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2007.10.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

'Illegal' Border-Crossing Stories will be Focus of OLLAS 'Charla'

Omaha - OLLAS2007-2008 "Charla Series" ("charla" means conversation or chat) continues with a look at immigrant crossings from both a social and literary perspective.  The charla is Friday, Oct. 12, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and is cosponsored with UNO's Department of English and Cultural Awareness Programs.

Dr. Marta Caminero-Santangelo, associate professor of English and founder of Latino Studies at the University of Kansas, will deliver a presentation titled “True Stories of ‘Illegal’ Border Crossings: Narrating the Non-Nation” at the Nebraska Room inside the Milo Bail Student Center.  The presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

Caminero-Santangelo reminds us that, in the last years, we have "seen a flurry of nonfiction books telling engrossing stories of undocumented immigrant crossings, deaths, and mutilations at the borders.  These accounts have been spurred by highly publicized deaths of large number of border crossers in the late 1990s and early 2000s." 

Caminero-Santangelo recently released her latest book, On Latinidad: US Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity, published by UP Florida.

She then asks, "What, if anything do these stories  -- often written with the gripping intensity of novels -- have in common with humanitarian aid group such as No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths) and Humane Borders?"

"Professor Caminero-Santangelo is a nationally recognized, Cuban-American scholar who, following on the Latin American literary tradition of 'testimonios,' is doing fascinating work on how different audiences construct their own narratives about 'illegal' border crossings and the consequences of those narratives for our cultural soul and migrant communities specifically," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of  Sociology.

The organizers wish to send a special invitation to the Latino and broader Omaha community, as well as students and faculty, to come and listen to this engaging presentation and have a chance to chat informally with Dr. Caminero-Santangelo about her work, both on the border and on Cuban-American issues.

Partial funding provided by OLLAS/U.S. Department of Education.  Visit www.unomaha.edu/ollas/ for more information.

Call (402) 554-2762 for more information.

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