ICS Lecture: Anansi the Magical Spider in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Peru

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 7 lecture series for the 2010-2011 academic year, the Institute of Caribbean Studies, of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Costa Rica y Perú: La araña mágica Anancy” [Costa Rica and Peru: The Magical Spider Anancy] by Dr. Dolores Aponte Ramos (Spanish Department, School of General Studies, UPR-Río Piedras). Dr. Emanuel Dufrasne González (Department of Humanities, School of General Studies, UPR-Río Piedras, will serve as commentator. The activity will be held on Thursday, October 28, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheatre CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado) Building, School of the Social Sciences, Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

The Akan myth of Anansi [other variations include Annancy, Anancy, or even Aunt Nancy], which most of our readers will identify as prevalent in the Caribbean region or the southern United States, has crossed geographic boundaries and survived for centuries “recreated as a sign of identity, a force of resistance, a search for heritage, and a reconstruction of new expressive forms.” Dr. Aponte will focus on this myth in the context of the works of Quince Duncan in Costa Rica, Colombian oral tradition, and Afro-Peruvian music, while reflecting on the transformations of gender, representation, and the diverse manifestations of stories based on “the master of all the stories in the world and the keeper of all existing wisdom.”

This activity will be broadcast LIVE online via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71. Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec@uprrp.edu.

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71. Suggestions and comments on this presentation are welcome at: iec@uprrp.edu

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