Book Talk: Resonances of El Chavo del Ocho in Latin American Childhood, Schooling, and Societies, with Daniel Friedrich & Erica Colmenares
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 10/01/2017
Uploaded: 11/17/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Book Talks, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: childhood, El Chavo, Latin America, Popular culture, television shows

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Description/Abstract: Book Talk: Resonances of El Chavo del Ocho in Latin American Childhood, Schooling, and Societies, with Daniel Friedrich & Erica Colmenares, Wednesday, 10/4, 4-5pm


El Chavo del Ocho is one of the most influential pieces of popular culture to have hit Latin America in the last 50 years having, at the peak of its popularity in the mid-1970s, reached an approximate audience of 350 million across the Americas. It is also a rare example of a cultural product that has travelled through Latin America, leaving a lasting impact for several decades.

Resonances of El Chavo del Ocho in Latin American Childhood, Schooling, and Societies (Bloomsbury, 2017) "analyzes the phenomenon of El Chavo, and its images of schooling and childhood, Latin American-ness, class and experience. Including contributors from Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia and the US, the book combines reflections from a variety of international perspectives without attempting to compare or reach consensus on any ultimate meaning(s) of the work. The book explores themes such as images of schooling and childhood, romanticization of poverty, the prevalence of non-traditional families, and cynicism towards the economic structures and inequalities which, some argue, make the show transgressive and quite uniquely Latin American. Investigating the connection between visual culture studies and transcultural curriculum studies, this innovative book provides scholars with new insights into conceptualizing childhood, schooling, and society in Latin America."
-- Bloomsbury Academic, Book Description

Daniel Friedrich is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College. Professor Friedrich holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, minor in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin, and B.A. [Licenciatura] in Educational Sciences, minor in Philosophy, from the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Erica Colmenares is a doctoral researcher in the department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College. Prior to coming to Teachers College, Erica served as an elementary teacher in Kuwait and Indonesia. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Erica studied Elementary Education, Spanish literature, and French language at Vanderbilt University and has an E.d.M. in Teaching and Learning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and Gottesman Libraries.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, October 3rd

Where: 306 Russell