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April 6, 2007

Borges Conference Features Life, Legacy Of Writer April 11-14

The work of internationally acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges will be celebrated at the Inaugural Conference of the UI Borges Center, titled "The Place of Letters: The World in Borges," Wednesday, April 11, through Saturday, April 14 in the Old Capitol Museum. The events are free and open to the public. This conference is a University of Iowa International Programs' Major Projects Grant funded conference.

The conference features scholars from around the world speaking about the work, life and legacy of Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most famous Latin American writers of the 20th century. He wrote a prolific body of literature, distinguished by its international appeal, says Brian Gollnick, associate professor in the UI Department of Spanish and Portuguese and International Studies and director of the Latin American Studies Program.

"Anyone interested in the work of Borges specifically or in literature's relationship to other forms of cultural expression and practice will find some events of interest in our program," said Gollnick. "The conference aims to draw together an international body of scholars whose work intersects with how the writing and influence of Borges has helped define new concepts of literature and culture in ways not limited by national languages or traditions."

Evelyn Fishburn, professor of Latin American literature at the University of London, will open with a keynote address at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12 in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Other speakers include Sylvia Molloy, professor of humanities at New York University; Julio Premat from Université de Paris-VIII; David Oubiña, professor of cinema and letters at Universidad de Buenos Aires-Universidad del Cine; and Buzz Spector, art professor at Cornell University.

Other events related to the conference include the following:

A special temporary exhibit of materials from the José Donoso and Pedro Lastra collections from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in Special Collections on the third floor of the UI Main Library. An exhibit of Borges first editions and other rarities is on display through the rest of the spring semester, also in Special Collections.

Argentine musician Guillermo Gregorio will perform with his trio at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the lobby of the Old Capitol Museum. Gregorio's concert will include experimental pieces from the 1960s and 1970s as well as more recent Argentine music.

Art related to books will be featured in the opening reception for an art exhibit in the Humanities Gallery of the Old Capitol Museum at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13.

An exhibit entitled "...One More Thing Added To The World: the Borges Effect On Contemporary Artists' Books," curated by Buzz Spector, of Cornell University, will be open to the public from Wednesday, April 11 to Friday, June 15, in the Humanities Gallery of the Old Capitol. Special Collections, the Old Capitol Museum, the Center for the Book and the School of Art and Art History support these exhibits.

To view the complete conference schedule, visit

For more information or special accommodations to attend this conference, contact Merry Bullock at 319-335-2244 or

The Borges Conference is sponsored by International Programs and The Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, which make the IP Major Projects Grants possible. Co-sponsors include the UI Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Latin American Studies Program and the Arts and Humanities Initiative.

The Borges Center was founded at the University of Aarhus in Denmark in 1994 and moved to the University of Iowa in 2005. The center acts as a point of contact for scholars interested in the work of Borges. The center maintains an archive of books and scholarly articles written by or about Borges. In addition, the center is working to make the archived material available online to scholars around the world. The center's move, and continuing operations at Iowa, received support from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the University of Iowa Libraries.

For more information on the Borges Center, visit

International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Dan Balderston, 319-335-2246,; Writer: Kate Casper.