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April 9, 2012

Latin American Studies Symposium at Birmingham-Southern celebrating 20th anniversary

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—On April 20-21, the Birmingham-Southern College Latin American Studies Program will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Latin American Studies Symposium, an annual interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference on Latin America.

Dr. Gama Perruci, dean of the faculty and dean of the McDonough Leadership Center at Ohio’s Marietta College and the founder of the event, will deliver the keynote address “Reflections on Latin American Studies in the Age of Globalization” on Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. in the Norton Campus Center Theatre.

A luncheon will be held Friday at noon in Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center. A reservation is required for the luncheon at a cost of $45 per person. All symposium sessions are free and open to the public.

The symposium will showcase original research and creative projects that were conducted during the preceding year by undergraduate students from some 20 colleges and universities—including from the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE) and from the Associated Colleges of the South. Papers will be read in Spanish and English.

The symposium sessions will cover such issues as Latin American politics and culture, the global economy, literature, the environment, gender, and art, and will take place in the Harbert Building’s first floor Stephens Conference Center (room 106A) and the auditorium/lecture hall (room 128), excluding the keynote address. Areas of discussion will range from the pre-Columbian era to current issues facing Latin America.

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

To register for the luncheon or for more information, call 205/226-4860. You can also register for the luncheon online through April 15 by visiting

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