ALP launches El Conversatorio

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On October 8, 2020

The arts, languages, and philosophy department invites the Spanish-speaking community at S&T to participate in a one-hour informal virtual talk. This initiative is aptly called El Conversatorio as in Spanish “conversar” means to discuss and share ideas in a group setting. Guest speakers from different areas of the Spanish-speaking world share their thoughts on current events and issues. After a brief presentation of 15-20 minutes, followed by a Q&A, participants have the opportunity to not only practice their Spanish, but also to engage in fun activities using break out rooms in Zoom.

The Fall 2020 series of El Conversatorio will take place every three weeks on Thursdays, starting October 1. A Zoom link and password will be provided and all meetings begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. CDT.

El Conversatorio presents:
“Territorio y literatura: 4 meses por el Pacífico colombiano”
[“Territory and Literature: 4 months through the Colombian Pacific”]
Guest Speaker: Juan Sebastián Mina Quiñonez

5:30 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 1
Zoom Link:

Juan Sebastián Mina Quiñonez of Cali, Colombia, has the equivalent of a bachelor of arts degree in literature from the Universidad del Valle. He is an active member of the Grupo de Investigación Narrativas (Narratives Research Group) where he works on Afrodiasporic literature, nation-building and fiction, pedagogical practices (pedagogy of teaching and learning literature), and literary translation.

Mina Quiñonez presented in the X Simposio Internacional Jorge Isaacs (X International Jorge Isaacs Symposium) with “Changó, el gran putas: un relato de Memoria y reparación política;” and “El muntu americano: Experiencia, Malungaje y Simulacro Cultural” at the last Latin American Studies Association (LASA) annual conference in 2020. He has published articles in the journals Revista Temas antropológicos (Mexico) and in El Zarzo (Cali, Colombia). His tale titled “Kilele” is part of the anthology Marea Literaria (2018). He currently teaches Spanish at the colegio Liceo Pedagógico suroriental and he is the editor of the Casa editorial Imago, both in Cali.  

For more information, please contact Dr. M. Emilia Barbosa at

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