Conference on Latin American and Iberian Studies to be Held March 18

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Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature will host the Interdisciplinary Conference on Latin American and Iberian Studies on Saturday, March 18, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. In Lee’s Science & Math Complex (SMC). 

The conference will highlight presentations on the languages, literatures, and cultures of Latin America and Spain, along with other related topics such as service learning, cross-cultural experiences, foreign language methodology, and education.  

“For ten years, our foreign language and interdisciplinary conference has been successful,” said Dr. Alexander Steffanell, professor of Spanish and director of the Latin American Studies Program at Lee. “We host college students and faculty from the United States and overseas to share their projects, research, and cross-cultural experiences.”  

The conference will feature “The Conversatorio,” a talk-show-style guest panel with Ana George, King University; Kelly Jackson, Sara Ortega-Higgs, and Tiffany Robayna of Samford University; and Oleski Miranda, Emory and Henry College. The Conversatorio will take place at 10:40 a.m. in the SMC Lecture Hall. 

There will also be a Culture and Literature Showcase held during the conference. This showcase will be a smaller, walk-through poster session, featuring presentations by students from multiple universities and local high schools.  

“Our main goal is to give the undergraduate students a chance to explore research and their passion for other cultures. Every year, I receive emails from faculty from other colleges asking about the conference and thanking us for organizing such a unique event in the south,” said Steffanell.  

Everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is $45 per person, $25 for students. The fee covers the event and two meals. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Steffanell at or (423) 614-8216. Walk-ins are welcome and can register on site the day of the event. or by showing up the day of the event. 

For more information about the conference or Lee’s Department of Language and Literature, call (423) 614-8210.

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