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GVSU hosts 11th Conference on the Americas – Nov. 4-6

October 29, 2010

The Latin American Studies Depart of Grand Valley State University is hosting its 11th Conference on the Americas next week at the downtown campus in Grand Rapids.

The theme for this year’s conference is Creative Agents of Change: Facing Challenges in our Communities. The conference features a wide variety of presenters, film, music, art and panel discussions that deal with ways in which people creatively act and organize for change.

On Thursday, November 4 Harvard University Professor Doris Sommer with give the keynote lecture entitled, “What is Literature Good For?” Sommer is the author of numerous books, most notably Bilingual Games: Some Literary Investigations.

On Friday, the conference continues with a series of panels and presentations, but will conclude with a screening of the documentary Cartoneros. Cartoneros is about people who recycle cardboard in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a means of survival.

On Saturday, more panels and presentations are scheduled, with a second keynote lecture to be given by Argentine Professor Graciela de Marco. The title of her talk isWomen’s Movements and Democratization

GVSU has a complete listing of the conference program online.



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