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Event: Turning Tides: A Symposium on Diasporic Literatures

November 5, 2010

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turning tides image.jpgTomorrow, November 6th, Fordham University at Lincoln Center is hosting Turning Tides: A Symposium on Diasporic Literatures, in the McNally Auditorium beginning at 1 p.m. This creative and scholarly conference will highlight three different legacies of diaspora in the United States: Haiti, The Philippines and Puerto Rico. The principle aim of Turning Tides is to involve prominent artists and scholars in an exchange of ideas as a response to the growing phenomena of American diaspora and to contextualize this conversation within a critical understanding of a larger global history.

All of the panelists’ work in some way addresses the following: What do Filipino American writers take for granted, in terms of artistic freedom? In what political and aesthetic ways are Puerto Rican writers employing creative disobedience? Until January 2010, descendents of the Haitian diaspora could call Haiti their home—that geography has been rent. What kind of scattering will result? And, how will it be told by writers?

Each panel will feature a short scholarly talk, a reading by two writers, and a moderated conversation. The schedule is as follows:

1:00 – 1:15 pm **Opening Remarks: Yvette Christiansë**

1:15 – 2:15 pm **Panel on Haiti: After the Earthquake**

J. Michael Dash, Denize Lauture, Yolaine M. St. Fort (Moderated by Daniel Contreras)

2:15 – 3:15 pm **Panel on Puerto Rico: Creative Disobedience in New Nuyorican Writing**

Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, Willie Perdomo, Edwin Torres (Moderated by Li Yun Alvarado)

3:15 – 3:30 pm **Break**

3:30 – 4:30 pm **Panel on the Philippines: The Artist as Activist**

Nerissa S. Balce, Bino Realuyo, Melissa Roxas (Moderated by Luis Francia)

4:30 – 6:00 pm **Reading and Reception**

Directions to Fordham and panelist bios can be found at the Turning Tides website.

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