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The arts, languages, and philosophy department invites the Spanish-speaking community at S&T to participate in the next el conversatorio event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, via Zoom.
Guest speaker Dr. John Trevathan will present “La Costa de la Muerte: el hundimiento del Prestige” or “The Death Coast of Spain: The Sinking of the Prestige.”
Trevathan is an assistant teaching professor of Spanish at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He specializes in modern and contemporary Iberian literatures and cultures with particular interest in the environmental humanities and Iberian studies. Trevathan recently contributed an essay on Nunca Máis and the Prestige oil spill to the collected volume Ethics of Life: Contemporary Iberian Debates (Hispanic Issues, Vanderbilt University Press). His article “Submergence” lays out a framework for transatlantic ecocriticism, focusing on hydroelectric dams, islands and archipelagoes. His book, titled Beyond the Niche: Ecological Cultural Production in the Iberian Peninsula, explores the roles that nature and ecology play in both buttressing and unsettling fixed notions of cultural and national identity.
El conversatorio is a one-hour informal virtual talk in which guest speakers from different areas of the Spanish-speaking world share their thoughts on current events and issues. After a presentation of 15-20 minutes and a question-and-answer session, participants can interact with each other and practice their Spanish.
The Fall 2021 el conversatorio series will be held monthly via Zoom. All meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m.