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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Question for You

Here's a totally hypothetical question for you. Say, for example, that it is nearing the end of the semester. Say that you and everyone around you are losing your minds as finals draws ever near. Say that you really need something completely random and bizarre to get you through just one more middle of the week, slug-it-out-with-academia kind of moods. Would a completely nonsensical election help you through it? Let's say, oh, I don't know, that your department needed to decide which of the following two uplifting figures was going to be your new, unofficial program mascot. 

One is a Dancing Diva Cow whose fashion sense is entirely her own,
and whose extracurricular activities would leave any 
aspiring starlet jealous

The other is Paddington Panda Bear, a sassy, lovable visitor from the 
far east who, while he may not be able to procreate 
in captivity, is more than willing to lend out 
hugs where he can to whomever he can


Which one would you choose for this entirely hypothetical, not insane election? 

-Ben

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dia de los Muertos!


Our celebration was a success!

Thanks to the combined efforts of Heritage Studies and Campus Ministry our Dia de los Muertos celebration honored the spirits and then some. Some highlights of the night included a reflection and prayer courtesy of Sister Betsy, a presentation on the pagan, Latin American, and Catholic roots of Dia de los Muertos by Ben Remillard, and assorted presentations by Dr. Ortiz's seminar students. Of course, there was a copious amount of candy, drinks (including a deliciously warm cider brewed by our own Dr. Ortiz), and snacks courtesy of our department co-sponsors. The night was capped off with students trying their hands at sugar skull style face painting. A big thank you goes out to the 40+ people that showed up to our event.

Check out some of our pictures from the event below (check back for updates later in the week!)

Our brave intern Ana was the trendsetter of
the night thanks to her half-face painting






Amber, post-painting

Here, our resident artist Kerry is in the middle of one of
her many masterpieces of the night


The new face of our program?

For those of you who couldn't tell, that's Dr. Ortiz
behind the mask
Ana hard at work on our altar


The finished version
Dr Ortiz's students presenting an original song


Ana presenting as part of her Spanish seminar



Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Us!



The Heritage Studies department is going to be busy the next few days as it prepares for Dia de los Muertos. Be sure to check back in in a few days to see all the pictures from the setup and event!


-Ben

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PHI Wine

Ahhh, Dionysus. The patron Greek god of winemaking, wine, grape harvests, fertility, and of course, one of the patrons of our program. One of the most beautiful Greek gods to be sure, he gives inspiration to both the arts and revelry making around the world. 


Whoops, that's Hurley from "Lost," played by Jorge Garcia. 


There we go, that's Dionysus. Actually,.. I'm still having a hard time telling them apart.


Anyways, to get back to the point of this post, during the 2012-2013 school year Prof. Florio and his students made their own wine. Last spring we posted an update of that process after Margaret and some other students, both graduate and undergraduate, bottled some of the finished product. 



Some time had passed and there were fears that that nectar of the gods had started the slow but inevitable transformation into vinegar. Earlier this week Ana, Ben, and Prof. Florio took a trip down into the depths of College Hall to see how much of that delicious concoction we still had left. Turns out...it was a lot. While the three of them recovered four gallons worth of vino there is still about four good gallons left. Here's to a new year with good wine!























-Ben

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Graduate Intern!


We would like to welcome Ben Remillard as our new Graduate Intern for the 2014-2015 school year. Ben will be taking over for Margaret Bogosian, who so efficiently managed the position last year.



Ben is in his second year of the Heritage Studies MA program. In 2013 Ben graduated from Providence College with a double major in History and English, with a concentration in Theatre. His graduate thesis focus is on the Native American memorialization of Boston Harbor's Deer Island.

Ben says that his focus this year for Heritage Studies is to make our events as "interdisciplinary as possible in order to connect to the most students on campus, regardless of major." 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Start of School!

It's a month into the school year and our office is a mess as we undertake the near herculean task of reorganizing. Hoping you're off to a good start to the semester!