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North Central Council of Latin Americanists
to Hold Conference at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 12-13

RELEASED: Sept. 26, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Latin American studies program has been chosen to host the 2007 North Central Council of Latin Americanists Conference. The conference will be held in Davies Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Ho-Chunk, Oneida and Menominee Rooms, and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Alumni and Arrowhead Rooms.

The NCCLA is an annual conference held at a different campus each year. Presenters from various disciplines come from all over the Midwest to present topics related to the study of Latin America and the Latino/Hispanic communities in the United States.

The keynote address, "Bitter Daiquiris: Cuban Cocktails," will be delivered by professor José Quiroga of Emory University at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Dulany Inn of Davies Center. Quiroga is widely published in Latin American literature, Latino literature and queer studies. In his recently published book, "Cuban Palimpsests," Quiroga discusses many issues relating to Cuba by analyzing various historical events, film, images, the media and pop culture.

Prior to the conference, Quiroga also will present at a forum on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Alumni Room of Davies Center.

Admission is free to students. Admission is also free for faculty and staff, but they are asked to preregister for the conference by completing the form online and sending it via inter-office mail to Manuel Fernndez, assistant professor of foreign languages, Hibbard Hall 373.

Community members may attend Friday's keynote address and Thursday's forum at 7 p.m. free of charge.

The conference and Quiroga's visit are sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Latin American studies program, the Office of the Provost, the visiting minority scholars and artists program, the College of Arts and Sciences, the women's studies program, and the departments of foreign languages, economics, English, history, sociology and political science.

Fernndez also recognized the Affirmative Action Office for their help in coordinating this event.

For more information about the NCCLA conference or Quiroga's forum, email Fernndez at fernanm@uwec.edu.

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