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Latin American Studies Week at UW-Eau Claire to Offer Film, Music, Dance and Discussions

RELEASED: Sept. 28, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Author Sandra Benítez, recipient of the 2004 Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature, will be the keynote speaker for Latin American Studies Week, Oct. 3-7 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The event, hosted by the Latin American Studies program, will feature film, music, dance and discussions.

Benítez will kickoff the week with her presentation, "The Saving Grace of Stories," from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Dulany Inn in Davies Center. A reception will follow.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, events include a roundtable discussion, "Women's Rights in Latin America — Great Strides or Small Steps?" from 4-5 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. UW-Eau Claire students from Latin America will offer personal insights. Participants include junior Maria Guayasamin (Ecuador), freshman Silvia Aguirre and graduate student Adriana Martinez (Bolivia), and senior Laura Villalva and junior Daniela Alfaro-Zapien (Mexico). Professor of psychology Susan Turell is the faculty facilitator and Ashley Wong is the roundtable coordinator. Refreshments will be served.

Also on Tuesday, pianist Alejandro Cremaschi will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. Cremaschi, an assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy in the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will present a program of classical music, primarily by Argentine composers, inspired by the popular tango.

A panel discussion, "Women in Latin America," will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Davies Center. Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, professor of economics, will present "Globalization and Women in Third World: The Case of Nicaragua." Marielos Flahive-Calvo and María Hernández, directors of Costa Rica Study Abroad, will talk about issues related to education, and Raquel Reiter will speak about health issues for women in Latin America. Senior Petra Brown, Oshkosh, a UW-Eau Claire Latin American Studies student, will moderate this panel.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Hispanic members of the Eau Claire community will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Davies Center to share with the public thoughts on their countries of origin and their lives in Eau Claire.

In conjunction with Latin American Studies Week, the International Film Society will present the 2004 film "Maria Full of Grace," winner of the Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

And on Friday, Oct. 7, a dialogue on diversity, "Los cuentos de mi Abuela: The Transmission of Latino Culture through Storytelling," will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. The talk is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Also on Friday, popular music and dance from 7-11 p.m. and Salsa and Merengue lessons from Hot Feet Dance Company, beginning at 7 p.m., will be offered at Higherground.

LAS week is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Office of Multicultural Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, and Center for International Education; the UW-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and the UW-Eau Claire departments of foreign languages, English, art & design, music, economics, history, and political science.

All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Zighelboim, student services coordinator of multicultural affairs, 836-3033 or zighelsd@uwec.edu, or Dr. Analisa DeGrave, assistant professor of foreign languages, 836-4546 or degravae@uwec.edu.

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