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What We’re Reading: «Cuban Fiestas»

Last year around this time, I read this article on the anti-authoritarian roots of Western Christmas celebrations.  The idea is that Christmas, for all its commercialization and emphasis on tradition and harmony, actually has lots of riotous, carnivalesque undercurrents running through it, undercurrents that the article’s author (Laura Miller) connected

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José Saramago (1922-2010) – 90 anos!

A 16 de Novembro, José Saramago (1922-2010) fez 90 anos, o único nóbel da literatura portuguesa até hoje, recebido em 1998. Quando recebeu o prémio dedicou-o a sua avó Josefa, de 90 anos. Eis um excerto desta dedicatória: Carta para Josefa, minha avó: Tens noventa anos. És velha, dolorida. Dizes-me

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Retrato de Enrique Fierro

  «Enrique Fierro sabe que la poesía es cosa seria, por eso escribe un poema que, si lo vemos de este lado, es de vanguardia, y si lo vemos del otro, es clásico, y siempre nos equivocamos de lado. Bueno, supongo que me entienden, nunca leemos de frente, eso se

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What We’re Reading: «Heredia Detective»

This graphic novel by Ramón Díaz Eterovic takes place in Santiago, Chile where a detective with a penchant for movies takes on the case of a women who was murdered while exiting a movie theatre. Serial killings, vintage film references and a touch of the noir genre make this an

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Literatura e afrodescendência no Brasil

Today in the department, Brazilian writer, Conceição Evaristo, joined Dr. Eduardo de Assis Duarte, to give a talk entitled Literatura e afrodescendência no Brasil. Dr. Duarte, professor in the Faculdade de Letras at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brasil, presented his recently published anthology, appropriately named Literatura e afrodescendência no Brasil.

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Vote for LA PODEROSA MEDIA PROJECT

University of Texas Alumni and Graduate Students created LA PODEROSA MEDIA PROJECT and it has been nominated by The Huffington Post for the Millennial Impact Award. Go VOTE! CLICK HERE  

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Preparing our first podcast

James, Carlos y Megan working on the first podcast for Pterodáctilo. Carlos proving that he HAS read 2666. Soon we’ll have up our podcast about Los detectives salvajes, Star Wars, blog names, Spanish language textbook names and a noir dramatic reading.

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