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FALL 2015

Prof. Ada Ferrer (NYU): "Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution"

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Monday Nov. 30th, 2015, at 2.30 pm in Javitts Center 109

Talk by Prof. Peter Hulme (Univ Essex)

Poetas en Nueva York: The Hispanic Literary Presence, 1915-1921. 

Dec 2, 1 to 2 pm. Melville Library N3060 (Hispanic Lang and Lit seminar room)


Prof. Peter Hulme, Professor in Literature at the University of Essex, is Visiting Scholar this semester in our Department at Stony Brook. He will be giving a talk in our Department and doing research in Melville library and the New York area.

Prof. Hulme has recently completed a critical edition of the previously unpublished autobiography of the Jamaican writer, W. Adolphe Roberts (1884-1962), published by the University of the West Indies Press (2015). He is currently working on a book provisionally titled The Dinner at Gonfarone's: Pan-American Writing in New York in 1919, which looks at the relationships between Hispanic and Anglo writers in New York in the early twentieth century.

He is author of very influential books in colonial and Caribbean studies, such as Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean (1986) (available in PDF). Click here for a comprehensive list of his publications with links to free PDFs

A conversation with Chilean writer Lina Meruane

Lina Meruane (PhD NYU) is a Chilean writer and scholar established in New York.  She was awarded the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize in 2012 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2004, among other distinctions. Meruane has published more than ten books in fiction and criticism. She is currently a Master Teacher of Liberal Studies at New York University. Her most recent novel is titled Sangre en el ojo (2012).

Nov 12, from 5,30 to 6,50 in Melville Library N3063. In Spanish.


Graduate Student Conference. Narrative and Violence. Stony Brook Manhattan. Saturday Nov 14, 2015.

Keynote speaker: Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba (UT Austin).

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Award winning novelist and literary critic Claudia Salazar Jiménez will be visiting our department!

Wednesday, Oct 28 at 2:30PM in Melville Library W4530.  Join us for a reading and chat with the author!


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Talk by

Kirsty Hooper (University of Warwick)

“Genealogy, Mobility, and Family History in the Anglo-Hispanic Atlantic”

Wed Sept 23 (NEW DATE) @ 1pm in Melville Library N3060

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Three lives intersected by the Atlantic and by the shifting relations between the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Anglophone and Hispanophone worlds: Antonio Agacio, Jesusa Alfau de Solalinde and James Hooper. Three lives with varying visibility in the official records that capture their journeys across national, imperial and linguistic borders. Three lives whose resonances are not to be found in the published works of scholars, but in the ephemeral, digital world of newspaper archives, randomly digitized manuscripts and family historians. Locating its inquiry in the specific routes and encounters of the Anglo-Hispanic Atlantic, this paper asks to what extent the booming, largely digital world of family history can model new modes of inquiry for cultural scholars seeking to understand the lives and works of those whose place in the canon or the archive is fragile, contested, or even non-existent.




One of our advanced graduate students in our Department will present his dissertation research in the prestigious Provost's Graduate Student Lecture Series. Congratulations, Christian! 

Christian Formoso (Hispanic Lang and Lit)
Heterotopias in the Magellan space: From Armas to the Utopia of the Antarctic

Humanities room 1008, May 7, 3 to 4 pm, 2015


Selknam Indians in Dawson Island (1896) (Strait of Magellan)

Julian of Toledo and his Story of Wamba
Prof. Joaquín Martínez-Pizarro (English, Stony Brook Univ)
Wed. May 6, 2015, from 1.00 pm to 2:15 pm, Hispanic Lang & Lit seminar room, Meville Library N3060


Joaquín Martínez Pizarro is Professor of English at Stony Brook University.  He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 1976.  He was assistant professor at Oberlin College from 1978 to 1985 and joined the English Department at Stony Brook in 1987.  He has published A Rhetoric of the Scene: Dramatic Narrative in the Early Middle Ages (Toronto Univ Press, 1989); Writing Ravenna: the Liber pontificalis of Andreas Agnellus (Univ Michigan Press, 1995); and The Story of Wamba: Julian of Toledo’s Historia Wambae regis, translated with an introduction and notes (Catholic Univ of America, 2005).

Talks, screennigs and conversation with Uruguayan filmmaker Aldo Garay

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Gender and the Contemporary Latin American Documentary. A Conversation with Uruguayan Director Aldo Garay.
Friday April 17, 3pm-5pm: SB Manhattan, Room 321B, Screening of clips of El hombre nuevo, winner of the Teddy Award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Roundtable with Aldo Garay, Adrián Pérez-Melgosa (SBU), and Carl Fischer (Fordham) (in Spanish). Reception to follow. 
Screening of El casamiento / The Marriage (Aldo Garay 2011)
Tuesday April 21, 7pm-9pm: Humanities 1006, Part of the Hispanic Film Festival, Followed by Q&A with the director (in English and Spanish)
Uruguayan Transgender Shorts
Wednesday April 22, 5:30pm-7:00pm. Melville N3060, Screening of three short documentaries (La Gloria de HérculesSeñorita candidata and Un encuentro con Bety Faría) followed by a discussion with the director (in Spanish)
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FILMFESTIVAL 2015. See program here.

Talk in Spanish by Hugo Achugar:"Teorías y políticas culturales en el Uruguay del Siglo XXI". Wed April 14, 2015, 2.30 to 3.50 pm in Melville Lib W4530.

Tertulia Literaria: Spring Poetry Reading 2015. 

Miércoles 22 de abril, 1:00pm- 2:20pm (Department Community Room)


Thursday, February 26th, 2015. Humanities Building 1008

10:30-11 Welcome

11-12:30 Session 1: Margarita Espada & Phillip Baldwin. Transatlantic Communities and Creative Technology Outreach

Margarita Espada and Phillip Baldwin will demonstrate their research and practical ways of using technology and body to create a transatlantic performance for an online community. The workshop will explore the use of neurosensor on the performer in the field of the IR (kinect) camera counterpointing the mind/body discourse and how they find through a floating city and instagram hashtags. The workshop will introduce participants in curricular to startup interactive media, telematics, coding ,transmedia forms, and creative technology outreach.

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Session 2: La Poderosa Media Project (Joseph M. Pierce, Alejandra Zambrano, Jorge García, and Gabriela Espinosa)

The team will lead an intensive workshop demonstrating the theory and practice of community-based arts education as developed by La Poderosa Media Project. The workshop will focus on methods of artistic collaboration that facilitate community development, empathy, and empowerment. Students, faculty, and staff interested in visual and performing arts, international exchange, Latin American studies, community outreach, and youth cultures are encouraged to participate.

3:00-3:30 Closing Roundtable Discussion

Sponsored by the Humanities Institutte of Stony Brook University. See poster here




FEBRUARY 20 1:30 – 5:00PM -- Stony Brook Manhattan

Presented by Javier Uriarte (SBU) and Paul Firbas (SBU)

Pedro Meira Monteiro (Princeton Univ)
Paulo Moreira (Yale Univ)
Robert Newcomb (UC Davis)
Thiago Nicodemo (UERJ, Brazil)
Lilia Schwarcz (USP, Brazil)
Álvaro Fernández Bravo (CONICET)

Co-organized by Paul Firbas, Javier Uriarte and Pedro Meira Monteiro. Click here to see the full program.

Sponsored by Stony Brook University: Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), Department of History, Humanities Institute; and Princeton University: The Race and Citizenship in the Americas Network

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From left to right: Thiago Nicodemo, Serge Gruzinsky, Aurelie Vialette, Paulo Moreira, Robert Newcomb, Álvaro Fernández Bravo, Pedro Meira Monteiro and Lilia Schwarcz



Prof. Thiago Nicodemo (UERJ, Brazil)

Feb 10th:         on Sérgio Buarque e Holanda’s Raízes do Brasil 
Feb 17th:         on Gilberto Freyre's Casa Grande e Senzala 
Feb 24th:         on Chico Buarque’ novel Leite derramado (to be confirmed)
Tuesdays from 1.00 to 2:30 pm in the Dept seminar room (Meville Library N3060)

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The course will be in Portuguese but the discussion will be in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
For any questions, please contact Prof. Javier Uriate (javier.uriarte@stonybrook.edu)
Dr. Thiago Nicodemo is Professor of Brazilian History at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and Visiting Scholar at Stony Brook this spring 2015. He is a specialist in the work of Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, one of Latin America’s finest essayist and intellectuals, who came to Stony Brook as visiting professor in 1966 (Sergio Buarque is also father of the very famous musician Chico Buarque). Prof. Nicodemo is author of two books: 
Urdidura do Vivido. Visão do Paraíso e a Obra de Sérgio Buarque de Holanda nos Anos 1950 (2008) and Alegoria Moderna. Crítica literária e história da literatura na obra de Sérgio Buarque de Holanda (2014). 

Pedro M. Cátedra (Professor Universidad de Salamanca, Spain)

“La autoridad de las letras en los siglos XVI y XVII

Monday, February 9, 2015 • 4:00 PM. Room N-3060 – Melville Library



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Fall 2015


Prof. Peter Hulme (Univ Essex)
Poetas en Nueva York: 
The Hispanic Literary Presence, 1915-1921
Dec 2, 1 to 2 pm. Melville N3060



Prof. Ada Ferrer (NYU)
Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution
Monday Nov. 30, 2.30 pm
Javitts Center 109



Spanish Conversation Group
Practice your Spanish with free freshly brewed coffee!


Wed 1 to 2 pm in the Dept Lounge
Stay a few minutes or the whole hour!



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