How do the languages we speak determine or expand our identities? As our world grows more complex and more close knit through immigration, exile, travel, digital communities, and all movements across spaces and cultures, our language identities are also expanding. Yet the United States continues to perform an insistent, if unwritten, “English-only” policy, an ideology that may be growing more entrenched. The lives of UMass Boston students and faculty are touched by multiple identities and languages. The Spanish word tertulia refers to any informal or formal gathering or conversation, a space for sharing writing and ideas. Join students and faculty at the UMass Boston Tertulia to hear readings, translations, and responses to questions of language and identity—and share your own!
Isabel Gómez is an Assistant Professor in the Latin American and Iberian Studies department at UMass Boston where she teaches Latin American literature and translation studies. Her book project in process is on Cannibal Translation Zones and her recent publications include “Brazilian Transcreation” in the Journal of World Literature and “Translations of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Ideology and Interpretation” in the Routledge Research Companion to Sor Juana. She translates from Spanish and Portuguese into English, and has published translations in the Norton Critical Edition of Sor Juana’s works and in the online literary journal Jacket2.
Anastasia Thano is an undergraduate student of International Relations and Spanish at UMass Boston. For the past three years, she has been working as a college ambassador at the MFA. She is an immigrant from Athens, Greece, studying Spanish language and culture, with an interest in the underlying connection with Mediterranean history and culture. Anastasia practices polyglotism by speaking Greek, English, and Spanish in her everyday life.
The UMass Boston Latin American and Iberian Studies Department explores the languages, literatures, and histories of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Caribbean through instruction in languages, literature, translation, and cultural studies. Insight into these cultures trains students to think critically from different perspectives—an important skill in a world where communication and understanding across boundaries is essential.