Literatures (A)Cross-Cultures Conference

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Literature Across Cultures Event


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Fresno Pacific University, BC Lounge

1717 S. Chestnut Ave.
Fresno, CA 93702

"Literatures (A)cross Cultures" is an international conference highlighting Hispanic American literature of the last thirty years. This conference invites scholars into a critical and exciting conversation on the road that contemporary Hispanic American literature has taken. The topics will examine a variety of cross-cultural representations that come to us through queer theory, feminist criticism, post-national and post-colonial thought, and through religious perspectives, among others.

Public Event: Tres Vidas

The conference opens with Tres Vidas, a chamber music theatre work for a singing actress and trio (cello, piano and percussion). The performance is based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni.

Open to the public.
When: Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $15-general public, $10-Senior and conference attendees, free for students.
Where: Butler Church

Keynote Speakers

Jorge Franco is a notable Colombian writer.  His most recognized novels are: El mundo de afuera (2014), Melodrama (2006), Paraíso Travel (2002), and Rosario Tijeras (1999); the last two novels have been translated in English. Franco's awards include: Premio Alfaguara de Novela, Dashiell Hammet of the Semana Negra de Gijón, and Premio Pedro Gómez Valderrama. Gabriel García Marquez has said of Franco, "[he is] one of the Colombian writers to whom I wish to pass the torch."

Raymond L. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Spanish at the University of California at Riverside where he specializes in modern Latin American literature. He has published fifteen books on topics such as the Colombian novel, postmodern fiction in Latin America, the writing of the Latin American Boom, and the latest generation of writers associated with the McOndo and Crack Generation. His books include: Mario Vargas Llosa: A Life of Writing (2014), The Writings of Carlos Fuentes (2010), The Twentieth-Century Spanish American Novel (2009), and Postmodernidades Lationamericanas: La Novela Postmoderna en Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru y Bolivia (1998). 

Directions, Lodging, and Meals

Registration table opens Friday, October 8, 8:00 a.m.


All events will take place on the campus of:

Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Ave. 
Fresno, CA 93702-4709 

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Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is four miles from the Fresno Pacific University campus.
Larger airports, such as San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), or San Jose (SJC) are all within 3 – 3.5 hours of Fresno. 

The Fresno airport is .3 miles from the hotel which is giving a discount to conference attendees. 


Lodging is available at area hotels although none are within walking distance. Conference attendees can get a special rate at the Best Western Plus near the airport.  You must call the hotel to get the discount. Online reservations will not be given the lower rate. Best Western will also provide limited shuttle service to and from the campus. The campus is approximately four miles from Best Western.

Best Western Plus
1551 North Peach Avenue
Fresno, California 93727
Ph 559-251-5200
Fax 559-454-0552

Reservations must be made by September 7 in order to get the discounted rate.

Room Rate: 

  • $109.99 + tax (special rate: mention Fresno Pacific University conference when you book your room)
  • Complimentary full, deluxe hot breakfast served from 6:00 am – 9:30 am.
  • Limited shuttle service to Fresno Pacific University                                 

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Lunch tickets provided with your conference registration.

Within walking distance of campus are three places to eat. All are in the Vallarta shopping center to the north of campus across Butler Ave.

  • Izi’s Sandwich Shop and Deli (Armenian)
  • Ichiban (Japanese)
  • Vallarta Supermarket (Mexican)