UTPA MLL department to host Faculty Lecture Series
Posted: 03/11/2005
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The Department of Modern Languages and Literature to host Faculty Lecture Series on the topic: "Mapping Identities: (re)defining space and the construction of national identity in Cuba"

Date: March 17, 2005

Time: 7-9:30 p.m.

Place: UTPA Ballroom

How might the focus of scholarly production and the process of rhetorical self-fashioning be understood within the context of a political agenda and the cultural production under strict censorship? This round table discussion, "Mapping Identities," will engage on the production of recent cultural theories of space and identity in order to analyze the construction of a national identity and its spatiality in the Latin American context. The discussion will concentrate on Cuba as the site for an approach to understanding the Other and questions on Difference. Scholars and participants will examine the historical conditions under which Cuba has engaged or has moved away from the construction of the Latin American cultural context. Recent scholarly analysis on the topic by professors of the MLL will be followed by a response from an invited guest. Questions and answers by the public will proceed immediately after presentations.

Opening Remarks - Dr. Glenn Martínez, Department of Modern Languages

7-8:30 p.m. Session 1 - Cuba (re)visited:

Moderator: Martínez

- Elvia Ardalani, Department of Modern Languages

- Dr. Héctor Romero, Department of Modern Languages

- Response 1: Dr. José Llanes, College of Education

- Response 2: Roberto Cortina, UT Brownsville

8:45-9:15 p.m. Session 2 - Images Inside and Outside of Cuba:

- Dr. Douglas La Prade, Department of English

9:45 p.m. - Closing remarks by Rodrigo Pereyra, Department of Modern Languages

For special accommodations, contact the Office of Services for Persons with Disabilities at 956/316-7005 or call the Department of Modern Langiages and Literature at 956/381-3441.