Well, folks, my 21 or so students in Latino Literature were determined to go out in style. Not content to do a typical end-of-year assessment like a final exam, the pupils pulled together and organized an extraordinary homage to the authors we studied intensively this semester, including: Clarice Lispector (Brazil), Julia Alvarez (Dominican Republic), Julia de Burgos (Puerto Rico), Octavio Paz (Mexico), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Mario Vargas Llosa (Perú), and Luis Borges (Argentina).
I collaboration with the Chicano Studies department, we used the MEChA house on campus to create a gallery of homages to Latino writers. Here's a video tour:
We also had creative performances by some students who expressed their salute to Latino authorship in poetry, dramatic monologues, or short stories. The video of all these performances is coming soon!
The food was plentiful and delicious, too. Here's a video of the confab in the Chicano kitchen:
Here are photos of the exhibits: