College of Arts and Letters presents Latin study program

The Latin American Studies certificate program and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters are presenting a year-long program focusing on Latin American culture, history, art, and literature. The series of events, called “Voices and Images from Latin America,” features various Latin artists. The art exhibitions, public lectures, workshops, film series, and music festival will take place at the Boca Raton and Davie campuses.

The series began October 9 at the Dorothy F. Schmidt Performing Arts Center with a public lecture by archeologist Clifford Brown who discussed studies conducted at Mayapan, the last great Mayan capital on the Yucatan Peninsula. There was also a Hieroglyphic workshop on Saturday October 11. “We had a great turnout for the beginning events; many students and people from the community attend[ed],” said Dr. Michael J. Horswell, Director of Graduate Studies and LASC Director.

One of the primary events will be a public lecture by award-winning Mexican journalist and art critic Elena Poniatowska at the Schmidt Center Gallery on October 24 at 7 p.m. As an author of several novels, plays, and short stories, Poniatowska is the first woman to win both the Mexican National Prize for Literature and the Mexican National Journalism Prize. “This is a great opportunity for students to be exposed to the works of Elena,” said Horswell.

Following her lectures, a local salsa band will perform. Also, the Schmidt Center Gallery will exhibit “Corporal,” 30 pieces by 15 women artists of Latin America that include painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation.

The final fall event is a concert dedicated to Spanish and Latin American music on December 1 at the Liberal Arts Auditorium at the Davie campus.

The Spring series of “Voices and Images from Latin America” will start with a Venezuelan film festival, a Latin American music festival featuring a piano gala, and several more public lectures on Latin American literature and culture.

“I’m looking forward to see what is going to be offered, and I think this is the best opportunity for others to learn about the Latin culture,” said Georgette Cardenas, a Communications major.

The Department of Languages and Linguistics is hoping these events will encourage students to complete the Latin American Studies Certificate. ” These events are a compliment to the Certificate and to raise awareness to students who will be able to work with an accomplished faculty,” said Horswell.

The yearlong series of events was developed by the Latin American Studies Certificate program, the Ann Adams Maya Fund, the School of the Arts, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Students can find more information about the series by contacting Michael J. Horswell at 561/297-3863 or visiting www.spanish.fau.edu/horswell.