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April 15 Cultural Studies Symposium Will Examine Bolivia’s Diversity Politics


Villanova, Pa. – As the world grows smaller and differing cultures collide, the need to understand the globalized world becomes greater. The Cultural Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University is responding to this need with a symposium, “Bolivia: Identity Politics in a Plurinational State” April 15 from  5 to 7 p.m. in Dougherty Hall West Lounge.

The symposium brings together a renowned indigenous Bolivian economist and scholars from the United States to discuss the articulations of diverse identities within the new political framework in Bolivia. Event participants will learn about the little-known country, pioneering political structures, innovative ideas of inclusion of ethnic groups in national politics, as well as educational achievements and goals in dealing with a diverse population.

Speakers include:

  • Abel Lanza Antequera, PhD, professor of Economics, Universidad Pública de El Alto, Bolivia;

  • Josefa Salmón, PhD, distinguished professor of Latin American Studies, Loyola University, New Orleans;

  • Linda Farthing, independent scholar, co-author of “Evo’s Bolivia. Continuity and Change”;

  • Teresa Camacho Hull, painter and sculptor, Ars. Natura.Uta Art Center, Achocalla, Bolivia

An emerging interdisciplinary academic field, Cultural Studies seeks to understand, critique, and transform cultural phenomena. It draws on a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to scrutinize questions of identity, race, gender, class, and community as well as to examine how these areas appear in different cultural practices. Cultural Studies is considered the next generation of area studies for those who wish to study the global cultural phenomena with a set of theoretical tools.

The event is co-sponsored by the Writing and Rhetoric Program, Falvey Memorial Library, Global Leadership, Department of History, Honors Program, Global Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Center for Peace and Justice Education, Department of Political Scienceand the Department of Romance Languages and Literature. Admission is free and open to the public. 

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Jennifer Schu

Director of Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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