News Release| 2011 Conference on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Cal State L.A.

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Media Advisory: May 13 & 14

A tribute to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz at CSULA

Two-day conference to discuss poetry, drama, music, religion and more

Los Angeles, CA – Featuring numerous guest speakers and panelists, Cal State L.A. presents its 2011 Conference on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Her Work, Colonial Mexico, and Spain’s Golden Age Friday and Saturday, May 13-14.

The two-day conference, which commemorates the life and work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, will take place in the Golden Eagle Ballroom on the CSULA campus.

A famed poet and playwright, a celebrated intellectual, and a colonial nun, Inés de la Cruz embodied several contradictory cultural currents in 17th-century New Spain.

The panel sessions at the Conference will cover the following topics:

  • “Tres Casos de Interrelaciones Músico-Literarias del Barroco Hispano,”
  • “Synchronous Poetics: Classical Humanism, Primero Sueño, and Modern Representations of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,”
  • “The Counter-Reformation, Colonial Drama, and the Jesuits in Baroque New Spain,”
  • “Sor Juana and Her Relations with Baroque Institutions of New Spain,”
  • “The New World Baroque: Architecture, Music, and Catholic Religious Discourse in New Spain During The Habsburg Era, 1517-1700,” and
  • “Geographic Expansion, Multi-Ethnic Populations, and Criollismo in Baroque New Spain.”

CSULA faculty members who will moderate the panels include Professors Hildebrando Villarreal, Bianca Guzmán, Atef Laouyene and Domnita Dumitrescu. CSULA’s Professors Manuel Aguilar-Moreno and Jeremy Coltman are two of the panel speakers.

Among the featured speakers at the Conference are Leslie Monsour, poet, author and translator; Emilie L. Bergmann, professor of Spanish, UC Berkeley; Louise M. Burkhart, professor of anthropology, University of Albany, State University of New York; Margaret R. Parker, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge; Sara Poot-Herrera, UC Santa Barbara; and John Pohl, history faculty, UCLA.

For more about Inés de la Cruz and the Conference, go to

The event is free to the public. It is cosponsored by the University’s Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, College of Arts and Letters, College of Natural and Social Sciences, the Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Lectures Series, and the Departments of Chicano Studies, English, Latin American Studies, and Modern Languages and Literatures at Cal State L.A.

The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available on the top level of Parking Structure C. For campus maps and directions: /univ/maps/cslamap.php

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