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The project Voces y caras (Voices and Faces) has grown from a series of interviews performed by students in professor Constanza López’s Spring of 2012 course Communications and Communities for Speakers of Spanish. These interviews focus on the rapidly growing Hispanic community of Jacksonville, which – as this project makes evident – is very diverse. The interviewees come from, or have connections to, fourteen Spanish-speaking countries. They occupy different roles in our community; some are doctors, business owners, teachers, architects, engineers, students, parents, grandparents, etc. Some have been here for many years, and others came recently. Some escaped political repression and violence in their own countries, others came looking for a better future, and some came following their loved ones. They all represent a happy, vibrant, family-oriented, hard-working community whose members strive to achieve their goals and dreams. They have assimilated to American society while maintaining a strong cultural identity. This desire to keep their own culture, or to become bicultural, is non-negotiable, because this varied group is extremely proud of its customs, food, music, language, and above all, of their families.

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Alberto López Chávez Junior
Interviewer: María Meliza Caicedo
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Alejandra Eva Outeiral
Interviewer: Brian Dunbar
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Ana Salvador
Interviewer: Patricia Alvarenga
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Bernabé Murguía
Interviewer: Jake Fagan
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Carmen Yontop Graves
Interviewer: Héctor Vásquez
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Constanza López
Interviewer: Ida Morales
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Dora M. Velásquez
Interviewer: Diana Rojas
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Edmundo Nava Honc
Interviewer: Abra Maxey-Billings
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Elizabeth Sánchez
Interviewer: Elizabeth Tapley
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Evelyn Castellanos
Interviewer: Abneris Serrano
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Fausto Álvarez
Interviewer: Alexandra Foust
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Luis Daniel Báez Sr.
Interviewer: Elizabeth Marroquín
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María Hernández
Interviewer: Daniel Rombola
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María Angélica Palacios
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María del Carmen
Interviewer: Tracey Ezell play button

Mercedes Saldaña de Cabrera
Interviewer: Gina Aguilar play button


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Nancy Michelle Sutton
Interviewer: María Lorena Avilés play button


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Molly Miller
Interviewer: María A. Miranda play button


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Norma Spencer
Interviewer: Amanda Martínez play button


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Pedro Di Bella
Interviewer: Stefano Di Bella play button


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René U. Pulido
Interviewer: Franklyn Taylor play button


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Rigoberto Martínez
Interviewer: Charmaine Martínez play button


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Sergio Alejandro Lencina
Interviewer: Carolina Lencina play button


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Verónica León
Interviewer: Evelyn Castellanos play button


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Víctor Ravelo
Interviewer: Tiffany Malloy play button


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Constanza López is an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She obtained her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research interests include Latin American Literatures of the XX and XXI centuries, women writers, autobiography and testimonio, gender and violence, film and documentary, human rights and activism, migrations, and Hispanics in the U.S. She is author of Trauma, memoria y cuerpo: el testimonio femenino en Colombia(1985-2000).



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