Faculty Lecture Series to Close with Lecture by Professor Bell-Villada

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 7, 2001–Gene Bell-Villada, associate professor of romance languages at Williams College, will conclude the 2001 Faculty Lecture Series with his talk on “Nabokov, Ayn Rand, Mr. Bounderby, My Father, and Me.” The lecture will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 in Wege Auditorium of Thompson Chemistry (room 123). The event is free and open to the public.

Bell-Villada has written numerous articles, book reviews, and papers on modern Latin American literature and modern comparative literature. He is an authority on authors Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

He is the author of several works of fiction, including “The Pianist Who Liked Ayn Rand: A Novella and 13 Stories,” and “The Carlos Chadwick Mystery: A Novel of College Life and Political Terror.”

Bell-Villada earned his B.A. in music from the University of Arizona in 1963, his M.A. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 1967, and his Ph.D. in romance languages from Harvard University in 1974. Bell-Villada has taught at Williams since 1975.