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This Ghostly Poetry: History and Memory of Exiled Spanish Republican Poets

May 12, 2020

The Spanish Civil War was idealized as a poet’s war. The thousands of poems written about the conflict are memorable evidence of poetry’s high cultural and political value in those historical conditions. After Franco’s victory and the repression that followed, numerous Republican exiles relied on the symbolic agency of poetry to uphold a sense of national identity.

Exilic poems are often read as claim-making narratives that fit national literary history. This Ghostly Poetry critiques this conventional understanding of literary history by arguing that exilic...

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A time of need and a desire to help

May 4, 2020

Evelyn Wong ’21 returned home from campus looking to help. Wong knew that many elementary and secondary students were facing weeks of unstructured time, and many of her friends had mentored kids in college-readiness — and now had more free time themselves. On the plane from Boston to Los Angeles, she started planning a digital mentoring platform that would bring those groups together, and she asked friends from Harvard and MIT to help.

“I was thinking about a lot of the school closures in my area [in East L.A.], and equitable access to education is something that I’ve been...

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SUSAN ANTHONY POTTER PRIZES IN SPANISH LITERATURE OF THE GOLDEN AGE

April 10, 2020

These prizes were instituted in 1908 by Professor Murray Anthony Potter in memory of his mother, Susan Anthony Potter, and endowed in 1957 through a bequest of his wife, Bessie Lincoln Potter. In Romance Languages and Literatures, two prizes are offered for the best essays on a subject dealing with Spanish literature of the Golden Age, i.e. Spanish and Hispanic American literature from 1492 to 1700: a first prize and a second prize. The competition is open to undergraduates in Harvard College.

Awarded annually for the best essay on Spanish Literature of the Golden Age, two...

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Visit to the Everett Haitian Community Center (EHCC)

March 4, 2020
EHCC 2This spring our French 50 students with instructor Matthew Rodriguez and course head Karen Turman visited the Everett Haitian Community Center (EHCC) for intercultural exchanges with the children of Haitian immigrants participating in the Emerging Bright Stars Academy volunteer after-school program. They have been working closely with the center’s director,... Read more about Visit to the Everett Haitian Community Center (EHCC)

Joshuah Campbell and Gabe Fox-Peck on their Oscar nomination for ‘Harriet’

February 7, 2020

On his first day at Harvard, Gabe Fox-Peck ’20 met Joshuah Campbell ’16 in the arts preorientation program, and the two began to bond over their shared Southern roots and deep passion for music.

“My mom had called ahead because it was my birthday, so Joshuah, who was my proctor, had a little cupcake for me,” recalled Fox-Peck, who grew up in Durham, N.C. “We’re both from the Carolinas, so it’s like we could relate to being a fish out of water.”

Both were grateful for the mentorship of Vijay Iyer,...

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