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Oct. 4, 2005

Latin American Studies Program Lecture Series Begins Oct. 5

The University of Iowa Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will begin a lecture series with a panel discussion titled, "The Borges Center: From Aarhus to Iowa City" on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 315 Phillips Hall. This event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, LASP and UI International Programs. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

The Jorge Luis Borges Center for Studies & Documentation was founded at the University of Aarhus in Denmark in 1995 and is now moving to the UI. It publishes the semi-annual journal "Variaciones Borges," has sponsored a series of seminars and activities on the works on Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), and maintains the most important Web site in the world in Borges studies.

Panel participants include: Iván Almeida and Cristina Parodi, University of Aarhus; Daniel Balderston, Nicolás Lucero and Tom Lewis, UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Raúl Curto, UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Edward Shreeves, UI Libraries; and Christopher Merrill, UI International Writing Program.

Upcoming events include:

-- "Hacking the Past: Ciberhacktivismo and Recent Latin American Narrative" an Oct. 7, lecture by Andrew Brown, an assistant professor of Romance languages and literature at Washington University-St. Louis;

-- "On the Origins of Hispanism in Nineteenth-Century North America" an Oct. 17 lecture by UI alumna and Yale University Spanish professor Rolena Adorno; and

-- "La literature de Guinea Ecuatorial: una realidad emergente" an Oct. 28 presentation by Donato Ndongo, a journalist and editor from Equitorial Guinea who is a visiting professor this year at the University of Missouri.

More information about these events is available online

The Latin American Studies Program is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information about the Oct. 5 event or for special accommodations to attend, contact Merry Bullock at 319-335-2244 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Daniel Balderston, 319-335-2246,; Writer: JoAnn Seeman