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Dec. 6

LAII Lecture Series: Thomas E. Chávez - Benjamin Franklin in the Archives of Spain: Uncovering An Unknown History

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Thomas E. Chávez, LAII Research Associate and noted historian, as he discusses how, Benjamin Franklin, whom the Spanish always referred to as Dr. Franklin, from his early correspondence with the Prince of Spain through his election as an honorary member of the Spanish Royal Academy of History, corresponded and negotiated with Spanish officials and intellectuals. The success of Franklin's encounters with Spain led directly to the establishment of the United States and effectively hid the record of his efforts from common knowledge. While Franklin's connection to Spain can be gleaned from American sources a whole new and refreshing side to the story is housed in the archives of Spain. The Franklin in the Archives of Spain Project has embarked on an effort to retrieve those never before used records and publish them in annotated form so that students of Franklin, U. S. Independence, and the inception of U.S. Hispanic relations can be studied from a new perspective.
Dr. Chávez is a historian with a Ph. D. from the University of New Mexico. In December of 2004, he retired as the Executive Director of the National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque. Before that he was director of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico for twenty-one years. He has published numerous book reviews, articles, eight books, and written a monthly Sunday article for The Santa Fe New Mexican. He recently helped the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art begin an endowment and consulted for the University of New Mexico Press and the New Mexico Women's Forum.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
Dec. 9

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics: José Ignacio Hualde - Stressing the wrong syllAble in Spanish

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. José Ignacio Hualde, Professor of Linguistics and Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hualde will report on work that he has conducted over the past few years on the phenomenon of rhetorical stress in Spanish and other cases where prosodic prominence is placed on a lexically unstressed syllable. Some of the main findings are the following: Rhetorical stress is realized as a high tone on a syllable before the lexical stress, generally, either the initial syllable or two syllables before the lexical stress. Stress clash is not avoided in this phenomenon and occasionally there is more than one rhetorical stress in a single word. The lexically stressed syllable retains durational cues, so that there is no neutralization of lexical stress patterns. Rhetorical stress does not appear to contribute to better recollection; rather, its function may be to mark discourse as authoritative.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Interpretation is available upon request. For reference, see the event flyer.
Dec. 12

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St. NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from around Albuquerque come together to discuss young adult books related to Latin America. All of the books featured in the Vamos a Leer book group are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. In December, we'll read The Farming of Bones, a young adult novel by Edwidge Danticat, an acclaimed Haitian writer who explores the history of the island of Hispaniola as she offers this "sobering novel about 'two different peoples trying to share one tiny piece of land.'"
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book group and relevant resources, visit our related blog, Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy. For reference, see our printable list of 2016 Fall titles and dates.