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Life and Hope Beyond AIDS : A bilingual poetry reading by Latino poet Norberto Stuart

Belen Atienza organized a bilingual poetry reading by Puerto Rican and Latino poet Norberto A. Stuart: "Life and Hope Beyond AIDS" March 30th from 10 to 10:50 am. This event was co-sponsored by the Language, Literature, and Culture Department and the Henry J. Leir Chair for Comparative Literature.






Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture and the Fictions of Independence

Author Event
September 23, 2014 at 7 pm Free Event
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Over the past fifty years, Puerto Rican voters have roundly rejectd any calls for national independence. Yet the rhetoric and iconography of indepenendence have been defining features of Puerto Rican literature and ulture. In the provocative new book Dream Nation, María Acosta Cruz investigates the roots and effects of this profound disconnect bretween cultural fantasy and political reality.

"No other book weaves together so beautifully and comfletely the political, historical, social, economic, and cultural threads which make up th tapestry of Puerto Rican nationalism. Graceful, thought provoking, and deeply learned, Dream Nation will certainly have a lasting impact." -Frederick Luis Aldama, author of a Concise History of Latino/a Literature.
Co-presented with Mark Twain House & Museum
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Buy the book at the Stowe Museum Store and save 10% ( 15% for Stowe Center members)


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)