Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Cultural and Critical Studies Research Center Guest Scholar Lecture

Blue Room, Fore Hall, Texas A&M University-Kingsville - 05/04/11 - 05/05/11

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979


The Cultural and Critical Studies Research Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will present their 2011 Guest Speaker, Dr. Jose David Saldivar, a Stanford professor of ethnic studies and English, who will discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

The lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4 in the Blue Room of Fore Hall. This event is free and open to the public. The title of his presentation for the symposium is, "Conjectures on ‘Americanity’ and Junot Díaz’s ‘Fukú Americanus’ in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."  

“The Critical and Cultural Studies Research Center (CCSRC) is sponsoring Saldivar's visit as part of their initiative to develop the center's research objects,” said Marco Iñiguez-Alba, lecturer in the Department of Language and Literature. “Two aspects are to host prominent scholars and engage collaboration among faculty in the humanities, arts and social sciences by providing an encuentro. Also, the Sixth Sigma Delta Pi Academic Student Symposium is inaugurating an annual key note address on Critical Hispanic Contributions.”

 About Dr. Jose David Saldivar

Saldivar earned a bachelor’s in Spanish and English Literature from Yale and a graduate and doctoral degree in comparative literature from Stanford. He is the author of several scholarly books including, The Dialectics of Our America: Genealogy, Cultural Critique, and Literary History; Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies; and Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, and the Cultures of Greater Mexico.

Additionally, he has published numerous articles in journals such as Cultural Studies, American Literary History, The Americas Review, Revista Casa de las Américas, Daedalus, and Modern Fiction Studies. Saldivar has received personal research grants from The Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the University of California President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities, the William Rice Kimball Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford.

Saldivar currently is the director and chair of Stanford's Center for Studies in Race and Ethnicity Undergraduate Program, and he is the faculty director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Program at Stanford University.

In 2003, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Literary and Cultural Criticism from the Western Literature Association; in 2005, he received the Chicano Scholar of the Year Award from the Modern Language Association; and in 2007 he received the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Stanford in January 2010, Saldívar was the Class of 1942 Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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