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Release: April 5, 1999

UI hosts symposium on Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges April 9-10

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
(Chaired 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.
(Chaired 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.
Daniel Balderston, Magdalena Garcia Pinto, Nicolas Helft, Amy Kaminsky, Sylvia Molloy, Juan Jose Saer and Silvia Dapia (Purdue University)