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Thursday, February 27, 2014


March 6, 7, 8 & 11

Providing a forum for interdiscursive theoretical discussions and dialogue, The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series, at the Spanish and Portuguese Department, supports a number of critical symposia that bring together not only the monologues of traditional scholarly disciplines, but also the powerful, struggling and often unarticulated voices, postures and assumptions of contemporary non-canonical, grassroots cultural discourses. Organized by Luis Ramos-García, Nelsy Echávez-Solano, and Alberto Justiniano in collaboration with the College of St. Benedict / St. John's University; Teatro del Pueblo; and other interdepartmental, intercollegiate, and international organizations, this symposium on Human Rights as well as Art and Theater festival will take place at the University International Center; the Department of Art (Studios); Whiting Proscenium, Rarig Center; and at St. John's University Hispanic Studies.

Carlos Satizabal, an important Human Rights activist in Colombia and an international playwright, will present alongside many other leading voices in the field of international human rights. Other featured individuals include Ana Paula Ferreira, Davide Carnevali, Steven Miles, Alejandro Baer, David Feinberg, Aristides Vargas, Roxana Pineda, and Lorenzo Fabbri. The symposium will be a spotlight for discussion on human rights issues from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Also in conjunction with the symposium, the outstanding and internationally acclaimed Latin American theater group Malayerba will stage La Razón Blindada at the U of M Rarig Whiting Proscenium Theatre on March 6th and 7th. This production follows two political prisoners during Argentina's bloody dictatorship as they create a unique retelling of Don Quijote de la Mancha. Their story illustrates the power of imagination in overcoming physically limiting and repressive conditions. The performance is presented in Spanish with an opening caption in English, and ticket information can be found at brownpapertickets.com.
1. Malayerba bio .pdf more about the performance by Malayerba.
3. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AT THE XIX STATE OF IBEROAMERICAN STUDIES SERIES .pdf the list of keynote speakers and biographies.
2. FINAL SCHEDULE .pdf an official schedule of the series.