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Novelist, journalist to keynote Latin American Studies Symposium at BSC

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.


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