Winter Lecture Series [] PEN International San Miguel Center - January 14, 2020

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  • San Miguel PEN 2020 Winter Lecture Series

    Tuesdays, Jan 14 to Mar 3, 6:30pm

    In English and Spanish

    Bellas Artes Second Floor Auditorium
    Hernandez Macias 75

    sanmiguelpen@gmail.com

    150 pesos /People under 25 & Migrants Free


    Journeys of Hope, Journeys in Time: San Miguel PEN’s 2020 Winter Lecture Series

    By Signe Hammer

    Migration is perhaps the ultimate journey of hope. In the 34th annual San Miguel PEN Winter Lecture Series, three speakers are very much a part of that story. Padre Alejandro Solalinde founded the migrant shelter Hermanos en el Camino, Brothers on the Road, in Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, near the tracks carrying freight trains loaded with Central American migrants. On Jan 21, with his coauthor, journalist and radio commentator Karla María Gutiérrez, he’ll discuss his work and his new book, Revelations of a Missionary: My Itinerant Life.

    Cuban-American cultural anthropologist and author Ruth Behar was named a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation. On Feb 4, she’ll reflect on her travels in Spain, Mexico and Cuba, on what “home” means today and on new ways of thinking about belonging in the world.

    Cristina Jimenez, executive director and cofounder of United We Dream, the largest US network of immigrant youth, will share inspiring stories of hope, courage and “joyful resistance” from the frontlines. (Mar 3)

    Three other speakers will take us on journeys through time. Texas writer M.M. McAllen will kick off the series on Jan 14 with the 19th-century story of Europe’s last empire in Mexico and the brief, tragic reign of Maximilian and Carlota.

    On Jan 28, writer and former advertising creative director Betty Londergan will take us to the 20th-century US in “A Tale of Two Bettys: Betty Friedan as Feminist Icon & Complicated Woman,” based on her forthcoming book, Who the Hell is Betty Friedan?

    Another Texas writer, also a journalist and documentary filmmaker, John Phillip Santos will explore the profound connections between ancient and modern Mexico, and what these may reveal about the country’s future. (Feb 18)

    Finally, a special treat in a special venue: on Feb 25, noted opera dramaturg, Julliard faculty member and Concurso San Miguel judge Cori Ellison will demonstrate the transformative power of opera, a symbol of hope, love, freedom, and transcendence. “To See Your Soul,” a joint presentation with Opera San Miguel, will be held in the Rosewood Hotel Ballroom.

    All talks will be bilingual, via either Spanish or English supertitles or live translation. Each talk includes a Q&A, and in many cases books to buy. Note new start time, 6:30 pm.

    San Miguel PEN is a chapter of PEN International, the organization of writers that fights for freedom of expression around the world. The 150-peso admission helps fund local activities and includes a free glass of wine with dinner afterwards at Vivali’s, across the street at Hernandez Macias 66. Tickets at Ticket Central in the Biblioteca or at the door. For more information, visit sanmiguelpen.com.


    Español

     PEN de San Miguel

    Serie de conferencias invernales 2020

    Martes 14 ene a 3 mar, 18:30 horas

    En inglés y español

    Auditorio de Bellas Artes, arriba

    Hernández Macías 75

    sanmiguelpen@gmail.com

    150 pesos, entrada libre para personas menores de 25 y migrantes


    Viajes de esperanza, viajes en el tiempo, 

    Serie de conferencias invernales 2020 del PEN de San Miguel

    Por Signe Hammer

    La migración es el último viaje de esperanza. En la 34ª serie de conferencias invernales del PEN de San Miguel, tres de los oradores forman parte de esta historia. El padre Alejandro Solalinde fundó el refugio para migrantes Hermanos en el Camino en Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca cerca de las vías del tren llenos de migrantes centroamericanos. El 21 de enero, junto a su coautora Karla María Gutiérrez, periodista y comentarista de radio, él discutirá su trabajo y su nuevo libro, Revelaciones de un Misionero: Mi Vida Itinerante.

    La antropóloga cultural y autora americana-cubana Ruth Behar fue nombrada “La Gran Inmigrante” por la Corporación Carnegie. El 4 de febrero ella reflexionará sobre sus viajes a España, México y Cuba, sobre qué significa “hogar” hoy en día y nuevas maneras de pensar acerca de pertenecer al mundo.

    Cristina Jiménez, directora ejecutiva y cofundadora de United We Dream, la red más grande de jóvenes migrantes en Estados Unidos, compartirá historias de esperanza, valor y resistencia dichosa, desde el frente, el 3 de marzo.

    Otros tres oradores nos llevarán a un viaje a través del tiempo. La escritora texana, M. M. McAllen estrenará la serie el 14 enero con el último imperio europeo en México en el siglo XIX, el breve y trágico reinado de Maximiliano y Carlota.

    El 28 de enero la escritora y antigua directora de publicidad Betty Londergan nos llevará a un viaje a Estados Unidos en el siglo XX en “Un cuento de dos Betty Friedans: ícono feminista y mujer complicada,” basado en su próximo libro, ¿Quién demonios es Betty Friedan?

    Otro escritor texano también periodista y cineasta de documentales, John Phillip Santos, explorará las conexiones entre el México de antes y de ahora, y lo que dicen acerca del futuro del país. (18 de febrero)

    El 25 de febrero, un evento especial en un lugar especial, la destacada dramaturga de ópera, miembro de la facultad de Julliard y jueza del Concurso San Miguel Cori Ellison, nos mostrará el poder transformativo de la ópera, un símbolo de esperanza, amor, libertad y trascendencia. “Ver su alma,” una presentación coauspiciada con Opera San Miguel, estará en el Salón de Baile del Hotel Rosewood.

    Las conferencias serán bilingües inglés/español, ya sea con subtítulos o traducción en vivo. Todos los eventos incluyen tiempo para preguntas y en muchos casos libros a la venta. Consideren que la nueva hora de inicio es a las 18:30 horas.

    El PEN de San Miguel es un centro del PEN Internacional, la organización de escritores que lucha por la libertad de expresión en todo el mundo. El precio de admisión de 150 pesos ayuda a realizar actividades locales e incluye una copa de vino gratis con su cena después del evento en Vívali, Hernández Macías 66. Boletos en Ticket Central en la Biblioteca Púbica o antes del evento en la entrada del auditorio. Más información: sanmiguelpen.com.

    San Miguel PEN 2020 Winter Lecture Series Schedule

    PEN de San Miguel Ciclo invernal de conferencias 2020 Schedule


    PEN International San Miguel Center

    The San Miguel de Allende, Mexico centre of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers fighting for freedom of expression


    San Miguel PEN, one of the 145 centers of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers with centers in 104 countries, exists to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere, fight for freedom of expression and represent the conscience of world literature. San Miguel PEN is in San Miguel de Allende, in the middle of Mexico on the high plateau. It was created in 1979 as a center for English-speaking writers in Latin America in hopes of unifying the English and Spanish linguistic communities within PEN. San Miguel PEN promotes the Spanish language in all its work.

    Our Programs:

    The PEN Writers in Prison Committee has been a focus of the San Miguel center for over 20 years. In 2002 San Miguel hosted the PEN Writers in Prison Committee’s international conference. This work involves answering countless calls for emergency action to aid those in legal trouble for their writing, including prison and threats of death. San Miguel PEN is

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