Princeton University senior Flora Thomson-DeVeaux has met Santiago Badariotti Merlo again and again, in her courses and in her travels, though their paths have never crossed in real time.
Now Thomson-DeVeaux, the 2013 winner of the Martin Dale Fellowship, will spend the next year tracing the butler and writer’s footsteps across the Americas. She will delve deeper into his life and writing, which intersect with several themes over the course of the 20th century — the rise and decline of two of Latin America’s biggest cities, economic and class history, and attitudes about homosexuality. She plans to turn her senior thesis on Badariotti Merlo, who was born in 1912 and died in 1994, into a full-length book.
Three Princeton University seniors have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize to spend one year pursuing international civic engagement projects after graduation. The $30,000 prize will support a joint initiative by Shirley Gao and Raphael Frankfurter in Sierra Leone, and a project by Courtney Crumpler in Brazil.
The award to Gao and Frankfurter will aid their work to develop a maternal health coordination center in eastern Sierra Leone. Crumpler’s prize will support her efforts to bolster community organizing in underserved communities in Rio de Janeiro in advance of the 2014 World Cup finals and 2016 Olympics there.
The Labouisse Prize enables graduating seniors to engage in a project that exemplifies the life and work of Henry Richardson Labouisse, a 1926 Princeton graduate who was a diplomat, international public servant and champion for the causes of international justice and international development. The prize was established in 1984 by Labouisse’s daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Martin Peretz.
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