Past Events

FALL 2007

La Revista Oral de FAU Presents: Invoking Spirits in Boca
A tour through the haunted house of Isabel Allende

Performed by FAU’s new "Oral Magazine"

A happening that mixes Pablo Neruda’s poems, Victor Jara’s and Los Parra’ songs, theatre, painting, cinema, and more!!

A spectacle that you have never seen before!

Thursday, October 11th  7:30 p.m.
Location: Coyote Jack’s Restaurant, FAU, Boca Raton
Free Admission

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program, the Spanish Program at Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, the Dorothy f. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University
More information @ 561- 297-3860 and/or

The show will be performed in English and Spanish

Lecture: "New Developments in South American Integration: Problems, Prospects... and Perceptions about the United States", by Dr. Rita Giacalone

Tuesday, October 02, 3:30-4:30

Dr. Rita Giacalone holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University. Profesora titular de Historia Económica en la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales de la Universidad de Los Andes (Mérida, Venezuela) y coordinadora del Grupo de Integración Regional (GRUDIR) y de la Red deInvestigación y Formación en Integración Regional (REDINRE) del Programa ALFA de la Unión Europea.

Presented by Dr. Aimee Kanner, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University

Viva Mexico, A Retrospective of Mexican Cinema April 5 - May 5, 2007

Un homenaje a la vida y obra del premio Nóbel Gabriel García Márquez conducido por la Revista literaria "De Boca en Boca" Sábado, Marzo 24 5:00 p.m. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Ratón Salón: Live Oak Pavillion Info 786-299-2004.

Macondo en Boca

The FAU Chamber Singers presents "¡Viva el Canto!"

April 14, 5:30 P.M. There will be a President’s Reception to celebrate the seventh annual music festival. Sponsored by FAU’s University Club. Held on the Visual Arts Patio on the lake and will feature the flavors of South America. Concert in the University Theatre. Patricia P. Fleitas will conduct the ensemble in Latin American/Iberian music. For tickets to the concerts or reception, call 1-800-564-9539 or visit

SUBALTERNITY and the State Lecture, Dr. John Beverly, University of Pittsburgh, PA

SUBALTERNITY and the State Lecture, Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 5:30 PM Senate Chambers,University Center, Boca Raton Campus

FALL 2006

"Footprints in the Forest: Human Influences on Tropical Forests of Lowland Ecuador", Dr. Bradley Bennett
Dept. of Environmental Studies and Dept. of Biology, Director of the Center for Ethno biology and Natural Products, Florida International University
Friday, September 8th. Organized by the Department of Geosciences.

6th Annual Maya Hieroglyphics Workshop and Lecture Series. October 20-21, 2006. "Sacred Text and Painter Books", Lecture by Gabrielle Vail, Mayan Researcher. Organized by the Department of Anthropology.

"Karmma", film screening and conversation with Director Orlando Pardo. October 27, 2006.

2nd Caribbean and Latin American Music Festival: "Cuarteto Latinoamericano with pianist Heather Coltman" (special guests F. Coltman, piano and Margaret Coltman, cello). December 16th. Organized by the Music Department.


Mayan Studies Workshops

Fiesta Maya. A full day of activities in Abacoa related to the Maya culture and the Maya Diaspora in South Florida. Soccer matches, dances, costume processions, and music.

Presentación by Luis Ospina, Colombian Film Director, and Screening of "La Desazón Suprema. Retrato Insensate de Fernando Vallejo". With English subtitles, this documentary features one of the most controversial Writers of Latin America, dealing with issues of sexuality, violence, and literature.

Symposium: "Media, Mediation, and Politics in Venezuela" January 18, 2006: Oswaldo Muñoz, Director and Editor, El Venezolano Newspaper, Pablo Alfonso, Journalist, El Nuevo Herald. José Hernández, Managing Editor, El Venezolano Newspaper. Location: FAU, Boca Raton, Room ED119. Time: 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. January 19, 2006: Antonio J. Hernández Borgo, Honorable Cónsul of Venezuela in Miami; Aram Arahonian, Director of Telesur; Francisco Aruca, Journalist, Radio Progreso Alternativa. Location: FAU, Boca Raton, Room PA101. Time: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Workshop: "Latinos in Florida: Immigration Issues". FAU – Abacoa, Jupiter, AD Auditorium. Information and Registration

Pantalla de Plata. Retrospective of Argentinean Cinema, April 7-24, 2006.

Argentinean Master, Pérez Celis, presents his work at FAU.
Perez Celis

FALL 2005

Performances and lectures: "The Latin American Guitar: Master Performances from Venezuela and Cuba", December 2-4, 2005. With Maestros Ricardo Iznaola, Eduardo Lozano and Carlos Molina.

Caribbean Thought Series, Dr. Enrico Santi, "Ciphers of History: Latin American Readings for a 'Cultural' Age", October 28.


Fiesta Maya: A full day of activities in Abacoa related to the Maya culture and the Maya Diaspora in South Florida. Soccer matches, dances, costume processions, and music.

"The Haitian Revolution: Myth, History and Promise", February 12. With Sibylle M. Fischer, New York University; Barrymore Anthony Bogues, Brown University; and Laurent Dubois, University of Michigan.

"Puro Colombia: A Retrospective of Colombian Cinema". March 17 -27, 2005.

Lecture: "From the Barricades: Colombian Cinema and the Discourse of Violence". Lecture by Dr. Juana Suárez, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Lecture: "From Script Girls to Filmmakers: Women in Colombian Cinema." Lecture by Dr. Juana Suárez, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

NATIONAL PREMIERE of "Sumas y Restas" (2004), followed by a discussion with renowned director Víctor Gaviria.
Colombian Cinema


Art Exhibition: "On the Path of the School of the South: Daniel Batalla and Gustavo Serra". The Ritter Gallery presents over thirty paintings by these two mid career artists who are both associated with El Taller Torres-García (the Torres-García Workshop) and the related School of the South.

Bilingual Poetry Reading: "Words from the South"
Students and Faculty from the Caribbean and Latin American Studies program and the Languages and Linguistics department will present a bilingual reading of poetry from well-known masters as well as new voices from Latin America.

Venezuela on Film: A Retrospective January 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and February 1.
This mini-film festival will present 12 films representing a retrospective of Venezuelan film history, from the silent period to the present. The president of Venezuela’s national film institute will present an inaugural lecture on the history of the films to be viewed. All films are subtitled in English and will be screened at the Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale.
Friday, January 23
Public lecture: Javier Guerrero, "Venezuela Film in Historical Perspective"
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton campus, PA 101, 6:30 PM
Film Screenings:
Saturday January 24
7:00 PM, "Don Leandro el Inefable" (1919), followed by "La balandra Isabel llegó esta tarde" (1949)
9:00 PM, "Juan Topocho" (1979)
Sunday January 25
5:00 PM, "La escalinata" (1950), followed by "La Venus de nácar" (1932)
7:00 PM, "La boda" (1982)
Friday January 30
7:00 PM, "Caín adolescente" (1957-59)
9:00 PM, "Jericó" (1990)
Saturday January 31
7:00 PM, "Soy un delincuente" (1976)
9:00 PM, "Orinoko, nuevo mundo" (1984)
Sunday February 1
5:00 PM, "El pez que fuma" (1977)
7:00 PM, "Manuela Sáenz, la libertadora del Libertador" (2000)
Venezuela on Film

Special Documentary Screening: "La Revolución no será transmitida;"  Documentary on the media´s representation of the attempted coup de´ etat that occurred in Venezuela on April 11, 2002, against President Hugo Chávez. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Participants include Dr. Luis Duno-Gottberg (FAU) and Dr. Juan Antonio Hernández (U of Kentucky).

Maya Festival
A full day of activities in Abacoa and the Honors College related to the Maya culture and the Maya Diaspora in South Florida. Soccer matches, dances, costume processions, and music.

Public Lectures: Max Castro on U.S. Latino Identity
Miami sociologist and essayist, Max Castro, will present two public lectures related to his graduate seminar, "Constructing Latino Identity," that he is teaching in the Comparative Studies Ph.D. program.

Public Lecture: Julio Cesar de Tavares
Visiting Brazilian scholar, Julio Cesar de Tavares: "The Political Appropriation of Music in the African Diaspora: The Case of ‘Hip-hop’ Culture in Brazil"

FAU 2004 Music Festival: "Celebrando la Música"
Latin Jazz with FAU Student Ensembles
February 28 2:00 p.m.   Liberal Arts Auditorium-FAU Davie
Piano Gala with Vocal Selections from Spanish Opera
February 28 7:30 p.m.   University Theater-FAU Boca Raton
FAU Symphony Orchestra and FAU Wind Ensemble
February 29 3:00 p.m.   University Theater-FAU Boca Raton
Latin Jazz with FAU Student Ensembles
February 29 3:00 p.m.   MacArthur Auditorium-FAU Jupiter
All concerts will be preceded by a  "Conversation with the Artists" one half hour prior to the event.
Concert tickets: $12 or $15

Public Lectures: Andean Gender and Sexuality. Dr. Freya Schiwy (University of Connecticut): "Decolonizing the Frame in Quechua and Aymara Films"

Dr. Mary Weismantel (Northwestern University), "The White Sex: Race and Masculinity in Andean Horror Stories." Dr. Weismantel will give a similar talk at the Honors College in the evening (place and time, TBA).


Fortress of the Plumed Serpent: Recent Research at Mayapán. Dr. Clifford T. Brown, FAU Dept. of Anthropology.

The Usumacinta River and its Great Maya Cities. Drs. Nick Hopkins and Kathyrn Josserand, Florida State University.

Hieroglyphic Workshop: The Inscriptions of Piedras Negras. Drs. Nick Hopkins and Kathyrn Josserand.

Latin American Women in the Arts:  Artists, Images, and Icons.

Public Lecture by Elena Poniatowska
Internationally recognized Mexican writer and award-winning journalist will speak on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, "Corporal: Contemporary Women Artists from Latin American." Her talk, "The Literature that Springs from the Streets," reflects her life-long commitment to giving voice to the Mexican people through innovative writing and social activism.

"Corporal: Contemporary Women Artists from Latin American"
"Corporal" contains over 30 pieces by 15 artists from Latin America and the United States. 

Public Lecture by Carol Damian. Art historian Carol Damian will give a lecture titled, "The Andean Goddess: Yesterday and Today, " which draws from her book on the Cuzco, Peru school of painting and her extensive knowledge of contemporary Latin American women’s art.

Public Lecture by Eugenia Vargas. Chilean artist and Miami resident will give an "artist’s lecture" on her own work, some of which is exhibited in the "Corporal" exhibition. Vargas represented her country in the Venice Biennale, 2003.

Latin American Music Festival. As a prelude to the annual Spring Music Festival, FAU’s Trio Amadé will present "Obsesión," a performance including selections from Astor Piazzolla’s "Four Seasons," Emilio Colón’s "Tango," and Piano Trio in C minor by Mendelssohn.