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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Research Fellow 2010–11

Jesús Jambrina

Jesus JambrinaAssociate Professor, World Languages and Cultures and History
Coordinator, Latin American and Latino Studies Program
jejambrina@viterbo.edu
608-796-3493

Dr. Jambrina's main research interest is Latin American literature, history, and culture, area of studies in which he has published several articles and a book titled Virgilio Piñera: Poesía, nación y diferencias (2012).

He is also interested in Spanish Medieval and Baroque cultural history and literature with emphasis on the experience of Jews in Spain until 1492 and its diaspora to the Mediterranean basin and the Americas.

Recent Publications Related to Research

  • “Uncovering Jewish Zamora”: Casa Shalom, Journal of the Institute for Marrano and Anusim Studies, Vol. 14, pp. 11–13, Netanya Academic College, Israel, Dec. 2013
  • Virgilio Piñera: poesía, nación y diferencias, Editorial Verbum, Madrid, Spain, fall, 2012.
  • “En busca del cuerpo perdido: la cultura cubanoamericana en el siglo XXI”, A Contracorriente, A Journal of Social History and Literature in Latin America, Vol. 6, No. 3, 280-303, North Caroline State University, Spring 2009
  • “Deseo(s) Barroco(s): Escaramuzas eróticas en La Celestina, El Lazarillo y Don Quijote”. Unión (Havana). Año XV, 53, Enero–Marzo, Spring 2004.
  • “Gracián,  el raro”. Unión (Havana): Año XIII, 51, Spring, 2003.

Speaking Topics

  • Ethical Transformations on Narratives of the Spanish Conquests of the Americas: Cabeza de Vaca (1490–1557), and Bartolomé de Las Casas (1484–1566)
    This presentation explores the evolution of the concept of humanity in the life and works of historical figures during early Spanish America colonial times. Both Cabeza de Vaca and Las Casas came initially to the New World in search of wealth and honor however, the direct contact with the events of the conquest, particularly actions against the natives populations, changed their personal objectives. They went from being colonizers al uso to agents of change in favor of the original cultures of the Americas. This presentation aims to trace that process through Cabeza de Vaca and Las Casas’s writings.
  • The Jews of Zamora, Spain
    This presentation is based on a historical and cultural research that Dr. Jambrina is currently conducting on the Jewish Sephardic heritage of the city of Zamora, northwestern Spain, from the early 11th until the late 15th centuries. This work has produced two international conferences that were held in Zamora on 2013 and 2014 as well as a collaboration with the city council of Zamora to signpost five historical sites related this heritage; signposting took place in the summer 2014. At this moment, Dr. Jambrina is writing a book on the topic of the Jews of Zamora forthcoming in 2015.   

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