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Academic Lectures & Creative Writing Readings

Monday, June 13, 2011

Taft Lecture, Poetry: Arturo Gutierrez Plaza

Arturo Gutiérrez-Plaza
Bilingual poetry reading

Poet, essayist, and professor Arturo Gutiérrez-Plaza was born in Caracas in 1962. He earned a MA in Contemporary Latin American Literature from the Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela in 1991 and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from UC in 2009. Gutiérrez-Plaza was a 1997 fellow at the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa and director of the Rómulo Gallegos Center for Latin American Studies, Venezuela from 1995 to 2000. His work has earned the 1995 Third Biennial Mariano Picón Salas Poetry Prize, the 1999 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Spanish-American Poetry Prize, and the Prize of the Foundation for Urban Culture, Venezuela in 2009. His publications include scholarly monographs, anthologies, essay collections, and the poetry collections Al margen de las hojas (1991), Principios de contabilidad (2000), and Pasado en limpio (2006). Gutiérrez-Plaza currently serves as Professor of Language and Literature at the Universidad Simón Bolívar.

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Taft Lecture, Political Science: Dr David Baker

Thursday, May 19, 2011
3:00 pm
Taft Research Center

David Baker
Warwick University, UK. (Retired)
Hon Fellow: Political Economy Research Centre, University of Sheffield, UK

Gives the talk: Markets Against Democracy – the Political Economy of the Tea Party Movement

An examination of the economic ideas of the Tea Party and their potentially destabilizing consequences for American pluralist democracy.

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Taft Lecture, Spanish: Dr Roberta Johnson

Roberta Johnson
Professor Emerita, University of Kansas
& Visiting Professor, UCLA

Gives the talk: Spanish Feminist Thought and the Contemporary Spanish novel.

The feminist movement in Spain has had a long history of allying itself with prose fiction. The lecture provides historical precedents for this phenomenon in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries before concentrating on the Franco era (1939-1975) when other forms of feminism were forbidden. More recent developments in Spanish feminist thought will be explored in novels written from 1975 to the present.

Date of the lecture: May 18, 2011

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