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April 7, 2004

Visiting Scholar To Speak On Latin American Anthropologist Ortiz April 15

Enrico Mario Santí, a distinguished critic of Latin American poetry, will speak on "Fernando Ortiz, Vindicating the Caribbean" Thursday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 131, Schaeffer Hall. The lecture is sponsored by The University of Iowa Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program (CDA) and International Programs.

Santí will focus on the work of Fernando Ortiz (Havana, 1889-1969), Latin America's foremost 20th century anthropologist. Santí will discuss Ortiz's contributions to cultural studies, his concept of transculturation as a dialectical construct, its polemical history, its power of cultural vindication and its implications for the study of Caribbean cultures and societies.

Santí is William T. Bryan Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky and is well known for his definitive study of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, "Pablo Neruda: The Poetics of Prophecy." He is currently working on a biography of Mexican poet Octavio Paz.

A leading critic of Caribbean literature and culture, Santí's publications in this field include "Bienes del siglo," a critical anthology of Cuban literature and culture, and an edition of Fernando Ortiz's "Contrapunteo cubano del tabaco y del azúcar," a classic of Caribbean cultural studies. Next year, the Smithsonian Institution Press will publish "Fernando Ortiz: Selected Writings," a critical anthology of the famed Cuban anthropologist and cultural critic.

In addition to his public lecture, Santí will be available for an informal dialogue with interested students and faculty from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16, in Room 315, Phillips Hall. For more information, contact Adriana Méndez at 319-335-2230.

The Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program is a group of faculty and graduate students from a range of disciplines who study the Caribbean and Brazil.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact 319-335-1440.

CDA is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects, and services dedicated to promote global scholarship, research and teaching. Organized under the Associate Provost for Academic Programs and the Dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community.

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CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Michaeline Crichlow, 319-335-1305; Writer: Mansi Bhatia