UNCG’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) will host a colloquium on contemporary Latin America on Thursday, March 24, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Intercultural Resource Center in the Elliott University Center (EUC).

The colloquium, titled “Imagining Modernity from the Margins,” will bring together top experts on contemporary Latin America to discuss how artists and writers represent the marginal, rural, indigenous and queer spaces in the face of modernity and postmodernity.

Guest speakers include Dr. Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause, assistant professor of languages at West Chester University; Dr. Juan José Adriasola, assistant professor at Alberto Hurtado University in Chile; Dr. Karen Spira, assistant professor of foreign languages at Guilford College; and Dr. María Laura Bocaz, assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Mary Washington.

According to Dr. Claudia Cabello-Hutt, assistant professor of Spanish at UNCG and event organizer, the colloquium is a unique opportunity for students and faculty of a variety of backgrounds.

“People tend to have a very general view of Latin American culture, but it’s necessary to realize the complexities of the continent and even the complexities within one country,” Cabello-Hutt said. “I invite everyone, particularly those interested in indigenous studies, queer studies and social inequality, to participate in this event.”

The colloquium serves not only as a platform to discuss relevant cultural issues, but also as an introduction to academic conferences for students.

“Graduate students in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures have been involved in nearly every stage of the planning process,” Cabello-Hutt said. “This is a great opportunity for professional development and networking.”

The colloquium – sponsored by LLC, Ashby Dialogues, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Kohler Fund – is part of a weeklong series of activities dedicated to Latin America, which includes a screening of Peruvian film “El Perro del Hortelano” (The Dog in the Manger) on Tuesday, March 22, at 5 p.m. in MHRA 1215. The following day, Harvard Professor Dr. Alejandro de La Fuente will give a lecture on Afro-Latin American Studies at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. All events are free and open to the public.

To learn more about LLC at UNCG, visit uncg.edu/llc.


Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations