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Mistral on Campus: Celebrating 70 Years from the Nobel


Barnard College


September 9, 2015 6:30PM to 8:00PM

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Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Santiago) and the Embassy of Chile in the United States invite you to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Gabriela Mistral's Nobel Prize in Literature.

Universidad de Chile Professor Soledad Falabella, PhD, Chilean member of the Women Mobilizing Memory hosted by Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, will speak on Mistral's intellectual contributions to conversations about gender, sexuality, human rights, education, land reform and native people. The lecture will include readings of Mistral's poems in Mapudungún and Spanish by Mapuche poet Maria Hueñuñir and Chilean actress Mabel Farías, accompanied by visual art by Francisco Huichaqueo.

Gabriela Mistral, 1889 - 1957, was a Chilean poet and educator who was the first Latin American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945, for her poetry. She was a visiting professor at Barnard College from 1930 to 1931.

Barnard College's Archives and Special Collections houses the Gabriela Mistral Collection, which includes correspondence, notebooks, drafts and poems. The collection primarily consists of items from Mistral's archive that have been digitizied onto microfilm. Additionally, the collection contains materials about her time at Columbia University, along with items relating to the transfer of her library to the Barnard Archives.

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