"Looking Out, Looking In: Latina/o Poetry" Symposium
2/13/2014, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
- Open to the Public
Free and Open to the Public
Location: Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center (Google map of this location)
Vanderbilt University’s Program in Latino and Latina Studies will host its inaugural symposium, “Looking Out, Looking In: Latina/o Poetry,” Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
The symposium will feature two poets—Blas Falconer and Gabriela Jáuregui—and two critics—Nicolás Kanellos and Gustavo Pérez Firmat—who will read from and discuss their work. All four writers are included in the book Looking Out, Looking In: An Anthology of Latino Poetry, edited by Gertrude Conaway, Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish William Luis, director of the Program in Latino and Latina Studies.
The morning session will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon session is scheduled from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Books by the four panelists can be purchased immediately after both sessions at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
The symposium concludes with a 5 p.m. screening of the documentary El Barrio Tours at Sarratt Cinema. The film examines the effects of gentrification on Puerto Rican neighborhoods in East Harlem. A discussion with filmmaker Andrew Padilla follows the screening, which is co-sponsored by the International Lens program.
The Program in Latino and Latina Studies at Vanderbilt, launched earlier this academic year, is a multidisciplinary program that considers the presence of Latinas/os and Hispanics as an integral part of U.S. culture and history. The program seeks to understand the contributions of Latinas/os and how they represent a central pillar for intellectual reflection and cultural production in this nation.
For more information on the symposium, visit the Program in Latino and Latina Studies.