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Annual Latino Symposium Explores Cultural Identity And Technology

Published on March 20, 2014

“Constructing Identities Through Technology” is the theme of Susquehanna University’s 19th Annual Latino Symposium, scheduled for March 31–April 4. The symposium will explore the role technology has played in Latino communities through the ages.Latino Symposium Attendees can explore Latino culture through exhibits, panel discussions, concerts and workshops. Professor of Spanish Leona Martin, who will retire from the university at the end of the academic year, has directed the symposium for many years.

Events that are free and open to the public include:

• An exhibit called “‘Text Speak’ Throughout the World” on display March 31– April 4 in Mellon Lounge of the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

• The presentation “Music and Performing Identity” by Colombian musicians Francy Acosta and José Luis Posada on April 3. The duo will discuss the identities that they have assumed as Latino musicians and academics in the United States. The panel begins at 10 a.m. in Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 3–5 of the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

• A panel discussion by Acosta and Posada titled “Music, Technology and Authenticity,” beginning at 1 p.m. April 3 in the Apple Meeting Rooms. In this panel, the duo will discuss how musicians can utilize technology to reach a wider audience, and how much reproduction affects the authenticity of a piece of music.

• The roundtable discussion “Medieval Technologies—Religion, Piracy and Social Networks,” beginning at 4:30 p.m. April 3 in the meeting rooms. Susquehanna faculty and guest speakers will discuss various topics, including the technological exchange between Muslims, Christians and Jews in Medieval Spain, and the Mediterranean and pirate activity as an early form of a modern social network.

• Acosta and Posada’s “Sounds of Latin America” concert at 7 p.m. April 3 in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The musicians will perform songs from throughout Latin America interspersed with short explanations and descriptions of the various cultural and musical differences between regions.

• A workshop on cartonera publishing presented by Djurdja Trajkovic, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, at 10 a.m. April 4 in Apple Meeting Rooms. Cartonera publishing refers to the network of small publishers in Latin America who publish using recycled cardboard. These books are then made available to people at prices lower than that of large publishing houses, broadening readers’ access to literature.

Additionally, there will be a luncheon honoring Latino high school students, and a dance workshop featuring traditional Latin American dances. For more information, please see the symposium’s complete list of events online.

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