CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 5, 1999
UI hosts symposium on Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The works of Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986),
the acclaimed Argentine writer, will be celebrated at a symposium Friday and
Saturday, April 9-10, in the University of Iowa Museum of Art Lasansky Room.
On the evening of Friday, April 9, starting at 7:30 p.m.,
renowned Argentine novelists and critics Sylvia Molloy and Juan Jose Saer
will hold a bilingual reading of their recent fiction. On Saturday, April
10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven Borges scholars, including Molloy, Saer, and
Daniel Balderston, chairman of the UI department of Spanish and Portuguese,
will participate in three panel discussions about Borges and his writings.
Concurrent with the symposium Nicolas Helft from the Fundacion
San Telmo in Buenos Aires will display an exhibit of original Borges materials
in the museum's Members' Lounge.
This event is co-sponsored by the department of Spanish
and Portuguese, the Latin American Studies Program, UI International Programs,
and the Office of the Vice President for Research. For more information, call
the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 335-2244.
Following is the complete schedule:
Friday, April 9, 7:30-9:30
Bilingual reading by Argentine writers Juan Jose Saer
and Sylvia Molloy, from their recent fiction
Saturday, April 10th, 10a.m.-5p.m.
Panel I 10 a.m.-noon
by Amy Kaminsky, University of Minnesota)
Sylvia Molloy, New York University, "Unreading Borges"
Juan Jose Saer, Universite de Rennes, "Sobre 'Manuscrito
hallado en un libro de Joseph Conrad'"
Panel II 1:30-3:30 p.m.
by Magdalena Garcia Pinto, University of Missouri)
Daniel Balderston, University of Iowa, "Borges,
el joven radical"
Nicolas Helft, Fundacion San Telmo, Buenos Aires,
"Borges, Originals and Originality"
Sylvia Molloy, New York University, "Borges, viajero"
Panel III, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Balderston, Magdalena Garcia Pinto, Nicolas Helft, Amy Kaminsky, Sylvia Molloy,
Juan Jose Saer and Silvia Dapia (Purdue University)