Symposium Presents Student Interpretation of Latin America Through Literature Masterpieces and Original Digital Art

Symposium Presents Student Interpretation of Latin America Through Literature Masterpieces and Original Digital Art

11/7/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the Myers Convocation Center, students from the Ashland University Foreign Language and Art departments will present “Sensing Literature,” a collaborative work with the College of Arts and Sciences’ Symposium Against Indifference: Engaging Latin America and the Caribbean.

The event will present an assemblage of literary masterpieces and original digital images. This contemporary interpretation of literature and art will take the audience on a journey of Latin America, its history and its quest for cultural identity and freedom. 

The University students are the guides at this event, which will travel through the literature of the region, along with its geography and history, as well as cultural, political and social struggles. For five centuries literature has been one of the main instruments for Latin Americans to construct and express their identities, to share their political views, fight different types of repression and conceive alternative orders. Through their own interpretations of these literary works, students will invite all to explore and reflect on these issues, and motivate views that consider the complexities of the history and current realities of the region.

Students have created assemblages of bilingual readings of literary texts and original digital images. By listening to the readings in their original language, the audience will experience the sound, rhythm and other features that interpellate us through the senses and not the intellect. English versions of the texts will involve spectators in the realities and issues addressed by the original authors, while visual creations will connect the audience with contemporary views of cultural products created in other historical moments and contexts. Alejo Carpentier from Cuba, Oswald de Andrade from Brazil, and Gloria Anzaldúa from the United States are some of the authors included in this literary/artistic event.

For more information about the Symposium Against Indifference, visit or contact Dr. Christopher Swanson, professor of mathematics, at or419.289.5264.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###