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October 26, 2015

Public Lecture: “Documenting the Iskonawa of the Amazon: Challenges to the Latin American Literary Canon”

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
3:30 p.m. Browsing Room, Knight Library.

Through interdisciplinary research and recent fieldwork, this talk will present an ongoing project that documents an endangered community: the Iskonawa of the Peruvian central Amazon forest. The Iskonawa oral tradition is full of knowledge about nature and survival strategies that speak volumes about the environment and the possibility of coexistence among humans and between humans and nature. However, like all indigenous societies in Latin America, the Isknonawa are threatened by deforestation, contamination, crime and drug trafficking. This case study also sheds light on canonic texts of the indigenista literary tradition and challenges some premises of postcolonial and decolonial theory.

October 12, 2015

Prof. Taylor leads new UO study abroad in Chiapas, Mexico (Summer 2016)


UO CHIAPAS Program       July 18-September 2, 2016       San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

This 7-week program offers you the opportunity to earn twelve credits in Spanish at the 348-or above level in an intriguing immersion setting. Courses include History of Chiapas, Mesoamerican Foodways, and Academic and Public Engagement across Borders. As an integral element of these courses,UO participants team up with Mexican youth to design and implement unique hands-on social, environmental, or cultural projects oriented toward their mutual interests. Expertly guided group excursions in and around San Cristóbal as well as to Highland Maya Villages, Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo, Lagos de Montebello, Agua Azul, and Palenque draw on the knowledge of local experts in fields such as Mayan History, Art, and Culture, Human Rights, Organic and Fair Trade, and Environmental Education to create a holistic program of cultural and academic discovery.

With a population of approximately 200,000 people, San Cristóbal de las Casas is one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas, and has been a center of Mayan civilization for thousands of years. Hilly San Cristóbal is a pedestrian-centered, relaxed, and livable market city with a thriving art scene and more than its share of exquisite cafés and hangouts. Highland Maya culture, crisp mountain air, and a cluster of internationally renowned universities, research institutes, and non-profit grassroots organizations make this quaint big city a magnet for curious idealists from all over the world and a cozy perch from which to explore the archaeological, natural, and cultural wonders of Southern Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula.

Operating continuously since 1993, the Instituto de Lenguas Jovel is unmatched in Chiapas for its academic quality and reputation for social responsibility in working with community partners. The Instituto Jovel offers courses in Spanish, German, English, Tzotzil and Tzeltal, as well as cultural programming and workshops, making it a multicultural haven that echoes the provincial charm and international pulse of San Cristóbal. Instructors build museum tours and around-town exploration into their curricula, and Helga Loebell coordinates language exchanges, dance lessons, and cooking classes. Excellent yoga, dance, and martial arts studios are all within a few blocks of the school and students’ home stays.

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8KnHB_JBMQ for a quick tour of the school and San Cristóbal. Please contact Professor Analisa Taylor at Analisa@uoregon.edu or OIA Study Abroad Coordinator Luis Ruiz atLruiz1@uoregon.edu for more information.

Application deadline: March 1, 2016

 

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October 10, 2015

Enrique Chagoya Artist Talk: Cannibal Palimpsest

Thursday, October 15 at 6:00pm
Lawrence Hall, 115
Painter and printmaker Enrique Chagoya whose provocative works incorporate diverse symbolic elements from pre-Columbian mythology, Western religious iconography, and American popular culture, leads an artist’s talk in conjunction with his JSMA exhibition Adventures of Modernist Cannibals.

This exhibition and its related programs are made possible by the generous support of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, the Department of Art and the Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies.
Of particular interest for our heritage speakers of Spanish as well as for those interested in interlingual literary creation, bilingualism, and Spanglish is his illustration of the Guillermo Gómez Peña’s Codex Espangliensis http://scholar.library.miami.edu/1492books/codex.html

April 19, 2015

García-Pabón publishes edition and study of 19th-century Bolivian poet

La Creación Tapa-1Professor of Spanish Leonardo García-Pabón recently published an edition of La creación, y otros poemas by Bolivian poet Manuel José Tovar (1831-1869). “La creación” is one of the most important works of Bolivian 19th-century romantic poetry. A rewriting of the biblical Genesis, this long poem is an exalted description of nature at the beginning of time. It also shows the discussion between defenders of ideas of creationism and defenders of materialism in national education during the first decades after Bolivian independence (1825) .
This edition contains a sixty-page introduction by García-Pabón that places the book in its literary and historical context.

 

November 17, 2014

García-Caro publishes book on postnational satire in Fuentes and Pynchon

Associate Professor of Spanish Pedro García-Caro has published a book titled After the Nation: Postnational Satire in the Works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon (Northwestern University Press).

From the Northwestern University Press website:

After the Nation proposes a series of groundbreaking new approaches to novels, essays, and short stories by Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon within the framework of a hemispheric American studies. García-Caro offers a pioneering comparativist approach to the contemporary American and Mexican literary canons and their underlying nationalist encodement through the study of a wide range of texts by Pynchon and Fuentes which question and historicize in different ways the processes of national definition and myth-making deployed in the drawing of literary borders. After the Nation looks at these literary narratives as postnational satires that aim to unravel and denounce the combined hegemonic processes of modernity and nationalism while they start to contemplate the ensuing postnational constellations. These are texts that playfully challenge the temporal and spatial designs of national themes while they point to and debase “holy” borders, international borders as well as the internal lines where narratives of nation are embodied and consecrated.

You can download a pdf of the preface by clicking here.

Congratulations, Professor García-Caro!

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May 1, 2014

Poemas de un bárbaro by Jesús Sepúlveda reviewed by El Mercurio (Chile)

barbaroThe most recent collection of poetry by Jesús Sepúlveda, Poemas de un bárbaro (December, 2013), was reviewed in Revista de Libros of El Mercurio—the most important newspaper in Chile. Jessica Atal reviews this anthology of selected poems, suggesting that the collection is a “truly existential journey through original images, installing Sepúlveda as one of the most prominent voices of current Chilean poetry.” The review was published on Sunday, April 13, 2014 under the title “El pensamiento vivo de Jesús Sepúlveda” and it can be read in the section Noticias (news) of the publishing-house’s website (www.contragolpe-ediciones.cl) [alternative link].

 

 

 

March 31, 2014

Spanish Film Club: Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema

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Mondays at 7pm April-May 2014 (weeks 2-9)
Global Scholars Hall—Room 117

In collaboration with Latin American Studies, Romance Languages, the Yamada Language Center, Cinema Studies, the Oregon Humanities Center and the Global Scholars Hall.
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February 25, 2014

Defending Human Rights: The Amazing Journey of a Mexican Journalist

Award-winning journalist and human rights advocate Lydia Cacho will visit the UO to deliver the 2014 “Bartolomé de las Casas Lecture in Latin American Studies”

Unfortunately, this talk has been cancelled.

Cachio534x800Born in Cancún, Mexico, in 1963, Lydia Cacho is widely recognized as one of the most courageous journalists in the world for her reports on domestic violence, child prostitution, organized crime, and political corruption.

She began her career as a journalist in the mid-1980s, working for the newspaper Novedades de Cancún, in Mexico’s eastern state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula. In the 1990s Cacho wrote a series of articles about the prostitution of Cuban and Argentine girls in the city of Cancún. In 2003, Cacho published another series on the sexual abuse of minors for the newspaper Por Esto, including a report on a girl abused by a local hotel owner.

In 2005 Cacho published her book Los Demonios del Edén: El Poder Que Protege a la Pornografía Infantil (“The Demons of Eden: The Power That Protects Child Pornography”), in which she accused powerful businessmen and politicians of being involved in a child pornography ring operating in Cancún and the United States. In retaliation, she was sent to prison and subjected to violence and attempted rape and received numerous death threats. She has confronted her attackers in court and has refused to leave Mexico despite the multiple threats she has received and the offers of asylum made by foreign countries. In 2009, the Inter-American Human Rights Commission ordered the Mexican government to implement protection measures for her, and in 2012 Amnesty International mobilized its members worldwide in a campaign to demand protection for her given the death threats she continued to receive.

Her most recent book, Slavery Inc. The Untold Story of International Sex Trafficking (2012), follows the trail of the traffickers and their victims from Mexico to Turkey, Thailand to Iraq, Georgia to the UK, to expose the trade’s hidden links with the tourist industry, internet pornography, drugs and arms smuggling, the selling of body organs, money laundering, and even terrorism.

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Talking to the IFEX Global Forum on Freedom of Expression in June 2009 in Oslo, Norway, Cacho said: “When I was tortured and imprisoned for publishing a story about a network of politicians, organized crime, child pornography and sex tourism, I was confronted with the dilemma: ‘Should I keep going? Should I continue to practice journalism in a country controlled by only 300 powerful men, corrupted and rich? Was there any point in demanding justice or freedom in a country where nine out of 10 crimes are never investigated? Was it worth risking my life and my freedom?’ Of course the answer was ‘Yes!’”

Ms. Cacho is also the founder and Director of the “Centro Integral de Atención a las Mujeres” in Cancún, an NGO that provides support to victims of domestic and sexual violence and sex trafficking.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Hero Award; the Amnesty International Ginetta Sagan Award for Women’s and Children’s Rights; the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award; the Oxfam Novib/PEN Award; the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize; the Wallenberg Medal from the University of Michigan; the PEN/Pinter Prize as an International Writer of Courage; the International Hrant Dink Award; the Civil Courage Prize of The Train Foundation; and the Olof Palme Prize (shared with Italian journalist Roberto Saviano).

Lydia Cacho’s visit to deliver the 2014 Las Casas Lecture is made possible thanks to the co-sponsorship and financial support of the Oregon Humanities Center and its 2013-2014 “Vulnerable” Theme; the School of Journalism and Communication; the Department of Romance Languages; the Office of International Affairs and its Global Studies Institute; the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies; the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics; and the Center for the Study of Women in Society and the 2014 Lorwin Lectureship on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (funded by a gift from Val and Madge Lorwin to the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law).

For further information please contact Carlos Aguirre at caguirre@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5905.

 

February 18, 2014

The RLGSA presents 3rd Annual ‘Works In Progress’

The Romance Languages Graduate Student Association presents the 3rd Annual Works in Progress Symposium on Friday, March 7th.  The event will take place in Lilis Hall room 112 from 4:00-6:00pm.

Presenters include Claudia Holguin, Alicia Luque-Ferreras, Marc Schachter, Eva Serfozo, and Leonardo Garcia-Pabon.

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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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