Hispanic Authors’ Contribution Lecture at TAMIU Thursday
Posted: 11/3/11

Hispanic Authors’ Contribution to the U.S.
Focus of Special TAMIU Lecture Nov. 10

Rhina Toruño-Haensly
Dr. Rhina Toruño-Haensly

The contribution of Hispanic authors to the United States is the focus of a special lecture at Texas A&M International University Thursday, Nov. 10.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 111.

Dr. Rhina Toruño-Haensly, professor and graduate head of Spanish, Fellow in the Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Professorship in the Humanities at the University of Texas-Permian Basin, will present a lecture in Spanish entitled, “Crossing Cultures: Hispanic Authors and the Challenges They Overcame in the United States.

Dr. Toruño-Haensly’s lecture is sponsored by Dr. Manuel and Marcia Jovel, and organized in conjunction with TAMIU’s College of Arts and Sciences, department of Language and Literature.

Toruño teaches 20th Century Latin American Literature, specializing in texts from Mexico and Central America. She holds two Ph.D.’s, one in Spanish from Indiana University, the other in Philosophy from the University of Louven, Belgium.

She has lectured extensively in Europe, the United States, and Latin America in French, English and Spanish and was the first woman inducted into the Salvadoran Academy of Language in 2005 (a branch of the Royal Academy of Spain). She is a member of the Salvadoran Academy of Science and Arts and a renowned scholar on Mexican writer Elena Garro.

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