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Unanue Institute Receives Tinker Collection of Latin American Literature  

Students sitting on a couch with Dr. Catherine TinkerThe Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute is proud to announce that it has received a donation of Latin American literature from Dr. Catherine Tinker, Distinguished Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Dr. Tinker's vast personal collection reflects her acclaimed research and scholarship on censorship in Latin American countries and includes a special work by renowned writer Luisa Valenzuela. The Tinker Collection, open to be borrowed by any member of the campus community, will be housed at the Unanue Institute.

Dr. Tinker is a nationally recognized scholar, lawyer, and writer on public international law, the United Nations, international environmental law and sustainable development. Within those fields of expertise, she focuses on certain issues like biological diversity and current challenges of migration and refugees. As a Visiting Associate Professor, Dr. Tinker teaches courses in Public International Law, the UN, and International Environmental Law to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Diplomacy.

Outside of the classroom, she currently writes and speaks on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for the 2030 Development Agenda and is an appointed Fellow of the Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies. She is also the founder and president of a non-governmental organization (NGO), the Tinker Institute on International Law and Organizations. The organization is accredited by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and actively engages in summits, preparatory committees, and working groups regarding sustainable development.

Dr. Tinker was recently selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2019-2020 and invited to teach in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) as reported by The Setonian. While in Argentina, Dr. Tinker will not only be teaching but conducting interdisciplinary research on sustainable governance of fresh water as a member of the environmental studies and political science departments of UNSAM. Specifically, she will be focusing on a regional treaty on the Guarani Aquifer which is located within Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. 

It is through her illustrious career that Dr. Tinker was able to amass such a large collection of literary works from Latin American writers. "I had a wonderful opportunity with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to work on independent research on censorship of Latin American literature," Dr. Tinker said. "That was due mostly because of friends I made in New York City who were Latin American writers doing wonderful work at a time of political repression through the dictatorships and the dirty wars in South America."

The Rockefeller Foundation grant that was awarded to Dr. Tinker enabled her to travel throughout South America and Europe, meeting many of the exiled writers.

"The other aspect of my work was to discover women writers, not known at all in North America," Dr. Tinker remarked. Many of the donated books are indeed the works of Latin American women writers, including Stella Ferraz and famed art critic Marta Traba.

Students sitting on a couch with Dr. Catherine TinkerShe explained that her reasoning in donating the collection was to share the collected knowledge with that of the public. "I thought, 'What a shame to keep this all just in my house when it should be shared' and it is more than just somebody with a couple of books, there's a real story to why these books are all together in my collection," Dr. Tinker said. 

"We are thrilled to enrich the Unanue Institute's library with this remarkable gift from Dr. Tinker," said Stephanie Macias-Arlington, executive director of the Unanue Institute. The Unanue Institute library currently holds books from its former presence on campus as the Puerto Rican Institute and original works donated from Mrs. Carmen Ana Unanue's personal collection. The Institute hopes the Tinker Collection "will be used as valuable primary research for professional scholars, as well as students studying Latin American literature and history," Macias-Arlington said.

The following list includes some, but not all, of the books Dr. Tinker generously donated to the Unanue Institute. A few of the books are original copies that were presented from the writers to Dr. Tinker, thus they may be autographed. Books can be checked out by visiting the Institute's office and signing your information and commitment to return the book once finished.

Dr. Tinker's donated collection includes:

  • El Gato Eficaz by Luisa Valenzuela
  • Women in Hispanic Literature Icons and Fallen Idols, edited by Beth Miller
  • Aura by Carlos Fuentes
  • Pássaro Rebelde by Stella C. Ferraz
  • La Noche de Tlatelolco by Elena Poniatowska
  • Tiempo mexicano by Carlos Fuentes
  • El museo de los esfuerzos inútiles by Cristina Peri Rossi
  • Paso'asi by Marta Traba
  • Los laberintos insolados by Marta Traba
  • Distancia Fija by Ines Malinow
  • Massacre in Mexico by Elena Poniatowska
  • New Islands by María Luisa Bombal
  • Rebellion in the Blacklands by Euclides da Cunha
  • A History of Colonial Brazil: 1500-1792 by Bailey W. Diffie
  • Precario/Precarious by Cecilia Vicuňa
  • Coffee, Contention, and Change: In The Making of Modern Brazil, by Mauricio A. Font
  • Latin America Books: An annotated bibliography, compiled and edited by Karna S. Wilgus
  • Poem in the Lap of Death by Isabel Fraire, translated by Thomas Hoeksema
  • Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa
  • La casa verde by Mario Vargas Llosa
  • The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa translated by Edith Grossman
  • Nationalism in Brazil: A Historical Survey by E. Bradford Burns
  • Historia de Puerto Rico by Lucas Morán Arce
  • Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Seven Nights by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Las Andariegas by Albalucía Angel

For information on future events, scholarships, and all that is #JAULI, stop by the Institute's office located in Fahy Room 246. Don't forget to follow the Institute Twitter and Instagram @JAULISHU to stay up to date with their latest news and events.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Spencer Hinton
  • (973) 761-9422
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