The Atrio Cross at Acolman

Today was the first day of my fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, a research institute run by Harvard University in Georgetown ‘dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.’ (I’m in the Pre-Columbian Studies group!) Spending my day with other fellows discussing our research topics has had me reminiscing intensely about…

Oaxaca City in photos

I had the great opportunity to attend the Coloquio Internacional held jointly by the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at UNAM and Villa i Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. The theme of the conference was El Renacimiento italiano desde América Latina (The Italian Renaissance in Latin America) — a topic close to my heart…

The Murals at Ciudad Universitaria (UNAM)

In my last post, I described trying pastes (the empanada’s distant cousin) right by the metro stop Copilco by UNAM’s med school. After we listened to my friend Ximena give a fascinating talk on funerals, cremations, and funerary practices at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan (she’s a physical anthropologist), my friend Roberto and I headed off to see the…

Epiphany at the Palazzo dei Priori, Perugia

Across from the Sandri Pasticceria is the Palazzo dei Priori, a medieval building (of course) that houses one of the finest collections of Perugian Renaissance art in the entire region of Umbria. The painting collection is comprehensive of Perugian art from the late medieval (circa 1100/1200) to the late Renaissance. It’s organized chronologically which I know,…

Speak to the past

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in indigenous or colonial North American history and thus any errors I make in interpretation are completely my own, and I welcome your corrections, comments, and contributions. 🙂 Every day when I walk into the John Carter Brown Library (JCB), I am greeted by this inscription on the side of its…

How to not fail miserably at a business lunch

On Friday, Andrea, Stephen and I attended “Dining with Confidence: A Business Etiquette Meal,” an event sponsored by Brown’s Career Center. When Andrea first invited us a couple weeks ago, I jumped at the chance to go. I am fairly certain I have terrible table manners – my parents reminded me of this often when I…

Mariners & Just Desserts

On Wednesday, my friend Stephen gave his requisite Fellow talk entitled, “Difference and Distance: A Maritime History of Communication in the Atlantic.” Stephen studies networks of communication among 18th century sailors including traditional (like log books and local newspapers) and non-traditional forms (like rumors and sea shanties.) As you can imagine, the John Carter Brown Library, as a huge repository…