Archive for March, 2013

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Dutch Global Horizons and Reading Chinese Maps

Global Renaissance

The following blog post is about my experience at the Becoming Global: The Renaissance and the World conference.  Organized by Clare Carroll (my Renaissance Comparative Literature professor, as well as my Arts in NYC Professor), James Saslow (the Art History advisor and professor at Queens College), and Quiñones Keber, the conference was meant to enlighten those who attended about what was happening in other areas of the globe during the time of the European Renaissance.  How did the Europeans, affected by their own rebirth of culture, interact with the different communities that shared the globe with them?  In the class taught by Professor Carroll, we are studying just this.

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Monday, March 11th, 2013

Un Día Especial – A Special Day

Jueves - La Oreja de Van Gogh

I am not sure how many people in the United States know about the significance of the date “March 11.”  I know I wasn’t aware of its association for quite some time – until this year to be exact.  On March 11, 2004, 191 innocent civilians were killed in the train bombings in Madrid.  There is never any rational reason for terrorism, but there may have been a desire to foil the upcoming general elections in Spain.  Though the terrible act of violence succeeded in switching the political parties in Spain, what we must take from the events is not the politics – but the people.

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