Sociolinguistics talk at GMU

Dr. Virginia Zavala, Associate Professor of the Linguistics Program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, will present the talk “Racialization of the bilingual student in higher education: A case from the Peruvian Andes”. The event is going to take place on Monday, October 18, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. in SUB II, Room 5, at George Mason University (GMU). The activity, sponsored by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages and the Latin American Studies Program of GMU, is open to the public.
This talk analyzes how a specific type of pronunciation in the Peruvian Quechua-speaking context has been racialized and serves to legitimize discrimination toward students from rural areas. In turn, this discrimination leads to low academic performance and a university experience that is often traumatic. For more details about this talk, you can write to the following email: jleeman@gmu.edu.

Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel Prize

Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa/ Photo: dadevoti

According to the official web site of the Nobel Prize, the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat”.

Women/Power Film Series

The movie Tear This Heart Out, based on the novel “Arráncame la vida”, will be screened on the Women/Power Series event in Washington, D.C.

The Women /Power Film Series launches on October 5, 2010 with a special presentation by the Mexican author Ángeles Mastretta and the screening of the movie based on her novel “Arráncame la Vida”. The public can enjoy other films, mostly from Hispanic America, until October 15. Among these are: The Headless Woman (Argentina), The Maid (Chile), and María Cano (Colombia).  Each movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Art Museum of the Americas or other buildings of the Organization of American States. For more information about this event and others organized by the Art Museum of the Americas, visit their web site.