FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Michael J.
La Rosa, associate history professor at Rhodes College in Memphis,
Tenn., will deliver the
keynote address at the 12th Annual Latin American Studies Symposium
April 2-3 at Birmingham-Southern College.
La Rosa will address a noon luncheon Friday,
April 2, in the college's
Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall on the topic “Colombia in Contrasts:
Change Amidst Continuity and the Dangers of Losing Hope.”
All other symposium sessions—which will cover from a Latin American perspective
such issues as culture, politics, literature, religious beliefs, education,
ecology, gender, and health—will take place in the Harbert Auditorium
and Stephens Conference Center on campus. The sessions will be conducted
both in English and Spanish.
The art exhibit “Cuba Plástica: Recent Art from Cuba” organized
by the University of Richmond Museum and portraying work by contemporary Cuban
artists is another highlight of this year's program. The exhibit will
be on display daily April 2-23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Durbin Gallery
of the Kennedy Art Center/Azar Art Studios. A reception for the exhibit's
opening will be held April 2 at 6 p.m.
“For more than a decade now, students and faculty interested in Latin America
have been sharing their research, engaging in discussions, and establishing contacts
with colleagues in other disciplines,” said Dr. Barbara Domcekova, BSC
assistant professor of Spanish and coordinator of the college's Latin American
Studies program. “We are proud of the success of the Latin American Studies
Symposium and intend to continue the development of this event.”
The interdisciplinary two-day conference will showcase original
research by undergraduate students from 30 colleges and universities,
and also will include
a documentary by Argentine filmmakers.
The symposium was established at Birmingham-Southern
in 1992 to increase awareness of Latin America and to foster
research in the area. This year's
symposium is partially supported by the Associated Colleges of the South and
the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Grant.
All events are free and open to the public, with the exception
of the luncheon. To register for the luncheon or for other event
details, contact Domcekova