Ethics in Leadership

Research Fellow 2010-11

Jesús Jambrina

World Languages and History
Coordinator of the Latin American Studies Program

Jesus-museumDr. Jambrina’s main research interest is Spanish American Literature, History, and Cultural Studies. He has published several articles on the poetry of Cuban author Virgilio Piñera (1912-1979). 


Jambrina is also interested on Spanish Baroque Literature on which he has published articles on 17th century authors Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658), and Miguel de Cervantes (1547- 1616)

Recent Publications Related to Research:

  • “Poesía, nación y diferencias: Cintio Vitier lee a Virgilio Piñera” en Revista Iberoamericana, Vol. 75, Núm. 226, Enero – Marzo 2009, 95-105.
  • “Deseo(s) Barroco(s): Escaramuzas eróticas en La Celestina, El Lazarillo y Don Quijote”.
    (Havana). Año XV, 53, Enero-Marzo, 2004
  • “Gracián,  el raro”.  Unión (Havana): Año XIII, 51, 2003
Speaking Topics:

Moral and 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 paper aims to trace that process through Cabeza de Vaca and Las Casas’s writings.

 “El Hombre Nuevo”: utopia or reality? Perspectives on the legacies of the Cuban Revolution. 

This presentation aims to think the Cuban Revolution under the light of their consequences for several generations of Cubans, particularly those born after 1959 when Fidel Castro took power in the island. Fifty-one years later, Cuba continues to be a challenge to the global political inertia, especially after the fall of the Soviet Union and the East Europe socialism twenty years ago. The presentation touches on how the revolution is represented by younger generations through the arts and the music, explore the ethical values they express and how they relate or not to the revolutionary utopia.