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Celebrating 100 Years of Hispanism in Kansas and Beyond

Thank you to everyone who attended our Centennial Symposium. If you missed any of the events, please view our photo album at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHV6oqn

If you enjoyed the centennial events, please consider supporting our KU endowment funds. Please donate today!

Wednesday, October 16: Symposium will kick off with an evening reception to welcome our conference participants, distinguished guests, and Spanish & Portuguese department. 

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 co-sponsors, conference participants, distinguished guests, and Spanish & Portuguese department. 

Friday, October 18: Brazilian Lunch is for conference participants and Spanish & Portuguese department. 

 

Haricombe Gallery, Watson Library

 

"Strong Foundations:  100 Years of Hispanism at the University of Kansas" celebrates the history of Hispanic Studies at KU, particularly the incredibly important scholarship produced by the faculty of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese since its foundation in 1918.

Exhibit Partners

University of Kansas Libraries
1425 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
1440 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Kenneth Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045

Exhibition Opening and Reception Keynote Speaker:

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.

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM in the Watson Library, Haricombe Gallery, Third Floor West

Welcoming Remarks: Alesha Doan - Chair, Department of Spanish & Portuguese; Marc L. Greenberg - Director, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Speaker: Santa Arias - Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Reception: Music by Yuka Naito - Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Welcome Reception Video:

 

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

 

Centennial Symposium Program


Download program here.

Thursday, October 17

Keynote, sessions and film screening will take place in the Kansas Union. 

9:00 - 9:30 AM              Coffee and Snacks in Woodruff Auditorium

9:30 - 11:00 AM            Keynote in Woodruff Auditorium with Jill Robbins, Professor Emerita - University of California, “Poetry and Affect in Times of Crisis”

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM      Session 1

Centennial Room

Panel 1 - KU Alumni: Professional Trajectories and Lived Learning

Moderator: M. Chris Mohn

John F. Schwaller, University at Albany “KU and Three Generations of Hispanophiles in Kansas”

José R. Ballesteros and María Ximena Postigo Guzmán, St. Mary's College of Maryland, “Teaching Subjects of Change: Language and Culture as Subversive Praxis”

English Room

Panel 2 - Peripheries of Race and Gender

Moderator: Laura Senio Blair

Mar Soria, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Mulatos embetunados, mulatas sexi y el nuevo Don Juan: Imaginarios imperiales finiseculares en La perla cubana (1890)”

Ariadna N. Tenorio L., University of Kansas, “Bocafloja, tres espiritualidades y un cuerpo: cómo aprender a ser negro e indígena en México”

Dana Meredith, University of Kansas, “Stepping Back to Move Forward: Historical Fiction and Mexican Masculinity in Ángeles Mastretta’s Arráncame la vidaand Mal

de amores

Alicia Rico, University of Nevada Las Vegas, “Al amor es hambre Mantis: Dos Propuestas Culinarias”

Pine Room 

Panel 3 - Cultural Competencies, Telenovelas and Technology

Moderator: Katya Soll

Gregory A. Robinson, Emporia State University, “The Hybrid Model: Reconsidering Technology Across Modern Languages: Impacting Our Language Instruction”

Olga Catalina Castillo Robles, Emporia State University, “Effective and Efficient Technology for Second Language Acquisition”

Jorge José Brítez Aveiro, Emporia State University, “The Role of IT Tools and Virtual Reality in Foreign Language Teaching”  

Eunice Azucena Sandoval Román, Emporia State University, “Assessment Variation for the Semester Long-Team Based Telenovela Project”

Rachel Spaulding, Emporia State University, “The 5 C’s and the Telenovela”

1:30- 3:00 PM               Session 2

Centennial Room

Panel 4 - Roundtable Discussion: Jayhawks in Academic Leadership: Responding to the Crisis in Languages and the Liberal Arts

Moderator: Sarah M. Misemer

Erin Finzer, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Sarah M. Misemer, Texas A&M University

M. Chris Mohn, Fort Hayes State University

Pine Room

Panel 5 - An Homage to Robert Spires: Spirals on Time and Telling Stories 

Moderator: Jessica Folkart

Nathan Richardson, University of Texas San Antonio

“Modes of Evil and Ethics in La familia de Pascual Duarte, or Dialogue with a

Young Bob Spires”

Jessica Folkart, Virginia Tech

“Time, Identity, Grief: Insights from Cristina Fernández Cubas's ‘La nueva vida’”

Nina L. Molinaro, University of Colorado Boulder

“So Much Time and So Little Time: Ethics, Alterity, Spirals, and Robert Spires”

3:30 - 5:00 PM               Film Screening followed by Q&A in Woodruff Auditorium

Nancy Morejón: Paisajes célebres (52 minutes) with Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, University of Missouri            

Friday, October 18

Sessions will take place in Wescoe Hall. Hands-on Workshop and Closing Remarks will take place at the Spencer Research Library.

8:30 - 9:00 AM              Coffee and Snacks in Seminar Room 2600

9:00 - 10:30 AM            Session 3

French and Italian Conference Room 2050 

Panel 6 - An Homage to Robert Spires: Spirals on Space and Telling Stories 

Moderator: Jessica Folkart

Juli Highfill, University of Michigan

“From Spain to Kansas: Don Henry and the Anti-fascist Student Movement at the University of Kansas during the Spanish Civil War”

 Catherine (Katy) Bourland Ross, Southwestern University

“Baby Space: Narrating Infertility in Spain”

 Maryanne L. Leone, Assumption College

“Crises in Environmental, (Sub)Urban, and Social Spaces: An Ecocritical Reading of Sara Mesa’s Un incendio invisible (2017)”

Wescoe Auditorium Room 3140 (No drinks or food allowed)

Panel 7 - New Pedagogies in Language Learning: Transdisciplinary Methodologies

Moderator: Eunice Azucena Sandoval Román

Laura Senio Blair, Southwestern University, “One Hundred Years of Solitude and Hispanism: Bringing Gabriel García Márquez to Kansas and Beyond”

Chris Schulenburg, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, “Bones Talk: Colombian Literature Fictionalizing Criminal Justice in the 21st Century University”

Katya Soll, Baker University, “Beyond the Page: Teaching Literature Students to Read Like Theatre Majors”

Maria Akrabova, Metropolitan State University of Denver, “Un fantasma recorre los intersticios del texto: el idealismo cínico de El materialismo histéricode Xavier

Velasco”

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM     Session 4

Wescoe Auditorium Room 3139 (No drinks or food allowed)

Panel 8 - Las subversiones del istmo: Cuatro acercamientos a la literatura centroamericana 

Moderator: Raymond Williams

María Daniela Granja Núñez, University of Cincinnati, “Las dementes y (des)agradables figuras de Roberto Castillo: un estudio semiótico”

Tomás Emilio Arce, University of Cincinnati, “Denuncia social y posmodernidad en Ya nadie llora por mí y El cielo llora por  de Sergio Ramírez Mercado”

Marcel Jaentschke, University of Missouri-Columbia, “De las transgresiones de ‘Viqui’ al Black Sandino de June Beer: Discursos caribeños en Trágame tierra de

Lizándro Chavez Alfaro"

Victor Vimos, University of Cincinnati, “Cantos de Vida y Esperanza: experiencia y conciencia en movimiento hacia lo sagrado en Rubén Darío”

French and Italian Conference Room 2050 

Panel 9 - Roundtable Discussion: Ciencia, tecnología y literatura hispanoamericana

Moderator: Ignacio Carvajal

José Palacios, Northwest Missouri State University

Luis Felipe Gómez Lomelí, University of Kansas

Zachary Glassett, University of Kansas

2:00 - 3:30 PM               Session 5

Wescoe Auditorium Room 3139 (No drinks or food allowed)

Panel 10 - Social Protest, Alternative Presents: The Literary and the Visual from Spanish Post-Civil War to the 15-M

Moderator: Nina L. Molinaro

Michael D. Thomas, Baylor University, “Social Protest Via Narrative Appropriation and Adaptation: Re-Thinking the Historiography of the Spanish Post-Civil War Novel”

David Campbell, University of Michigan, “The Alternative Present: Defamiliarized Signification in Buñuel’s Cet obscure objet du désir

Arturo Meijide, St. Ambrose University, “Cómics para los tiempos de crisis: el 15-M y la narrativa gráfica española”

Wescoe Auditorium Room 3140 (No drinks or food allowed)

Panel 11 - Violencia y periferia: Narrativas liminales latinoamericanas del siglo XIX al XXI

Moderator: Marcela Risso

Verónica Pérez-Picasso, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Violencia como un mecanismo contra la hegemonía familiar e instituciones 

gubernamentales por la protagonista del guión Otilia Raudade Dana Rotberg”

Martín Mulligan, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Corridos enfermos, estéticas de necropolíticas en México”

Eduardo Antonio Medina, University of Missouri-Columbia, “El pensamiento de Camus en la obra de Carlos Martínez Rivas y Charles Bukowski”

3:45 - 5:15 PM               Session 6

Wescoe Auditorium Room 3139 (No drinks or food allowed)

Panel 12 - Panhispanic Journeys: Traveling Archives and Transnational Narratives

Moderator: Arturo Meijide

Miguel González-Abellás, Washburn University, “Adiós Toto: An Overview of the Depiction of Kansas in Spanish-Language Literature During the 20thCentury”

Vicente Gomis-Izquierdo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, “La mirada colonial en Viaje a Chinade Enrique Gaspar”

Marcela Risso, University of Kansas, “Moving Through European Modernity(ies) in Memorias inéditas by Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda”

Laurie Garriga, Boston University, “Juan Ramón Jiménez Archive in Puerto Rico”

Wescoe Auditorium Room 3140 (No drinks or food allowed)

Panel 13 - Textual Bodies and Competing Claims to Space

Moderator: M. Emilia Barbosa

Manuel Roberto Escobar Cajamarca, Universidad Central Colombia, “Narrativas de la masculinidad de combatientes en el conflicto armado de Colombia.

¿Colonialidad de las identidades regionales?”

M. Emilia Barbosa, Missouri University of Science and Technology, “Resilience, Community, and Healing in Naciendoby Las Poderosas Teatro Guatemala”

Peter Haysom, University of Nottingham, “The Lady of the North: Regional Geography and Sexual Politics in Agustina Bessa-Luís’s A Sibilia

Julio César Aguilar, Baylor University, “El lirismo esquizofrénico en la poesía de Ángel Escobar”

French and Italian Conference Room 2050 

Panel 14 - Historical Versionings and Polyphonies in Colonial Narratives and

Contemporary Film

Moderator: Raymond Williams

Iván R. Reyna, University of Missouri-Columbia, “El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega y La Guerra de los Encomenderos: un conflicto de lealtades”

Manuel F. Medina, University of Louisville, “Sin salir del armario: deseo homo-erótico en Feriado de Diego Araújo”

Juan Manuel Zuluaga Robledo, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Tanta gentede Memo Ánjel: Travesía de sujetos desplazados para fundar un pueblo antioqueño en

el proyecto de nación colombiana en el siglo XIX”

Spencer Research Library Room 326 (1450 Poplar Ln. Lawrence, KS 66045)

Hands-on workshop of Stirling Cervantes Collection with Rachel Schmidt, University of Calgary (Max capacity 30 people)

5:30 - 6:30 PM      Coffee and Closing Remarks with Luciano Tosta in Spencer Research Library - North Wing, “Portuguese and Spanish: Challenges and Successes from the KU experience”

Updated: October 14, 2019

Keynote Address

Wednesday, October 17, 2019 at 9:30 AM in the KU Union - Woodruff Auditorium

Conference Keynote Speaker: Jill Robbins

Keynote Address Title: "Poetry and Affect in Times of Crisis"


In her roles as Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Study in the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced, and President of the Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades, Jill Robbins has worked with colleagues, students, and community partners on initiatives designed to promote diversity, mentor junior faculty, rethink undergraduate and graduate training, and reframe the role of research in the humanities in shaping policy and addressing social challenges. Some of these efforts—including “UC Merced: Pathways to a Diverse Faculty” and “Building Research Partnerships in the San Joaquin Valley: Community-Engaged Research and Graduate Mentorship in the Interdisciplinary Humanities”—have been supported by institutional grants from the Andrew W. Mellon and Henry Luce Foundations. Professor Robbins has published numerous books, articles and book chapters about poetry, film, narrative, and the book industry that engage with theories of affect, celebrity activism, disability studies, urban space, gender, violence, migration, memory, and sexuality. Her most recent book, Poetry and Crisis: Cultural Politics and Citizenship in the Wake of the Madrid Bombings, funded in part by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and forthcoming this Fall from the University of Toronto Press, argues that the March 11, 2004 attacks, known in Spain as 11-M, marked a critical turning point in Spanish society in which poetry played a unique and vital role, reflecting a new political sensibility defined by mutable, informal, non-hierarchical, and affective networks of communication and memorialization that contested neoliberal forms of identification, politics, and urban reorganization. She is the author of two other published monographs, Crossing through Chueca: Lesbian Literary Culture in Queer Madrid (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and Frames of Referents: The Postmodern Poetry of Guillermo Carnero (Bucknell University Press, 1997); editor of the book P/Herversions: Critical Studies of Ana Rossetti (Bucknell University Press, 2004); coeditor with Roberta Johnson of Rethinking Spain from Across the Seas, a special issue of the journal Studies in XX/XXI Century Literature (2006); and coeditor, with Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, of a special issue of Transmodernity about the Western Sahara (2015).

 

Keynote Address Video:

Centennial Dinner Gala 

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Adams Alumni Center

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.

 

 

Centennial Dinner Gala Video:

Catering provided by Maceli's and music entertainment provided by Ayllu Music of the Americas.

Brazilian Lunch 

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 12:30 PM in Adams Alumni Center

Graduate Association for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese (GRASP) Performance Video:

Script written by: Zach Glassett

Performance by: Oscar Cardoner Sebio, Manuel Rodríguez-Pérez, Hipatia Medina, Pablo García, Luis Sanchez, Antonio Rivera, and Claudia Salas-Forero

Catering provided by Maceli's

Closing Remarks 

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the Adams Alumni Center

Closing Remarks: Antônio R.M. Simões - Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Speaker: Luciano Tosta - Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Title: "Portuguese and Spanish: Challenges and Succeses from the KU Experience"

Reception: Classical and Flamenco Guitar by Alisina Zinati - Undergraduate Student, School of Education and Department of Spanish & Portuguese 

Closing Remarks Video:

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.


SpringHill Suits by Marriott

Address: One Riverfront Plaza, Lawrence, KS 66044

Phone: (785) 841-4994

Please reserve by Sunday, September 20, 2019 to receive their $117.00 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 breakfast.


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.


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