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The Filipino American Cultural Center of Old Dominion University welcomes Lilia Quindoza-Santiago, a Fulbright Scholar from the University of the Philippines who will provide a glimpse at the canon of Filipino literature from the pre-colonial times to the present with a series of Fulbright Lectures titled "Philippine Literatures and Cultures: Understanding the Diversity of Texts and Discourses on the Filipino Nation."

Santiago is a full professor in the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of the Philippines. She serves as an associate professor of fiction with its Writing Institute of the College of Arts and Letters. Known for her various works in fiction, poetry, and biography in her home country, she has garnered major awards such as the National Centennial Commission-Women's Sector, Gawad Chancellor U.P. Diliman, Urian, Palanca, Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino, and Surian.

Santiago has divided the Fulbright Lectures into five seminars/workshops, each with their own focus:

- "Feminist Literatures and Genders in Filipino Writing" on April 21;
- "The Filipino Ethnoepic" on April 25, 27 and 29;
- "Radicalism and the Tradition of Protest in Philippine Letters" on May 2, 4 and 6;
- "The Literatures of the Filipino Diaspora" on May 9, 11 and 13;
- "Aspects of Contemporary Creative Writing and Translation in Filipino" on May 16, 18 and 20.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Higher Education, 1881 University Drive. Old Dominion University offers Continuing Education Units from the Darden College of Education for a one-time fee of $15. For further information, call 683-5099 or email filamcenter@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: April 19, 2005

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