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February 6, 2019

Prof. Millar Publishes Article on Cuban and Angolan Poetry

Lanie Millar, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, has published an article titled “Luanda in Santiago and Santiago in Luanda: Trans-Atlantic Dimensions in Cuban and Angolan Poetry” in the most recent issue of  MLN (vol. 133, no. 5, December, 2018, pp. 1277-1303). The article examines how several groups of twentieth-century Cuban and Angolan poems portray trans-Atlantic exchange between the Caribbean and Africa. It analyzes both mid-twentieth-century anti-colonial poems as well as late-twentieth-century poems written about Cuba’s support for the leftist party during Angola’s civil war, focusing on works by Cubans Nicolás Guillén, Antonio Conte, and Víctor Casaus and Angolans Agostinho Neto, Viriato da Cruz, and Manuel Rui. The poems are often considered only in their limited service to particular political messages. However, Millar argues that poetic nuances often remain hidden or unnoticed if we ignore the poetic in overtly political poetry. The article shows that these poems conceive of a more complex and nuanced idea of the Atlantic world than the simple notion of Africa as the sole origin of cultural inspiration for communities formed through slavery and colonization, which poets in the Americas imitate or copy.  As a result, the article argues, considering these groups of poems together reveals something much more complex than facile political messaging: an alternative social and political community that stretches between the Caribbean and Africa, founded on networks of readers and writers of poetry.
February 11, 2014

1st Annual Eugene Salsa Festival

From February 21st to 23rd, Salseros Dance Company will host the 1st Annual Eugene Salsa Festival, a weekend-long event featuring live music, workshops, and performances. The first event of its kind in Eugene, the festival will bring to Eugene master musicians, instructors, and performers who represent countries from Colombia to Cuba. This event is open to everyone, including those who have never done salsa before. More information and tickets can be found at: WWW.EUGENESALSAFESTIVAL.COM

Contact michelle@salseros.com with any questions or for more information.

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January 22, 2014

Transnational Americas Series: Chinese Coolies in Cuba and Peru

Elliot Young

Please join CLLAS and LAS for the first lecture of the 2014 Transnational Americas Speaker Series

“Contracting Freedom: Coolies in Cuba and Peru in the Age of Emancipation” by Elliot Young

* Wed. January 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM
* Browsing Room, Knight Library
* Refreshments will be served

Elliot Young is an Associate Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College. He specializes in Latin America, the U.S.-Mexico border, and transnational history. His current research focuses on Chinese Laborers in Latin America.



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