The Hispanic House of Studies and the Center for Reconciliation (CFR) at Duke Divinity School will hold an online Spanish Reading Group open to the Divinity School community this fall semester. The group will be led by Nina Balmaceda, Ph.D., CFR’s missional strategist and associate teaching professor of the practice of reconciliation and Hispanic studies.
The group will meet weekly online on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Participants should feel free to join the meeting while eating their lunch.
The group will be reading Tiempos Recios (Fierce Times) by Peruvian-born literary Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. It is a story of political conspiracies and struggle between conflicting interests situated in Guatemala in the context of the Cold War. It uncovers “a lie that really went through and changed the future of Latin America.”
Students, faculty, and staff who wish to practice their Spanish and learn more about Latin America are invited to join the group. Participants with basic to medium Spanish reading levels and higher will benefit the most from this weekly experience. All accents are welcome.
The first group meeting will be held August 26 and then the group will meet weekly.
Register to receive the link to the virtual conference room where sessions will take place. Securing access to a printed or online copy of the book is strongly recommended.