BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Cristina Garcia, Cuban-born
American novelist, Princeton Fellow, and a former TIME correspondent
and Miami bureau chief, will keynote Birmingham-Southern College's
10th annual Latin American Studies Symposium April 5-6.
Garcia will speak at a public lecture Thursday,
April 4, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Theatre, Norton Campus Center.
She also will speak to symposium participants Friday, April 5, at
a noon luncheon.
She established a reputation as an important
new voice in Cuban-American literature with her debut novel Dreaming
in Cuban, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her second
novel, The Aguero Sisters, continues her exploration of the fracturing
of identity and the quest for what constitutes Cuban-ness.
Students and faculty from 19 colleges and
universities nationwide will participate in the two-day symposium
that was established to increase awareness of Latin America among
undergraduate college students.
Fifty students will serve as presenters
during the symposium's 15 sessions. Latin American studies faculty
and other educators will chair the sessions, which will take place
in the Harbert Building.
Sessions will cover from a Latin American
perspective such issues as culture, economics, literature, public
health, environment, government and politics, music, art, gender,
and immigration, among other topics. The sessions are conducted
in English and Spanish.
For more information, contact symposium
coordinator Dr. Barbara Domcekova, BSC assistant professor of Spanish
and director of Latin American Studies, at 205/226-4975.