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RLL Alum delivers Cervantes Lecture

Dr. Stephen W. Hessel, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Ball State University, Muncie, IN, returned to UB Monday March 7 2016 to present a lecture entitled “Image Not Found: Portraiture, Identity, and the Future of Cervantismo.” Steve presented a spellbinding talk in honor of the 400 Anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), author of _Don Quixote_.” Steve is a 2009 graduate of the University of Buffalo, having receiving his PhD in Spanish Literature under the advisorship of Dr. David Castillo. The title of his dissertation was “Quixotic Contradiction: Aporia and Cervantes’s Don Quijote.” He also received his BA in Spanish and English Literature from UB in 2003. Steve’s research interests include metacritical and pedagogical approaches to Cervantes, art and representation in the Spanish Golden Age, and quixotic figures in contemporary popular culture.