Through a CWCTP Faculty Grant, Dr. Nancy Marino, Distinguish Professor of Spanish at the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University, visited CU Boulder from January 25 to 28, 2017. On January 26, she delivered a talk and taught a graduate seminar open to faculty too. On January 27, she mentored graduate students about the profession and the job market at a lunch. She also spent some time with graduate students who requested a meeting with her.

Talk: “Spain’s Long Fifteenth Century: A Historical, Literary, and Cultural View”

Jan 26th, UMC 384, 12:30 pm to 2 pm; Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. Around 25 people attended.

Prof. Marino argued that the fifteenth century was a turning point in the history of Spain. The historical events, literary currents, and cultural developments of that century left an indelible mark on Spain. Her talk focussed on a series of topics to suggest that, in many ways, the tendencies of the fifteenth century remained in effect throughout the sixteenth, and finally came to an end at the beginning of the 1600s. Her talk proposed the beginning of the seventeenth century, particularly the publication of Cervantes’ Don Quijote in 1605–1615, and the expulsion of the moriscos in 1609, as the ending point of fifteenth-century, and therefore as the ending point of the Middle Ages. Her talk connected Spain with Europe and the Mediterranean. Graduate Seminar [as part of a seminar taught by Prof. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese: “SPAN 5140/7140–001 Networks of Books, Authors, and Readers in Medieval Iberia and the Mediterranean”


"An Unknown Compendium of Juan II of Castile.”

Jan 26th, McKenna Rose Room, 3:30 pm to 5 pm, Open to faculty and the graduate students (15 students and 6 faculty attended).

Prof. Marino lectured about a lost fifteenth century manuscript that is richly decorated and that was recently rediscovered. During the seminar, she addressed how to work with manuscripts and encouraged the students to read and discuss the texts and the illuminations.


Informal talk and brown bag lunch "The Profession and the Job Market in the Humanities"

Jan 27th, 11:30 am to 1 pm, HUMN 230, 10 graduate students (in Spanish and Portuguese, Religious Studies, History, etc.) and 4 professors.

Prof. Marino addressed how the profession is changing, and discussed strategies for developing a competitive cv. She also went over practical issues, such as how to interview for an academic job and how to deliver a job talk. It was a very lively discussion that went beyond the time originally assigned.