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[OP-ED]: Is the American Dream killing us?

 04/04/2017 - 10:31
One theory attributes the spike in “deaths of despair” to growing income inequality. There would be fewer suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths if incomes were distributed more equally, the argument goes. People take out their frustrations and anger by resorting to self-destructive behavior.
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It isn’t often that economics raises the most profound questions of human existence, but recent work of economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (husband and wife, both of Princeton University) comes close. You may recall that a few years ago, Case and Deaton reported the startling finding that the death rates of non-Hispanic middle-aged whites had gotten worse — they were dying younger.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:15am
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One theory attributes the spike in “deaths of despair” to growing income inequality. There would be fewer suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths if incomes were distributed more equally, the argument goes. People take out their frustrations and anger by resorting to self-destructive behavior.

Philly Grows Into Its Anarchist Shoe

 03/29/2017 - 09:18
Wooden Shoe es una librería que encierra una atmósfera distinta a la de otros establecimientos dedicados a la venta de libros, aquí el enfoque es colaborativo y político. La librería está ubicada en el 704 South Street.  Foto Archivo Particular.
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Past a chalkboard that says, “Come inside to read a good book,” on one side and “Don’t be an asshole!” on the other, you come across a tattered SEPTA Union Strike poster from the early twentieth century, preserved underneath an equally withered-away lamination. A few cautious inches deep inside of this surreal time machine, a pillar manages to stand from the 1890s home of an anarchist feminist writer and speaker who lived near Drexel University.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:00pm
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Wooden Shoe is a library that contains an atmosphere different from other establishments dedicated to the sale of books, here the approach is collaborative and political. The bookstore is located at 704 South Street. Photo: Mónica Marie Zorrilla.

Who wants to study Spanish in Philadelphia?

 03/28/2017 - 16:30
María Paredes Fernández, profesora de español en Penn University, fue nominada el año pasado como “mejor profesora de español de EEUU”, por la Asociación Americana de Profesores de Español y Portugués (AATSP). Foto: Peter Fitzpatrick
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The Hispanic immigrant community has played a fundamental role in the growth of the city in the last decade. In the streets it is more and more common to hear conversations held in Spanish. However, it seems that this important trend is not reflected in universities. Why? A general crisis in the study of the humanities would be the answer. AL DÍA News spoke with professors from three of the most prominent universities in the city.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:30am
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María Paredes Fernández, Spanish language teacher at Penn University, was awarded "Best Spanish Teacher 2016" by the American Association of Spanish and Portuguese Teachers (AATSP). Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick

Those years of the Latin American Boom in Barcelona

 11/08/2016 - 10:16
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The statue of Columbus pointing to America is probably one of the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona. It is located at the end of the Ramblas, in front of the old port, from where today you can board Las Golondrinas, a popular touristic boat. In that same place, coming from the same direction to which the finger of Columbus is still pointing, the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa landed for the first time in Barcelona in 1958. On that occasion the author arrived from Lima and was going to Madrid to study at the Complutense.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 10:37am
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An image of Gabriel García Márquez, during the Book Fair in Santo Domingo, 2014. EFE/Archive

Aquellos años del Boom en Barcelona

 11/02/2016 - 10:45
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La estatua de Cristóbal Colón con el dedo índice apuntando a América es probablemente uno de los monumentos más emblemáticos de Barcelona. Está situada al final de la Rambla, frente al puerto viejo, desde donde hoy zarpan unas embarcaciones de recreo llamadas Las Golondrinas, muy concurridas entre los turistas. En ese mismo lugar, procedente de la misma dirección a la que sigue apuntando el dedo de Colón, desembarcó por primera vez a Barcelona el escritor peruano Mario Vargas Llosa, en 1958.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 10:37am
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Imagen de un homenaje al escritor Gabriel García Márquez, durante la Feria Internacional del Libro de Santo Domingo en 2014. EFE/Archivo

Se lanzará la primera antología de ficción especulativa latina desde Philly

 09/18/2014 - 10:31
Matthew Goodwin con su esposa, Nahir Otaño-Gracia, e hija, Violet Goodwin-Otaño. 

El próximo verano, Matt Goodwin tiene planes de lanzar la primerísima antología de ficción especulativa escrita por Latinos titulada “Latino/a Rising”. Desde este momento su lista de autores es geográficamente diversa: los escritores proceden de California y Carolina del Norte, Filadelfia y Arizona.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:51am
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Matthew Goodwin con su esposa, Nahir Otaño-Gracia, e hija, Violet Goodwin-Otaño. 

First ever anthology of speculative fiction by U.S. Latino writers will be launched from Philly

 09/18/2014 - 10:13
Matthew Goodwin with his wife, Nahir Otaño-Gracia, and daughter, Violet Goodwin-Otaño. 

Next summer, Matt Goodwin plans to launch the first ever anthology of speculative fiction by Latino/a writers called “Latino/a Rising.” As of now his authors list is geographically diverse: writers come from California and North Carolina, Philadelphia and Arizona.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:51am
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Matthew Goodwin with his wife, Nahir Otaño-Gracia, and daughter, Violet Goodwin-Otaño.