Conference on Alfonso Reyes at Cal State LA, April 14-15

Two-day event to celebrate '2017: Year of Mexico in Los Angeles'

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: April 11, 2017

Conference on Alfonso Reyes at Cal State LA, April 14-15

Cal State LA presents a two-day conference featuring the poetry, essays and literary theory of Mexico's acclaimed "universal writer" Alfonso Reyes on April 14-15 in the University's Music Hall. This event is organized as part of the "2017: Year of Mexico in Los Angeles" celebration.

Eight keynote and featured speakers, representing France, Mexico and the United States, will present on various topics at the Conference on Alfonso Reyes. Three plenary sessions and one book presentation will also be included in the program.

Alfonso Reyes (Nuevo León, México, 1889-1959) was the admired embodiment of the Latin American poet, essayist, and literary theorist during the first half of the twentieth century. The son of Bernardo Reyes, governor of Nuevo León and army general under Porfirio Díaz, Reyes served México in various diplomatic posts from 1913 to 1939 in Argentina, Brazil, France, and Spain, and functioned as the president of the Mexican delegation to UNESCO after the Second World War. Reyes was the director of the Casa de España (1939), later known as Colegio de México.

The featured lectures will include "The Alphonsine Literary Form: Idealism, Modernism and the Essay"; "Autorretrato y retrato oblicuo de Alfonso Reyes: La correspondencia con Genaro Estrada entre 1927 y 1937"; "Letras en Claro"; "Alfonso Reyes Facing Early Cinema and the Fateful Years of the Mexican Revolution"; and "Alfonso Reyes and Cosmopolitanism."

Héctor Perea from the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México will give the April 14 keynote presentation on "The Bronze Statue in Flesh and Blood." Víctor Barrera Enderle, facultad de filosofía y letras at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México, will give the April 15 keynote presentation on "Alfonso Reyes and the Latin American Essay."

This conference is cosponsored by Mexico's Consulate General in Los Angeles, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, and México's Secretaría de Cultura. The "2017: Year of Mexico in Los Angeles" was initiated by the consulate general as a year-long celebration of Mexican art, culture, gastronomy and commerce. (

The event is free to the public. The campus sponsors of this conference are Cal State LA's Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Conferences, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Natural and Social Sciences, the Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Emeriti Association at Cal State LA.

Cal State LA is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. The address is 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, 90032. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available on the top level of Parking Structure C.

For the full conference program, biographies and lecture abstracts of speakers and panelists:

For questions, contact Cal State LA Professor Roberto Cantú at .

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