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Brave New Habana?

Since the announcement of the first steps towards the normalization of relations between the US and Cuba, every so often notes of «progress» have made their way into the news. Very few people (save a number of Southern Florida politicians) would argue against dropping the ineffective and outdated economic embargo

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«They All Wanted to Dress Up Like Sor Juana»

At last month’s opening roundtable for the new Benson Latin American Collection exhibit, Inside the Baroque: the Viceregal Legacy of New Spain, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Professor César Salgado told a funny story about 20th Century postmodern Cuban writer Severo Sarduy, a member of the famous Tel Quel group

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Central American Refugees and the Issue of Visibility

a map of Central America, Mexico, and the Southern US, a good representation of the path child migrants take

Until a few weeks ago, there was a major news cycle which, depending on the ideological bent of the news source, highlighted the increasing numbers of migrants, particularly minors who come as refugees to the US without authorization. They come primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. (But not from

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Humanistas e Intelectuales en el Barro

Mario Vargas Llosa señaló hace un tiempo que los intelectuales estaban en extinción o se encontraban lejos de la contingencia (ver link). Siguiendo esta línea, es posible darse cuenta que grandes temas que afectan a nuestra sociedad se caracterizan por una ausencia casi total de humanistas en el debate público.

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Now that the dust has settled: 7-1 and beyond

  Nothing felt right the day of the game. After weeks of clear and sunny skies, an ominously dark cloud had extend its way over Rio de Janeiro. Everyone was trying to fake optimism in the wake of Neymar’s injury. Maybe because relatively few German fans made it to Rio before

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Who needs the World Cup anyway?

Very few people trust my intentions when I tell them that I will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro this summer to learn Portuguese, at the very same time that Brazil will be hosting the World Cup. They put air-quotes around words like «research» and «language classes», assuming that I

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A reflection on Junot Díaz’s «MFA vs. POC»

Image by Joey L. http://shelf-life.ew.com/2012/02/27/junot-diaz-third-book/

I hope we have all seen the recent Junot Díaz article in the New Yorker, “MFA vs. POC,” about the unbearable whiteness of MFA programs; his ideal syllabus, posted on Slate; and a host of responses to his charge across the internet. As I prepare to move to Cornell for

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Literary Linguistics

Trailblazing, innovating, crossing boundaries? Or should I say encroaching, usurping, stepping on feet, being underfoot? Hannah’s recent post broaches a subject that has been weighing more and more heavily on my graduate student mind. She discusses academic “interloping,” that is, expanding one’s research into fields outside of one’s methodological “home.”

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Gabo vs. A Lifetime of Absolute Normalcy

Remembering Gabriel García Márquez, Edwidge Danticat writes: I am often surprised when people talk about the total implausibility of the events in García Márquez’s fiction. Having been born and lived in a deeply spiritual and extraordinarily resourceful part of the Caribbean, a lot of what might seem magical to others

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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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Guerra fría, mujeres viriles

Para alguien que nació y creció en la época de la Guerra Fría (1947-1991), series de televisión como The Americans actualizan imágenes grabadas en su subconsciente sobre un mundo de intriga, agentes secretos y el constante temor de un enfrentamiento entre dos “súper” poderes en pugna. La serie de televisión,

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¿Formando al músico del siglo XXI?

¿Conservatorios? ¿Departamentos de música? ¿Academias? Con frecuencia estos tres nombres se usan indistintamente para referirse a las instituciones de educación musical; sin embargo existen vitales diferencias entre uno y otro, ya que el foco de las mallas curriculares y las exigencias tienden a ser distintas. La gran pregunta que resalta

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Crossing Disciplines

In my last post, I wrote about the limits of academic writing, and asked what to do when scholarly forms are insufficient. This week, inspired by a talk by Elijah Meeks at the TXDHC conference (that’s «Texas Digital Humanities Consortium conference), I am writing about interloping. What do you do when

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