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Sept. 19. 2006

Scholar To Discuss Latino-Anglo Connections In Popular Television Series

A leading Latino/a Studies scholar will discuss the cultural impact of HBO's popular series "Six Feet Under" in a free, public lecture Friday, Sept. 22 at the University of Iowa. Frances A. Aparicio, professor of Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will speak on "Gendered Transculturation in 'Six Feet Under'" starting at 3 p.m. in Room 704 of the Jefferson Building.

Her presentation will focus on one early episode from "Six Feet Under" as an example of how Latinos are having an impact and transculturating U.S. Anglo culture. She will examine the role of magical realism in the series and the ways in which Latino stereotypes are reproduced and also transcended. She says the show can be a starting point to discuss the intersections between Latino Studies, American Studies, Latin American Studies and Gender Studies."

Aparicio's research focuses on U.S. Latino/a literatures and cultures, including popular music, language and cultural identity. She is the author of "Listening to Salsa: Gender, Latin Popular Music, and Puerto Rican Cultures," which was the co-winner of the 1999 MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for best book in Hispanic literature and won the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Book Award. She holds masters and doctoral degrees in Spanish from Harvard University.

Drawing on the UI's distinctive strengths in the arts, the UI Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts was established in 2006 as the first research center to focus solely on creative expression as a specific important cultural component of ethnic communities and their heritage. The center is housed in the American studies department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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 Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts in advance at 319-384-3490.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Karen Smith,