CONFERENCE: GABRIELA MISTRAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Saturday April 21, 2018, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
McConnell Hall 103, Smith College
Gabriela Mistral (1889–1957), born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, was a Chilean poet, essayist, schoolteacher, diplomat and activist for the rights of women, children and indigenous peoples. The first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in literature (1945), she remains the only female Nobel Laureate in literature in the Spanish language. Eleven years ago, upon the death of her partner and executor, Doris Dana, a large collection of Gabriela Mistral’s previously unknown papers and audio recordings were made public. This new archive was then donated to the National Library of Chile by Dana’s niece, Doris Atkinson. These materials have now contributed to a re-interpretation of the poet’s life and work. This conference, Gabriela Mistral in the 21st century, brings together the top Mistral scholars from Chile and the United States. The invited participants will discuss the significance of this new trove of papers and recordings, recent publications that have relied on these new materials, and future scholarship on the life and work of Gabriela Mistral.
Doris Atkinson, Gabriela Mistral’s last literary executor (Mount Holyoke College ‘80)
Marjorie Agosin, Wellesley College
Elizabeth Horan, Arizona State University
Soledad Falabella, Universidad de Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile
Maria Elena Wood, Chilean documentary filmmaker