Dec 16

The HLBLL Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect last-minute gift for your friends or your family? This season, choose from one of three new publications featuring the outstanding scholarship and hard work of the HLBLL community, and give them the gift of erudition.

LL Journal's Editorial Illustration by Belén Paredes.

LL Journal’s Editorial Illustration by Belén Paredes.

What: The LL Journal (Volume 11, Number 2)

The details: The LL Journal is a publication of the students of the PhD program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages featuring scholarly articles, interviews, and reviews from the realms of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies on topics ranging from applied linguistics to literature to the visual arts. Recently, the LL Journal has included a section devoted to original creative works.

This issue of the LL Journal includes the work of three HLBLL students: Lorena Paz López published a review of Museo del consumo. Archivos de la cultura de masas en Argentina by Graciela Montaldo; Natalia Castro’s review of Space and the Memories of Violence. Landscapes of Erasure, Disappearance and Exception edited by Estela Schindel and Pamela Colombo is also available; and Ernesto Cuba logs an interview with Mariel Acosta titled “Agitando lo cotidiano. Una conversación sobre el desafío Ⓐnarquista frente al sexismo en el lenguaje.”

The best part? The LL Journal is completely open access, meaning that its excellent scholarship is available for free!


screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-10-11-26-pmWhat: Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico, by Paul Julian Smith

The details: HLBLL’s distinguished professor and prolific scholar, Dr. Paul Julian Smith, studies television series from the past decade–from Spain’s Física o química to Mexico’s XY–as a lens for understanding the two countries’ national narratives.

Now available: Dramatized Societies is available in hard cover from Oxford University Press (US) or Liverpool University Press (UK).

Filosofia y culturas hispanicasWhatFilosofía y culturas hispánicas: nuevas perspectivas, edited by Nuria Morgado and Rolando Pérez.

The details: This new book is not only edited by two Graduate Center professors (Nuria Morgado, College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center; Rolando Pérez, Hunter College and the Graduate Center), but the publication also contains chapters by several others from the Graduate Center community:

Professor Linda Martín Alcoff (Philosophy, Women’s Studies; Hunter College and the Graduate Center)
Professor William Childers (Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center)
Professor Silvia Dapía (John Jay College and the Graduate Center
HLBLL alumnus Dr. Adrián Izquierdo (Hunter College)
HLBLL alumnus Dr. José Antonio Losada-Montero (Southwest Minnesota State University)
our most recent HLBLL alumna–who defended her dissertation last month!–Dr. Laura Sández
HLBLL alumnus Dr. Marcos Wasem (Purdue University)
and Professor Oswaldo Zavala (College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center)

Now available: Filosofía y culturas hispánicas: nuevas perspectivas was published last month and is now available on Amazon.

Feb 16

Funding: ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

Fellowship Details

Stipend: $65,000 per year, with health insurance coverage for the fellow, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship

Tenure: Two years; start date on August 1 or September 1, 2016, depending on the position

Application deadline: March 24, 2016, 8 pm EDT. Notification of application status will occur by email starting late-May 2016. Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org). The system will open on January 14, 2016. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.

Read an interview with a Graduate Center Alumna from Political Science who was a 2013 ACLS Fellow.

Find out more about the ACLS Public Fellows Competition on their website. Fellowship application assistance can be provided by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development.

The information below was provided through the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development:

ACLS invites applications for the sixth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, with individual health insurance and up to $3,000 to be used toward professional development activities over the course of the fellowship term.

This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, development, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media.

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Applicants must:

  • possess US citizenship or permanent resident status;
  • have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (see note on eligible fields below) conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016;
  • have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than the application deadline of March 24, 2016; and
  • not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2015-16 competition year (excluding the ACLS Digital Extension Grant program).

Prospective applicants should read through all the positions listed below and choose the one position that best fits their career goals. (Applicants may apply to only one position.)

The deadline for submitted applications is Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8 pm EDT.

Applications must include:

  • completed application form,
  • 1-2-page cover letter tailored to a specific position,
  • 1-2-page resume,
  • 1-page candidate statement, and
  • 2 reference letters

Please note that finalists may be asked to provide institutional documentation of PhD conferral (or, if the degree has not yet been conferred, an institutional statement from the registrar attesting that the dissertation defense and deposit have been completed and confirming the degree conferral date).

Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system by the deadline, will be considered.

Selection Criteria

Applications will undergo ACLS’s standard rigorous peer-review process, which may include interviews by ACLS and by the hosting organization. Reviewers will look for:

  • applicant’s academic accomplishment and success,
  • demonstrated relationship between past experience and specified position, and
  • commitment to pursuing a career in the public and/or nonprofit sector.

Notification of application status will occur by email in late-May 2016.

Participating Agencies and Positions:
American Friends Service Committee – Communications Analyst
American Public Media Group – Senior Research Analyst, Engagement & Inclusion
Center for Genetics and Society – Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society
Center for Investigative Reporting – Membership Engagement Manager
City of Atlanta, City Auditor’s Office – Senior Performance Auditor
Chicago Humanities Festival – Digital Programming Strategist
Grand St. Settlement – Community Engagement & Policy Advocate
International Rescue Committee – Impact Evaluation Advisor
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Digital Content Specialist
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Executive Communications Specialist
National Park Service – Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator
National Partnership for Women & Families – Workplace Programs Federal Policy Analyst
Philanthropy Northwest – Communities of Practice Manager
Ploughshares Fund – Political Engagement Strategist
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Education Specialist
Rare – Global Philanthropy Specialist
Reinvestment Fund – Policy Analyst
Smithsonian Enterprises – Business Development Associate
Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative – Program Manager, Scholarly and Public Engagement
Southern Poverty Law Center – Research and Investigations Specialist
The Texas Tribune – Research Analyst

Nov 15

Alumna Luana Ferreira Named 2015-17 Empire State Fellow!

Congratulations to Luana Y. Ferreira, PhD, a 2014 graduate of our program!

luana ferreiraLuana has been named a 2015-17 Empire State Fellow! The fellowship program selects 10 professionals to train with top State government officials for careers as future policy-makers. Luana will be placed with the New York State Department of State for her fellowship’s tenure.

Over the course of her career, Luana has been committed to education. She is a former New York City Teaching Fellow and received her M.S. Ed. from City College, CUNY. While a student at the Graduate Center, she also worked as a research assistant on a project focused on developing diagnostic tools for measuring proficiencies of immigrant students in urban settings at the GC’s Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS).

Luana’s dissertation is titled “Densidad léxica en la prensa hispana de EE.UU. e Hispanoamérica: Un estudio comparativo” and was supervised by Professor Ricardo Otheguy.

Mar 15

Event: Dr. Marcos Wasem: “The Anarchist Traveler among Lettered Conservatives: The Colombian Writings of Élisée Reclus”

The Colombian Studies Group welcomes back to the Graduate Center Dr. Marcos Wasem, an alumnus of the PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages. Dr. Wasem will be presenting “The Anarchist Traveler among Lettered Conservatives: The Colombian Writings of Élisée Reclus” as part of the CSG’s Literary Series: Modernism.

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Geographer and Anarchist thinker Élisée Reclus visited the Republic of New Granada between 1835 and 1837, looking for a place to establish a Socialist community.


Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Room 5414
The Graduate Center, CUNY


This event is free and open to the public.

Nov 14

HLBLL Alumna and Current Student Published in New Book

This month a recent alumna and current student of the GC’s Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages Program were published in a new book: El Atlántico como frontera: Mediaciones culturales entre Cuba y España (Editorial Verbum), edited by Damaris Puñales Alpízar.

Current student Walfrido Dorta published “Negociaciones en el devocionario: Juan Ramón Jiménez y los origenistas” and recent alumna Mabel Cuesta‘s contribution is titled “El vaso Mare Altanticum o algunas estrategias para desmantelar la neocolonialización en la narrativa de Mylene Fernández Pintado.”

Congratulations to both of you. HLBLL is so proud of your hard work and accomplishments!

El atlantico como frontera

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