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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, women’s and feminist groups, indigenous and Black movements, green organizations, labor movements and movements of landless peasants.

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 (319) 335-2245.