Category: Events Spring 2012
Women Travelers in Latin America Symposium: Panel Discussion
This opening night of the women travelers symposium will consist of a panel discussion featuring scholars Claire Emille Martin, Vanesa Miseres, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, and Adela Pineda Franco. Adriana Méndez Rodenas will moderate. The panel will explore the contributions and legacies of four pioneering women travelers who wrote about their experiences in Latin America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Panelists will discuss Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), a German naturalist, botanical artist, early ecologist, and the author of Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname; Flora Tristan (1803 –1844), social activist, early feminist, and observer of post-independence Peru which she details in Peregrinations of a Pariah; Countess Paula Kollonitz (1830-90), the Austrian lady-in-waiting to Empress Carlota during Maximilian’s reign and author of The Court of Mexico; and Lady Florence Dixie (1855-1905), a Scottish Victorian noblewoman, adventurer, and author of Across Patagonia. Professors Martin, Miseres, Paravisini-Gebert, and Pineda Franco are all contributors to Review 84 (Women Travelers in Latin America, May 2012). Professor Méndez Rodenas is the guest editor for the issue.
The symposium continues on Thursday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. with a keynote lecture by Adriana Méndez Rodenas and concludes on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. with a launch of Review 84 (Spring 2012). The launch will feature the guest editor, authors Carlos Franz, Pola Oloixarac, and Michael Schuessler, translator Jessica Ernst Powell, and special guest Hilda Benítez.
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7:00pm
Where: Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY
The Center for Career Development presents The Just-in-TIme Career Fair. The fair will take place on Monday, April 23, 2012 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the GSU, Metcalf Hall. Please click here for more information and registration.
You are invited to Lectures in Criticism:
Beyond the Fashioning of a New Term
When: April 19, 2012 at 5PM
Where: Photonics 906 (8 St. Mary’s Street)
A reception will follow the lecture.
Prof. Cazenave is Professor of French at Boston University. Her research interests focus on the impact of age, gender and location on the writing and reception of postcolonial literary and filmic narratives in French. Her publications include Femmes rebelles: Naissance d’un nouveau roman africain au féminin (Rebellious Women) and Afrique sur Seine: Une nouvelle génération de romanciers africains à Paris (A New Generation of African Writers in Paris). Prof. Cazenave has written on a large number of Francophone writers and a wide range of topics related to gender and sexuality, history and memory, the local and the global, representations of postcolonial violence, the diaspora, as well as issues of displacement, migration, and citizenship in a global world.
Why did the 20th Century take Sade Seriously?
Eric Marty is joined in a roundtable discussion about his new book, Pourquoi le XXe siècle a-t-il pris Sade au sérieux (Seuil, 2011), by Jeffrey Mehlman (Boston University) and Bruno Chaouat (University of Minnesota).
When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 6:00pm
Where: The Maison Française of Columbia University, New York City
Department of Romance Studies
Before, Within and Beyond Bossa Nova
Professor Dário Borim is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.
He holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literature and linguistics from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Portuguese language, Luso-Brazilian literature, cinema, theater, and music. His book Perplexidades: Raça, sexo e outras questões sociopolíticas no discurso cultural brasileiro was published in 2004 by EdUFF (Rio de Janeiro).
He is also translator, creative writer, concert producer, and radio programmer at WUMD. His writings have appeared in 15 peer-reviewed periodicals from Brazil, France, Peru, and the United States. Professor translated Helena Jobim’s biography of her brother, world-renowned musician and composer, Tom Jobim, published in 2011.
Antônio Carlos Jobim: Before, Within and Beyond Bossa Nova
When: April 18, 2012 @ 4:30 PM
Where: CAS 200
This event is sponsor by Boston University Romance Studies with generous support of Boston University Center for the Humanities
Please join Barnes and Noble at Boston University to welcome Boston University French Professor Elizabeth Goldsmith.
Dr. Goldsmith will be reading from and signing copies of her new book, The Kings’ Mistresses – a fascinating account of two genuine rebels and sisters who fought for a freedom that law and custom denied their sex.
When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7:00pm
Where: Barnes and Noble at Boston University, The Reading Room, Level Five
Fourth Annual Book Discussion. Department of Foreign Language Studies (Providence College)
In observance of the International Day of the Book, the Department of Foreign Language Studies at Providence College is pleased to announce its Fourth Annual Book Discussion on One-way Tickets: Writers and the Culture of the Exile by Argentine writer Alicia Borinsky.
Join this campus-wide discussion led and facilitated by the author, on Monday, April 16, 2012, 3:30-5:30 pm, Feinstein 304 (Providence College, RI).
In One-Way Tickets, Borinsky offers up a splendid tour across twentieth-century literatures, providing a literary travelogue to writers and artists in exile. She describes their challenges in adjusting to new homelands, issues of identity and language, and the brilliant works produced under the discomforts and stresses of belonging nowhere.
Speaking with the authority of first-hand experience, Borinsky relates the story of her own family–Eastern European Jews, with one-way tickets to Buenos Aires, refugees from the countries that “spat them out and massacred those who stayed on.” Borinksy herself becomes an exile, fleeing Argentina after the take-over of a bloody military dictatorship. She understood, then, her grandfather’s lessons: “There’s nothing like languages to save your life, open your mind, speed you away from persecution.” As a writer of poetry, fiction, and essays, the author also knows intimately the struggles of writing from between worlds, between languages.
In these pages, we encounter Russian Vladimir Nabokov, writing in English in the United States; Argentine writer Julio Cortazar in Paris; Polish writer, Witold Gombrowicz in Buenos Aires; Alejandra Pizarnik, Argentine writer for whom exile is a state of mind; Jorge Luis Borges, labyrinthine traveler in time and space; Isaac Bashevis Singer, a Jewish writer in New York driven from Poland by the Nazis; Latino writers Oscar Hijuelos, Cristina Garcia, and Junot Diaz; and Clarice Lispector, transplanted from Ukraine, to Brazil, to Europe, and the United States.
Not surprisingly, these charismatic and artistic people, as well as many others in Borinsky’s nearly encyclopedic associations, inhabit equally intriguing circles. She introduces us to a wide range of friends and lovers, mentors and detractors, compatriots and hosts. We come away with a terrific breadth of knowledge of twentieth-century literature and culture in exile–its uneasy obsessions, its difficult peace, its hard-won success.
Professor Alicia Borinsky will present,
“Juegos de identidad: humor diaspórico y antisemitismo”
at the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA) Second Regional Conference in New York City on Sunday, March 25, 2012. Download program.
Juan Pablo Dabove
Las muchas vidas de Pancho Villa,
When: Monday, April 9, 2012 at 4:00pm
Where: College of Arts & Sciences, Room 200
Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Avenue
Sponsored by the Program of Latin American Studies, the Undergraduate Academic Enhancement Fund, and the Department of Romance Studies.
The Department of Romance Studies Commencement Ceremony 2012 will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at 4:00pm at the Fuller Events Facility, 808 Commonwealth Avenue.
For those graduating, please visit the Resources section of our website for more information regarding Commencement 2012. Please note that a Boston University login and password are required to view the commencement materials.