• Cuba in Poetry, History, and Images

      Ball, Rachael; Streff, Caroline (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2018-08-03)
      Caroline Streff and Professor Ray Ball discuss their experiences conducting archival and library research in Havana and writing historically informed poetry. Caroline Streff's poetry focuses on the complex issues related to the Revolution's redistribution of physical space. Dr. Ball's poetry concerns the ways the history of colonialism intersects with how history is told and retold on the island. Caroline Streff majored in English and International Studies at UAA. She plans to study Latin American rhetoric in graduate school. Ray Ball is Associate Professor of History at UAA. She is a published poet and author of Treating the Public: Charitable Theater and Civic Health in the Early Modern Atlantic World.
    • It's Good to be the King: Advice and Statecraft in Early Modern Europe

      Ball, Rachael (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2015-02-05)
      In 1543, before his departure from Spain to fight the French, Emperor Charles V left guidance for his 15 year old son, Philip. The detailed written instructions have been transcribed by Rachael Ball and Geoffrey Parker in a bilingual critical edition called Cómo Ser Rey. These secret letters include frank assessments of officials and instructions on how kings should comport themselves and treat their subjects. Charles V reminded his son of his many duties, including how to deal with his various kingdoms and peoples with diverse languages, customs, and regional identities--an issue that continues to resonate today in the Catalan Independence movement. Ray Ball is an Assistant Professor of Early Modern European and World History at UAA. She earned a doctorate in Early Modern European History from Ohio State University.
    • 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.