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Latin American conference at BGSU on April 2

The ICS Latin American and Latino/a Studies Cluster at Bowling Green State University will host a conference on Thursday, April 2, 2009, beginning at 8:00AM at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (room 201B), with research presentations by BGSU undergraduate and graduate students on Latin American and Latino/a Studies.

Manuel Monestel

The conference culminates with a keynote address and performance by Costa Rican musician Manuel Monestel on “Calypso and Cultural Resistance,” from 6:30-8:30PM, at the BTSU Theater (room 206). 

According to BGSU’s Susana Peña, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, “Monestel is an ethnomusicologist, musician, composer and leading expert on Afro-Costa Rican calypso music (calypso limonense)” and has performed throughout the world.

Monestel is a 2008/2009 Society Fellow at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities, who is the author of Ritmo Canción e Identidad: Una historia Sociocultural del Calypso Limonense [Rhythm, Song, and Identity: A Sociocultural History of Limon Calypso] (San José: Editorial Universidad Estatal a Distancia, 2005).

He has contributed to the collections Regional Footprints (University of the West Indies, 2006) and Nuestra Musica y Danzas Tradicionales (San José. Coordinación Educativa y Cultural Centroamericana. 2003). 

Monestel has directed projects for the University of Peace, the National Counsel of University Principals, and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and has composed over one hundred songs. He is the leader of the band Cantoamerica

He has also performed as a soloist and with the group, La Orquesta de la Papaya.  Monestel will be teaching a course on the “Music Industry and Society” at Cornell University; he has previously taught courses at the University of Costa Rica.

According to Dr. Peña, the ICS Latin American and Latino/a Studies Cluster “is an interdisciplinary group of faculty who work in the fields of Latin American and Latino/a Studies; it works to increase the visibility of Latin American and Latino/a Studies on campus through programming initiatives, curriculum development, and research.  Faculty in History, Romance and Classical Studies, and Ethnic Studies participate in the Cluster. Visit:






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