Dear PLAS friends,
I’d like to share with you the link to an article that appeared this weekend in Ñ, the cultural supplement of the Argentine daily Clarín. It’s titled “La memoria de la literatura latinoamericana” and highlights Firestone Library’s extensive collection of archives, correspondence, manuscripts and other materials by Latin American and Caribbean authors and intellectuals.
Also in the issue is a text by Rubén Gallo about Severo Sarduy in Princeton, entitled “Un cubano en Princeton.”
For additional information about Latin American special collections at Princeton, please visit http://libguides.princeton.edu/latinam_iberian_primary.
Fernando Acosta Rodriguez
Librarian for Latin American Studies, Firestone Library
João Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology, has been selected to receive the 2013 J.I. Staley Prize for his book “Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment.” The prize is given annually by the School for Advanced Research for a book that represents the best writing and scholarship in anthropology. The Staley Prize panel called the work “a landmark of anthropological writing, humanizing in the most literal sense.” Biehl, who also co-directs the Program in Global Health and Health Policy, will receive the prize, which is accompanied by a $10,000 award, on Nov. 21 at the meetings of American Anthropological Association in Chicago.
Princeton University graduate students Angéle Christin, Laura Gandolfi, George Young and Jiaying Zhao have been named co-winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton’s top honor for graduate students. The fellowships support the final year of study at Princeton and are awarded to students whose work has exhibited the highest scholarly excellence.
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On the eve of Dec. 20, 2012, while the international news media were reporting on the alleged “end of the world” predicted by the ancient Maya calendar, six Princeton students and their professor were in Guatemala to experience the phenomenon firsthand.
De Mauricio Artinano y Ubaldo Escalante
Durante nuestra breve estadía en Costa Rica, logramos reunirnos y conversar con más de 60–65 personas relacionadas con el parque en el barrio de León XIII donde esperamos desarrollar nuestra propuesta de intervención urbana. Entre las personas con las que nos reunimos estaban la Vicealcaldesa de la Municipalidad de Tibás, el Comandante de la Fuerza Pública de León XIII, el Padre Raschid de la Iglesia Católica de León XIII, personal de la Municipalidad de Tibás, personal del Hogar de Adultos Mayores de León XIII, personal de la Cruz Roja de León XIII, niños(as), jóvenes, adultos mayores… De estas conversaciones logramos entender de primera mano la realidad de los vecinos y vecinas del parque y con base a estos insumos vamos a desarrollar nuestra propuesta. La intención nuestra es además de una propuesta trabajar con todos estos actores, así como con el Profesor Mazzanti, para lograr hacerla realidad.
Prof. Guimarães, a leading sociologist on race in Brazil and a principal investigator of Princeton’s Global Network on Race and Citizenship, published an article in Folha de S.Paulo about President Dilma Rousseff’s new affirmative action policy. Read the article in Portuguese.
Sérgio Buarque de Holanda’s Roots of Brazil is one of the iconic books on Brazilian history, society, and culture. Originally published in 1936, it appears here for the first time in an English language translation with a foreword, “Why Read Roots of Brazil Today?” by Pedro Meira Monteiro, one of the world’s leading experts on Buarque de Holanda.
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The following was published in the 2011 Princeton University Emeritus Booklet.
It is very difficult to imagine Latin American literature at Princeton without Ricardo Piglia. He is not only an admired novelist but also an inspiring teacher and the author of brilliant essays on major Argentine writers and on the art of fiction. Piglia has been associated with Princeton for almost 25 years since his appointment as a fellow in the Council of the Humanities in 1987. During the 1990s he taught at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and returned to Princeton on several occasion as a visiting professor. He also taught at Harvard University and at the University of California-Davis. In 2001 he accepted a position in the newly created Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton and since then has been the Walter S. Carpenter Professor of Language, Literature, and Civilization of Spain.
The personal and literary papers of the Nicaraguan-born Salvadoran writer Claribel Alegría were recently added to the Manuscripts Division’s extensive collection of archives, correspondence, and manuscripts by 20th century Latin American and Caribbean authors and intellectuals.
Pedro Meira Monteiro’s article in Folha de S.Paulo is a brief reflection on the role museums play in our daily lives, based on the Museo del Barrio’s exhibition “Nueva York (1613–1945)”. It was published on Jan 4, 2011 (Folha de S.Paulo, Ilustrada, p.E4).