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Letras Latinas to convene in Arizona alongside national poetry leaders

Author: Paloma Garcia-Lopez

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, will take its place alongside nearly twenty other poetry organizations from across the Unites States for a national convening from November 30 to December 2 in both Tucson and Phoenix, AZ.

Thanks to a major grant from the Ford Foundation secured by the Academy of American Poets, the groups will tour the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, which helps lead the coalition, and then trek to Phoenix for a reading by Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, and Joy Harjo at the Phoenix Art Museum, hosted in partnership with ArchiTEXTS: A Conversation Across Languages with Natalie Diaz.…

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Emmy Pérez: from the borderlands to the Midwest

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

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Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, is pleased to present Emmy Perez, who will be performing her poetry on campus on Tuesday, November 7, at 7:30 pm in room 210 of McKenna Hall. There will be a pre-reading reception at 6:15 PM at Galería América outside of 230 McKenna Hall (mezzanine level). A book signing will follow.

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Department chair strives to bring literary and cultural context to American understanding of Cuba

Author: Carrie Gates

For Thomas Anderson, it’s hard not to be fascinated with Cuba. Anderson, a professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has written two books on Cuban literature and culture and has published an edited volume of a leading Cuban author’s letters. Currently, he is working on a book that focuses on images of the U.S. civil rights movement in Cuban poetry. “I think for a lot of people, Cuba has always been seen as this forbidden country, and it’s something people are drawn to,” he said. “But it’s also a country with an incredibly rich literary and cultural history.”

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The Institute for Latino Studies Mourns the Tragic Loss of Mayra Martinez and Her Husband Jeremy

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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The Institute for Latino Studies is mourning the tragic loss of Mayra Martinez, who died along with her husband Jeremy, in a car accident in France on August 6. Mayra touched everyone she met with her brilliance, compassion, and joyfulness. Mayra graduated in 2015 with majors in Anthropology and French and a minor in Latino Studies. She also participated in the Institute’s summer internship program, CCLP

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In new book, anthropology chair details why creativity is the key to human exceptionalism

Author: Josh Weinhold

Agustín Fuentes finds the four predominant arguments that seek to explain human evolution and human nature to be compelling but extremely simplified. Years of research and an emphasis on cross-disciplinary conversations has instead led him to a more complete story of human evolution. Creativity and collaboration, he argues in The Creative Spark, are the most important explanations for why we are the way we are.

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