The transmission of Culture and its Biases

The word revolution has several meanings. Nowadays it has a devalued connotation, referring to relatively substantial but not necessarily radical changes in social, economic, technological or cultural behavior. However, there are in fact real revolutions that are (or have been) extremely important in different areas. Some – political and economic – revolutions have a direct impact, sometimes at a huge human cost. Other – cultural and technological – revolutions are more subtle with long-term effects. The media and associated technology used to transmit the strange phenomenon that we call ‘culture’ also influence what is preserved and for how long.

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The Cine Migratorio Film Festival

At the beginning of this summer I was furiously preparing for the third Cine Migratorio film festival in Santander, Spain. During my final three months of my Fulbright ETA grant, this film festival consumed me. It was exhausting, challenging, and frustrating at times. But it also gave me a sense of purpose and community that …

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An astronomer called Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes, the great Spanish author, tried to go to the Americas in more than one occasion. I wonder whether he would have been a Fulbright scholar if he would have lived in the modern times.  In the end he remained in Spain and he is buried in the convent Trinitarians nuns in Madrid, …

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