CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 27, 2002
UI libraries opens Latin America exhibit
University of Iowa Libraries has opened "New Social Movements in Latin
America," a new exhibition on view now through October 2002 in the North
Exhibition Hall of the Main Library.
The Libraries exhibit features materials drawn from its collections
and from the personal collections of several Latin American Studies faculty
and students, including books, photographs, posters, CDs and vinyl records.
Among the highlights are several examples of handmade books from the "Ediciones
Vigía," a collective of book artists, poets and writers working
in Cuba, and examples of the ephemera -- posters, pamphlets, postcards and
bulletins used by various movements to promote their activities.
The exhibition will coincide with the 34th International Conference of Latin
American Literature scheduled for July 2-6 at the University of Iowa and sponsored
by the department of Spanish and Portuguese. The event features prestigious
scholars from some 25 countries around the globe presenting in Spanish or
Portuguese, with a free, 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 public opening session in
Philips Auditorium. Other activities for the event, titled "Literature
and Other Arts in Latin America," require registration through the UI
Center for Conferences and Institutes at (319) 335-4159.
According to the exhibit brochure, written by UI professor Dan Balderston,
during the 1960s the Cuban Revolution and the many rural and urban guerrilla
movements in the region influenced the Latin American political climate. In
turn, Cultural movements, most notably the New Latin American Cinema and the
new song movement, used their media to call for social and political change.
Since the 1960s, "new social movements" have arisen, including gay
and lesbian organizations, womens and feminist groups, indigenous and
Black movements, green organizations, labor movements and movements of landless
The exhibition was prepared by Jim Julich, UI Libraries Latin American Studies
bibliographer; Selina Lin and Stephen Dew, members of the UI Libraries Exhibitions
Committee; Kristin Baum and Julie Cobb Smith, UI Libraries Conservation Department;
Alfredo Alonso, a graduate student in the department of Spanish and Portuguese;
and Dan Balderston and Mercedes Nino-Murcia, professors in the department
of Spanish and Portuguese. Kelly C. McLaughlin of the UI Libraries Information
Arcade designed the exhibit program brochure and poster. For further information
call the University of Iowa Libraries at (319) 335-5867. For more information
about the conference, contact the department of Spanish and Portuguese at