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April 9, 2009

Annual Latin American Studies Symposium at Birmingham-Southern offers unique opportunity to showcase undergraduate research

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Diane Soles, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wis., and an expert on the Cuban Film Institute, will deliver the keynote address at the 17th Annual Latin American Studies Symposium April 17-18 at Birmingham-Southern College.

Soles will speak on Friday, April 17, at 1 p.m. in the college's Norton Campus Center Theatre, following a luncheon at noon in the Bruno Great Hall.  Her speech, titled “Fresh at 50? – A look at young directors during the Cuban Film Institute's 50th Anniversary,” will focus on the recent film production in Cuba and will explore the challenges and innovations of a new generation of Cuban film directors in the 21st century.

The interdisciplinary two-day conference will showcase original research by undergraduate students from 18 colleges and universities including two from the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE) and seven from the Associated Colleges of the South.

All symposium sessions, which will cover such issues as Latin American culture, politics, literature, art history, ecology, and health care and development, will take place in the Harbert Building, first floor Stephens Conference Center, Room A and the Auditorium.  The sessions will be conducted both in English and Spanish.

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 226-4975.  The deadline to register for the luncheons is Tuesday, April 14.

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