Friday, November 09, 2007

Folklore Program at the Weiss Center-December 3rd

“ La Cucaracha Martina: The Evolution of a Beloved Character in Spanish Children's Literature”, Monday, December 3, 2007, 4:30-6:00 pm.

Dr. Grisel Lopez-Diaz, professor of Modern Languages at New Jersey City University will explore the evolution of La Cucharacha Martina in this portion of the Weiss Center’s Fall 2007 Author/Literature Series.

La Cucaracha Martina is a popular character in Spanish children’s literature. The stories originated in Spanish oral traditions and later moved to a written literary form throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Dr. Lopez-Diaz will also cover the romance of Cucaracha Martina with Ratón Pérez, another famous character of Spanish traditional folklore since the 19th century. The cultural, social, and historical influences that are present in the numerous variations of this folktale will be covered. This presentation will be in English with examples in Spanish.

Dr. Lopez-Diaz will speak about the educational aspects of the folktale for bilingual, world languages, and elementary teachers. The event will take place in Grossnickle Auditorium (G-144) on the New Jersey City University campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard. Parking is available in the university lots on Culver and on West Side Avenue.
Educators desiring Continuing Education credit may contact the Center (201-200-2220, and pay a fee of $15.00. The event is free but there is a suggested donation of $5.00 (per Individual /per Family group) for all center events

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