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Prof. Atienza celbrates Julia de Burgos' 100th Birthday

Belen Atienza organized a celebration of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos’ 100th Birthday on Friday, Feb. 28th, from 7 to 9pm. This bilingual Spanish/English poetry reading and concert was sponsored by the Language, Literature and Culture Department and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and hosted by Stone Soup (4 King St. Worcester).

Julia de Burgos (1914-1953) is considered by many as one of the greatest female poets of Latin America. She was an ardent civil rights activist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers both in Puerto Rico  and in the United States. She migrated to New York in 1940 where she struggled to earn a living as a writer because of racial, ethnic and linguistic discrimination and died in Harlem in 1953.
Today she has become a cultural icon and a role model for contemporary feminist writers and visual artists.

Prof. Tobin introduces Poet Laureate Richard Blanco to Clark community

Richard Blanco with  statue of Freud at Clark UniversityRobert Tobin, the Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures, organized Clark's celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 20. As part of the day's events, Tobin introduced Poet Laureate Richard Blanco who read aloud the same poem he had written and read at President Obama's inauguration in 2013. Tobin, in his opening remarks, reflected that "Blanco's poetry, as it slips between Spanish and English, invites us to scrutinize how we speak and how we think about such concepts as freedom, civil rights and America." Read more

(Above left: Richard Blanco with statue of Freud in Red Square)


Tertulia conversation group for Spanish students

During the academic year, the popular Spanish-language conversation hour, Tertulia, takes place on alternate Wednesdays and Fridays, in Estabrook Hall Room 310 at 4 p.m. Spanish-language students of all levels and native speakers participate. Please contact the department to learn more for 2013-2014.