Nicaraguan Writer/Activist to Speak Thursday

Nicaraguan priest, writer and activist Ernesto Cardenal will speak from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at St. James Church in Johnson City, on his newly released book The Origin of Species and Other Poems. The twice Nobel Prize-nominated author of more than 35 books, Cardenal is widely acknowledged as Latin America’s greatest living poet. Cardenal has always considered poetry as a powerful agent for constructive social change. Speaking out again oppression, his poetry gives voice to the voiceless. His concern with eliminating oppression led him to become one of the most famous liberation theologians of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas. From 1979 to 1987 he served as Nicaragua’s first Culture Minister. The event is sponsored by: Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program (LACAS).  Co-sponsored by: Dean of Harpur College, Department of Comparative Literature, History Department, Department of Romance Languages, Sociology Department, Indigenous Student Association, Convocations Committee, Graduate Student Organization.