Vargas Vila: 150 Years of Clamorous Solitude
A lecture by Juan Carlos González Espitia
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010
Reception at 5 p.m. | Program at 5:45 p.m.
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, (919) 962-4207
The 150th anniversary of the birth of Colombian writer José María Vargas Vila will be celebrated Oct. 14 with a lecture at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library and the inauguration of a new Web site giving access to Vargas Vila’s digitized works.
Juan Carlos González Espitia, associate professor of Spanish at UNC, will discuss the life and writings of Vargas Vila, considered one of the most controversial and widely read Colombian authors of the early twentieth century.
A critic of both the Catholic Church and the conservative regime that governed his country, Vargas Vila lived much of his adult life in New York, Paris, Rome, Florence, Madrid, and Barcelona, where he died in 1933.
González Espitia will discuss how Vargas Vila’s literary works and political viewpoints have helped to shape a Latin American identity. González Espitia will emphasize Vargas Vila’s opposition to the politics of the United States and his relevance for readers today.
UNC holds one of the world’s most complete collections of the works of Vargas Vila, with materials in both the Rare Book Collection at Wilson Library and the general collections in Davis Library. The collection has been assembled in recent years through the combined efforts of the Library, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
The Library has been digitizing the Vargas Vila collection and making the works available via the Internet Archive. At the program, a new UNC Library Web site will launch, providing links to these digitized works, as well as to biographical information and photos of Vargas Vila.
For information about the Vargas Vila collection at the UNC Library, contact Claudia Funke, curator of Rare Books, (919) 962-1143.