Last week I had the exciting opportunity to sit in on portions of an international symposium hosted by the University of Pittsburgh on Peruvian author Gamaliel Churata. The two-day long event titled Gamaliel Churata: Envisioning the Circulation of Andean Epistemologies in the Age of Globalization brought together writers and scholars from all over the world. Among them were the university’s own Ariel C. Armony, Senior Director of International Programs and Director of the University Center for International Studies; Scott J.
Art and Culture
Over the last 15 years, the cult of La Santa Muerte (St. Death) has attracted a remarkable number of followers in Mexico and the USA. Considered a sacred female personification of death by her devotees, she has been the object of global curiosity since it first became public in 2001 in Mexico City. Mexican and international journalists, novelists, and scholars have since then been fascinated by the photogenic Santa Muerte, with the tangible result that most major broadcasters have shown scenes of devotees praying, deeply moved, in front of a skeleton figurine in Baroque dress.
Desde sus inicios, el psicoanálisis se ha relacionado con la literatura. El hecho de que Sigmund Freud, a la hora de formular su regla fundamental, se inspirara en los consejos de un escritor austríaco es el primer ejemplo de una larga serie que vincula las dos disciplinas. Varios son los autores analizados por Freud a lo largo de su obra: desde Dostoievski a Ibsen, pasando por Shakespeare y la admiración por Cervantes –admiración que lo lleva, incluso, al aprendizaje de la lengua española.
Pelo Malo is a poignant coming-of-age story which chronicles the journey of Junior, a young boy growing up in Caracas, Venezuela. The film, written and directed by Mariana Rondón, has garnered much critical acclaim since its release in 2013. In the 2013 Festival of San Sebastián, Pelo Maloreceived the top honor of the “Concha de Oro,” which is awarded for the best film.1
Imagine a cast of characters out of a blockbuster crime movie: you have your humble citizen vigilante, violent gangs, a corrupt government, and a troop of North American soldiers trying to stop it all.
Renata Flores, a 15-year-old from Ayacucho, Peru, has taken major strides in promoting what is considered a dying language. Flores, a prior contestant on the TV program, La Voz Kids, has produced several YouTube videos translating hit pop songs into the indigenous language, Quechua. Her videos “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson and “Fallin” by Alicia Keys have picked up over one million views.