Loyola University Maryland

Latin American and Latino Studies

2009-2010 Past Events

Globalizing Hispanic Modernism

Nelson R. Orringer

University of Connecticut, Professor Emeritus

No body of literature shows greater disagreement between artists and critics than Hispanic modernism. Even in the twenty-first century, critics from the twenty-one Castilian-speaking countries see modernism as merely a literary movement of art for art's sake practiced by Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío and widely imitated in Spain and Spanish America around the turn of the twentieth century. Yet this view excludes from consideration (1) the modernism practiced in non-Castilian Iberian literatures like the Catalan and the Luso-Brazilian, (2) the modernism present in all main spheres of cultural creativity, including literature in all genres, all the fine arts, religion, philosophy, medicine, and architecture, and extending to five continents, and (3) the broadly cultural conception of modernism held by great Castilian-writing modernists themselves, like Rubén Darío and Nobel winner Juan Ramón Jiménez.

The purpose of this presentation would consist of broadening understanding of Hispanic modernism to bring it into harmony with world cultural criticism. To that end, Professor Orringer would attempt to redefine modernism in theory and practice in much Iberian and Ibero-American culture from 1858 to about 1936 by giving the concept greater breadth, depth, and precision. Moreover, this would be clarified by introducing examples from a wide variety of cultural areas, including religion and architecture. Modernism, as Professor Orringer redefines it, consists of an attitude towards cultural creativity in all media. This attitude implies (1.) appreciation of newness for its own sake, and subordination of cultural tradition to innovation, (2.) a crisis of religious (and later of all cultural) traditions brought about by Darwinian evolutionism as of 1858 and diffused by writers like H. Spencer and T. H. Huxley, (3.) with traditional religions in a state of crisis, cultural innovators make a religion of creativity itself. To prove as much, Dr. Orringer would draw upon poetry and prose of writers like Rubén Darío, José Martí, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Santiago Rusiñol, Pedro Salinas, and Federico García Lorca; the architecture of Antonì Gaudì, the philosophy of religion of Miguel de Unamuno, the music of Manuel de Falla, and the medicine of Pedro Laín Entralgo.

December 2, 2009, from 5-6 pm at Knott B03.

Exhibition of Peruvian Furniture and Sacred Art

Loyola Notre Dame Library

Loyola Faculty, staff and administrators as well as friends and our Guilford, Roland Park, Homeland, Tuscany-Cantebury, and Alonsoville neighbors of Loyola University Maryland are invited to the Loyola/Notre Dame Library, Thursday the March 25 between 5-8 for the opening reception for an exhibition of furniture and sacred art made in Peru. The furniture and objects d’art will remain on display until Tuesday, March 30th. The furniture is for sale and proceeds go to a school in Chacas, high in the Peruvian Andes, run by the Sallesian fathers where young Peruvians receive a formal elementary-school education and then the trade of carpentry. Each piece is hand crafted by a skilled artesian, a graduate of the school. The style of the furniture is hybrid, part Italian part Peruvian. There will be light fare and most likely a glass of wine.

The exhibition was organized by Professor Ward's SN351 class, Literature and Identity Politics in Peru, and sponsored by the Program in Latin American and Latino Studies, the Center for Community Service and Justice, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and, of course, the Loyola Notre Dame Library.

March 25th - Tuesday March 30th
Opening Reception March 25, 5-8 pm.

View more information about the Don Bosco work that does.

Read an article by Anna McGrath about the Exhibition.

See a video of Loyola students discussing their work with Don Bosco on YouTube.


"Guatemalan Street Youth: A Crisis in International Community Development"

Rachel Forbes, Loyola '08

Rachel Forbes, Loyola '08 offered a lecture on how youth living in the streets of international urban environments is a global crisis. Street youth outreach and empowerment is a field which is necessary in securing human rights for marginalized youth.Attendees learned how to serve as a youth advocate and help develop a just community in Guatemala City.

Wednesday, April 14, from 6-7pm in Knott Hall B03.

Follow Rachel's blog on her trip to Guatemala.


"Helping People Help Themselves: The Selfless Mission of Don Bosco in the Peruvian Highlands"

Born of the simple desire to serve others, Father Ugo De Censi, a Salesian priest from Italy has dedicated his life to the welfare of the poor in Peru and other South American nations. The Don Bosco School for artisans teaches basic education while emphasizing fine arts through drawing, painting, wood/stone carving, and carpentry classes. Upon graduation, students then transition into the “Familia De Artesanos Don Bosco,” where beautiful works of art are realized. These objet d'art are then sold and the proceeds go back into the program, starting the cycle all over again. From the beginning, the goal of the program has been to provide work for the poor with dignity and in the spirit of God’s Love. 100% of proceeds supports the artisans, their families and their communities.

Knott Hall (B01), April 7th, 7pm-8pm

This Cultural Event was organized by the students of SN201D!