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We are proud to announce the incorporation of Benita Ferrero-Waldner into the Advisory Council of our Think Tank.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Career diplomat

Has been Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs in her native Austria, and Commissioner of the European Union (2004-2010). She began her professional career in the private sector in the 1970s and entered the Austrian diplomatic service in 1984. In 1995 she was Head of Protocol to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and from 1995 to 2000, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Austria. In early 2000, Benita Ferrero-Waldner became Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post she maintained until October 2004. In 2000, she was also President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In January 2004 she stood for the office of President of the Republic of Austria. At the end of the same year, she became European Commissioner for Austria in the Barroso I Commission, taking the office of Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy until the end of 2009 when she became Commissioner for Trade, a post she held until February 2010. Today, in addition to being President of the Spanish Foundation Euroamerica, she is member of the Board of Directors of various foundations: Fundación Princesa de Girona, Fundación Bertelsmann, Fundación Novia Salcedo and enterprises: Munich Re, Cremades & Calvo Sotelo Abogados, Gas Natural and President of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons (UNVTF).

Meet the new member of our Advisory Council: Soledad Fox

Soledad Fox, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Williams College

She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MPhil and PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. She has been a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, and a Visiting Fellow in Contemporary History at the Instituto de Historia of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid.

She has written two biographies, and her work focuses on the intersections between literature, memoir, and history in the contexts of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the post-war eras. She has spoken about her research at the London School of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Harvard University, the University of Salamanca, the Complutense and Autónoma universities in Madrid, and the Instituto Cervantes in Paris.

Her third and most recent book is the biography of writer, politician, and Buchenwald survivor Jorge Semprún, which was published in 2016 by Penguin Random House (Spain & Latin America), Flammarion – Grandes Biographies (France), and Sussex Academic Press (UK). A US trade edition will be published in 2017.

She has been interviewed by the BBC, The New Yorker, Insula, El País, El Mundo, La Razón, Radio Nacional de España, France Inter, Radio France International ; and has written for the Revista de Libros, the Times Literary Supplement, and many academic journals. Her work has been reviewed by major newspapers and media in France and Spain, and by the TLS.

The U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission joins our partnership program

We are pleased to announce that the chancellor of Salamanca University, Ricardo Rivero, the co-chairman of the Fullbright Commission, Roberto Varela, and the Public Diplomacy Advisor at the United States Embassy in Spain, Stewart Tuttle, have signed two collaboration agreements to bring Fullbright professors and students  to Salamanca to participate in our Global and International Studies Masters Program.



Meet Ana Mª Manzanas Calvo: our new faculty member.

Ana Mª Manzanas Calvo, Associate Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Salamanca.

She serves as Associate Dean for International Relations at the Faculty of Philology and as Director of the PhD Program in “Advanced English Studies: Languages and Literatures in Contact” in the English Department.

She has led several research projects in Border Studies and Multiculturalism. She is currently PI of the European Project “Hospitality in European Film.”

Her publications include monographs such as Hospitality in American Literature and Culture: Spaces, Bodies (Routledge 2017), Borders Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture: Social Movements, Occupation, and Empowerment (Routledge 2014), Cities, Borders, and Spaces in Intercultural American Literature and Film (Routledge 2011), Uncertain Mirrors: Magical Realism in US Ethnic Literatures (Rodopi 2009), and Intercultural Mediations: Mimesis and Hybridity in American Literatures (LIT Verlag 2003), all of them coauthored with J. Benito. She has edited and coedited collections of essays such as Literature and Ethnicity in the Cultural Borderlands (Rodopi 2002), and Border Transits: Literature and Culture across the Line (Rodopi 2007). Her articles have been published by journals such as Canadian Literature, Journal of Modern Literature and  South Atlantic Quarterly.

With J. Benito she is general editor of the Rodopi Series “Critical Approaches to Ethnic American Literature.”