Hispanic Literature Symposium Brings International Scholars to Campus March 6 to 8

The California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Modern Languages, in conjunction with the nonprofit Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico, will host the 38th International Symposium of Hispanic Literature from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Loker Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 130 authors and Spanish literature experts from throughout the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Italy, France, and Trinidad and Tobago will present and share their research on various works of Hispanic literature during the three-day symposium, conducted mostly in Spanish.

Elena Poniatowska

This year’s event pays homage to Elena Poniatowska, distinguished Mexican author and journalist. She will open the symposium on Wednesday and close it on Friday with keynote addresses. The author of 40 books and the first woman to win Mexico’s National Award for Journalism, in 1979, Poniatowska is one of Mexico’s best known writers. Her artistic career spans over 60 years.

The Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico, a nonprofit organization founded by part-time CSU Dominguez Hills Spanish instructor Juana Arancibia to “unite the Hispanic world through its literature and culture,” organized the first International Symposium of Hispanic Literature in 1987, and produces a companion literary journal, Alba de América.

For a detailed schedule and more information about the symposium, email bgomez@csudh.edu.

For more information about the CSU Dominguez Hills modern languages program, visit cah.csudh.edu/modernlanguage/, or call (310) 243-1021.

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