Middlebury

April 10, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
802-443-5794
sray@middlebury.edu
Posted: April 10, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - "The Rise of Latin Popular Culture in the United States: A New Definition for the American Melting Pot" will be the topic of a symposium presented by the Middlebury College student organization Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña (ALC) on April 19-21. The activities include lectures, a traditional Latin dinner, a film and a cultural café featuring a reading by author Julia Alvarez and a performance by Afro-Cuban folkloric dance troupe Los Afortunados. All events are free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 19, the symposium will kick off at 4:15 p.m. with a keynote address by Marisa Rivera-Albert, president of the Arlington, Va.-based National Hispana Leadership Institute, who will discuss "The Latino Revolution for the 20th Century." The talk, as well as all other symposium lectures and discussions, will take place in the Robert A. Jones House on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125).

At 6 p.m., a traditional Latin dinner will be served in Le Château on Château Road off College Street (Route 125).

The following day, Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m., Columbia University Assistant Professor of Music Christopher Washburne, who also teaches at the New School for Social Research, will give a lecture titled "Are There Any Puerto Ricans in the House: The Musical Mergings of the Americas."

Alma Martinez-actress, former member of a California-based theater group and arts organization El Teatro Campesino, and doctoral candidate in drama at Stanford University- will give a talk, "The Latina/o Image in Film and Hollywood: the Popular Image of Latina/os in the United States," at 2:30 p.m.

Martinez's talk will be followed at 3:30 p.m. by a panel discussion, where the speakers will include Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, professor of gender and cultural studies at Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, Mass. The topic will be "The Case of the Cafecito: A Dominican-American Hybrid Blend." Throughout Central America it is a household ritual to offer a "cafecito"-a small cup of dark, rich, potent coffee-to any visitor, especially a stranger.

Christy Haubegger, founder of Latina magazine, will give the final lecture of the symposium, "What does the Hispanic Demographic Hold for American Business?" at 4:45 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., a cultural café titled "A Voyage Through Latin America" will include dancing, singing and acting performances by students; readings by Julia Alvarez, author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" and "In the Time of the Butterflies;" and a performance by Los Afortunados, an Afro-Cuban folkloric ensemble of musicians and dancers established in 1985 and based in New York City. The cultural café will take place in the McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30).

On Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m., the symposium will conclude with director Maria Ripoll's film "Tortilla Soup," an Hispanic-American ensemble feature set in Southern California about a veteran chef, played by Hector Elizondo, who is slowly losing his sense of taste. It will be screened in Dana Auditorium in the Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125).

The Latin dinner is free but tickets are required. For tickets and information about the dinner, contact Middlebury College ALC President Erwin Alberty at 802-443-3543.

For information about the symposium, contact symposium organizer Eve-Anadel Coronado at ecoronad@middlebury.edu or 802-443-6276.

Events Calendar Listings

"The Rise of Latin Popular Culture in the United States: A New Definition for the American Melting Pot"
Presented by Middlebury College Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña
April 19-21


Friday, April 19
4:15 p.m.
Keynote Lecture: "The Latino Revolution for the 20th Century" by Marisa Rivera-Albert, president of the Arlington, Va.-based National Hispana Leadership Institute
Robert A. Jones House, Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125)

6 p.m.
Traditional Latin Dinner: Free, but tickets are required. For tickets and information about the dinner, contact Middlebury College Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña President Erwin Alberty at 802-443-3543.
Le Château, Château Road off College Street (Route 125)


Saturday, April 20
11 a.m.
Lecture: "Are There Any Puerto Ricans in the House: The Musical Mergings of the Americas" by Columbia University Assistant Professor of Music Christopher Washburne, who also teaches at the New School for Social Research.
Robert A. Jones House, Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125)

2:30 p.m.
Lecture: "The Latina/o Image in Film and Hollywood: the Popular Image of Latina/os in the United States" by Alma Martinez, actress, former member of a California-based theater group and arts organization El Teatro Campesino, and a doctoral candidate in drama at Stanford University.
Robert A. Jones House, Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125)

3:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: "The Case of the Cafecito: A Dominican-American Hybrid Blend" with speakers who include Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, professor of gender and cultural studies at Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, Mass.
Robert A. Jones House, Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125)

4:45 p.m.
Lecture: "What does the Hispanic Demographic Hold for American Business?" by Christy Haubegger, founder of Latina magazine.
Robert A. Jones House, Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125)

8:30 p.m.
Cultural Café: "A Voyage Through Latin America" will include dancing, singing and acting performances by students; readings by Julia Alvarez, author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" and "In the Time of the Butterflies;" and a performance by the New York City-based Afro-Cuban folkloric dance troupe Los Afortunados.
McCullough Student Center, Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30)


Sunday, April 21
3 p.m.
Film "Tortilla Soup:" Director Maria Ripoll's film is an Hispanic-American ensemble feature set in Southern California about a veteran chef, played by Hector Elizondo, who is losing his sense of taste.
Dana Auditorium in the Sunderland Language Center, College Street (Route 125)

All events are free and open to the public.

For information about the symposium, contact symposium organizer Eve-Anadel Coronado at ecoronad@middlebury.edu or 802-443-6276.

 

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