Xavier hosts Latin American poet Ernesto Cardenal

Poet was nominated for the Nobel prize for his work for social justice | September 8, 2008

Nobel prize nominee Ernesto Cardenal reads from his 1989 work “Cántico Cósmico,” accompanied by the English translation, at Xavier University’s Gallagher Center Theatre today, Monday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 pm.

Many critics consider Fr. Cardenal to be the greatest living Latin American poet, often compared with another Nicaraguan poet, Rubén Darío. Well-known as a spokesperson for justice in Central America, he served as Minister of Culture under the Sandinista government in Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990. He was educated at Jesuit schools in Nicaragua and in Mexico and then at Columbia University. He was ordained a priest in 1965 in Nicaragua.

This program is made possible by several Xavier groups including Voices of Solidarity, the Student Organization of Latinos, the Spanish Club, the Department of Modern Languages, the Ethics, Religion and Society Program, the Academic Service Learning Semester programs, the Latin American Studies Minor and the Office of the Provost.

Admission is free. For more information, please call 513-745-4240.