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Dafne Duchesne (New York University)

"Two Contending Mothers: Discrepant Allegories in Emeric Bergeaud's Stella"
Thursday, March 2 11:30AM

Javits 103

Despite being considered the first Haitian novel, Émeric Bergeaud’s Stella (1859), has until recently been neglected or denied literary value by literary critics. Stella’s contribution to nineteenth century literature lies in the role of allegory in the novel and the absence of a national foundational myth. As a nineteenth century text, Stella raises questions of genre related to the genealogy between the creole story and the novel. As a representation of the Haitian Revolution of 1791, it portrays a conflicted approach to the legacy of the French Revolution and the Enlightenment. The articulation of the Haitian Revolution and the French is embodied in the characters of Stella, a white French lady exiled in Saint-Domingue, and Marie L’Africaine, a slave and the mother of the Haitian fictional heroes Romulus and Remus. Nevertheless, rather than becoming allegories of national cohesion, they produce a series of non-encounters that ultimately point to an emergent literary and historical sensibility that is distinctly Caribbean.

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Cafe Latino Film Series / Latin American Film Series

Urban Experiences
Feb. 7, Nueve reinas (Argentina, 2000)
March 7, Una noche (Cuba, 2012)
April 4, Juan de los muertos (Cuba, 2011)
May, 2, Whisky (Uruguay, 2005)
Every first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. At the Center for Scholarly Communications (Melville Library, second floor)
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FALL 2016


Prof. Edward Paulino (John Jay College, CUNY)
"Dividing Hispaniola: Bearing Witness to a 20th Century Border Genocide"
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Tuesday Nov 15, 2.30 to 3.50 pm
Earth and Space Sciences Room 131

The graduate students in our Department are pleased to announce the 2016 Graduate Conference: "Disputed Mediations: Interpretations, Aesthetic Value and popular culture in Latin America and Spain", which is taking place in Manhattan on November 4th (9 to 5 pm).


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Congreso Internacional

Cervantes realismo y fantasía  (IV Centenario de la muerte de Cervantes)


Stony Brook University, October 27-28, 2016

Organized by The Dept of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Stony Brook University and GRISO, Universidad de Navarra

See PROGRAM and POSTER. Free and open to the public 



Round table on the Colombian peace negotiations

Wed Sept 28th (2016) from 1.00 to 1.30. Live on Facebook.com/neesbu/
Tweet your questions in adavance to #neecolombia.
Email newsbreakenespanol@gmail.com to to be part of our studio audience!

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Award winning Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra visits our Department!




Prof. Rafael Rojas Gutiérrez (CIDE, México)
"Traduciendo la Utopía. La revolución cubana en Nueva York"
Thursday April 28, 12.00 pm. Melville Library N3060

Tertulia Literaria

Wed. April 20th, 1.00 to 2.20 pm in our Community Room (Melville Library, next to N3060)


Talk by our college Aurélie Vialette (Stony Brook, Hispanic Languages and Lilterature)

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Hispanic Languages Film Festival 2016: Under the Thumb

Free and open to the public. April 4, 5, 13 and 14 (2016) at 7 pm. Humanities 1006.

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Thursday April 14 at 7pm Argentine director Julián Troksberg will be visiting us at the Festival. Please, join us for a discussion the director!

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Talk by Prof. Gabriela Basterra (NYU): "Reason enjoined"

Tuesday, April 5, 4.30pm. Melville N3060


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Conversation with Prof. Ruben Ríos Ávila, who will be discussing three books by Puerto Rican writer Eduardo Lalo (Premio Rómulo Gallegos 2013): Los países invisibles (2008), donde (2005) El deseo del lápiz (2010)Open to the public.

Tuesday, March 29, at 2.30 pm in Melville Library N3060



Talk by Spanish writer and journalist José Manuel Fajardo

Monday March 21 at 2.30 pm in Melville Lib. N3060






Two talks by Prof. Adalberto Müller (Univ Federal Fluminense, Brazil)

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Do samba à bossa nova: um panorama
Monday, February 8, 6-7:20 PM. Melville  Library, Room N3060
This talk will be in Portuguese.
A short synthesis of Brazilian Popular music, focusing on the relation between melody and lyrics, and highlighting the connections between songs and historical transformations of the period 1930-1970. Songs by Noel Rosa, Nelson Cavaquinho, Tom Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes, João Gilberto, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tomzé e Paulinho da Viola.  
War and Representation in the Brazilian sertão: João Guimarães Rosa and Glauber Rocha
Wednesday, February 10, 3-4:30 pm. Melville Library, Room N3060.
This talk will be in English
Glauber Rocha's images of war refer at the same time to civil war in Canudos (1896-1897), especially as depicted by Euclides da Cunha in Os Sertões (1902), and to conflicts between the cangaceiros and the military from 1920 to 1937. In this talk we will discuss the essential role that João Guimarães Rosa’s novel Grande Sertão: Veredas (1956) plays in understanding Rocha's narrative aesthetics.
Adalberto Müller is Associate Professor at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói-Rio de Janeiro. He was a Visiting Scholar at Yale University in 2013 and a Visiting Professor at Université de Lyon2/France (Film Studies), and is currently a fellow researcher at CNPq and FAPERJ. Among many books, he recently published Orson Welles: banda de um homem só (Rio de Janeiro, 2015). He lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, Notre Dame University, SAIC Chicago, WWU Münster, Universität Wien, Paris III, and Universität Salzburg. In 2015 he was invited to a Colloque Cérisy-La-Salle on Francis Ponge. As filmmaker, he wrote and directed Wenceslau e a árvore do gramfone, a short film on the poetry of Manoel de Barros.   


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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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.



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Dafne Duchesne (New York University)
"Two Contending Mothers: Discrepant Allegories in Emeric Bergeaud's Stella
Thursdaay, March 2 11:30AM
Javits 103


Café Latino Film Series
"Urban Experiences·
Every first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.
Center for Scholarly Communications
(Melville Library, second floor)
Nueve reinas (Feb. 7, 2017)
See program and poster

CAFÉ LATINO spring 2017

All Wed 1 to 2 pm (starting Feb 8)
in our Department (Melville Library N3021)

Spanish Conversation and free café

Open to all students, all levels of Spanish
Se les invita un rico cafecito y a conversar sobre la vida.


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Nexahualpili, Lord of Texcoco (1472-1515)
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