Arte Público Press Brings Together International Scholars for Hispanic Literacy Heritage Conference
Revolution. Religion. Literature. Scholars from around the world bring their research and perspective of these divergent topics University of Houston Arte Público Press’ “12th Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference.”
The conference is planned for Oct. 19-20 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Houston. Focusing on “Literatures of Dissent/Cultures of Resistance” scholars will explore the history and literature of Latinos.
“These diverse participants will be engaged in researching, writing and teaching the Latino cultural history that will be in tomorrow’s textbooks, from the lower grades to graduate school,” said Nicolas Kanellos, professor and director of Arte Público Press, which houses the Recovery Project. “There is no other effort like this to do the hard work of digging into archives, rescuing perishable historical documents and making them accessible so we have a more complete understanding about how this country developed and what role Latinos played.”
More than 300 participants will participate in the more than 60 sessions. Those include “Revolution and Religion,” “Colonization and Race,” and “The American Latino Theme Study of the National Park Service: Recovering Latina/o Historical and Cultural Sites.”
Additionally, Josefina Lopez, award-winning playwright and author of “Real Women Have Curves,” is the featured speaker at a fundraising dinner for Arte Público Press at 7p.m., Friday Oct. 19.
The Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project is a comprehensive program to reconstitute the literary and historical legacy of Hispanics in the U.S. from colonial times to 1960. To date, hundreds of thousands of essays, autobiographies, historical and journalistic writings, novels, diaries and letters are being integrated into textbooks and curriculum from kindergarten to high school to college. The project is part of Arte Público Press, the nation’s largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by Hispanic authors.
WHEN: Oct. 19-20
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1700 Smith
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