Music, Film and Culture in the Global City
Spanish and Classics Department & Music
Ana Peluffo is professor of Latin American literatures and cultures at UC Davis. Her research interests are Latin American Literatures and Cultures with a particular emphasis on affect and the emotions, intersections of gender and race and Latin American feminisms. She is the author of En clave emocional: Cultura y afecto en América Latina (2016), Lágrimas andinas: Sentimentalismo, género y virtud republicana (Iberoamericana, 2005), Entre hombres: Masculinidades del siglo XIX en América Latina (co-edited with Ignacio Sánchez-Prado, 2010), and Pensar el siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI (A contracorriente, 2012). Prof. Peluffo has also published numerous articles on contemporary Argentine culture and film.
Pablo Ortiz has been a professor of music at the University of California, Davis since 1994. He holds degrees from the Universidad Catolica Argentina and Columbia University. He has composed chamber, orchestral, vocal, choral and electroacoustic music, as well as music for theatre and film. Major commissioners include the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the Koussevitzky Foundation, to write Raya en el mar, for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Fideicomiso para la cultura Mexico-US to write children's songs, the Gerbode Foundation to compose Oscuro, for Chanticleer and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Terezin Foundation, to write Garden songs for soprano and string trio, and Leaving Limerick, for choir. In 1993 he was a Fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2008 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
A Message to Students and Parents
“I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and subsequently moved to New York City, where I studied at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University. I have been teaching a summer abroad course in Buenos Aires for the last fifteen years. I really enjoy sharing with students my passion for urban life, as Buenos Aires is in many ways the antithesis of Davis: there are museums, festivals, street performances and all kinds of activities at all hours (most restaurants don’t even open for dinner until 9 PM). Just taking the subway or walking down the street often becomes an adventure, as the city is full of action and excitement. For me, it is very rewarding to witness the life-changing effect that this traveling experience has on students’ lives. Many of them fall in love with the city and later return on their own for extended periods of time. At Davis, I teach courses in the Spanish Department on Latin American literatures and cultures, with an emphasis on Argentina, gender studies and visual arts.” — Ana Peluffo