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March 15, 2007

Annual Birmingham-Southern College Latin American Studies Symposium to provide community an opportunity to learn about the tango

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Sergio A. Pujol, professor of history at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina, will deliver the keynote address at the 15th Annual Latin American Studies Symposium March 30-31 at Birmingham-Southern College.

Annual Birmingham-Southern College Latin American Studies SymposiumPujol will speak on Friday, March 30, at 1 p.m. in the college's Norton Campus Center Theatre on the topic “The Tango between Two Centuries: Past and Present of Argentinean Music.” His address will trace the development of the genre in Argentina.

This lecture and presentation is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On Friday, March 30, from 5-7 p.m. in the BSC College Theatre and Lobby, the college further invites the audience to experience the magic of the tango through an authentic presentation by students of the Buenos Aires Tango Academy of Atlanta, led by Horacio Arcidiacono.

The tango, as a powerful cultural manifestation of Argentine identity, has long been an object of study of scholars in the area of humanities. It has been analyzed from a variety of perspectives, from the literary analysis of tango lyrics to the historical circumstances in which the tango develops and flourishes in the barrios of Buenos Aires. Today it is an internationally recognized cultural phenomenon.Horacio Arcidiacono & partner

All other symposium sessions, which will cover such issues as Latin American culture, politics, literature, religious beliefs, education, ecology, gender and healthcare, will take place in the Harbert Building, first floor Stephens Conference Center, Rooms A, B and the Auditorium. The sessions will be conducted both in English and Spanish.

“The success of this event proves that there is a continued interest in Latin America that starts as early as in the undergraduate classroom,” said Dr. Barbara Domcekova, associate professor of Spanish at BSC and this year's program director.

The interdisciplinary two-day conference will showcase original research by undergraduate students from more than 30 colleges and universities across the nation.

The symposium was established at Birmingham-Southern in 1992 to increase awareness of Latin America, foster undergraduate research in the area, and help students and faculty interested in Latin America to establish contacts with colleagues in other disciplines.

All symposium sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are required for both luncheons at a cost of $10 each. To register for the luncheons, or for other event details, call 226-4900.

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