Chilean scholar to give talk for Hispanic Heritage Month

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Roberto Castillo, associate professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Haverford College, Haverford, Pa., will be the featured speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month at 1 p.m. on Sept. 17, in room 302 at the campus in Center Valley. Castillo, a Chilean writer and scholar, will discuss relations between Latin America and the United States. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Diversity Committee, Teaching International Program, and Alianza Latina.

Castillo's scholarly training and focus is in colonial Spanish American literature and historiography. He wrote his dissertation on captivity narratives, particularly on the Cautiverio feliz, a 17th-century text written by a Chilean-born Spanish soldier captured by the so-called Araucanian Indians. He also is interested in 19th-century Latin American political and literary thought; ethnic, race, and national identity in Spanish America; historical fictions; literature of exile; popular culture; music and politics; poetry and politics. Castillo is also a novelist, a periodic columnist for "El Mecurio" (the oldest newspaper in Latin America), and blogger at "Noticias Secretas" where he discusses world issues.

Professor Castillo has taught in the Haverford College Department of Spanish since 1991. Before that, he was an instructor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the History and Literature Concentration at Harvard. He received his bachelor of arts in sociology at Kenyon College, his master of arts at Vanderbilt University in Spanish Literature, and a master of arts and doctorate in romance languages and literatures from Harvard University with a dissertation on the captivity narratives of the Spanish American colonial period.

Teaching International at Penn State University has developed into a model of global education anchored in curriculum innovation, student-centered research and teaching, and engaged global citizenship. Course lectures, class projects, field trips, public debates, service learning activities, theatrical productions, films, and guest lectures are some of the methods used to help students learn about the world. Teaching International at Penn State Lehigh Valley is a campus-wide academic initiative modeled after the program at Penn State Greater Allegheny which aims to enhance our own campus dynamics and community.

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Last Updated September 17, 2012