Dr. Luz María Lepe is a leading expert in indigenous literature, bilingual education, multiculturalism, oral/written cultures, and she is the coordinator of the MA in Amerindian Studies and Bilingual Education at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. Lee Maracle is one of the most prolific aboriginal authors in Canada and a recognized authority on issues pertaining to aboriginal people and aboriginal literature. She is an award-winning poet, novelist, performance storyteller, scriptwriter, actor and keeper/mythmaker among the Stó:lō. Both will join in a conversation about the place of indigenous knowledges in Western higher education curricula Ingrid Bejerman.
Ben Fountain (United States) is the author of the novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, recently made into a film by the director Ang Lee. This funny and moving story is set during an American football match and features a young soldier who is back in the United States to promote the American army’s work in Iraq. Just about to return to combat, he reflects on his life, the implications and complexities of the armed conflict, and the value of propaganda as well as people’s perception of a country when building a communal image. Also the author of the book of short stories Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, Ben Fountain will talk to Eduardo Rabasa.
Words, old or new, are gifts for changing the world. Last year, Andrea Marcolongo published a book about the subject that engrosses her the most. La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco deals with the importance of the language of ancient Greece for the present day. She will talk to the writer Juan Esteban Constaín.
Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available
Jorge Volpi, one of Crack’s selected writers and the author of several novels and works of non-fiction, talks to Laura Revuelta about his latest book, Examen de mi padre, a personal, intimate work about the figure of his father which also reflects on Mexico, creating a relationship between the private sphere and the social context.