Posts Tagged ‘Latin America’

NACFLA

0 Commentsby   |  03.29.11  |  Announcement, Chapel, French, International Studies Major, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors, Study Abroad

The North American Christian Foreign Language Association is holding its annual conference here at ACU. It will be held mostly in the Hunter Welcome Center, from Thursday 4/7 through Saturday 4/9. Things of general interest include:

  • Dr. Susan Felch, from Calvin College, will be the plenary speaker on Thursday evening.
  • Multi-lingual devotionals on Friday and Saturday morning, possibly may get additional Chapel credit (still looking into it).
  • Two sessions devoted to Study Abroad on Saturday morning. Would be of great value for those remotely interested in study abroad.
  • For students in a foreign language class, possible additional credit or replacement of low scores on an assignment for attending a session and completing an activity associated with it (check with your instructor).

See the entire program at http://blogs.acu.edu/nacfla.

Peruvian Author Mario Vargas Llosa Awarded 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

0 Commentsby   |  10.07.10  |  International Studies Major, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the 2010 Nobel prize in Literature.  Vargas Llosa is part of the so-called “Latin American Boom,” the literary movement in the 1960’s that propelled Latin American narrative, especially the novel, to the highest echelons of World Literature.

The “Boom,” as it is sometimes called, introduced such literary modes as “magic realism,” popularized by Gabriel García Márquez -who won the Nobel in 1967- and politically engaged works such as Vargas Llosa.  While García Márquez’s narrative is straightforward -at least on a superficial reading- Vargas Llosa’s is structurally much more complex; he frequently eschews linear plots and univocal narratives for complex timeframes and plurivocal exploration of a politically engaged theme, such as power structures and poverty.

Below is the announcement in Stockholm of the Nobel award, in Swedish, English and Spanish.

Vargas Llosa interviewed about his work.  In Spanish.

In 2007, he addressed the Letras Libres Forum held in Monterrey, Mexico, as one of the 8 intellectual “heavy weights” of the worlds.  His lecture was on the links between literature and reality.  In Spanish, with English subtitles.