May 27, 2013
Dear colleagues, friends, and fellow iberistas:
On behalf of the membership of the UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations and thanks to our colleagues and friends at UC Santa Barbara for a very engaging and well-run 2013 Comparative Iberian Studies Symposium on May 16-17.
In particular I would like to recognize our symposium organizers at UCSB: Silvia Bermúdez (Chair, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese), João Camilo dos Santos (Director, Center for Portuguese Studies), Viola Miglio (Barandiarán Chair of Basque Studies), Harvey Sharrer (Emeritus, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese), and Rafael Álvarez (Spanish and Portuguese graduate student / UCCIS webmaster). I would also like to thank our two distinguished keynote speakers, Pedro Serra (Universidad de Salamanca), and Mari José Olaziregi (Universidad del País Vasco/Etxepare Institute).
Finally, I would like to recognize the entities that made this event financially and logistically possible: the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (UCSB), the Center for Portuguese Studies (UCSB), the Barandiarán Chair of Basque Studies (UCSB), the Xunta de Galicia, the College of Letters and Science and the Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities (UCSB), the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UCSB, the UC Systemwide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program (UCSB), the Linguistics Department (UCSB), and the Department of Feminist Studies (UCSB).
As the founder of the UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group, it is enormously gratifying to see our collaboration continue, and for our group to continue to add members from throughout the University of California, and who represent the various languages and literary traditions that comprise the rich fabric of Iberian culture.
I look forward to future collaborations, as we move toward our third annual symposium and other initiatives. Stay tuned…
Robert Patrick Newcomb
Founder, UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group /
Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies,
Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Davis