Past Events

April 4, 2016 - 9:00am to April 9, 2016 - 12:00pm
Text as Process: Genetic and Textual Criticism in the Digital Age Conference at the University of Pittsburgh Organized by Daniel Balderston, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures     4-6 April 2016   This conference was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: Center for Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies Program, Department of Classics, Department of Communication, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of French and Italian, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Department of Music, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Theatre Arts, Faculty Research Support Program, Humanities Center, Roggiano Fund, University Honors College, Year of the Humanities Special Thanks to Brigitta Arden, Library Senior Specialist, and the Hillman Library Special Collections Department for use of the artwork from the Ramón Gómez de la Serna Papers. Read More >
March 31, 2016 - 8:00am to April 1, 2016 - 8:00pm
New Perspectives on Latin American Documentary Film Symposium A two-day conference hosted by graduate students in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures.  Read More >
March 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
From Atlantis to Babylon: Hart Crane and Jose Lezama Lima in Havana and New York Lecture by José Quiroga, from Emory University.   Read More >
December 10, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Politíca de la Cultura   Hugo Achugar is one of the most distinguished poets, novelists, and critics of his generation in Latin America.  He has taught  at many universities including Dartmouth, UC Irvine, Northwestern, the University of Miami  and Pitt in the US (he is a Pitt PhD), and  he is currently Professor at the University de la República in Uruguay. His many books include the classic La biblioteca en ruinas (1994), one of the first  books to deal with the implications of the postmodernist  "turn" in Latin American literary and  cultural studies.   Read More >
December 9, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Magdalena López (Universidade de Lisboa)
Desde el fracaso: narrativas recientes del Caribe insular hispano Magdalena López (Universidade de Lisboa) Magdalena López completed her Ph.D. in the department in 2009 and since then has been at the Universidade de Lisboa, where she works in the Centro de Estudios Comparatistas. She is the autor of El otro de nuestra América: Imaginarios frente a Estados Unidos en la República Dominicana y Cuba (Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2011), and Desde el fracaso: Narrativas del Caribe insular hispano en el siglo XXI (Verbum ,2015; from which this talk derives).  With Arturo Matute Castro she edited issue 243-244 of the Revista Iberoamericana on Cuban and Dominican literature. She has published many articles on Caribbean literature and cinema. View the poster. Read More >
November 17, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Fernando de Szyszlo and the Conceptual Turn in Cultural Policy Lecture by Claire Fox, University of Iowa.  Room 602 Cathedral of Learning, Humanities Center. Read More >
November 12, 2015 - 5:00pm
Accidental Latin@ Archives: From Movimiento to YouTube A lecture and performance by Urayoán Noel     flyer for event Read More >
November 6, 2015 - 8:00am to November 7, 2015 - 11:00pm
Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic, 8th International Cultural Studies Conference of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures Department. Read More >
October 9, 2015 - 3:15pm to October 10, 2015 - 3:15pm
(Des)Articulaciones 2015, 5th Biennial - International Symposium Representation, Mediation and Dialogues Between Text and Image, Keynote Speakers: Diamela Eltit, Distinguished Global Professor of Creative Writing (NYU) and Sylvia Molloy, Emeritus Professor of Spanish and Portuguese (NYU). Flyer for (des)articulaciones 2015 Booklet for (des)articulaciones 2015 Flyer for Book Presentations Since the last stages of the 20th century, globalization has strengthened the interpretation, confrontation and fragmentation of cultural, economic, political and national borders. Amidst this fragmentation, multiple ways of narration and representation have influenced the production of different manifestations such as theater, film, photography and performance. These cultural artifacts belong to different historical processes where national subjects, women, afro-descendants,LGBTQ subjectivities, and social movements intersect. We look to explore the aesthetic and ideological dialogues established in Latin America in the face of its entrance to modernity. The question that will guide our debates is: How can we generate ways of comprehension and criticism of identities in a world that dramatically de-articulates the visual and textual? The photobook, the advancement of theoretical approaches of visual, photographic and televised representations within a globalized context of social struggles are some of the aspects in which we engage in dialogue. With an interdisciplinary focus in mind, we welcome proposals and creative reflections on how textual visuality, the textualization of image or the visual impact on the textual and vice-versa generate flows, critiques, and identity dislocations in the 21st century. We hope to advance a comprehension of the challenges faced by social identities in Latin America within the current cultural landscape. Graduate students, investigators and professors who would like to participate in the conference should send an abstract (between 250-300 words), their research interests and academic affiliation to by May 31, 2015. Each presentation should be 8 double-spaced pages. Conference registration will be $35 for selected participants. A selection of the papers presented will be compiled and published in a special number of Catedral Tomada. Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana.   Read More >
October 8, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Juan Bosch: El último cuentista dominicano Juan Bosch: El último cuentista dominicano.  A lecture by Fernando Valerio, Colorado State University. 501 Cathedral of Learning. Read More >
September 24, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Populismo y política: Desmovilización marrana.   Alberto Moreiras, from Texas A&M University. Cathedral of Learning, room 139 Read More >
June 18, 2015 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Learn Brazilian Dance If you can walk, you can dance! Our regular meetings offer opportunities for exercise and entertainment among people who share interests in Brazilian music, dance, and culture. We offer axé, samba, and any other music we come across. Read More >
June 17, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Brazil Nut Portuguese Club: Bate Papo Bate-Papo is the Brazil Nuts' answer to the Spanish Club's weekly conversation tables, where students can practice their Portuguese and native speakers can enjoy a linguistic oasis of their mother tongue. Read More >
May 1, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
50th Anniversary Reception Alumni, Colleagues and Friends of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures celebrated at the grand finale of the Hispanic 50th Anniversary. Read More >
May 1, 2015 - 4:30pm
50th Anniversary - "Celebrating Hispanic Comics in Academia" Alumni, Colleagues and Friends of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures are invited to join us for the grand finale of the Hispanic 50th Anniversary. The program will feature a series of several brief talks and a poetry reading.  Read More >