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Luis Fernando Restrepo


Luis Fernando Restrepo

Luis Fernando Restrepo
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Community
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Phone: 479-575-7580
E-mail: lrestr@uark.edu
Office: 616 Kimpel Hall


Professional Biography:


Luis Fernando Restrepo is a Professor of the Foreign Languages Department since 1995. He studied Philosophy and Literature at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia, where he earned his B.A. in 1988. He did his graduate work at the University of Maryland at College Park (MA and Ph.D in Latin American Literature). His area of specialization is colonial Latin America. Other research and teaching interests include indigenismo, indigenous literatures, film, and cultural studies. He has published Un nuevo reino imaginado: Las elegías de varones ilustres de Indias de Juan de Castellanos (Instituto Colombiano de Cultura Hispánica 1999) and the Antología crítica de Juan de Castellanos (Pontificia Universidas Javeriana 2004) as well as numerous articles and chapters in journals and scholarly editions. He is currently working on a project on post conquest Muisca (Chibcha) culture and the ethnopolitics of memory in contemporary Colombia. In 2000 he was a Fulbright visiting professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia and at the Universidad de Antioquia in 2006 and 2007. He has served in the Modern Languages Association's executive committee of the division of Colonial Latin American literature (1998-2003). He also is a member of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Peer Review Committee for the Andes and Central America (2001-2003). He has co-chaired the LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Colombia Section. He serves in the editorial boards of Cuadernos de literatura (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), Estudios de Literatura Colombiana (Universidad de Antioquia), and Confluencia (University of Colorado). He is part of the Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Program committee, in which he also served as Program director (2004-2008). Prof. Restrepo has taught the Latin American Studies Colloquium twice: "Cinema and Social Justice in Latin America" (1997) and "The Latin American City" (1999) as well as courses on memory and trauma, indigenous literatures, Latin American art and society, and testimonio.