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Cine Las Americas Review: Las Plantas

A slow-developing look at desire and intimacy through the lens of fear and pop culture is how «Las Plantas» (directed by Roberto Doveris) represents this explicit and dark coming-of-age story. Seventeen-year-old Florencia (Violeta Castillo) sees her independence from parental supervision come at the same time she is left as the

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Reading with Cuban Poet and Essayist Victor Fowler Calzada

Friday, October 9th from 5:30-7:00pm in BEN 2.104 the award winning Cuban poet and essayist Victor Fowler Calzada will conduct a reading from his works. Víctor Fowler Calzada is one of the most influential poets and intellectuals writing in Cuba today.  The author of ten books of poetry and five

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Pterodáctilo Poetry and Tamales at Malvern Books

WHEN: Friday September 26 from 6:00-8:00pm WHERE: Malvern Books at 613 W 29th Street WHAT: Poetry Reading and Tamales Friday September 26th Pterodáctilo will host a poetry reading at Malvern Books as part of the presentation of our Dossier 12 on Contemporary Iberian Poetry. We will provide tamales so our editors, bloggers,

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La Política Revolucionaria Mexicana en las Historietas: Entrevista con Daniela MacGregor Sevilla sobre el Rol de las Historietas en el Sistema Educativo Posrevolucionario

Daniela MacGregor Sevilla presentará su ponencia «The Heroics of Education in Post-Revolutionary Mexico: ‘El Chamaco’ in ‘El maestro mexicano’ (1944)» este sábado como parte del Texas Comic Arts and Cultures Conference y Texas Comicon en San Antonio. Su presentación será parte de un panel titulado «The Cultures of Latin American

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Recalling Eréndira and Thinking of García Márquez

Many years ago when I changed my undergraduate major from art history to Spanish in order to be able to test out of several lower-division Spanish courses and use my art history major courses as electives, I had no idea the impact this decision would have on the rest of

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Esoteric Coloniality

At the presentation of Jossianna Arroyo’s book Writing Secrecy in Caribbean Freemasonry a strange question was brought up and it has had me thinking ever since. The question was, which Masonic texts show, represent, or reproduce concepts of coloniality? At first I could not come up with a satisfactory answer

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Power Is Not Forthcoming: Q & A Session with Junot Díaz

In response to an experienced UT faculty member’s question about what pedagogical practices professors can use to help students understand the importance of race, community activism, and intellectual development, Junot Díaz explained that we must fight for “Gandalf victories.” This was not the first time that Junot Díaz made a

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It’s Pablo Neruda’s Birthday: Where Is His Body Going Now?

Since one of my co-editors sent me a link to celebrate Pablo Neruda’s birthday and to give me «inspiration» for my next post I thought I would go ahead and follow his suggestion (thanks James). Both James and I have been following the recent movements of the Chilean poet’s remains (you

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#vemprarua: following the protest on vine

Watch Vines from the protesters in Brazil HERE. As I attempt to keep up on the news about the massive protests throughout Brazil it is important to keep up with both major news outlets and ground level individual reports. I have messaged a few of my friends/colleagues that are in Brazil studying

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Sem violência! Police Aggression in São Paulo

On the 2nd of June when bus and subway transport prices were raised protesters took to the streets. Since there have been reports of «anarchists» on the streets looking to fight with the police (read more here), but there has also been unofficial videos uploaded to the web. Taken by

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Zombies VS. The Ángel de la Independencia

As I scrolled through my daily readings on my phone I came across an image that confused me: Mexico City’s iconic Ángel de la Independencia statue surrounded by a sea of people with the buildings around it burning in the background. At first I wondered, why are there people all around the

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Connecting Texts: «Daytripper» and Literature Review

Daytripper (2011) is Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Eisner Award winning comic series (now distributed as a single collection or graphic novel) that tells the life story of Brás de Oliva Domingos in contemporary Brazil. The comic’s subtle movements across Brazil (Río, São Paulo, Bahía and Acemira) create a national story

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