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Release: March 31, 2000

Mexican writer Glantz to visit UI, give public lectures, in April

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Margo Glantz, a Mexican writer and critic, will be in Iowa City April 1 through May 5 serving as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. She will present four public lectures and participate in a conference on her work April 20-22.

Her lectures are free and open to the public and are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, April 4 -- "Dona Marina and Captain Malinche" in English at 7:30 p.m. in Room 40 Schaeffer Hall.

Tuesday, April 11 -- "Sor Juana, el jeroglifico del sentimiento," in Spanish at 4 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall.

Thursday, April 13 -- "Tattoos and Rags: The Destruction of the Female Body at Auschwitz," in English at 7:30 p.m. in Room 40 Schaeffer Hall.

Monday, April 17 -- "Los Bandidos del Rio Frio," in Spanish at 7:30 p.m. in Room 40 Schaeffer Hall.

Glantz's works are divided equally among writing on colonial Mexico and on contemporary literature. She is known as one of the leading critics of Mexican literature, particularly the works of the Mexican nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and has published five books on Sor Juana and several others on Sor Juana's period.

Glantz is also the author of several books focused on the Jewish immigrant experience in Latin America and on feminist theory in Latin America. Some of her books are "Apariciones" (1996), "Las genealogias" (1982), and "The Family Tree" (1991).

Glantz was born in Mexico City in 1930 to Jewish parents from Ukraine. She attended the Sorbonne in Paris where she received her Ph.D. She also studied history of art at the Louvre and English literature at Central London Polytechnic. She was once involved in policy-making through the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and served as Director of the Cultural Institute of Mexico-Israel from 1964 to 1967. Glantz has also taught at several universities in the United States.

The department of Spanish and Portuguese, comparative literature, the Latin American Studies Program and the International Writing Program are all co-sponsoring Glantz's visit.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Dan Balderston in the department of Spanish and Portuguese in advance at (319) 335-2244.

Glantz's visit to the UI is supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.