Faculty Forum: Talking Bones - The Writing of Assassination in Colombia

Faculty Forum: Talking Bones - the writing of assassination in Colombia
Where: 136 Doudna Hall UW-Platteville
Begins: Mar. 05, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Ends: Mar. 05, 2020 at 6:30 pm

The College of Liberal Arts and Education will host a faculty forum, “Talking Bones: The Writing of Assassination in Colombia,” in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

At the forum, Dr. Chris Schulenburg, associate professor of Spanish at UW-Platteville, will discuss the Colombian novel “The Form of the Ruins” by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, which dramatizes the 1948 assassination of presidential candidate Jorge Elicier Gaitán and the ensuing civil war in Colombia called “La Violencia.” He will argue that fiction provides a promising way to understand these historical events.

Following Schulenburg’s presentation, Dr. David Krugler, professor of history at UW-Platteville, will examine, as a historian and novelist, Vasquez's fictionalization of the aforementioned historical events. He will discuss the advantages, challenges and limits of using fiction to depict history, and briefly mention some other notable examples of novelists (including Isabel Allende, “Of Love and Shadows”) using fiction to make sense of the past in ways nonfiction narrative cannot.

The forum is free and open to university students, faculty, staff and community members. Refreshments will be provided.

The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville’s College of LAE. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.