• Plays and poor relief in the early modern Spanish empire

      Ball, Rachael (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2014-04-03)
      Historian Ray Ball presents plays and poor relief in the early modern Spanish empire. Ray Ball, (UAA History Department), shares her research on the relationship between Spanish theatre and health care funding in the Spanish empire. Her book project Treating The Public: Public Drama, Public Health, and Public Opinion in the Early Modern Atlantic World is a comparison of commercial theater, charitable organizations, and public health in cities in the Spanish and Anglo Atlantic worlds during the 16th and 17th centuries.
    • Spanish poet Jorge Manrique (1440-1479)

      Ball, Rachael; Garcia, Rebeca Maseda; Fagan, Patricia (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2017-04-03)
      UAA professors dr. Rebeca Maseda Garcia (Department of Languages), Dr. Ray Ball (Department of History), and Dr. Patricia Fagan (Department of Lanugages) introduce Jorge Manrique's classic poem "Coplas a la muerte de su padre" (Coplas on the death of his father), with historical background and bilingual readings. Alaska Poet Laureate, John Haines (1924-2011) recited and referred to this poem throughout his life. Wherever and whenever he could, he would recite stanzas--even to his dying day. This event, held in memory of John Haines, will explain the meaning and significance of this timeless masterpiece in world literature. Poets everywhere are encouraged to attend. A command of Spanish is not necessary.