Spanish students host ‘1492: Encuentro Entre Dos Culturas’ event on Oct. 14

October 11, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville students in Dr. Beatriz Botero’s Spanish classes will host the “1492: Encuentro Entre Dos Culturas,” or “Encounter Between Two Cultures,” event on Monday, Oct. 14 in the Markee Pioneer Student Center University Rooms from noon to 1 p.m. Sponsored by UW-Platteville Department of Humanities’ foreign languages program, the event will examine October 1492 and the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas, the first lasting encounter between Europe and America. The event is free and open to the public.

Botero, a Spanish lecturer at UW-Platteville, originally from Bogota, Columbia, garnered the help of the students in her Elementary Spanish course for the event. The students were asked to create posters that displayed different aspects of the European and American cultures. The posters will serve as representations of the values and practices of each culture as well as help participants learn various Spanish words.

“We use the word ‘encounter’ to show how two different cultures can assemble and flourish through understanding rather than impose beliefs upon each other,” said Botero. Aside from helping guests learn Spanish, Botero hopes this event will help educate students about various ways to deal with clashes between cultures.

Columbus’ arrival will also be highlighted through the showing of two movies at the event, “1492 Conquest of Paradise,” shown at 3 p.m. and “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery,” shown at 6 p.m. Both films last two hours and will be shown in Room 6, Ullrich Hall. The event will also include an interactive discussion in which all participants are encouraged to speak in Spanish.

Contact: Terry Burns, Department of Humanities, (608) 342-1880, burnst@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Julian Robinson, Department of Humanities, (608) 342-1880, robinsonju@uwplatt.edu

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