Alvaro Enrigue, 2012-13 PLAS fellow, awarded the Herralde Prize, the most prestigious recognition, for his most recent novel

Un partido de tenis en la Roma de 1599, como sucedáneo de un duelo de honor, entre Caravaggio y Quevedo, con una pelota hecha, como todas las mejores de entonces, con pelo humano. Bajo ese sorprendente escenario –sólo parcialmente imaginado—y en los tres sets que dura el juego ubica el escritor Álvaro Enrigue (México, 1969) Muerte súbita, con la que ha obtenido los 18.000 euros de un 31º premio Herralde de novela que ha registrado la participación más alta de la historia del galardón: 476 originales.

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Graduate Students Travel to Mexico

Written by Miguel Caballero

vanguardiasOn May 27-28, 2013 Laboratorio de vanguardias de la Universidad de Princeton was held at Casa Refugio Citlaltépetl, in Mexico City. Hosted by Philippe Ollé-Laprune and presented by Professor Rubén Gallo, this laboratory was a platform for a group of nine Princeton PhD students to discuss their research in process on Latin American and Iberian avant-gardes with writers, artists, and an academic and nonacademic audience. Continue reading

Arminio Fraga *85 – One of Eight Named to Princeton Board of Trustees

Fraga, of Rio de Janiero, is the co-founding partner of Gávea Investimentos, a leading asset management firm in Brazil. He also chairs the board of directors of Brazil’s securities, commodities and futures exchange, BM&FBOVESPA. After earning his B.A. and M.A. in economics at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Fraga received a Ph.D. in economics at Princeton in 1985. He is a member of Princeton’s Global Leadership Committee, the Bendheim Center for Finance Advisory Council and the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies; he is also a board member of the Princeton Club of Brazil. The University awarded him the 2013 James Madison Medal, presented annually to an alumnus or alumna of the Graduate School who has had a distinguished career, advanced the cause of graduate education or achieved an outstanding record of public service.

(From http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S37/08/71S58/index.xml?section=topstories)

PLAS Concentrator Sofia Quinodoz ’13 – Studying the unseen activity in bacteria chatter and a nation’s bereavement

Article from Princeton University’s News at Princeton; by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications

Photos by Denise Applewhite

In some ways, both of the theses Princeton University senior Sofia Quinodoz took on pertain to an unseen and not fully understood action that is nonetheless felt by those it afflicts, be it in the form of an infection or the void of a loved one suddenly erased.

As a molecular biology major, her primary thesis involves uncovering how bacteria communicate to coordinate group behaviors, such as their activity inside a host organism.

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News from Firestone Library

From Ñ

Fernando Acosta-Rodriguez,
From “Ñ”

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
Princeton University

João Biehl, PLAS Associated Faculty Member, to Receive Staley Prize

Joao_Biehl-m1João 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.
(From http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S36/18/21Q32/index.xml?section=people)

Laura Gandolfi – One of four to win Jacobus Fellowship, top graduate student honor

Photo by Tommy AgostiniPrinceton 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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