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Kaleidoscope Conference 2017 Summary

For the thirteenth year, Kaleidoscope 2017 took place during the second week in March and, thanks to the graduate students of the department, it was a complete success. We kicked off the conference on Thursday with a series of linguistics panels and ended the day with Terrell Morgan’s keynote talk about the use of “y’all.”
Friday’s panels were dedicated to Golden Age literature, including the final keynote presentation by Francisco Layna about Sancho Panza. Also on Friday, the Diversity Group held their roundtable, discussing how to integrate diversity into the language classroom. After lunch, Rey Andújar put on a thought-provoking performance and talked about his art and work. Friday evening was relaxing and enjoyable thanks to Zona de Carga and their Open Mic Night, which took place at Porta Bella restaurant.
Our Saturday panels included more literary and film presentations in the morning, and our Portuguese presentations in the afternoon. The final keynote of the conference, Anna Klobucka, spoke about the important issue of gendered identity politics. Saturday’s formal events finished with the department’s theater group, Décimo Piso, and their performance of "Eran tres y ahora son cuatro" by Myrna Casas, which depicts the frustrations of bureaucracy. The final reception was hosted at the Fluno Center, where many presenters and participants could unwind and continue their conversations about the conference’s events.
The Co-Chairs Dion Grosse, Israel Pechstein, and Andrew Schmiege would like to express our gratitude to all who presented and participated at this year’s conference that made it such a success.