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Book Launch: Mujer Desaparecida by Luis Galli

Book Launch: Mujer Desaparecida by Luis Galli

Lang Cafe, Eugene Lang College
General Public 

Join the Foreign Language Department in celebrating faculty member, Luis Galli, who will read from his new novel Mujer Desaparecida is set in Lima, Perú in the 1980s. This panel will inlude an introduction by Languages Chair, Professor Raúl Rubio and a book commentary by Lang Professor Silvia Vega Llona.

Languages faculty member, Luis Galli, Assistant Professor of Spanish, has authored his first novel, an erotic thriller about treason, intrigue, love, and vengeance set during Perú’s social unrest of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Spanish-language novel, titled Mujer Desaparecida, was inspired by nostalgia for his country given that he has been living outside of Perú for almost twenty years.

Sponsored by the Foreign Languages Department at the Schools of Public Engagement

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Luis Galli:

Trained at The Actor’s Studio, where he completed an MFA, Galli has had an established trajectory as a theater and film actor having appeared in over a dozen films over the last decade. Born in the historic Miraflores neighborhood of Lima, Galli studied law and political sciences. He earned a Licenciatura in Perú and worked as a lawyer in Peru before studying in the UK, where he later earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Law at De Montfort University, scholarship sponsored by the British Council. Shortly thereafter he relocated to Geneva, Switzerland where he apprenticed and later served as a consultant for the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and then as an attorney at the United Nations Compensation Commission(UNCC). While working at the UN in Geneva Galli learned French and embarked on a second Master’s degree in Advertising and Marketing at Ecole SAWI in Lausanne, now known as SAWI Swiss Marketing and Hub Schools. Upon the death of his beloved maternal grandmother, Esperanza, who partly inspired the characters in the novel, Galli decided to follow his dream of moving to New York City in order to pursue acting. After acceptance into the graduate program at The Actor’s Studio (New School University), he studied with and worked alongside a long list of actors, including, Elizabeth Kemp, Harvey Keitel, Ellen Burstyn, and Lee Grant. Upon graduating from The Actor’s Studio in 2004 he became a University Instructor at The New School where he has taught since, also serving as Coordinator of Drama (2011-2013) for the School of Undergraduate Studies at the Schools of Public Engagement. Galli has taught acting workshops at Warsaw Film Institute and appeared in 20 films, winning multiple career awards including a Latin ACE award for best character actor in a TV series (Saint Rose of Lima) in 2018 and the highly regarded US HOLA award for his performance in the 2015 film La Amante del Libertador (The Liberator's Lover).

Silvia Vega-Llona

Vega-Llona is a trained anthropologist with clinical experience and earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies (NYU). She teaches at The New School in the areas of visual culture, film theory, and documentary. Her current research focuses on Pre-Columbian Andean textiles, art objects, and architecture, their influence on European modernism and on contemporary fashion, design, and photography.

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