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Palo Monte: Straight from Africa:<br>Afro-Cuban Ritual Tongues<br>A Workshop

Friday, October 14, 2011
12:00 AM
4154 LSA Building
500 South State Street

Professor Armin Schwegler, originally from Switzerland, received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1987, he has been Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of California, Irvine and also on the faculty at the Middlebury College Spanish School. His publications include several books and over 50 scholarly articles. He is co-editor of the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages and co-founding editor of the Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana (RILI). Over the past five years he has taught as Visiting Professor at several institutions (Univ. of Costa Rica, Univ. of Amsterdam, Brigham Young University of Utah and others) and offered a series of research seminars at various institutions in Cuba (Academia de Ciencias (Havana) and Spain (Universidad de la Coruña). At UC-Irvine, he has been the recipient of two recent "Outstanding Professor of the Humanities" awards.

Professor Schwegler is well known for his work in the areas of synchrony and diachrony of colloquial Afro-American speech [Caribbean Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, etc.]); African influences in Latin America (language & culture); Iberian-based Creoles (Palenquero, Papiamentu, etc.); ritual languages of Black America ("Habla Congo" of [Cuba], "lumbalú" of Palenque [Colombia], etc.) and the ‘Africanization’ of religious practices of Latin America. He has also initiated community efforts in Colombia for language revitalization and education of the Creole language known as Palenquero.
Sponsors: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (formerly CAAS), and Latino/a Studies. Partially funded by a Title VI grant from the Department of Education.

For additional information, please contact: Professor Teresa Satterfield,