LACLS Guest Speaker--Dr. Aaron Lacayo
Nicaraguan Cinema Beyond the Ruins: Gender and History in Blanco Organdí (White Organdy)
With a legacy of revolutionary political cinema, Nicaraguan female directors have continued to produce films decades after the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution in 1979 and the subsequent Civil War, which officially ended in 1990. Dr. Lacayo’s talk will consider some of the challenges and possibilities in teaching the bold vision of the experimental Nicaraguan short film, Blanco organdí (White Organdy, 1998) by María José Álvarez and Martha Clarissa Hernández.
Aarón Lacayo is an Assistant Professor in the Spanish Department at Gettysburg College. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Literature with a concentration in Cinema Studies from Rutgers University. His research and teaching interests include contemporary Latin American literature and cinema, literary translation, animal studies and the environmental humanities. Dr. Lacayo’s current research focuses on the intersections of ecology, politics and violence in contemporary postwar Central American cinema. Another current project consists of various pedagogical approaches to film—in particular, short films—in the undergraduate classroom. He has published articles about contemporary cinema, poetry and translation. He has also translated two books of fiction: the Salvadorean novella, La han despedido de nuevo (They Have Fired Her Again) by Claudia Hernández and Gordon Matta-Clark’s visual poetry, Art Cards/Fichas de arte.
Monday, February 17 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm