The number one reason that you know you are behind...
is when your father writes to tell you to update your blog.
On the bright side, however, this reflects the solid and vast fan base that you have carefully and painstakingly built in the blogosphere, and in any case, catching up is a pleasure when you have good news. Today's good news focuses on Nicolás Fernández-Medina. Nicolás is in his fourth year as a faculty member in our Department, having joined us upon the completion of his PhD at Stanford. I'm very pleased to announce that Nicolás was awarded a prestigious Richard Rorty Fellowship this past summer at the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos Benjamin Franklin at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, Spain. During his fellowship at the Instituto this past July, Nicolás began a major research project on how American pragmatism developed in Spain during the first few decades of the twentieth century and how it influenced the literature and thought of major figures in Spanish literature and culture, such as Unamuno, Lorenzo Luzuriaga Medina, Domingo Barnés, Antonio Machado, and Ortega y Gasset.
Nicolás's first monograph, The Poetics of Otherness in Antonio Machado's "Proverbios y cantares" is forthcoming with The University of Wales Press in January, 2011, and in January of 2010, I'm extremely pleased to note that Nicolás was named a Public Humanities Scholar at Penn State. (http://www.pahumanities.org/projects/scholars.php) for his public outreach work on the ideological foundations of nation-building in Spain and the United States after the Spanish-American War. Congratulations, Nicolás.