The Jean and Alexander Heard Library has one of the best Latin American collections of Colombiana of any library in the world—and it just got even better. The library has acquired the papers of Manuel Zapata Olivella, the 20th century’s most important Afro-Hispanic narrator, according to William Luis, Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish.
Olivella was a doctor, anthropologist, folklorist, diplomat and writer and is one of the most distinguished figures in contemporary Colombian literature. More than any other person, Olivella has been recognized for his focus on the people of African descent, not only to the history and society of Colombia, but also to the Americas as a whole.
The Jean and Alexander Heard Library thanks and recognizes the many supporters who gave generously to the library during the past fiscal year (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2009). To learn more about supporting the library or to let us know about any omissions or errors on this donor list, please contact Beth Boord at (615) 343-4717 or email@example.com.
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