Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LART and CWE present 6th International Colloquium in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

The Latino Artists Round Table (LART) and The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) present the Sixth International Colloquium on Hispanic Literature entitled "Las circunstancias de la creación artística (The Circumstances of the Artistic Creation)" on October 24 and 25 at CWE, 25 Broadway, 7th fl.

Over the course of two days, the Colloquium will explore the creative process in the arts (literature, theater, performance, film, video and visual arts) through panels, roundtables and video screenings. "This year, the Conference will explore the task of writing as it relates to the objective and subjective elements that are part of the overall creation process," said CWE Dean Juan Carlos Mercado. "Elements that influence the writer and his/her work will also be explored. Presentations will cover myriad aspects of the world of the arts. This is very much in line with the mission of the Division as well as the College.What a terrific way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting such an important group of artists."

The Colloquium will also host a book fair by publishing house Editorial Campana and Campanita Books in addition to two photographic exhibitions— "Retratos: El Carnaval Caribeño en la fotografía de Mario Picayo y Mariano Hernández (Photos: Caribbean Carnival in photography by Mario Picayo and Mariano Hernandez)" as well as "Maldita Pared: Fotos de la Habana y Nueva York, de Jacqueline Herranz Brooks. (Damn Wall: Photos of Havana and New York by Jacqueline Herranz Brooks)"

"The conference provides participants a forum to discuss and reflect on a variety of topics related to the creative process, the usefulness of the arts, auto-fiction, and other personal narrations such as documentaries, memoirs or testimonies." said Sonia Rivera-Valdés, co-founder and President of LART, who anticipates 250 attendees comprised of students, writers, and academics. Susana Haug Morales, a Cuban award-winning fiction writer, poet and scholar, will be the colloquium's keynote speaker. A frequent contributor to Cuban and foreign magazines, Haug Morales is a Professor at the University of Havana. She has received major literary prizes including the Farraluque 2000 award for erotic literature and the Ismaelillo 2000 award for children's literature. Haug Morales' writings have been included in several anthologies of contemporary Cuban short stories in Cuba, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico. Her work has been translated into Italian, French and Portuguese.

The colloquium runs 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 24, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 25. The two-day event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Elena Romero, communications coordinator, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, + (212) 925 - 6625, ext. 258, or email coloquiohispanolart@gmail.com.

About the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education
The Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) in Lower Manhattan, is a division of The City College of New York's (CCNY) College of
Liberal Arts & Science. It offers an excellent interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Liberal Arts with a number of special concentrations. The Center for Worker Education also hosts the CCNY School of Education's B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Founded in 1981, the Division has become one of the leading educational institutions for working adults in New York City. It attracts over 750 working professionals per semester and reflects the multiethnic composition of New York City. For addition information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu/cwe.

About LART
Latino Artists Round Table (LART) is a nonprofit cultural organization based in New York City founded by Sonia Rivera-Valdés, Paquita Suárez-Coalla, Mario Picayo and Esteban Bujanda founded in 1999. Subsequently, other members were added such as Margarita Drago and Ángel Lozada. Currently, the organization is headed by Ms. Rivera-Valdés (President), Ms. Suárez-Coalla (Vice President), Mr. Picayo (Executive Director) and Jacqueline Herranz (Treasurer). LART's principal purpose is to promote Latina/o culture in the United States and facilitate interaction among artists and writers living in the United States, Latin America (including the Caribbean) and Spain. LART promotes the work of writers and artists independent of their origin, gender, social class, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Members share similar experiences and worldviews. In addition to conferences, LART hosts numerous lectures and book presentations. Past events have included the Havana Film Festival, Wilmer Jennings Gallery exhibits (Lower East Side), Calíope Bookstore readings (Washington Heights), Barnes and Noble book presentations (Lincoln Center), and various book fairs throughout Queens and Washington Heights.

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