Jorge Luis Borges, The First Q?

Jorge Luis Borges, The First Q? with Gustavo Fares

In 1940, an obscure Argentine writer, Jorge Luis Borges, wrote about an imaginary sect that invented a society with its own culture, sciences, philosophy, and language. In the story, the sect’s fictional ideas ended up transforming the real world. Fast forward to 2022 in the United States, where we will explore the ways in which QAnon parallels Borges’ imaginary sect and, through fake ideas, is changing society.

Gustavo Fares, a native of Argentina, is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Lawrence University, where he regularly teaches a course on Jorge Luis Borges.  He received a J.D. Law Degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, in Argentina (1985), and a Ph. D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh (1989).  He is the author of several books and articles on Latin American topics. Fares’ research include Latin American cultural studies, legal studies, visual arts, and border studies.  He  is currently a Fulbright Specialist in Multiculturalism (2015-2022). 

Service Leader: Jim Black      Music: Colin Welford