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Beth Sorensen
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beth.sorensen@reed.edu


LEADING EXPERT ON LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE SPEAKS AT REED COLLEGE

Portland, OR (September 17, 2003)–Benítez Rojo, professor of Spanish at Amherst College, will speak on "Sab and the Afro-Atlantic Abolitionist Novel" on Friday, October 10 at 4:15 p.m., in the psychology auditorium on the Reed College campus. The seminar, sponsored by Reed’s division of literature and languages and anthropology department, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Reed events website or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Rojo is one of the outstanding figures of Latin American literary criticism and cultural studies. His book The Repeating Island: the Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective (1992) marks a pivotal moment in the political, cultural, and literary history of Cuba and the Caribbean. He has also published valuable studies in the fields of anthropology and ethnomusicology: The Scholar and the Collector (2000) and Cuba in Three Keys: Rhythm, Music, and Literature (2001). And Rojo has written fiction, including his translated works, Sea of Lentils (1990), The Magic Dog and Other Stories (1990), and A View from Mangrove (1998).

Reed College, a private, independent, four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences, has an enrollment of 1,300 students and one of the most rigorous and intellectual undergraduate academic programs in the country.

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