TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in room 302 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández, assistant professor of Spanish
in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Rochester,
will discuss the language of liberation in the writings of U.S. abolitionist
Frederick Douglass and those fighting for independence in Puerto Rico and Cuba
in the 1880s at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.
The seminar, titled "The Language of Liberation: Frederick Douglass and the Hispanic Caribbean," is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, and will be held in room 302 of Morey Hall on the University's River Campus. It is free and open to the public.
Rodríguez-Hernández will examine the language, the philosophical bases, and the oratorical techniques that underlie the writings of Douglass, and Caribbean historical figures Eugenio María de Hostos, Pedro Albizu Campos, and José Martí. His lecture will emphasize cultural ideas and values, and the politics of language in the cultural context of that period.
The presentation by Rodríguez-Hernández is part of the Frederick Douglass Institute's Work in Progress Seminar Series, a multi-disciplinary seminar on topics related to Africa and its Diaspora. The seminars offer an environment where students and faculty working in the broad area of African and African-American Studies can present and discuss their research.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the Frederick Douglass Institute at (585) 275-7235.