Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Invention of Nicolas Shumway: A Symposium and Celebration

Fri, September 22, 2017 | Sid Richardson Hall (SRH) 1.208 - second floor of SRH: Unit 1, floor 2, room 08 (1.208)

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Dr. Shumway
Dr. Shumway

With this symposium we recognize the many contributions of Nicolas Shumway as scholar, teacher, and administrator. Former students, colleagues, and friends reflect on his legacy in the field of intellectual history of Latin America, his contributions to Argentine studies, and his leadership of academic programs at Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Rice University. 

With degrees from BYU and UCLA, Nicolas Shumway has taught at many distinguished universities in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico throughout his forty-year career.  His book The Invention of Argentina made The New York Times' "Notable Book of the Year" list in 1991 and received honorable mention in the LASA Bryce Wood Book Award competition.  At Yale from 1978 to 1993, he served as director of the Spanish language program for eight years and as head of Latin American Studies for three.  Appointed Tomás Rivera Regents Professor of Spanish at UT Austin in 1993, he served as director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies for eleven years and later as chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for three.  He became Dean of the School of Humanities at Rice University in 2010, serving in that position until 2017.   Currently he is Frances Moody Newman Professor of Humanities at Rice.



9:15   Opening Remarks: Jossianna Arroyo, Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UT Austin 

9:30-11:00  A Voice of Reason and Resonance:  New Research After Shumway        

César A. Salgado (UT Austin), Chair

1. Brian L. Price (Brigham Young University), “Transnational Nirvanas: Contemporary Rock Literature in Mexico"”

2. Nicolas M. Poppe (Middlebury College), “The Invention of Argentina Sono Film”

3. Joseph M. Pierce (SUNY Stony Brook), "Quare Menard: An Untimely Love Letter"

4. Anne Lambright (Trinity College), “The Specters of Human Rights: Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani and Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission”


Coffee Break


11:15-12:30  The Invention(s) of Nicolas Shumway: Testimonies about His Academic Career

Benigno Trigo (Vanderbilt University), Chair   

1. Leo Bernucci (UC Davis) “A Thirty-One Year Trajectory: Nick as Colleague and Friend” 

2. Efrain Kristal (UCLA) “A Peruvian Perspective on Nicolas Shumway’s Argentina”

3. Jorge Salessi (University of Pennsylvania) "Nick Shumway's Argentina"


12:30-2:00 Lunch


2:00-4:00  Minding the Store:  Remarks about Nicolas's Administrative Service

Madeline Sutherland-Meier (UT Austin), Chair

1. Sheldon Ekland-Olson (Former Dean, College of Liberal Arts, UT Austin)

2. Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba (Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UT Austin)

3. Daniel Brinks (Department of Government, UT Austin) 

4. Virginia Garrard (Director, LLILAS-Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, UT Austin)

5. M. Rafael Salaberry (Director, Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication, Rice University)

6. Carolyn Palaima (Associate Director of Sponsored Programs, St. Edward’s University)


And other participants


4:00  Reception

Sponsored by: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Program in Comparative Literature at UT Austin

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