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Luis Madureira

Luis Madureira

October 2012

Professor Luís Madureira, whose major areas of specialization include Luso-Brazilian colonial and postcolonial studies, as well as Modernism and Modernity in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, is interviewed by bibliographer Paloma Celis Carbajal to discuss the African offshoot of the “cartonera” movement. While conducting research on Mozambican theater on a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010, Professor Madureira became one of the founders of the Cardboard Picker Press “Kutsemba Cartão” in Mozambique, the first “cartonera” publisher in Africa.

 Ruben Medina

Rubén Medina

July 2012

Poeta, traductor, académico y activista. Esta animada conversación entre Paloma Celis Carbajal y el profesor Rubén Medina revela como uno de los fundadores del movimiento de Infrarrealismo llega desde México a Madison, Wisconsin via San Diego, Minneapolis entre otras ciudades del mundo.  Entre otras cosas, escucharán una lectura de tres poemas sobre el danzón, naciones nómadas, y las ambigüedades de la ciudadanía norteamericana.  Al hacer este “viaje”, aprenderán sobre la poesía cartonera y la casa editorial Rosalita Cartonera/La Ratona Cartonera que publicó el ultimo poemario de Rubén llamado “Nomadic Nation/Nación nómada”.

Saylin Alvarez 

Las cartoneras: editoriales alternativas que recorren el mundo

July 2012

¿Qué son las "cartoneras"? Sobre este movimiento editorial alternativo que comenzó en América Latina en el año 2003, la bibliógrafa Paloma Celis Carbajal, directora de la Colección Iberoamericana de la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison, dialoga con Saylín Álvarez Oquendo (estudiante de doctorado y fundadora de la "cartonera" Kutsemba Cartão). La Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison posee la mayor colección de libros cartoneros del mundo, y en esta entrevista Paloma Celis Carbajal nos habla de la importancia de tales fondos, además de ofrecer una visión panorámica del universo de las "cartoneras" y la trayectoria que han seguido en su trabajo por la democratización de la literatura.

Don BartlettiThis is a vodcast, best viewable with Quicktime.

03/12/2012

Words and images come together in this video podcast with photographer Don Bartletti who talks about Enrique’s Journey or La travesía de Enrique. This Pulitzer Prize winning story written by Sonia Nazario and photographed by Don Bartletti has been hailed as “one of the best border books yet written.” In this conversation with Patricia Rengel, Bartletti shares the stories behind the photographs that capture the dangerous journeys many Central American immigrants endure while traveling “al norte.” Bartletti has been a photojournalist with southern California newspapers for over 40 years. For the past 30 years, he has worked for the Los Angeles Times.

Dinorah Cortés Vélez

11/29/2011

Adversidad, amor, espacios recónditos de la memoria.  Todo esto se encuentra en la “biomitografía” de Dinorah Cortés Vélez – El arca de la memoria.  Es una novela con momentos tiernos y desgarradores donde los recuerdos son extraídos al azar del arca de la memoria.  Escuchen esta entrevista con Patricia Rengel para descubrir como esta escritora puertorriqueña desarrolla entre prosa y verso su primera novela.

 

 

 

Ernesto Cardenal:  Poeta, sacerdote, profeta

junio, 2009

El 11 de septiembre de 2008 trajo al gran poeta nicaragüense Ernesto Cardenala la Universidad de Wisconsin en Madison.  El sacerdote leyó selecciones de su antología de poesía, Versos del pluriverso.  En este podcastpodrán escuchar los temas característicos de su obra poética – la injusticia social, una celebración del universo y la metafísica.  Otras obras escritas por el padre jesuita incluyen Hora cero (1960), Epigramas (1961), y Telescopio en la noche oscura (1993). El aplauso fue enorme después del evento.

 

 

Hiber Conteris

junio, 2009

Desde 1976 hasta 1985, el intelectual y escritor uruguayo Hiber Conteris se encuentra encarcelado por susactividades políticas.  Sin embargo, este período también sirvió como una etapa de gran productividad literaria.   En esta entrevista con Patricia Rengel, el profesor Conteris contextualiza su lucha para la justicia social, el rol del escritor y la literatura con los movimientos sociales actuales en este país.  ¡No se lo pierdan! 

 

Elsa Tio

Elsa Tió

junio, 2009

Poeta puertorriqueña Elsa Tió habla con Patricia Rengel desde su apartamento en San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Acuñada como “fenómeno” a los siete años cuando escribe su primer libro, la poeta siguió escribiendo y publicando libros de poesía tales como Espejos empañados e Inventario de la soledad.  Recibe en dos ocasiones el Premio Nacional de poesía.  Hoy día se dedica a la escritura y talleres de poesía para los niños en las escuelas públicas de su país. 

Part 1 | Part 2

 

 

Rubén Ríos Ávila: Repensar el campo cultural en Puerto Rico y beyond.

June 10, 2008 

Descubren las ideas de unos de los críticos culturales más creativos e innovadores del momento, Rubén Ríos Ávila. Pueden escuchar al profesor Ríos Ávila hablar con Patricia Rengel sobre el sujeto puertorriqueño contemporáneo, el ensayo latinoamericano y su libro La raza cómica: del sujeto en Puerto Rico (2002). Preguntas surgen sobre su vida, Lacan, Freud, queer studies, la política de identidades, su escritura y muchas otras cosas en estos tres podcasts

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

 


Luis Rafael Sanchez Luis Rafael Sanchez

April 25, 2008

CANTO A LUIS RAFAEL SANCHEZ

Una de las figuras más importantes de la literatura puertorriqueña, Luis Rafael Sánchez, hace una recorrida de memorias sobre Humacao, su proceso creativo y fuentes de inspiración, entre muchas otras cosas en esta intima conversación con Patricia Rengel.

Sus obras son muchas y han recibido reconocimiento internacional. Incluyen las novelas La guaracha del Macho Camacho (1976) y La importancia de llamarse Daniel Santos (1989), las obras teatrales Los ángeles se han fatigado (1960), Farsa del amor compradito (1960), La espera (1960), La hiel nuestra de cada día (1962), Sol 13, interior (1961), O casi el alma, (1965) La pasión según Antígona Pérez (1968) y Quíntuples (1985), y su libro de cuentos En cuerpo de camisa (1966). Sus ensayos incluyen La guagua aérea, No llores por nosotros, Puerto Rico y Devoráme otra vez.

En 1979 recibe la beca de la Fundación Guggenheim. Ha sido profesor y conferenciante en las principales universidades norteamericanas, de América Latina y Europa.

Escuchen a este gran escritor para descubrir su magia artística.


Lila Downs Lila Downs

April 4, 2008

Meso-American Diva (9:37) - Listen to a behind-the-scenes interview between singer Lila Downs and UW doctoral student Giannina Reyes Giardiello. Lila Downs is the daughter of a Mixtec cabaret singer and a Scottish/ American cinematographer, who began singing and performing mariachi songs when she was eight years old. She was featured on the soundtrack to the movie Frida and performed at the 75th Academy Awards when the theme song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song. Downs performs her own compositions as well as selections of native Mesoamerican music.


 

  Nicolas Lynch Nicolás Lynch Gamero

March 27, 2008

(15:41) Listen to the Peruvian Nicolás Lynch Gamero, former minister of education, scholar and professor of sociology, discuss the state of education in Peru. Professor Lynch also gives his impressions of universities in the U.S. and compares them to Peruvian universities. You can also learn about the oldest University in the Americas, San Marcos of Lima. The interview with Professor Lynch is conducted by Kristina Puotkalyte-Gurgel, a PhD student from UW-Madison.

 


Mayra Santos Febres Mayra Santos Febres

May 28, 2007

El estado actual de la literatura puertorriqueña y caribeña (18:15)
Mayra Santos Febres identifies emerging writers and trends in Puerto Rican and Caribbean literature in this intimate conversation with Natalie Belisle, doctoral student at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Santos Febres discusses, among other things, the tension created by a demand for “exotic” Caribbean literature. In addition, she reveals why she chose the iconic figure Isabel Luberza Oppenheimer as protagonist for her latest novel Nuestra Señora de la Noche (2006). Keep a pulse on the latest literary beats by listening to Mayra and Natalie!

 


Nora Strejilevicha Nora Strejilevich

March 1, 2007

Interview #1 (16:10): La voz de una ex-desaparecida
In this intimate conversation between Professor Nora Strejilevich and Patricia Rengel you will hear about her experience as a survivor of the "Guerra Sucia" in Argentina. Strejilevich, author of the award winning testimonial novel Una sola muerte numerosa, which was also adapted into a play and movie, talks about the nuances of the "lexicon of terror" that surrounded that period of state terror.

Interview #2 (11:43): La relación tumultuosa entre el testimonio y la ficción
In this second interview, Professor Strejilevich talks about the relationship between testimony, fiction and memory. How, for instance, is trauma translated into language or even a literary testimony. Learn more about how Argentina is still recovering from this traumatic historic moment.

 


Ricardo Chavez Castaneda Ricardo Chávez Castañeda

(17:33) | February 17, 2007

Listen to Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, a prolific contemporary Mexican author share his ideas about writing, language and literature with Kristina Puotkalyte-Gurgel. Chávez Castañeda is one of the nine invited authors of an important conference, Ibero-American Writers in the Era of Globalization, to be held in Madison, WI.

 


Mario Mendoza Mario Mendoza: abogado, salsero, visionario
Interview #1 (12:50)
Interview #2 (25:11)

January 4, 2007

Listen to Mario Mendoza, right hand man to Madison's mayor, talk about his journey from Puerto Rico to Madison. Front man for several salsa bands and prominent minority leader, Mario gives his perspective on the latino experience in the Midwest.

 


Eddie Palmieri Eddie Palmieri
Interview #1 (11:36)
Interview #2 (16:32)

November 21, 2006

Listen to one of the greatest living salsa musicians in this intimate conversation with Patricia Rengel. Palmieri describes his musical roots set in the New York music scene during the fifties where he learned from other masters –Machito, Tito Rodríguez and the late Tito Puente. Discover among other things what a moña is and how it gives his music a unique flavor.

El futuro de la salsa. In this second interview Mr. Palmieri reminisces about Conjunto la Perfecta and working with Tito Puente. The future also looks good according to the master salsero. Listen to the past and present of salsa come alive with this 8-time Grammy award winner.

 


Padre Pedro Venezuela and President Hugo Chávez
Interview #1 (18:58)
Interview #2 (15:14)

October 29, 2006

Explore Venezuela with Padre Pedro Suárez in two interviews with this Lutheran minister. In the first podcast, Padre Suárez talks about President Hugo Chávez and the Protestan movement in Latin America. In the second interview, Padre Suárez talks about his vocation, music and other aspects of the Hispanic community in Wisconsin and Illinois.

 


Arte Mixtlan Arte Mixtlan: October 17, 2006

(21:17)
Via telephone from Puebla, Juan Carlos Varela and Julieta Rodriguez describe their artistic process as they create sculptures based on pre-Hispanic history and culture. See their website www.artemixtlan.com.mx for visuals, updates and more information.

 


Barbara Mujica Bárbara Mujica: September 8, 2006

Los deportes y "El medio-niñero": (7:13) Doctor Bárbara Mujica is a professor of Spanish at Georgetown University. In addition to her work as an academic, Professor Mujica writes novels and short stories. In this first interview she discusses her short story "El medio-niñero", sports and the problems immigrants face in the United States.

Su escritura: (12:12) In this second interview, Professor Mujica discusses her favorite genre, the novel. Professor Mujica gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the writing process in a conversation with Patricia Rengel about her novels Frida, a best-seller, and Sister Teresa, slated for release this spring.

 


Norma Cantu Norma Cantú: August 23, 2006 (25:55)

Norma E. Cantú is a chicana writer and professor of English at the University of Texas-San Antonio. In this interview she offers her insights on culture, the power of autobiographical writings and the legitimacy of Spanglish.

 


Dr. Julio Bird Dr. Julio Bird: July 17, 2006 (10:29)

In this phone interview, Nancy Bird-Soto chats with Dr. Julio Bird, who is a cardiologist and resides in LaCrosse, WI. He is the first Puerto Rican to climb all the way to the top of Mt. Everest, an endeavor he accomplished in 2002.

 


Elvia Ardalani Elvia Ardalani y el transculturalismo : July 10, 2006 (7:53)

Professor at the University of Texas-Pan American and poet Elvia Ardalani shares her thoughts about the written word and her insights on 'transculturalism'. She has published various collections of poetry, among them: Y comerás del pan sentado junto al fuego (2001) and De cruz y media luna (1996).

 


Roberto and Arturo Roberto de la Torre & Arturo Zárate: May 30, 2006 - Jun 14, 2006

La frontera: ¿cuál, de qué y para quién?

Join us at Crucitas Restaurant in Edinburg, TX for a lively chat and lunch with Roberto de la Torre and Arturo Zárate Ruiz as they comment on and challenge the idea of "la frontera" between Mexico and the United States. Roberto is a writer and folklorist who lives in McAllen, TX. Arturo obtained his doctorate degree at the UW- Madison and resides in the Matamoros area in Mexico. He has published books about NAFTA and the war on drugs.

La Frontera (14:45) | Music (3:38) | Cultural Symbols (4:11)

 


Maria Castello María Castello: April 27, 2006 (17:10)

María Castello shares with Kate Ternes her first-hand knowledge of tango as an Argentine cultural phenomenon that spread throughout the world. She talks about the history of tango, tango music, and the intricacy of the dance.

 


Angeles Mastretta Ángeles Mastretta: April 14, 2006 (10:20)

Nancy Bird-Soto converses with the well-known Mexican writer Ángeles Mastretta in a telephone interview from Mexico City to discuss her writings and latest projects.

 


Marjorie Agosin Café con la escritora Marjorie Agosín. : April 6, 2006 (13:42)

Three graduate students (Nancy Bird-Soto, Dinorah Cortés-Vélez and Patricia Rengel) interview the renowned writer and human rights activist Marjorie Agosín in a Madison café. Listen to this intimate conversation with Agosín to discover her latest thoughts about poetry, Latin America, women and the war in Iraq.

 


Students La inmigración: una perspectiva estudiantil: April 4, 2006 (3:42)

Students from Spanish 266 discuss the pending immigration legislation in an interview with Alma Ruiz, member of the UW chapter of MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlán).

 


Jorge Arroyo Costa Rica interpretada por Jorge Arroyo Dramatist: March 15, 2006 (26:06)

Jorge Arroyo talks to Patricia Rengel about theater, politics and the 'real' Costa Rica. His recent political ventures and theatrical productions come to life in this intimate conversation. play/download (MP3)

 


Juan Egea La literatura y el cine español con el profesor Juan Egea: March 8, 2006 (21:07)

Juan Egea, Associate Professor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UW-Madison, provides knowledgeable insight into the world of modern Spanish literature and film, particularly in context of the Spanish Civil War.

 


Carlos Arenas NIcaragua Actual: Una charla dinámica con el licenciado Carlos Arenas: February 28, 2006 (21:07)

Carlos Arenas, Director of Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua, discusses the organization's work with Nicaraguan grass roots social movements and other political aspects between Nicaragua and the United States.

 


students Merengue 2: Preguntas de los estudiantes : February 15, 2006 (4:31)

In this episode 2 students ask Pavel questions about Merengue. Find out his insight on this popular hispanic music and dance.


Pavel Una conversación con el merenguero Pavel Polanco-Safadit: February 1, 2006 (6:18)

The tambora and guira come to life in this dramatic interview with Patricia Rengel as Pavel traces the history of merengue.

 


 

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