SOCCIS: Highlights of Co–sponsored Programs

Latin American Seminar Series

The SOCCIS Latin American Spring Seminar is coordinated by Professor Susana Hernandez Araico (shernandez@csupomona), California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, and Ms. Barbara Robinson (, University of Southern California. This topical seminar series is designed to create wide involvement among SOCCIS member institutions and student participation, for credit, in the instructional program. The 2000-2001 Latin American studies program was devoted to the study of theater and the syllabus is provided here.

The SOCCIS Latin American Seminar for 2001

"Latin American Theatre and Society"

This SOCCIS Seminar is available to students for credit through a SOCCIS-member institution.

In addition, Seminar meetings are also open to the public.

SOCCIS Spring/Summer 2001 seminar
"Latin American Theatre and Society"
in conjunction with the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts' (BFA) Readers' Theatre 2001 Season, Fundacion Bilingue de las Artes-Teatro Leido, Temporada 2001
4 quarter units; June4-August 7

The SOCCIS Latin American Seminar coordinator:
Susana Hernández Araico, Professor
Dept. of English & Foreign Languages
California State Polytechnic University.
Pomona, CA 91768
Tels.( 909) 869-3810/3802/3803
FAX (909) 869-4896


The Seminar will include
-performance of 6 plays (two in English, four in Spanish) at the BFA
-pre-performance discussion with director/playwright/ and/or actors
Monday evenings, June 4-July 16, 6:00--10:00 p. m . (not the week of July 4)
-two additional weekly meetings (preparation of a final analytical paper and
Tuesday evenings July 24 and 31, 6:00-9:00 p. m.

Students from SOCCIS-member institutions may enroll in this seminar for credit through SOCCIS-course sharing arrangement. Other students and the general public are invited to participate in the seminar on a non-credit status.

Bilingual Foundation for the Arts plays and class meetings include
1. June 4, 2001 - Monday at the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts
"El ultimo bolero" (Cuban), by Iliana and Cristina Rebull; directed by Juan Roca (in Spanish)

2. June 11, 2001 - Monday at the BFA
"Dormant" (Argentinian), by Jorge Albertella, directed by Denis Blasor
(in English)

3. June 18, 2001 - Monday at the BFA; also staged at the Skirball Center June 17
"In the Name of God" (Mexican), by Sabina Berman, directed by Agustin
Coppola (in English)

4. June 25, 2001 - Monday at the BFA
"Virgen la Memoria" (Mexican), by Norma Barroso, directed by Octavio Trejo
(in Spanish). One-woman show on the victimization of indigenous peoples.

5. July 9, 2001- Monday at the BFA
"Juventud, divino tesoro" (Cuban), by Raul de Cardenas, directed by Ernesto
Miyares (in Spanish)

6. July 16, 2001 - Monday at the BFA
"Calderon enamorado", adapted by J. M. Ruano de la Haza, directed by Margarita
Galban (in Spanish)

7. July 24, 2001 - Tuesday class meeting at BFA.

8. July 31, 2001 - Tuesday class meeting at BFA.

Class meetings will take place at the Fundación Bilingüe de las Artes / Bilingual Foundation for the Arts (BFA), N. Ave 19, Los Angeles, 90031 (East Los Angeles). For instructions on how to drive to the BFA, you may call for instructions at (323) 225-4044; they will fax you a map with instructions.

Students registered for credit cannot miss any of the six sessions with guest lectures and play performances. More than one absence in the remaining meetings will warrant an I to be completed with instructor at home institution.

UPPER-DIVISION STUDENTS, in consultation with instructor, must do a ten-page critical paper with bibliography in addition to fulfilling all the requirements for lower-division students outlined below:

Students will be required to read each play prior to and following its readers' performance, in addition to one or two pertinent critical articles as assigned by instructor.

Students will be required to participate in discussion of plays and readings, demonstrating completion of reading assignments.

Students will be required to submit a three-five page typed critical response to each play at the meeting following the performance, also to demonstrate completion of reading assignments. Written homework may be submitted electronically, prior to class meeting.

Midterm and Final Exams
Students will answer two essay questions on the material covered thus far at each period. Final will be comprehensive.

XEROX COPIES of plays and the following articles will be distributed through a near-by copy center. Complete "Recommended Bibliography" in a separate hand-out.


Bixler, Jacqueline E. "Games and Reality on the Latin American Stage." Latin American Literary Review 12 (1984): 22-35.
"The Postmodernization of History in the Theatre of Sabina Berman." Latin American Theatre Review 30.2 (1997): 45-60.
Blanco Amores de Pagella, Angela. "Manifestaciones del absurdo en Argentina." Latin American Theatre Review 8.1 (1974: 21-24.
Larson, Catherine. "Playwrights of Passage: Women and Game-playing on the Stage." Latin American Literary Review 19 (1991): 77-89.
Martínez de Olcoz, Nieves. "Decisiones de la máscara nueva: Dramaturgia femenina y fin de Siglo en América Latina." Latin American Theatre Review 31.2 (1998): 5-16.
Monleón, José. "Utopía y realidad en el teatro latinoamericano." Latin American Theatre Review 13.2 (1980): 23-29.
Nigro, Kirsten. "Textualidad, historia y sujetividad: Género y género." Latin American Theatre Review 26.2 (1993): 17-24.
Salas, Teresa Cajiao, and Margarita Vargas, "An Overview of Contemporary Latin American Theater." Philosophy and Literature in Latin America: A Critical Assessment of the Current Situation. Ed. Jorge J. E. Gracia and Mireya Camurati. Albany, NY: SUNY P, 1989. 132-39.
Villegas, Juan. "Pragmática de la cultura: el teatro latinoamericano." Siglo XX/20th Century 9.1-2. (1991-1992): 163-77.
Woodyard, George. "The Theater of the Absurd in Spanish America." Comparative Drama 3 (1969): 183-92.

The Latin American seminar held during 1998-99 included five guest scholars making presentations at four SOCCIS universities. The campuses involved were the University of Judaism, USC, UC Riverside, Loyola-Marymount, Cal Ploy Pomona, and Cal State University Los Angeles.

February 22
James Cockcroft
Porfirian Mexico Then and Now
Location: Cal State Los Angeles
Co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies Center and the Latin American Society
Campus Coordinator: Enrique Ochoa, History Dept.

March 1
Sandra Ramos, Labor Activist from Nicaragua
Labor Organizing in Nicaragua's Maquiladoras
Location: Cal State Los Angeles
Co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies Center, The Latin American
Society, and EOP
Campus Coordinator: Enrique Ochoa, History Dept.

March 13
Lois Oppenheim, Political Science, University of Judaism
Evaluating Contemporary Chile through the Legacies of the Past: Allende and
Pinochet. Lecture, viewing of film Battle of Chile and discussion.
Location: University of Southern California
Co-sponsored by the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, ISD
Campus Coordinator: Barbara Robinson, Boeckmann Center

April 16
Devra Weber, Asst. Prof, History Dept. UC Riverside
Mixtec Women and Transnational Social Movements
Location: Loyola Marymount University
Campus Coordinator: Olga Celle de Bowman, Sociology Department

May 1
Saul Landau, History, Cal Poly Pomona
Cuban studies
SOCCIS Latin American Committee
Location: Cal Poly Pomona
Campus Coordinator: Susana Hernandez Araico, email: