Pilar Osorio Lora
Ph.D. Candidate, Spanish and Portuguese, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
I am originally from Colombia where I received my B.A. in Literature from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Masters in Literature and Culture from Instituto Caro y Cuervo. Currently, I am a Ph.D Candidate in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UMass. Before coming to the US I worked at Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango in Colombia (one of Colombia's biggest libraries). One of my responsibilities was to work in projects whose purpose was reviving popular interest in Colombia's writers. I lead the project "Año Caballero Calderón,” provided curatorial assistance for Andrés Caicedo's exhibition "Morir y dejar obra," and participated in the creation of Rafael Pombo's webpage (www.rafaelpombo.co), among other things. These projects reinforced my passion for building bridges between literary archives and people from different backgrounds. That is why I am pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Public History in the History Department. As a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish and Portuguese I work on feminine postcolonial autobiography and the awakening of consciousness in Latin American Literature. My dream is to find a way to connect my passions for Latin American Literature, archives and working with communities. I am sure the Public History Certificate is a big step in making this dream come true.