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NMSU to host talk on Dominican-American writers

New Mexico State University?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a talk about Dominican-American writers featuring Basilio Belliard at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

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Basilio Belliard, a professor at Universidad Autonoma Santo Domingo, will be the featured speaker at a New Mexico State University?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies talk about Dominican-American writers April 16. (Courtesy photo)

A professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Belliard will make his presentation in Spanish with an English translator.

?Professor Belliard will discuss the reception of Dominican-American writers, such as Junot Diaz and Julia Alvarez, in the Dominican Republic and their impact among contemporary Dominican critics, writers and general readers. He also will address issues such as the national and personal identities and the chosen language addressed in their narrative,? said Jesus J. Barquet, distinguished achievement professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics.

Additionally, Belliard will debate whether Dominican-American writers consider themselves Dominican or American authors or both if they were born from Dominican parents and/or raised in the U.S. and originally wrote in English.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit clabs.nmsu.edu.