Speaker to expound on Latin American poet

SUNY Oswego will celebrate the work of Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario on April 7 with a lecture by Dr. Nicasio Urbina of the University of Cincinnati, who is a prominent specialist on Dario’s literary work.

Urbina will speak on “The Myth of Ruben Dario” at 2:30 p.m. in the basement lounge of Hart Hall on campus. His talk will be open to the public free of charge.

Dario, who lived from 1867 to 1916, pursued his literary career in several countries in Central and South America. He is known as the Latin American “father of Modernism” and the “prince of Spanish literature.”

“His life and work have several facets and implications, such as his foundational role in Spanish-American letters, his pursuit of beauty, his relentless aim for perfection, his ability to learn from a number of different traditions,” Urbina said. “In my lecture I will develop these points and demonstrate the complexity of his accomplishments for Latin American culture.”

Urbina is director of Latin American studies in Cincinnati’s romance language department and former chair of the Spanish and Portuguese department at Tulane University.

For more information, call SUNY Oswego’s department of modern languages and literatures at 312-2196.

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(Posted: Mar 23, 2006)