The University of Iowa

Spring 2012

"The Americas Transformed: The Legacies of the 1960s"

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre Panel Discussion, two presentations, and a Q-and-A    session included. 

With presentations by: 
- Deborah N. Cohn on “Latin America and Its Literature in the U.S. University after the Cuban Revolution”
- Sophia A. McClennen on “Neoliberalism and the New Argentine Cinema."


Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture in Latin American Studies

"Race, Gender, and Brazilian Regional Conflict: the War of São Paulo, 1932”

Presented by: Barbara Weinstein
Lecture: Thursday, April 26, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in UCC 1117
Workshop: Friday, April 27, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Phillips Hall


Fall 2012

International Conference of the American Portuguese Studies Association

The University of Iowa will host the Eighth International Conference of the American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA) on October 4-6, 2012.

The Conference:
The conference embraces a large, diversified, and interdisciplinary group of scholars of African, Brazilian, and Portuguese studies. Thus, APSA will afford students, faculty members, and heritage speakers in Iowa the opportunity to identify a niche in which they feel not only included, but also highly supported. The keynote speakers (from Brazil, Portugal, Azores, and the United States) will contribute to highlight these linguistically and culturally rich environments. These events are open to the public:

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. -- Karen Tei Yamashita
Conference Opening and Plenary Session—open to the public
Old Capitol Museum, Senate Chamber

Karen Tei Yamashita is an award-winning novelist and playwright and a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California–Santa Cruz. She is the author of five novels that connect different cultures in the United States, Brazil, and Japan: I Hotel (2010), Circle K Cycles (2001), Tropic of Orange (1997), Brazil-Maru (1992), and Through the Arc of the Rainforest (1990). Reviews in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle have considered Yamashita one of the foremost writers of her generation, praising her talent, wit, and use of humor to address controversial philosophical and social issues, especially those linked to immigration and transculturation.

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Panel of Three Writers: Ana Maria Gonçalves, Ana Luísa Amaral, and Onésimo Almeida
Second Plenary Session-- Roundtable Discussion—open to the public 
IMU – Illinois Room (348)

Ana Luisa Amaral is Portuguese poet and a professor in the Department of Anglo-American Studies at the University of Porto. Amaral's poetry has been translated into several languages and volumes of her writings have been published in France, Brazil, Italy, and Sweden. Her work has been awarded several literary prizes, including Portugal's most important prize for poetry (the "Grande Prémio" of the Portuguese Writers' Association) in 2008, for her book and the Italian Giuseppe Acerbi Prize in 2007. Amaral's writings have been adapted for theater in two plays staged by the Porto company Assédio.

The fiction writer Ana Maria Gonçalves was born in Brazil and currently lives in New Orleans. Her second novel,Um Defeito de Cor, has won international praise (it was awarded  the coveted prize Prêmio Casa de las Américas, Cuba, 2007). It tells the story of an African girl who was sent to Brazil when she was seven years old, to be a slave. Gonçalves was a writer-in-residence at Tulane University (2007), Stanford University (2008), and Middlebury College (2009)..

Onésimo T. Almeida, was born in the Azores islands, was Chair of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown where he doubles as a scholar and as an author. He writes short stories, plays, and crónicas. He is the author and editor of numerous books including Livro-me do Desassossego (2006), Onze Prosemas (2004),Sapa(teia) Americana (2002), and Viagens na Minha Era, dia-crónicas (2001). He was elected member of the Academia Internacional de Cultura Portuguesa, Lisbon.

About the organization:
Since its founding in 1996, APSA has established itself as an important presence within the community of scholars and educators in the United States. It is the only association of its kind in the United States (academic, non-profit) to open equal space for specialists whose main areas of teaching and research focus on language, linguistics, and/or literature and culture of the Brazil, Portugal, and AfricaAmong APSA’s specific goals are to promote the development of Portuguese language programs in North America and increase awareness of the Portuguese-speaking world. The prestige that APSA holds in the field of Portuguese and Brazilian studies can be evaluated by the prominent institutions of higher education that have hosted the previous conferences (Brown in 2010, Yale in 2008 and 1998, Minnesota in 2006, Maryland in 2004, Massachusetts-Amherst in 2002, and Wisconsin-Madison in 2000). APSA’s biannual international meeting and Ellipsis, the Association’s journal, serve as major catalysts for the multicultural dimensions of the Portuguese-speaking countries and their diaspora.

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