Margarita Cabrera, left,  speaks about her exhibit, Space in Between, to Luisa Briones-Manzano’s class at the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, Monday, March 5, 2018.  Read Hamilton news story
(Photo by Heather Ainsworth)

Prof. Luisa Briones-Manzano was awarded a grant (Spring 2018) by the Teagle Foundation to teach the courses “Conversation on Hispanic Cultures” (HSPST 140) and “Exploring Hispanic Texts” (HSPST 200) with the exhibition Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between. The Teagle Foundation grant project is focused on teaching and learning with museum exhibitions.

The classes “Conversation on Hispanic Cultures” and “Exploring Hispanic Texts” explore topics of Hispanic cultures to improve Spanish language proficiency in speaking and writing. Both courses feature a unit focused on immigration, borders and US Latino culture. The artist Margarita Cabrera in Space in Between works with sculptures exploring cultural identity and inclusivity in border spaces. Students will create audios and texts in Spanish about the exhibition. They will analyze topics depicted at the exhibition through their individual experiences and research during their visits to the museum. With these activities we strengthen academic skills such as visual literacy, research and critical thinking.

Los cursos “Conversation on Hispanic Cultures” y “Exploring Hispanic Texts” exploran temas de la cultura hispana para mejorar las habilidades orales y escritas en el aprendizaje de la lengua española. Ambos cursos desarrollan una unidad de inmigración, fronteras y culturas US latino. La artista Margarita Cabrera en su exposición Espacio entre dos culturas trabaja con esculturas explorando la identidad cultural y de inclusividad en espacios de la frontera. Los estudiantes trabajarán con la exposición, y crearán audios y textos en español para las unidades mencionadas. Analizarán e investigarán los temas representados y sus experiencias individuales durante las visitas al museo. Con estas actividades se refuerzan las habilidades académicas del aprendizaje visual, investigación y pensamiento crítico.

Prof. Luisa Briones-Manzano
Hispanic Studies Department
Hamilton College

Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between Photo by Luisa Briones-Manzano
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