Liz Greco '14

Elizabeth Greco ‘14 to Present at National LACAS Conference

February 28, 2014

Hartwick senior, Elizabeth Greco '14, will present at the Second LACAS Latin American, Caribbean, Latin@, and Indigenous Undergraduate Student Conference at Binghamton University on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

At the conference, which is sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program (LACAS), students will deliver papers and presentations related to the major conference themes: education, politics, economics, criminal justice, race, gender, sexual orientation, sexuality, class, ethnicity, color, culture, music, and dance.

"During the past two years at Hartwick, my interest in Latin American studies, indigenous cultures, etc., has steadily grown," said Greco. "I am as excited to listen to other students as I am to share my poems because I want to learn as much as I possibly can."

While the majority of students will present research papers and presentations, Greco will read selections from her senior project in English, a collection of original poems entitled Encrucijada/Crossroads. Greco, an English and Spanish double major with a minor in Latin American Studies, wrote the poems based on her experiences in Peru and Bolivia, where she went first as a student and later as a volunteer in community development.

The following excerpt from the collection's title poem, "Encrucijada (Crossroads)," describes Greco's experience traveling across the border between Bolivia and Peru, but also introduces a major theme about which she writes:

The bus rolls on.
If I should feel different
              being raised in a country
              where we are taught borders
I don't.
I bring la frontera with me:
  yo soy una encrucijada. Enter

"It's exciting to see a writer discover and grow into her vocation, especially within the opportunities that Hartwick provides," said Professor of English and Director of Writing Dr. Robert Bensen. "These sure-voiced poems from her January Term senior project find her place within an ancient Indigenous America at once estranged and familiar, hostile and welcoming. She replaces Anzaldúa's metaphor of the cultural borderland with the crossroads, the intersection that she traverses again and again. These are highly accomplished, confident poems that open trails we'd do well to follow."

For additional information, contact Bensen at 607-431-4902.

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