Keynote Speakers

Professor Andrea Goulet, University of Pennsylvania


Friday, March 31

Professor Goulet’s latest book, Legacies of the Rue Morgue: Space and Science in French Crime Fiction (University of Pennsylvania Press,2016), explores scientific discourses (cartography, geology, geography) in modern French crime fiction from Gaboriau to Vargas. She is also is the author of Optiques: the Science of the Eye and the Birth of Modern French Fiction (Penn, 2006) and has co-edited journal issues on “Visual Culture” (Contemporary French Civilization) and “Crime Fictions” (Yale French Studies).  She is currently Co-Chair, with Corry Cropper of BYU, of the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association.

Eduardo Halfon


Friday, March 31

Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala City. He moved to the United States with his family at the age of ten, went to school in South Florida, studied industrial engineering at North Carolina State University, and then returned to Guatemala to teach literature at Universidad Francisco Marroquín for eight years. Named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogotá, he is also the recipient of the prestigious José María de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. Although bilingual, Halfon chooses to write in Spanish and has published nine books of fiction. In 2011 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on continuing the story of The Polish Boxer, which was the first of his books to be published in English, in 2012, by Bellevue Literary Press. Halfon now lives in Nebraska.