Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room
148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury, VT 05753
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Open to the Public

Frederick Luis Aldama, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University, will give a talk about Latino Popular culture in the Robert A Jones room of the Rohatyn Center in October 13, 2015. Aldama will unzip his brain, offering a multimedia extravaganza of all things Latino in the 21st Century. This includes a discussion and analysis of film, television, music, animated cartoons, comic books, video games, Latina Barbie, among many others—that mark the abundant presence of Latinos in the nation. Aldama brings to light the education of the sensory and perceptual system of all denizens of the U.S. by Latinos: from the sounds of Ozomatli and Nortec to the teaching of kids their numbers, shapes, and letters in Spanish and English (Dora); from playing outer-galactic saviors of migrating alien populations (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, and Avatar) to living vicariously through urban, suburban, and rural Latino subjects (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Modern Family, and Friday Night Lights); from saving the world in comic books (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and the new Young Avengers) to sluething and shooting in the boots of playable Latino protagonists in video games (Papo y Yo and Gears of War). Aldama offers a new, vital understanding of how Latino are actively shaping—and consuming—today’s Latinofied mainstream

Sponsored by:
Portuguese; Spanish Department

Contact Organizer

Garcia, Enrique