Video documentation of the Religious Fervor and Popular Culture mini-seminar presented as a part of the 4th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2003 in New York City, United States under the title Spectacles of Religiosities. Moderated by Ulla Berg and Alyshia Gálvez.
Silvia Spitta, is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Dartmouth College. Her field of interest ranges from contemporary and colonial Latina/o American writers, theories of transculturation, and narratives of mestizaje or miscegenation. Author of Between Two Waters: Literary Transculturation in Latin America, Spitta is currently working on a book titled Theories of Colonialism in/of the Americas and on a project concerning the mestizo in Latin American and Latino narratives. Paper title: "New Mexico/New Mestizo: Enacted and Otherwise."
Sylvia Molloy, Albert Schweitzer Professor of the Humanities at New York University, is one of the most influential scholars of Latin American literature and culture. She is also a prestigious fiction writer. Her novel En Breve Cárcel (Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1981) has been translated into English and Portuguese. She recently finished a new novel El Común Olvido. She has been the recipient of numerous honors: Presidency of the Modern Language Association, the Doctorate of Humane Letters, Tulane University, the Achievement Award for Outstanding Service to La Herencia Latina and the Latino Community, the N.E.H Fellowship and the Guggenheim Fellowship. Paper title: "Displaying Americas: Idols and Ideology."
Vivian Martínez Tabares is a Cuban critic, researcher, editor and professor. She has published Teatro por el Gran Octubre, José Sanchís Sinisterra: Explorar las Vías del Texto Dramático, and Didascalias Urgentes de una Espectadora Interesada. Her work has been compiled in theatre anthologies, and she has collaborated in specialized publications in the Americas and Europe. She is a professor at the Instituto Superior de Arte, and has lectured in several universities in Latin America and Europe. She received the "Caribe 2000" Rockefeller Foundation fellowship at Universidad de Puerto Rico. Martínez Tabares is director of Conjunto theater journal, and head of the Theater Department of Casa de las Américas, Cuba, where she organizes the Theatrical May Season.