The semi-annual Language and International Health Symposium provides a forum to discuss and increase awareness of international health issues, emphasizing interrelations with language, culture, interdisciplinary studies, and artistic creation. Medical professionals, faculty, students and alumni can present their research on health-related topics, especially those that impact minorities, immigrant communities and developing countries in a global economy.
Dr. Eduardo Espina is a Professor of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. He has published the following books of poetry: Valores Personales (1982), La caza nupcial (1993 and 1997), El oro y la liviandad del brillo (1994), Coto de casa (1995), Lee un poco más despacio (1999), Mínimo de mundo visible (2003), and El cutis patrio (2006). He is also the author of the books of essays: El disfraz de la modernidad (1992), Las ruinas de lo imaginario (1996), and La condición Milli Vanilli. Ensayos de dos siglos (2003), and Historia Universal del Uruguay (2008). He has won the Premio Nacional de Ensayo of Uruguay twice for the books Las ruinas de lo imaginario (1996) and Un plan de indicios (2000). In 1998, he received the Premio Municipal de Poesía for Deslenguaje. Doctoral theses have been written about his poetic works, and extensive academic articles have been published in prestigious academic journals such as Revista Iberoamericana and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Espina's poetry is studied in universities in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, and his poems have been translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, German and Croatian. He is included in the Encyclopedia Britannica and in more than 20 anthologies of Latin American poetry, Medusario, published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica being among them. In 2010, Dr. Eduardo Espina was awarded a Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to assist research and artistic creation.
Photograph of Dr. Eduardo Espina: courtesy of Alex Garza.