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This edition: Episodio #34: Festival Cultural "Encuentro" en Brooklyn College. Carmen Boullosa entrevista a Antonio Orlando Rodríguez. Las fotografías de Graciela Iturbide. El obispo Álvaro Ramazzini de Guatemala.

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 2, 2008.

(In Spanish with English subtitles) 

En este episodio comenzamos en Brooklyn. Participamos en "Encuentro", un festival que se lleva a cabo todos los años en Brooklyn College, celebrando las manifestaciones artísticas de los latinos en los Estados Unidos. En esta ocasión se honró de manera especial al gran periodista Juan González.

Después vamos a la casa de Carmen Boullosa, a conocer el fascinante mundo de "Chiquita", la novela ganadora del premio Alfaguara 2008. Su autor, el cubano Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, nos cuenta de su experiencia escribiendo la historia de una enana nacida en el siglo XIX en Cuba y que, con sólo 65 cm. de altura, alcanzó la gloria en los escenarios de París y Nueva York.

Desde el Upper East Side en Mahattan viajamos a México, Costa Rica y a varias ciudades de los Estados Unidos, a través de las imágenes de la fotógrafa mexicana Graciela Iturbide. Mito y realidad se funden en las impactantes fotografías de esta artista.

Y para finalizar estaremos con Álvaro Ramazzini, Obispo de San Marcos, Guatemala, quien fue invitado por el congreso de los Estados Unidos para hablar de los destrozos ecológicos en su país como resultado de la globalización. En el año 2005 el gobierno de Guatemala responsabilizó al obispo por la violencia de las manifestaciones contra la multinacional canadiense Goldcorp Inc. que opera la mayor mina de cielo abierto en Latinoamérica .

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We begin in Brooklyn, participating in "Encuentro" a cultural festival that takes place every year at Brooklyn College. The festival celebrates the artistic expressions of the Latino population in the United States. This year "Encuentro" specially honored the accomplishments of journalist Juan González.

Then we go to the home of Carmen Boullosa, to discover the fascinating world of "Chiquita", the novel which won the 2008 Alfaguara Award. The Cuban born author Orlando Rodríguez, tell us about his experience writing the story of a XIX century Cuban dwarf, who at just 25 inches in height, reached fame and glory on the stages of Paris and New York.

From the Upper East Side in Manhattan, we travel to Mexico, Costa Rica and several cities in the U.S. through the pictures of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide. Myth and reality converge in this artist's outstanding images.

We finish our journey with Álvaro Ramazzini, Bishop of San Marcos, Guatemala, who was invited by the U.S. Congress to talk about the ecological damages in his country as a consequence of globalization. In 2005 the Guatemalan government blamed Bishop Ramazzini for inciting violent rallies against the Canadian corporation Goldcorp Inc. which runs the biggest open-pit mine in Latin America.

Guest List

Alan A. Aja Profesor Asistente, Brooklyn College/CUNY

Carmen Boullosa Distinguished Lecturer, City College/CUNY

Graciela Iturbide Fotógrafa

Prof. Patricio Lerzundi Chair of the Journalism, Communication, and Theatre Department (JCT) at Lehman College

Antonio Nadal Sub-Director/Profesor, Departamento de Estudios Puertorriqueños y Latinos Brooklyn College/CUNY

Urayoán Noel Poeta

Alvaro Ramazzini Obispo de San Marcos, Guatemala

Antonio Orlando Rodríguez Escritor

Bonnie Lee Tozzi Estudiante, Brooklyn College/CUNY

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