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Examining Ecuador

Barry McNamara

Monmouth College assistant professor of modern foreign languages Diana Ruggiero will present an International Luncheon talk on Oct. 27 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the college’s Stockdale Center.


Titled “From the Margin to the Center: How Bomba and Soccer Re-shaped Racial Prejudices in Today’s Ecuador,” Ruggiero’s talk will discuss ethnographic research resulting in the production of a documentary film (“Más allá del fútbol”). A native of Argentina, Ruggiero will examine what the revival and reinterpretation of “La Bomba” – a local song-and-dance genre of African origin – reveals about the relationship among tradition, identity and the struggles of historically marginalized groups such as the Afro-Ecuadorian.


A buffet lunch, featuring international foods, is available. A meal ticket may be purchased for $7.25 in the food service office in Stockdale Center. Lunch reservations must be made in advance by calling 309-457-2149, but anyone may attend the presentation without obligation to purchase the meal.