Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Día del Libro / Book Day in Seattle

The Cervantes Institute Seattle is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Spanish language and culture. We are proud to announce this year we will be celebrating El Día del Libro (Book Day).
El Día del libro is a Spanish tradition that began in the 1920s. The date was chosen to honor the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and William Shakespeare, which were all the 23rd of April. Today in Spain, as well as around the world, the holiday promotes literacy and a love for books by the exchange of books among loved ones.
In the past few years a movement has begun to de-commercialize El Día del Libro. The organization 1010 Ways to Buy a Book Without Money promotes the idea of a moneyless economy, in which books can be exchanged without money. Since starting in Barcelona in 2011, they have hosted events in 13 cities worldwide and have “sold” hundreds of books in exchange for moneyless prices that require the buyer to do a good deed, rather than use cash. Prices can be as simple as “Hug a stranger,” or as grand as “Become an organ donor.” Each book has a unique price, often coinciding with its theme or content.
Participate by donating books!
In order to make this event a reality, we are requesting book donations. We would love books on any topic you think people would enjoy, especially literature in Spanish or related to Hispanic culture. Feel free to invent your own “prices,” otherwise we are happy to create them for you. Examples include “Call your mom and tell her you love her in Spanish”, “Cook someone a nice meal” or “Sing a song in Spanish”. This is a great way to de-clutter your office while ensuring your well-loved books find a good home.
 Donation Deadline: April 21st 
Participate buying books without money!
When: April, 23 – Book Day
Time: 10am – 3pm
Place: UW campus
If you are interested, please contact us at bookdayseattle@gmail.com or aula.seattle@cervantes.es for more information or to set up a time to drop off your book donation.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

American Blockbusters Shot in Spain During the Franco Dictatorship

Please check out this great event hosted by our colleagues:

Presented by Instituto Cervantes | Spanish & Portuguese Studies | Comparative Literature

American Blockbusters Shot in Spain During the Franco Dictatorship
Lecture by Miguel Olid, Professor of Film Production at Ceade-University of Wales

When: Thursday April 10
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Room 120 Communications Building (CMU 120), UW

Spain became a big movie set for some of the big Hollywood productions for about two decades since the mid-50s. Franco, the dictator of Spain, made things easy to Hollywood producers such as using soldiers as extras with no cost for the movies.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pulsos Latinos

Films from the frontier of Latin American cinema
Curated by Jay Kuehner
Presented with the support of Novo Fogo

"From lush Amazonia to the arid frontera, from cock-fighting comedy in Costa Rica to slacker drama in Ecuador, from tragedy in the Andes to growing up punk in Jalisco: there's a world waiting to be discovered."

Details and schedule at Northwest Film Forum.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Call for UW Undergrad Papers & Projects

  • What? The UW Libraries Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes undergraduate students who have authored superb research projects that demonstrate a creative use of scholarly materials.
  • Why? Winners receive $1,000 and University-wide recognition for their outstanding accomplishment.
  • When? Deadline to submit is Monday, May 19, 2013, by 5:00pm PST.
  • Where and How? Submission criteria and guidelines are available online.
  • Questions? Send them to libaward@uw.edu

Monday, February 10, 2014

Odegaard Writing & Research Center hosts 1st Quarterly "Open Mic" event: Love Poetry

On Thursday, February 13 at 9:00 pm, Odegaard Undergraduate Library and the Writing & Research Center will present its 1st quarterly "Open Mic" night in the Odegaard lobby student lounge. A potted palm, a Persian rug, an audience of lovers and losers to be moved and soothed on Valentine's Eve by the best and the worst from the hearts that live on our sleeves. During the week, students are submitting their love poetry to boxes on the 1st and 2nd floors of Odegaard and will hear them read aloud (and anonymously) by the staff of the Odegaard Writing & Research Center.
Be a spy in the house of love at 9:00 pm, Odegaard Library, Student Lounge inside the main entrance. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Now available: Contemporary architecture in Buenos Aires: 1,500 digital photographs

Artstor Digital Library has collaborated with ART on FILE to share approximately 1,500 digital photographs of architecture, built environment projects, and landscape architecture in Buenos Aires...(more).

View the collection in Artstor (UW-restricted) or visit UW Libraries image research guide.

Image: Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo | Social Housing; central walkway leads past three story building with colorful graphic | 2011 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Image and original data provided by ART on FILE; artonfile.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

Congratulations to Simpson Center Grant Recipients

Congratulations to Simpson Center Grant Recipients in French & Italian Studies and Spanish & Portuguese Studies.

Society of Scholars Fellowship Grants

Beatrice Arduini (French & Italian), The Conversion of Literary Icons: Dante’s Convivio and Rime

Leigh Mercer (Spanish & Portuguese), An Incoherent Voyage: Spanish Cinema Pioneers, Between Technophilia and Technophobia

Crossdisciplinary Research Clusters

Maria Elena Garcia (Comparative History of Ideas and Jackson School of International Studies), Louisa Mackenzie (French & Italian), and Michael Brown (Geography), The Postcolonial Animal

Geoffrey Turnovsky (French & Italian), Beatrice Arduini (French & Italian), Jennifer Dubrow (Asian Languages & Literature), and Jeffrey Knight (English), Histories and Futures of Reading: Textual and Digital Studies in the New Humanities

Sabine Wilke (Germanics), Gary Handwerk (English), Steve Gardiner (Philosophy), Linda Nash (History), Richard Watts (French & Italian), and Jennifer Atkinson (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Environmental Humanities

And hats off to Comp. Lit. too, for work related to Paris:

Digital Humanities Commons Summer Fellowship Grants

Annie Fee (Comparative Literature), Cinephiles and Movie-Fans: A Counter-Cartography of Paris Film Culture, 1918—1928