UH Mānoa hosts Argentina in Hawaiʽi program

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Paul Chandler, (808) 956-8828
Languages & Literatures of Europe & the Americas
Posted: Feb 6, 2019

For the first time ever, a program called Argentina in Hawaiʽi is presenting a series of events on O‘ahu and Maui. This program is sponsored by C. Nora Meijide-Gentry and organized by professors Joy Logan and Paul Chandler of the Spanish program at the University of Hawaiʽi at Mānoa. Professors Elizabeth Entre Ríos and Daniel Contreras from the F. Chopin Institute of Arts in Mendoza, Argentina, are distinguished invited guests.

An international team has collaborated to produce seven weeks of educational and cultural events that highlight and celebrate the friendship between the United States (specifically, Hawaiʻi) and Argentina. Relations between the two countries extend back to the 1818 when the Hawaiian Kingdom was one of the first countries to recognize Argentina’s independence.

Upcoming events include additional high school visits in Honolulu and Maui, as well as a free public presentation at the Maui Heritage Hall in Kahului on Saturday, February 9.  An exhibit on the figure of the Gaucho in the UH Mānoa Hamilton Library bridge gallery is free and open to the public through March 8.

These upcoming presentations and exhibits culminated a month of events held including an official reception at College Hill which welcomed the Ambassador and General Consul of the Republic of Argentina to the Western and Pacific USA, Rubén Eduardo Caro, and his wife, Cecilia Jáuregui Lorda, along with UH President David Lassner and UH Mānoa deans Laura Lyons and Peter Arnade on January 27. A packed house also attended the Fiesta Gaucha at the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium on February 1.  

More than 700 students, faculty and the general public have participated in workshops and presentations by Entre Ríos and Contreras. The program includes a variety of educational events on Argentina: folkloric dance, music, literature, food and typical clothing, of the gaucho, highlighting lots of similarities with the Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) lifestyle. A round table, on the current status of the arts in education and the presentation of a contemporary author of the book “El Sosneado, My Home of Yesteryear” by A. Entre Ríos, also took place.

The College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature (one of the four Arts & Sciences colleges) of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers a broad curriculum in English, foreign and heritage languages and literatures, second language studies, and linguistics.  Its Asia and Pacific focused curricula is unique in the nation and its faculty regularly teaches more than 25 languages.

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