2013 Saint Louis University Graduate and Undergraduate Student Symposium
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Symposium papers and presentations relate to a variety of topics including literature, film, civilization, linguistics, and pedagogy, and will be presented in French, Spanish and English.
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2013 Keynote Speaker : Justo Bolekia Boleká
Literary and cultural differences in Africa
Justo Bolekia Boleká (born December 13, 1954 in Santiago de Baney, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea) is an Equatorial Guinean scholar, writer and poet of Bubi descent. He attended college at Complutense University of Madrid obtaining a Doctorate degree in Modern Philology in 1986. On June 8, 2007, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Salamanca, and was awarded their PhD Extraordinary Award. He was Acting Professor of French Studies at the University of Salamanca from 1987 until 1990, he then became Professor of French Studies at the same university. He has also served as Director (Dean) of the Escuela Universitaria de Educación y Turismo de la Universidad de Salamanca (Campus de Ávila). He has published numerous books of essays and poetry. His work has been studied by American professors interested in Afro-Hispanic literary production, and has been included in anthologies of literature and poetry (Literatura de Guinea Ecuatorial, de Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo y Mbare Ngom Faye, 2000; La voz y la escritura 2006: 80 nuevas propuestas poéticas, 2006; Nueva antología de la literature de Guinea Ecuatorial, de Mbare Ngom y Gloria Nistal, 2012). He also authored such works as Panorama de la Literatura en español en Guinea Ecuatorial published in El español en el mundo. Anuario del Instituto Cervantes, 2005. Politically, he has been responsible for the political group Demócratas por el Cambio para Guinea Ecuatorial, and is Permanent Delegate of the MAIB Abroad (Movement for the Self-Determination of Bioko Island), as opposed to the regime of Teodoro Obiang Nguema (Equatorial Guinea's President since 1979).
Click here to access Confluence: A Romance Language Journal of Saint Louis University. (Volume 1, Spring 2012). This online journal features selected papers from Saint Louis University's annual Graduate and Undergraduate Student Symposium.