela and in 2006 the XXV Premio de las Letras de Castilla y León. He has also beautifully translated Claudio Magris into Spanish.

2009-10 Past Lectures

"A Rigor of Angels: Borges and Everyday Fundamentalism"

william eggintonThursday, May 13, 2010, 4:00 p.m., 041 Haldeman

William Egginton, Professor and Chair, Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Johns Hopkins University

Professor Egginton is the Chair of the Department of German & Romance Languages and Literatures, The Johns Hopkins University. He teaches courses on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. His most recent book is "The Theater of Truth: The Ideology of (Neo)Baroque Aesthetics," (Stanford, 2010). He is also the author of: "The Philosopher¹s Desire," (Stanford, 2007); "A Wrinkle in History," (Davies Group, 2007); "Perversity and Ethics," (Stanford, 2006); and "How the World Became a Stage," (SUNY, 2003). Professor Egginton is co-editor of "The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy," (SUNY, 2004), and his next book, "An Uncertain Faith: Fundamentalism, Atheism, and Religious Moderation," will appear later this year with Columbia University Press.

The aim of his talk is to derive a theory of everyday fundamentalism, i.e., fundamentalism not limited to the religious variety, from a series of fictional texts by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. The title comes from the postdated postscript he wrote to his 1941 story, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis tertius," which contains his most explicit articulation of this theory. The lecture will seek to explain Borges' approach to this issue and its potential relevance to contemporary debates around atheism and fundamentalism.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College

"Poetry and Buildings: Life in Construction," A Recital and Conversation with Joan Margarit (in Spanish)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 4:30 p.m., Kreindler Auditorium, 041 Haldeman

Photo of Joan MargaritJoan Margarit has published over twenty volumes of poetry; his book Casa de Misericordia (2008) was awarded the National Poetry prize in Spain, and his work has been extensively anthologized and translated. Professionally trained as an architect, Mr. Margarit taught structural engineering at Barcelona's Advanced School of Arquitecture for thirty-five years, and has worked on some of the most emblematic buildings in Barcelona's cityscape. Identifying common ground between poetry and architecture, Margarit said: "Considering my poetry and my particular area of architecture, I believe it is no petty coincidence that Structural Engineering strives to achieve a maximum state of resistance and stability for a structure using material as sparingly as possible: in a sense, poetry attempts to say as much as it can in as few words as possible." Since his retirement from architecture he has redoubled his commitment to literature and to writing with the publication of poetry and essays, his own translations to Castilian and Catalan of Thomas Hardy and Elizabeth Bishop, and his promise to support emerging forms of poetry.

Joan Margarit

“Dinámicas del Arte de Cruzar/Dynamics of the Art of Crossing”

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 4:00 P.M., 212 Dartmouth Hall [Cancelled. New date: TBA]

Yvette Sánchez, Professor of Hispanic Language and Literatures, Universität St. Gallen (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Professor Yvette Sánchez received her Ph.D from the University of Basel in 1987 with a dissertation on Private religiosity in recent Hispanic-Caribbean narratives. She was visiting professor at the Université de Nancy (2000/01), and since 2004 she is Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures in the Department of Hispanic Language and Literatures at the Univeristy of St. Gallen, in Switzerland. She is also the director of the Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo at that institution. She is currently working on Hispanic Cultures in the U.S, the idea of failure in literature and on Enrique Vila-Matas. She edited Cuentos de humo (2001); La poética de la mirada (2004) and Poéticas del fracaso (2009) [with Roland Spiller]; Die Schweiz ist Klang (2007) [with Joseph Jurt/Ottmar Ette]; and Fehler im System (2008) [with Felix Philipp Ingold].


From the series, Undocumented Interventions, #1-8, 2005; 20 hand-colored works exploring the cultural phenomena of human trafficking documented through the failure of smuggling attempts; watercolor on paper, 11 x 14 inches

At our department she will present “Dinámicas del Arte de Cruzar/Dynamics of the Art of Crossing”. In that talk, recent samples of Latino art and literature will be presented, that show innovative and experimental impulses renouncing to classic patterns of immigration dramas or stereotypes based on a lack of self-esteem. The paradigm shift seems to be more obvious in visual arts than in literature. Thriving new art scenes in Miami, New York or the Southwest have a lot to offer. How do these new artists transform movement, e.g. the conventional theme of more or less improvised means of transportation by water and land indispensable for border crossings? The cars of Margarita Cabrera, Betsabée Romero or Julio César Morales (Undocumented interventions) or the boats of kcho and Armando Moriño will be accompanied by literary texts through an intermedial lecture: "Kon Tiki" by Roberto G. Fernández or Luis Humberto Crosthwaite's Instrucciones para cruzar la frontera, "Marcela y el rey" or Misa fronteriza, which all break new aesthetic grounds and marked attitudes of ironic distance. Eventually the second meanings of Art ('ability') of Crossing ('crossbreeding', 'hybridization', 'blend') allow us to criss-cross and open our corpus towards the works of humorous amalgamations (of Cristina Lei-Rodríguez and María Magdalena Campos-Pons) and a rapidly rising series of Latino art performances.

“Torture and Civilization: Lessons from the Spanish Inquisition”

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 4:00 p.m., Location TBA

Irene Silverblatt, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University

goya inquisitionGoya inquisition Irene Silverblatt is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Her research centers on the cultural dimensions of state-building and colonization in Latin America. She is particularly interested in the relation of gender, racial discourses, and historical memory to the construction and experience of power. As a Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she will be writing a social history of Peru's political ideologies and the making of colonial Andean subjects. These concerns, combined with an interest in the history of anthropology, orient her next project on the emerging fields of Andean ethnography--in the United States and Peru--during World War II and the first decades of the Cold War. Her publications include Moon, Sun, and Witches: Gender Ideologies and Class in Inca and Colonial Peru (Princeton UP, 1987); "Imperial Dilemmas, the Politics of Kinship, and Inca Reconstructions of History," (Cambridge UP, 1988), winner of the American Society for Ethnohistory's Heizer prize; Modern Inquisitions: Peru and the Colonial Origins of the Civilized World (Duke UP, 2004), and numerous articles. Most recently, Irene and Helene Silverblatt have edited the poems of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, a Romanian cousin who died in an SS labor camp when she was 18 and who had written 57 poems in German before her death. Her visit at Dartmouth College also includes the discussion of this gripping anthology, Harvest of Blossoms: Poems from a Life Cut Short (Northwestern UP, 2009) at the symposium, "A Thousand Darknesses: Traces of the Romanian Holocaust" on Monday April 12 (3:00 - 6:00 p.m.).

“The Art of the Novel in Cervantes”

Monday, April 5, 2010, 2:00 p.m., 101 Dartmouth Hall (During regular class time of Spanish 70 with Prof. Lozano)

Antonio Garrido, Professor of Spanish at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid  

don quixoteAntonio Garrido is Professor of Spanish at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. His work deals with issues of narrative, narration, theories of fiction and literary interpretation. He has authored several books, including El texto narrativo (1993), Teorías de la ficción literaria (1997), Aspectos de la novela en Cervantes (2007) and Narración y ficción (in press). He is part of the collective of scholars that will publish in 2012 a Dictionary of Spanish and International literary terms.

His talk at our department will be on the significance of Don Quixote within the context of the history of the novel. He will focus on Cervantes’s specific novelistic formulas departing from the literary history that precedes him. The talk will focus on Cervantes’s novelty and legacy, and will examine some of the basic components of the novel structure: narrator, characters, time, space, discourse, and ideology.

Carlos Minchillo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Portuguese

Monday, March 8, 2010, 12:00 p.m., 109 Dartmouth Hall

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La Casa Events 

La Casa Events


Eduardo Lago, Novelist and Director, Cervantes Institute

Thursday, November 19, 2009, 3:00 p.m., 108 Reed Hall

Photo of Eduardo LagoEduardo Lago was born in Spain (1954) and grew up in Madrid. In the mid 80's he moved to New York. For the next ten years he lived in a number of different neighborhoods in Brooklin. It was during those years that a novel that revolved around the lives of the americaniards - Spanish immigrants who even after settling in the United States permanently cling fiercely to their Spanish identity - began to take shape. The novel, Llámame Brooklin (2006), was an instant success and won the prestigious Nadal literary prize in 2006. In addition to his novel, Eduardo Lago has published a collection of short stories - Cuentos Dispersos (2000).

Before he moved to New York, Eduardo was already widely recognized for his work as a translator of Henry James, Hamlin Garland, William Dean Howells, John Barth and Sylvia Plath. Shortly after settling in New York, he began to publish literary journalism pieces in Culturas, the literary supplement of Cambio 16, and later in Babelia. In 2002 he received the Bartolomé March Award for Excellence in Literary Criticism for his critical comparison of three Spanish translations of James Joyce's Ulysses.

Eduardo Lago is also a prolific interviewer, well known for his interviews with Czeslaw Milosz, Norman Mailer, John Ashbery, Richard Ford, Tobias Wolff, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, Robert Coover, William Gass, y John Barth, Edward Said and Harold Bloom.

In July 2006 he was named Director of the Instituto Cervantes in New York, a position he continues to hold to this day. 

Sergio Ramírez, Renown Nicaraguan Writer and Politician

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A guest of the Dickey Center, Sergio Ramírez, the renown Nicaraguan writer and politician, visited some of our Spanish classes and spoke with our students on Latin American literature and politics.

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Here with his wife, Tulita

"Criminal/Live: Intertextuality and Meaning from Buñel's The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz to Almodóvar's Live Flesh"

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 4:00 p.m., 217 Dartmouth Hall

Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz, University of Colorado at Boulder


Thursday, October 1, 2009, 4:30 p.m., Kreindler Auditorium, 041 Haldeman

Cristóbal Toral, Artist

Cristóbal ToralThe artist speaks about his visionary paintings, which make the familiar strange and alluring.

Before his lecture, In Spanish, Marisa Oropesa will offer a visual introduction into Toral's oeuvre.

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, The Leslie Center for the Humanities, In collaboration with the Dean of the Faculty Office, and the Hood Museum of Art.

2008-09 Past Lectures

jaime padrino"Clásicos de la Literatura Infantil Española"

Thursday, April 30, 2009, 4:00 p.m., 206 Dartmouth Hall

Jaime Padrino, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

"Cementerio de Papel"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 5:00 p.m., 105 Dartmouth Hall

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Movie will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles

With the death of a young woman in charge of greeting new visitors to the General National Archive, stories of death and violence once again haunt the hallways of the Lecumberri Palace. Miguel, the director of police during the term of President Echeverria, can't hide his fears when he hears that the security archives will be open to the public.

"Translating Cervantes" and Book Signing

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 4:00 p.m., 041 Haldeman

Edith Grossman, Award-winning American Translator

edith grossmanEdith Grossman is an award-winning American translator specializing in English versions of Spanish language books. She is one of the most important translators of Latin American fiction in the past century, translating the works of Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, Mayra Montero, Augusto Monterroso, Jaime Manrique, Julián Ríos and of ´Alvaro Mutis.

She received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, did graduate work at UC Berkeley, and received a Ph.D. from New York University. Her translation of Cervantes' Don Quixote, published in 2003, is considered one of the finest translations of the Spanish masterpiece in the English language, praised by such author/critics as Carlos Fuentes and Harold Bloom.

Interested students are invited to a discussion on translation with Edith Grossman, on Wednesday, May 14 at 1pm in the Treasure Room at Baker Library. Please click here for material for the discussion.

"In Lima, Like You: Mapping a Challenge to Peruvian Cinema with Claudia Llosa's Madeinusa"

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jeffrey Middents, Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature at American University

jeffrey middentsJeffrey Middents is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature at American University, where he teaches 20th Century world narratives, particularly in film and fiction. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate film-oriented courses as well as several literature courses.

Professor Middents book, Writing National Cinema: Film Journals and Film Culture in Peru (University Press of New England, 2009) investigates the historical place of cultural writing within a national discourse by tracing how Peruvian cinema was shaped by local film criticism. He is co-editing a volume of English translations of recent film writing from Latin America and is starting a book on Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón.

Professor Middents has also published essays on a variety of other topics, including documentary aesthetics in the work of Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán, Peruvian director Luis Llosa's films made under producer Roger Corman, the theoretical perspective espoused by Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, and the racial complexities of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer; this last publication makes him, according to the on-line journal Slayage, an official scholar of "Buffy Studies."

Honors Thesis Presentation

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Amber Gott
Senior Majors Reception

Saturday, June 13, 2009, 4:15 p.m.

Mirta Kupferminc

Argentinean printmaker, painter, and book and installation artist will present her book of engravings: "BORGES AND THE KABBALAH: PATHS TO THE WORD"

March 2, 2009, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

In the Ford Sayre Room #112 at the Hanover Inn

Presented by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese 
With the generous support of the Leslie Humanities Center, The Jewish Studies Program & Studio Art

Las Lineas de la Vida BajaBorges and the Kabbalah is a limited edition artist book and open conversation between texts by Professor Saúl Sosnowski (a Borges scholar) and images by Kupferminc in dialogue with writings by Argentinean Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) and Kabbalistic notions. Kupferminc met Sosnowski when a mutual friend brought him to visit her studio in 2002. Though she did not mention her interest in Jewish mysticism to Sosnowski at that time, upon returning to the U.S., he mailed her a book he had authored titled Borges y la Cábala: La Búsqueda del Verbo. From this exchange, she began to explore connections in the book and her interests in everyday visual inquiry, literature, and mysticism. Of their collaboration on Borges and the Kabbalah: Paths to the Word, Kupferminc stated, "It is very hard to explain what the book is. It has a world inside. It's a journey with so much energy and such a profound true connection..."

In the original exhibition at the Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, Kupferminc’s book was displayed in its entirety, along with several installations designed to surround the viewer in the texts and images from the book. The visitor was invited to step into a labyrinth installation formed in the shape of the Hebrew letter Aleph. Thirty-two access possibilities guided to the center and the corridors showcased images and texts. In the Endless Universe, the viewer saw images repeat exponentially toward infinity. Sosnowski writes about the collaboration: "In joining Borges and Kabbalah, it is imperative to recognize the distance that separates faith and theology from literature and art, as well as 'the Kabbalist' from those who promote it as spiritual self-help and indulge in exercises that plainly mark the passage of time. When cognizant of the difference, when suitably and spiritually trained to cut through material barriers, then, and only then, will the true seeker be empowered to discover and unveil alternate views of the world, and make inroads into the sobering chronicles of the Diaspora, where many of the Kabbalistic texts were written."

2008 Past Lectures

SaonaTuesday, November 25, 2008
Margarita Saona
Lecture Title: "Plain Things and Space: Metonymy and Aura in Memorials of Social Trauma"

The last couple of decades have seen an increased preoccupation with memory and a question that has been often raised is how does a community remember a traumatic event. In Toward a Theory of Cultural Trauma Jeffrey C. Alexander suggests that the elaboration of social trauma requires the reconstruction of tragic events into a narrative. Doing so allows a collectivity to define moral responsibility and redirect political action. This reconstruction depends upon a “carrier group” to articulate those events, to give them meaning in the public sphere. This carrier groups makes aesthetic choices regarding the representation of the facts and their articulation into a narrative of trauma.

In this presentation I want to look at public memorials of cultural trauma and observe how, beyond oral and written narratives, they manifest aesthetic options that allow a collectivity to reconstruct their own story. This talk will explore the different ways in which we commemorate and why are some aesthetic choices particularly successful in promoting a mourning process at the social level. How can a sculpture, or a photo exhibit, or a train car, or a collection of clips, make me think, or understand, or feel emotion about something that happened years ago? Are there linguistic operations involved in these experiences? In what sense are these emotional experiences, cognitive experiences? Looking at a variety of images of memorials of social trauma, I will discuss the possibility that language, cognition and emotion work together in these cultural productions to promote empathy in the viewers and, thus, facilitate social mourning.

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studie

Cultures of DemocracyA Symposium - October 9, 2008
Main Conference
- 041 Haldeman (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Workshop - 125 Haldeman (3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Free and Open to the Public.

Dartmouth College will host a one-day symposium on the role the humanities play in the project of democracy. Two Spanish intellectuals, former UNESCO Ambassador José María Ridao and Professor Juan Aranzadi, have been invited to debate with interested faculty, students, and the wider Dartmouth community on this topic. Two local scholars, Professor Donald Pease and Dickey Fellow Paddy Woodworth will provide introductory remarks and respond to the lectures.

Ridao and Aranzadi are public intellectuals in Spain and yet the scope of their academic and political interests far exceeds the Spanish context: the role that memory plays in processes of civil reconciliation (Spanish, Israeli, Palestinian examples); the messianic politics behind projects of national and cultural identity (the resurgence of extreme right-wing political movements in Europe and the US); new configurations of identity within the context of globalization (immigration as more than a tourism of cultural diversity); or the place of the micro-nationalist element in Europe's re-configuration of its older national borders into of a federation of regions, an unsettling development that challenges the character and the political appeal of the nation-state.

For Aranzadi and Ridao, culture is a space of resistance and of discomfort, a site to challenge and question, a politics of liberation, a move towards democracy. How do the humanities and their specific ways of creating knowledge contribute to this project? Is it possible to divorce the arts from the political? Why is it important to map this intersection? How do the arts push public discourse into uncharted arenas? What pedagogies of peace and of civil growth do these conversations foster?

Cultures of Democracy - A conference organized by Annabel Martín, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Cosponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, the Office of the Provost at Dartmouth, and the Dean of the Faculty. This conference is also in support of the Dartmouth Centers Forum theme, Conflict and Reconciliation.

"Sobre Las Olas: A Mexican Genesis in Borderlands Jazz"

Thursday, May 8, 2008, 4:00 p.m., 212 Dartmouth Hall

Photo of Gaye Theresa JohnsonGaye Theresa Johnson is Assistant Professor of Black Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Departments of History and Chicana/o Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Johnson’s areas of expertise are twentieth century U.S. history; race and racism; social movements and identities, and cultural history with an emphasis on music. Her publications on comparative politics and music appear in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicana/o Studies, the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, the Comparative American Studies Journal, two edited collections on race and popular culture, and the Encyclopedia of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Next year, Professor Johnson will be a fellow in the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She is completing a manuscript entitled The Future Has a Past: Politics, Music and Memory in Afro-Chicano Los Angeles
The lecture will be in English.

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies


Josefina Baez 

Tuesday, April 29, 6:00 p.m., Collis


"Dominicanish "is an acclaimed one-woman show by Dominican-York actress and writer Josefina Baez. The show, which first opened in New York in 1999, combines poetry, dance, and music in an inspirational rendition of the experience of migration, language acquisition and multi-ethnic encounters. The actress employs Kachipudi (a southern Indian dance) to emphasize the significance of multi-cultural encounters that makeup our post-modern, trans-national world. Sponsored by: The Bildner Foundation, IDE, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Dept. of Theater, Dominican Student Group and LALACS

Tizuka Yamasaki - Gaijin - Love Me As I Am (2005) Film Showing and Talk


Well-known Brazilian filmmaker, Tizuka Yamasaki certainly looks Japanese, but sounds unquestionably Brazilian. The granddaughter of Japanese immigrants to Brazil will give a talk, on the interconnections between the two cultures. She will illustrate her comments with the showing of her film, “Gaijin - Love Me As I Am" (2005), named after the Japanese term for foreigner or outsider. Dr. Carlos Nakamura, former MALS student, will translate Tizuka's talk and give a brief chronological history of the 100 years of the Japanese immigration to Brazil.

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 2:00 p.m., L01 Carson Hall

"Magic in the Landscape, Blood on the Streets: the Basque Country Today"

Talk by Paddy Woodworth, Wednesday, March 5, 2008

woodworthPaddy Woodworth (author and journalist, b. 1951, Bray, Ireland) has written extensively for the Irish Times and is well known for his acclaimed, Dirty War, Clean Hands: ETA, the GAL, and Spanish Democracy (Yale UP, 2003). He has worked for numerous publications, including the London Times, the Sunday Times, The International Herald Tribune, El País, Política Exterior, the International Journal of Iberian Studies, the World Policy Journal, BBC Wildlife and The Scientist. He has broadcast for Radio Telifís Éireann (RTE), the BBC, Sky, Spanish radio and television and US networks. The Basque Country – A Cultural History is in the new ‘Landscapes of the Imagination’ travel essays series for Signal, published in the US by Oxford University Press. He is currently researching and writing Repairing the Earth, Restoring the Future, a book which will assess the capacity of ecological restoration to meet the challenge of environmental crises. Books by Paddy Woodworth.

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, The Rockefeller Center, and The Ticknor Fund.

The Beautiful Form of Sadness: Machado de Assis' "Memorial de Aires"


Talk with Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht on ht Friday, February 29, 2008. Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature and Professor of French & Italian and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and is affiliated with the Department of German Studies, and the Program in Modern Thought & Literature. His areas of interests are Medieval "literature" and culture; Spanish, French, German, and Italian literatures since the Renaissance; Argentinian and Brazilian literatures in the 19th and 20th centuries; Aesthetics; History of Ideas, History of Scholarship. Among his many publications are worth mentioning the books: Making Sense in Life and Literature (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992). Preface by Wlad Godzich. In 1926. Living at the Edge of Time. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997) [Portuguese translation entitled Em 1926. Vivendo no Limite do Tempo (Rio de Janeiro: Editora Record, 1999)], The Powers of Philology. Dynamics of Textual Scholarship. (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003) [Spanish translation forthcoming at Editorial Iberoamericana, Mexico City], and the Production of Presence. What Meaning Cannot Convey (Stanford UP, 2004). For his current projects see his Books at

Sponsored by the Spanish and Portuguese Department

1808-2008 Goya and the Foundation of Modernity


1808 is the turning point in Spain’s struggle between the Old Regime and the Modern era defined by the influence of the French Revolution and the new order Napoleon imposed on Europe. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, a privileged witness of the social and political upheavals of his time, was an exceptional Spanish artist situated at the crossroads of the Age of the Enlightenment and the emerging Romantic movement who masterfully represented the challenges of the turbulent years in which he lived. Critics have considered Goya’s work one of the pillars of modern art because it insightfully anticipates the vertiginous advances but also the harsh brutalities of the next two centuries. This one-day Symposium seeks to reflect upon Goya’s legacy as an artist and thinker two hundred years after the events portrayed in his renowned paintings The Second of May 1808 (The Charge of the Mamelukes) and The Third of May, 1808: The Execution of the Defenders of Madrid. See the flyer

Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Kreindler Conference Hall The MORNING SESSION with Introductory Remarks with Katharine Conley, Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Arts and Humanities (Dartmouth College). Speakers were: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University) "The Epistemological Place of Goya's "Caprichos", Luis Fernández Cifuentes (Harvard University) Goya and Money, Marvin D’Lugo (Clark University) The Cinematic Goya . The Moderator was José M. del Pino, Department of Spanish & Portuguese (Dartmouth College) AFTERNOON SESSION was at the Leslie Center for the Humanities Kreindler Conference Hal. Speakers were: Andrew Schulz ’86 (University of Oregon) Goya's 'Second of May 1808' and the Spanish War with Napoleon as 'Reconquest', Janis Tomlinson (Director of Museums-University of Delaware) After the Hero: Goya and Gericault 1814-1824. The Moderator was Angela Rosentha, Department of Art History (Dartmouth College). A CURATORIAL SESSION At the Hood Museum of Art Katherine Hart, Curator of Academic Programming (Hood Museum-Dartmouth College). Goya's Etchings in the Hood's Collection followed by a RECEPTION at the Kim Gallery, Hood Museum of Art.

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Leslie Center for the Humanities, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Office of the Dean, Hood Museum of Art, Department of Art History, and the Spanish Consulate at Boston.

Freud in Mexico

Lecture by Rubén Gallo

February 15, 2008: Rubén Gallo (B.A., Yale; Ph.D., Columbia U.), Old Dominion Fellow and Associate Professor of Spanish-American literature at Princeton University, is the author of Mexican Modernity: The Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution (MIT Press, 2005), a study of how five artifacts – cameras, typewriters, radio, cement, and stadiums – shaped the representation of modernity in Mexican art and literature of the post-revolutionary period. He has also published New Tendencies in Mexican Art: the 1990s (Palgrave, 2004), a cultural study of young installation artists and their relation to Mexico City, and The Mexico City Reader (Wisconsin, 2004; published in Spanish as México DF: Lecturas para paseantes, Turner, 2005), an anthology of literary texts on the Mexican megalopolis after 1968. His most recent publication is Heterodoxos mexicanos: una antología dialogada, co-authored with Ignacio Padila. He is currently at work on Freud in Mexico: the Neuroses of Modernity. Books on

2007 Lectures

Photo of Jose Merino

"El novelista y su obra"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 4:00 p.m., 217 Dartmouth Hall

Lecture by José María Merino

"Cómo me convertí en escritora gracias a mi madre, a Franc y a Simone de Beauvoir"

Lecture by Laura Freixas on Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Photo of Laura Freixas

"Almodóvar: El Film sin fin"

Lecture by Enric Bou on Thursday, November 8, 2007

Photo of Victor Vich"Literatura y violencia: las novelas de A. Cueto y S. Roncagliolo"

Lecture in Spanish by Victor Vich on Thursday, November 1, 2007


TATO LAVIERA and STEPHANIE ALVAREZ MARTINEZ (UTEX-Pan American Professor) "To Be" a Latin in USA Tato Laviera's Work, Latin Politics and Code Switching. "TATO LAVIERA's Performance" and a BIG OPEN DINNER at LA CASA.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Professor Pilar Rodríguez, Universidad de Deusto-San Sebastián (Basque Country-Spain) will be giving a talk on the cultural tensions present in recent immigration in Spain and France ("Screening the Riots: Gender and Race in France and Spain"). This talk is an event coordinated under the Women and Migration Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

"El compromiso político en la literatura después de la crítica postmoderna"

April 12, 2007: Spanish Writer, José Ovejero

April 10, 2007 ANTIGONA by Teresa Ralli

This play is based on the more than 20,000 testimonies of victims of Peru's Sendero Luminoso war gathered by Latin America's only Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Preformed by Teresa Ralli and directed by Miguel Rubio, founders of Yuyachkani, one of Latin America's premier theatre collectives and among the longest running.

"Body Sacraments. Catholicism and the Imagination in Modern Spanish Narrative"; a lecture in English

March 1, 2007, Professor Noel Valis from Yale University

Photo of Noel Valis

No todo se perdió en Cuba: Spain between Europe and Africa in the Wake of 1898"Epps

February 16, 2007, Professor Brad Epps from Harvard University

2006 Lectures

"Thinking justice. Literature and the law in Latin America"

November 15, 2006, Associate Professor Fernando J. Rosenberg from Brandeis University

De Unamuno a Almodóvar. Versiones del yo autobiográfico en la literatura y cine españoles del siglo XX"Gonzalo

November 9, 2006, Professor Gonzalo Navajas from University of California - Irvine

"Cementerio de papel´: Las historias negras de México"

October 26, 2006, Mexican Writer in Residence Fritz Glockner

"Autoficción y memoria en Nada de Carmen Laforet"

May 30, 2006, Professor Carme Riera from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

May 10, 2006, Teresa Ralli, Director and Founder of one of Latin America's most important theatre collective, Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani

"Estado y cultura en la España de la Transición"

April 27, 2006, Associate Professor Mario Santana from Center for Latin American Studies

"AIDS in Latin American Literatures: Ethical, Aesthetical and Critical Challenges"

March 1, 2006, Chair and Professor Dieter Ingenschay from Humbolt University - Berlin

2005 Lectures

“Genderama: Performing Womanhood in 19th Century Spanish Theater”

November 14, 2005, Professor David T. Gies from University of Virginia

“Writing Bolívar in Colombia: The Cases of Germán Arciniegas and Gabriel García Márquez”

September 28, 2005, Associate Professor Robert T. Conn ’83 from Wesleyan University

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