University of Rochester

EVENT: Lecture by Debra Castillo titled "American (Visa) Dreams"

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Gamble Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

October 30, 2007

Cornell Professor Debra A. Castillo will examine several films from Spanish America and the Philippines in her lecture "American (Visa) Dreams." Her discussion will focus on the humorous or dramatic ways in which these films represent the difficulties of obtaining a U.S. visa and the encounters between immigrants and the visa system. Castillo will also explore cultural identity and heterosexual masculinity, and the resolution of the visa dilemma through heterosexual pairing.

Castillo is a professor of Hispanic studies, Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. She is also the author, editor, and translator of various books, including her most recent, Re-dreaming America: Toward a Bilingual Understanding of American Literature (SUNY, 2004).

This lecture is one in a series, "Reimagining the Americas: Cultures, Identities, Formations and Transformations," which is cosponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Political Science. The series is a part of the Humanities Project, an initiative by the University of Rochester emphasizing the influence and contributions of the humanities to academic and civil life.

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