News & Highlights
On Oct 29, 2016, six graduate students of Spanish presented academic papers at the Second Humanities Conference held at CSU Sacramento. These were Maria Marquez, Rosalia Castro, Melody Villagomez, Heriberto Jauregui, Pedro Lopez, and Ruben Espinoza. They were accompanied by Professors Gaston Alzate and Paola Marin. Throughout the academic year 2015-2016 Professor Alzate mentored them to develop research papers on Spanish American literature.
Professor Pablo Baler published a book entitled “Latin American Neo-Baroque: Senses of Distortion” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). This is an English translation of his book in Spanish, “Sentidos de la distorsión: fantasías epistemológicas del neobarroco latinoamericano” (published in 2009 by Ed. Corregidor), which provides a new perspective on the impact of the Baroque in Latin American culture by putting baroque literature in conversation with other kinds of art, especially painting; sheds new light on the genealogy of the Baroque by drawing connections between the baroque aesthetic of torsion in the Golden Age and the aesthetics of instability in twentieth-century works; and offers a useful guide to late twentieth-century Latin American literature and the development of art in Latin American literature through its explorations of the Baroque.
Professor Namhee Lee received a $20,000 grant from Ken Property Investment Group to conduct a project (Summer 2016-Spring 2017) that investigates some issues and difficulties incurred from different business practices between the USA and Korea. His previous grant ($769,710) from Korean Education Center in L.A. also continues to support three Korean courses every semester at Cal State LA.