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  Monday, December 5, 2005
LAIS Program Reception
Kline, Faculty Dining Room  7:00 pm
Come join us. Learn about the courses being taught next semester regarding Latin American and Iberian issues. Meet the professors and other students involved in the program. Listen to music. Eat a tamale.
Contact: Nicole Caso  845-758-6822 x6073 
  Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Lecture, "Narco-Crime, U.S. Immigration Policy and Rise of Gangs in Latin America in the Era of Globalized Technology"
Lecture by Ana Arana, " Narco-Crime, U.S. Immigration Policy and Rise of Gangs in Latin America in the Era of Globalized Technology"

Co-sponsored by the Political Studies Program and STS Program.

Ana Arana, B.A., San Francisco State University; M.S., Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Investigative journalist, media trainer, andconsultant. Specializes in international criminal organizations, corruption,and drug trade in Latin America; consults for the Inter-American Press Association on investigating the murder of journalists in Latin America.
Articles have appeared in Marie Claire, Foreign Affairs, Business Week, Village Voice, New York Daily News, Former foreigncorrespondent for CBS News, Miami Herald, U.S. News and World Report,Baltimore Sun, San Jose Mercury News, and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
Contact: 845-758-6822 
  Monday, October 24, 2005
Sergio Waisman Rewriting the Periphery: Argentine Literature and Borges's Theories of Translation
Olin, Room 107  4:30 pm
Translator, novelist, and scholar, Sergio Waisman has recently published Borges and Translation: The Irreverence of the Periphery with Bucknell University Press. This book studies how Borges constructs a theory of translation that plays a fundamental role in the development of Argentine literature, and which, in turn, expands the potential for writers in Latin America to create new and innovative literatures through processes of re-reading, rewriting, and mis-translation. The book analyzes Borges's texts in both an Argentine and a transnational context, thus incorporating Borges's ideas into contemporary debates about translation and its relationship to language and aesthetics, Latin American culture and identity, tradition and originality, and center-periphery dichotomies. Furthermore, a central objective of this book is to show that the study of the importance of translation in Borges and of the importance of Borges for translation studies need not be separated.

Sergio Waisman is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at The George Washington University. His own translation work comprises two books by the Argentine Ricardo Piglia: Assumed Name (Latin American Literary Review Press), and The Absent City (Duke University Press), for which he received an NEA Translation Fellowship Award in 2000. His other translations include two books for Oxford University Press' Library of Latin America series: Dreams and Realities by the Argentine Juana Manuela Gorriti, and Juan de la Rosa by the Bolivian Nataniel Aguirre. He is currently translating Los trabajadores de la muerte (Laborers of Death) by the Chilean Diamela Eltit. Waisman has also recently published his first novel, entitled Leaving (2004).

co-sponsored by LAIS program and L&L

"La traducción es un acto de resistencia periférica"
     "Translation is an act of resistance from the periphery
Contact: 845-758-6822 
  Friday, October 21, 2005 – Saturday, October 22, 2005
The Conference on Human Rights and the Humanities
Graduate Center, City University of New York  21-22 October 2005

Conference on Human Rights and the Humanities,
sponsored by the Modern Language Association of America and the
Graduate Center, City University of New York.

The following speakers are scheduled to appear:

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Omar Barghouti,
Jacqueline Bhabha, Eduardo Cadava, Pheng Cheah, Samera Esmeir,
Michael Feher, Margaret Higonnet, Thomas Keenan, David W. Kennedy,
Iain Levine, Sandy Levinson, Bruce Robbins, Kenneth Roth, Alisa Solomon,
Sidonie Smith, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Shibley Telhami, and Leti Volpp

Further information is available on the MLA Web site
Contact: 845-758-6822 
  Thursday, October 13, 2005
"Immigrant Rights."
Olin, Room 102  7:30 pm
Thursday, October 13th, 7:30 p.m., Olin 102, the Bard Migrant Labor Project presents "Immigrant Rights." The event will feature three speakers: Macrina Cardenas de Alarcon, the legislative coordinator for the Mexico Solidarity Network, Hermenegildo Vazques Ahuatzin,the cofounder of the National Assembly of Ex-Braceros (from Tlaxcala, MX), and alocal speaker on the migrant situation in New York.

Below are biographies of the two speakers arranged by the Mexico Solidarity Network.

Hermenegildo Vazques Ahuatzin. Originally from Santa Cruz, Tlaxcala, Hermenegildo is an artisan and merchant who speaks both Spanish and his indigenous language. As a young man, he had difficulty getting accepted to the Bracero guest worker program, both because of his work history as a textile weaver, and also because he had very fine hands. One of the tests was to examine at the hands to see if the applicant was accustomed to heavy labor. A founder of the National Assembly of Ex-Braceros, Hermenegildo is a highly respected member of his community.

Macrina Càrdenas de Alarcon is the Legislative Coordinator of the Mexico Solidarity Network in Washington, DC. Macrina has 30 years of political organizing experience in the US and Mexico. For the past 12 years her major focus has been immigrant rights in the United States, including 8 years with the Diocese of Rochester in New York State.
Contact: 845-758-6822