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Is a Romani Life Worth a Hill of Beans?

Why is it then, that Ahmaud and Manuel —an African American and a Romani— were presumed to be thieves? Why is it so hard for some people to believe that Ahmaud was only jogging and Manuel was only taking a walk with his son?» By Annabel Carballo Mesa and Mariana

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Barcelona, jo t’estim/Barcelona, yo te quiero

A todo el mundo le gusta Barcelona. Es prácticamente imposible no encontrar algo que te interese en esa ciudad a menos que seas un ermitaño total, y aún así te gusta. Simplemente es la ciudad en la que pasa todo. Tiene una vida social y cultural envidiable y todos los

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A Cheese Cave Pilgrimage in Asturias

Asturias, one of Spain’s autonomous communities, is located in the northwest portion of the Iberian peninsula, bordered by Cantabria to the East, Castille and León to the South and the Bay of Biscay to the north. The region includes an extensive coastline, and several mountain ranges, most notably a large

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Six Tricks for Reading Colonial Manuscripts

Photo shows me sitting on the steps under a large statue of a robed figure with the word "Nebrija" inscribed below.

In the course of my research at the Biblioteca Nacional de España this summer, I learned the hard way that without paleographical skills, many early modern and medieval texts become unreadable. Their interlinear and marginal glosses, not to mention major swathes of text, can be lost in the wake of illegibility. Leaving the hot,

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Dissertation Spotlight: Christina McCoy

This is the first post in what I’m hoping will become a semi-regular series of dissertation spotlights. I’ve got two purposes in mind with this series. First, obviously, I want to highlight some of the Spanish & Portuguese Department’s most talented and smartest grad students, and give their projects some

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Penelope Casas, 1943 – 2013

  My parents married in 1977. Shortly after that, my dad, a naval officer in the JAG Corps, got sent to the base in Rota, in southern Spain, where my parents stayed until 1981. For part of that time they lived in base housing, but when I was born in

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Feliz HemingDay!

  (photo via Brazos Bookstore) Tomorrow (July 21st) is Ernest Hemingway’s 114th birthday. Which means that right now in Key West the annual Hemingway Days festival is going on, highlighted by the world-renowned Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway lookalike contest. If you want to celebrate, but want to stay a little closer

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La caja 507

The most recent films of Enrique Urbizu illustrate an interesting thematic trend: both La caja 507 and No habrá paz para los malvados depict Spain and its people as victims at the center of vast conspiracies involving international capital. In La caja 507, Modesto Pardo lives in an unnamed town

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Guest Post: Diana Norton on LO IMPOSIBLE

By Diana Norton: The Impossible (Lo imposible) is slick and well-made film telling the story of a family on Holiday in Thailand, whose fun-filled vacation at a luxury beach resort is rocked by the 2004 tsunami. However, its slow plot and narrow focus have brought criticism surrounding its portrayal the

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