Seis Miradas por Latinoamérica

Six Perspectives of Latin America

Interdisciplinary Event Honoring Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda

September 22, 23, 24, 25

All events are Free and Open to the General Public


Monday September 22, 2014


Location: Charlotte Hanes Gallery Scales Fine Arts Center (SFAC). 5:00 pm

Jorge Otero’s work will be presented as part of Seis Miradas por Latinoamérica, centered on the poetry of Pablo Neruda and its reflection in music and art. Professor Patricia Dixon, director of this interdisciplinary program, will introduce Chilean composer/guitarist Javier Farías, and share his contributions to this international project.

Jorge Otero’s family was a part of the post-1959 Cuban Diaspora.
Otero’s images reflect a culture that has historically valued the poetic imagination. Like Neruda’s work, Otero’s varies stylistically across many subjects. Whether evincing an abstract-classical, a lingering romantic, or even a surrealist sensibility, his photos often have an elegiac flavor.

Premiere of Javier Farías “Recinto de la Piedra” for four guitars and two narrators (Spanish and English) inspired on chapters 1 to 6 from “Alturas de Macchu Picchu” from El Canto General by Pablo Neruda
Quartet features: John Kossler, Nick Bennett, Drake Duffer and Lando Pieroni
Narrators: Patricia Dixon and Dr. Edwin G. Wilson.
Location: September 22, Charlotte Hanes Gallery Scales Fine Arts Center (SFAC). 5:00 pm.


Tuesday September 23, 2014

Concert: Seis Miradas por Latinoamérica: Homenaje a Pablo Neruda
Six Perspectives of Latin America: Homage to Pablo Neruda
Pre-concert talk with composer Javier Farías and Patricia Dixon

Location: Room 208 -SFAC 6:30. p.m.


Javier Farías

Patricia Dixon


Tuesday September 23, 2014

Concert: Brendle Recital Hall - SFAC 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Eliot Fisk and Ben Verdery, in the premieres of Javier Farías “Geografía de un Canto” for solo guitar, and “Cortada fue la Tierra” for two guitars, by Farías, and Ben Verdery’s “En ti los rios cantan” for solo guitar.

Eliot Fisk

Benjamin Verdery


Wednesday September 24, 2014

Lecture: "Pablo Neruda and the Ruins of Inter-Americanism"

Guest Speaker Harris Feinsod is assistant professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. His recent writing appears in the forthcoming American Quarterly, Chicago Review, Telos, Arcade, and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, for which he was assistant editor. His current book project is a literary history of hemispheric poetry relations during the Cold War.

Location: ZSR Library Auditorium 4:30 p.m.


Lecture: "Pablo Neruda and the Ruins of Inter-Americanism"

Poems about the pre-Columbian ruins of the Americas are often understood as forms of neo-romantic meditation, as expressions of universal humanism, or as exercises in postmodern tourism. This talk offers another proposition. After spotlighting the roles of poets such as Pablo Neruda in World War II-era hemispheric cultural diplomacy initiatives, I argue that a postwar genre of ruin poetry, galvanized by Neruda's Alturas de Macchu Picchu (1947), developed as an oblique form of political poetry responding to the rapid demise of the movement for hemispheric democracy after 1945. I show how Neruda sparked a rich genre of ruin poetry—by writers as various as the young Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Martín Adán, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Ernesto Cardenal—who expressed moral identifications with the indigenous civic histories of the Americas as a mechanism for critiquing the Cold War collapse of political and cultural inter-Americanism. Further tracking the way in which Neruda's poems offered compensations for faultlines in the geopolitical imaginary of the hemisphere, I will describe Neruda's shifting conception of inter-American poetry by illustrating the relations of several key poems to a network of U.S. and Latin American poets around the years 1943, 1950, 1966 and 1972.

Thursday September 25, 2014

Concert: Seis Miradas por Latinoamérica: Homenaje a Pablo Neruda
Six Perspectives of Latin America: Homage to Pablo Neruda

Recital by John Kossler Alumnus (2011)

Location: Brendle Recital Hall SFAC 7:30 p.m.

John Kossler started his guitar studies through the Suzuki Method with his father, William Kossler, at the age of four years old. He eventually attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina, studying under Joseph Pecoraro. Placing in competitions such as the ECU Guitar Festival in Greenville, North Carolina, the Young Arts Festival in Miami, Florida, and the Music Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, John then attended Wake Forest University, studying under Patricia Dixon. During his education at WFU, he performed in Europe at cities including Milan, Italy and Postojna, Slovenia. Currently John attends the Yale School of Music pursuing a master's degree in guitar performance with Ben Verdery.

This event is made possible by the generous contributions of Wake Forest University, the NEA, NEH, IPLACe, Humanities Institute, Office of the Provost, Office of the Dean of the College, Music Department, Romance Languages Department, Art Department, Latin American Studies and Latino Studies, Interdisciplinary Honors Program, English Department and the Inter American Development Bank.

Humanities Institute

Latin American and Latino Studies
Inter American Development Bank
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts

Photos of theEvents



El Mercurio Santiago, Chile Article

The Washington Post Article


Seis Miradas por Latinoamérica

Six Perspectives of Latin America

Project Description

Wake Forest University and six other entities are organizing Seis Miradas por Latinoamérica, an international multidisciplinary event celebrating Latin American culture. Newly commissioned compositions by Chilean composer Javier Farías, now in residence at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., will pay tribute to the six Latin American writers who have received the Nobel Prize in Poetry and Literature: Gabriela Mistral (Chile), Miguel Ángel Asturias (Guatemala), Pablo Neruda (Chile), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Octavio Paz (Mexico) and Mario Vargas Llosa (Perú). These new compositions will be premiered in several locations during 2014 through 2016.

The objectives of this project are to expose audiences to the richness of Latin American culture through the arts and literature. The project includes the production of a CD featuring seventy minutes of new music for the guitar and other instruments, to present different facets of Latin American culture; each performance celebrating multiculturalism and diversity in the realms of art, music, poetry and literature.

For more information about all the events and their locations visit:

Participating Organizations

  Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT), Mexico
  Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
  Latin American Cultural Week of New York
  Pan American Music Art Research, Inc.
  Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA)
  Wake Forest University
  San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  Chilean National Music Fund/Fundacion Itau


September 22-25, 2014 - Wake Forest University: Homage to Pablo Neruda
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Artists: Guitarists, Eliot Fisk and Ben Verdery

October 6-7, 2014 - Centro Cultural de Tijuana: Homage to Octavio Paz
Location: Tijuana, Mexico
Artists: Guitarist Roberto Limon, and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano

December 3, 2014 - Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium: Homage to García Márquez Location: Washington, D.C.
Artists: Classical Guitarist Ricardo Cobo

May 2015 - Chilean National Music Fund/Fundación Itau: Homage to the six Nobel Prizes in Literature
Location: Sala Claudio Arrau, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile
Artists: Carlos Pérez, Luis Orlandini, Romilio Orellana, Ensamble de Guitarras de Chile,
Guest artist: Pablo Ziegler

October 29, 2015 - San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Homage to Miguel Angel Asturias Location: Sol Joseph Hall from the Conservatory of San Francisco
Artists: David Tanenbaum/San Francisco Conservatory Guitar ensemble

November 2015 - Pan-American Music Arts Research Inc.: Homage to Gabriela Mistral
Latin American Cultural Week of New York
Location: New York
Artists: TBA.
June 2016 – Youth Orchestra of the America’s Tour: Homage to Mario Vargas Llosa
Location: Brasil, Paraguay and Bolivia Tour
Artists: The Assad Brothers on tour with YOA

Special guest artist: Andy Summers. Recording of a new music for classical and electric guitar during the second semester of 2014 at his studio in Los Angeles.