Fall 2020 Diversity Seminar

Diversity Seminar Series

Kristine Muñoz, Spanish & Portuguese 

“Moving Beyond the Media: A Digital Humanities Correction to Stereotypes of Colombians” 

Colombian Americans face nearly inevitable comments that link their national heritage to drug trafficking when they identify themselves. This presentation focuses on creating resources for people to be better informed and more respectful of Colombians, both in their own country and in the US, including digital venues to bring a critical social scientific lens to a public that gets most of its images of Colombia from a Netflix series called “Narcos”, an unbearably violent and glorified Hollywood version of Pablo Escobar’s life. Drawing on materials from a course in Spanish called “Medellín”, and a website now called Medellín after Escobar (medellin.lib.uiowa.edu), this presentation will introduce the site and its goal: To show US Americans how much more there is to Colombia than the stereotypes they so often see on television. 

The Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE), in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the University Libraries; and the Office of the Provost is pleased to announce this semester’s Diversity Seminar. The Diversity Seminar is a series of presentations that provides a safe and supportive space in which scholars may present their research to colleagues and students on campus. As part of its mission to promote student success and enrichment, the CDE seeks to support and promote the scholarship of faculty, staff, and graduate students with historically underrepresented global majority and/or marginalized identities at the University of Iowa. Scholars whose research addresses populations with marginalized identities may also submit proposals. All sessions will held via Zoom.  

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