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Celebrating 100 Years of Hispanism in Kansas

Conference seminars are for KU alumni, faculty, students, researchers, and staff.

Wednesday, October 16: Symposium will kick off with an evening reception to welcome our co-sponsors, conference participants, KU alumni, faculty, graduate students, emeriti, and distinguished guests. By invitation only.

Thursday-Friday, October 17-18: Two-day conference @ KU Union and Wescoe Hall. Open to KU alumni, faculty, students, researchers, and staff.

Conference participants will receive an email with a website link for registration fee. Last day to register is: August 14, 2019. Registration fee includes 1 ticket to the Centennial Dinner Gala and 1 ticket to the Brazilian Lunch.

Thursday, October 17: Centennial Dinner Gala is for conference participants, Spanish & Portuguese department, and its supporters. By invitation only.

Friday, October 18: Brazilian Lunch is for conference participants, Spanish & Portuguese department, and its supporters. By invitation only.

Unable to attend but still want to support our KU endowment funds? Please consider donating today!

Welcome Reception (By invitation only)

Location: Watson Library, Haricome Gallery, Third Floor West

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM

By invitation only. This event is for our co-sponsors, conference participants, distinguished guests, KU Spanish & Portuguese alumni, emeriti, faculty, graduate students, and staff. 

Conference Information (Open to KU alumni, faculty, students, researchers, and staff)

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese at The University of Kansas will host a two-day Hispanism conference in celebration of its centennial anniversary on October 17 and 18, 2019. Program of events will be available no later than September 2019. 

Conference participants, you will be receiving a link to your email to with information on conference registration fees in June 2019. Last day to register is: August 22, 2019.

Call for Papers deadline for One Hundred Years of Hispanism in Kansas and Beyond was due May 20, 2019. See Call for Papers.pdf.

For any questions, please email the us at spanport@ku.edu.

Unable to attend but still want to support our KU endowment funds? Please donate today!

Centennial Dinner Gala (By invitation only)

Location: Adams Alumni Center

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

By invitation only. This event is for our co-sponsors, conference participants, distinguished guests, KU Spanish & Portuguese alumni, emeriti, faculty, emeriti, graduate students, and staff. 

Unable to attend but still want to support our KU endowment funds? Please donate today!

Brazilian Lunch (By invitation only)

Location: Adams Alumni Center

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Time: 12:30 PM

By invitation only. This event is for our co-sponsors, conference participants, distinguished guests, KU Spanish & Portuguese alumni, emeriti, faculty, graduate students, and staff. 

October 17, 2019

Conference Keynote Speaker: TBA

Centennial Dinner Gala Guest Speaker: Danny J. Anderson

Danny J. AndersonDanny J. Anderson became Trinity’s 19th president in May 2015, after serving 27 years as a faculty member, administrator, and dean at the University of Kansas. A native Texan, Anderson began his academic career in 1985 at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a bachelor of arts in Spanish from Austin College (Sherman, Texas), and a master’s and doctorate in Spanish at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS). He joined the Kansas faculty in 1988 as an assistant professor in Spanish and was named a full professor in 2003. An award-winning teacher, he received the ING Award for Teaching Excellence; a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers.

A specialist in Mexican literature and cultural studies, his research examines the history of literary publishing houses and the social history of literary reading in Mexico. He has published two books and more than 20 scholarly articles.

An engaged community and higher education leader, Anderson serves on the board of directors of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, the P16-Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, and the United Way of San Antonio. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Higher Education Working Group, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Sponsors

The symposium was generously supported by:

  • KU Libraries

Become a Sponsor & In-Kind Donor

We hope that you will consider supporting our centennial event through sponsorship, auction item donations, or in-kind services. 

Sponsorships include complimentary event tickets, print and media exposure, recognition at the event, and in our event program. Please contact Sylvia Meulener at sylvia.meulener@ku.edu for event inquiries or sponsorship opportunities. 

Hampton Inn by Hilton

Address: 2300 W 6th St, Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: (785) 841-4994

Please reserve by Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to receive the king bed room at $99.00 plus applicable taxes/night from October 15 - October 19, 2019. Book here for KU Dept of Spanish & Portuguese group rate.

Hotel additional info: check-in is at 3:00 PM and check-out is at 12:00 PM. Within 5 minutes drive from KU, includes complimentary parking, internet, and breakfast.


DoubleTree by Hilton

Address: 200 MacDonald Dr, Lawrence, KS 66044

Phone: (785) 841-4994

Please reserve by Sunday, September 15, 2019 to receive their $109.00 plus applicable taxes/night from October 15 - October 19, 2019. Book here for KU Dept of Spanish & Portuguese group rate.

Hotel additional info: check-in is at 4:00 PM and check-out is at 11:00 AM. Within 5 minutes drive from KU, includes complimentary parking and $20 breakfast voucher per person per day, which can be redeemed at the hotel restaurant.


TownePlace Suites by Marriott

Address: 900 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Phone: (785) 842-8800

Please reserve by Thursday, September 26, 2019 to receive their special king suite at $139.00 plus applicable taxes/night from October 15 - October 19, 2019. Book here for KU Dept of Spanish & Portuguese group rate.

Hotel additional info: check-in is at 4:00 PM and check-out is at 12:00 PM. Located in downtown Lawrence, includes complimentary parking, internet, and breakfast.


The Oread

Address: 1200 Oread Ave, Lawrence, KS 66044

Phone: (785) 693-2490

Please reserve by Sunday, September 15, 2019 to receive their special king suite at $125.00 plus applicable taxes/night from October 15 - October 18, 2019 by calling (785) 693-2490 and using our group name: KU Spanish & Portuguese Department.

Hotel additional info: check-in is at 4:00 PM and check-out is at 11:00 AM. Located at KU Campus. Valet parking $15 per vehicle per night.


The Eldridge

Address: 701 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Phone: (785) 749-5011

Please reserve by Sunday, September 15, 2019 to receive their special king suite at $125.00 plus applicable taxes/night from October 15 - October 18, 2019 by calling (785) 749-5011 and using our group name: KU Spanish & Portuguese Department.

Hotel additional info: check-in is at 4:00 PM and check-out is at 11:00 AM. Located in downtown Lawrence. Valet parking $15 per vehicle per night.

Public Transportation

Lawrence Transit has information regarding the bus system. The regular fare is $1 for a one-way trip, or you can buy a day pass for $2.75. Route information and bus schedules can be found here. Most bus routes serve the KU campus.

Car services such as Uber and Lyft are also available in Lawrence.  You can find estimates regarding their fares online and access their services through their respective mobile apps.

Parking at KU

On the first day, the conference panels will take place in the Kansas Memorial Union. The second day, the conference panels will take place at Wescoe Hall.

There is a parking garage located next to the Kansas Memorial Union with entrances on Jayhawk Blvd as well as Mississippi Street. Parking in the garage is $1.75 for the first hour and $1.50 for each subsequent hour. Parking may also be found for free in the neighborhoods surrounding KU.

More information and visiting parking can be found on the KU Parking and Transit Office.

Accessibility at KU

The University of Kansas is continually striving to improve accessibility on campus. If you have questions about accessibility or with relation to improved accessibility, be sure to call the ADA Resource for Equity and Accesibility at 785-864-4946. You can view an accessibility map here.

2019 Centennial Event Calendar 

Click here to print the calendar.


2019 Centennial Event Calendar

Watson Library Exhibit Opening and Reception

Strong Foundations:100 Years of Hispanism at the University of KansasJoin us for the exhibition opening of “Strong Foundations: 100 Years of Hispanism at the University of Kansas.” The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The exhibition will feature interdisciplinary scholarship, collections and creative works representing the century-long legacy of the department. The event begins at 5:30 PM with a cocktail reception, followed by remarks at 6:15 PM by Benjamin Fraser, professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Arizona.

This event is free and open to the public. Those who plan to attend may RSVP online at rockcha.lk/Strong by Thursday, September 5.

The exhibit will run through 1/31/2020. 

Location: Watson Library, Haricome Gallery, Third Floor West 

Opening Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019

 



Benjamin Fraser

Benjamin Fraser is Full Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Humanities, a member of the Disability Studies Initiative (dsi.arizona.edu) and a Faculty Affiliate of Public and Applied Humanities. He is the author of ten single-authored monographs, nine edited volumes/guest-edited journal issues, and over eighty articles and book chapters relating to disability studies, the urban humanities/urban cultural studies, and Iberian and Latin American literary and cultural studies. He is Editor-in-Chief of Hispania, the flagship scholarly journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Founding and Executive Editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Senior Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies and Co-Editor of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series. He has served as Professor and Department Head of Spanish and Portuguese at University of Arizona (2018-2019), Professor and Department Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University (2014-2018), and has previously held the rank of Tenured Associate Professor (2013-2014) and Assistant Professor (2010-2013) at the College of Charleston, and Assistant Professor (2006-2010) at Christopher Newport University.


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