Treinta y tres conference promotes Latinx research and scholarship

Register now for the second annual “Treinta y tres,” an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, Nov. 15, that will feature the research of three NIU faculty members.

According to Christina Abreu, director of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, the conference name – Treinta y tres – calls attention to the diversity of experiences and voices emerging from the thirty-three countries that comprise Latin America.  

The goal of the conference is to preserve and promote Latin American and Latinx scholarship by highlighting the research of faculty associates and graduate students.  

This year’s conference is centered on the theme of languages, literature and literacy. The program features the original research of James Cohen, College of Education; Mandy Faretta-Stutenberg and Francisco Solares-Larrave, World Languages and Cultures. 

Cohen’s presentation chronicles his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar studying English education in Uruguay. An avid traveler who has explored nearly 40 countries, he incorporates the knowledge he gains abroad into his bilingual and English as a second language education classes.

The linguistic development of acquiring a second language during a study abroad experience is the topic of Faretta-Stutenberg’s research. Drawing from the fields of linguistics and cognitive psychology, her research impacts models of language and learning as well as the development of language curriculum.

Solares-Larrave’s presentation will concentrate on the late 19th- and early 20th-century Spanish-language literary movement, focusing on the travel writings of José Martí. He will discuss his work with a recent National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute centered on Martí and his work with Cuban immigrants in Tampa.

An afternoon session will showcase the research of two master’s students. Alexander Lundberg, a former high school teacher earning his M.A. degree in Latin American history, will discuss how race and power influenced Cuban and Nicaraguan literacy campaigns. Lia Sanchez, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish business and translation and is pursuing a master’s degree in Hispanic studies, will focus on the dialectology of two speakers from Mexico City.

Closing out the program will be a performance by Mexican jazz pianist and writer Alex Mercado in the School of Music Recital Hall at 3 p.m.

The conference, hosted by the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Latino Center, 515 Garden Road. The event is free and open to NIU students, faculty and staff. Advanced registration for the conference is encouraged.

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the home for the interdisciplinary study of the Latino experience in the United States as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. The Center’s curricular offerings in the humanities, arts and social sciences are enhanced by our academic and cultural programming and community outreach activities.

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