"My thesis director, Sylvie Blum, encouraged me to apply for USP because she had previous students who had become Scholars and they had enjoyed the experience immensely. The main motivating factor for me was that I knew the prestige accorded to the University Scholar Program and I knew that it would be a wonderful academic opportunity to get my thesis research funded in some way. I plan on using the funding from USP in order to have access to resources that otherwise would be out of my reach. For example, I researched at the US Holocaust Museum this summer and plan on going to Brandeis University, where the National Center for Jewish Film is held. The program has afforded me the chance of investigating sources that would have never been at my disposal otherwise."
Political Science, French
History, Latin American Studies
Being a Political Science and French double major, various questions linking the two always arise: -Study of Law and Justice (in the US and in France) -Historical research on the legacy of war tribunals, particularly the Nazi trials in postwar Europe, and their political/social effects on French society. - French culture (film, literature, art and the political landscape in which they were created).
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Language, Literature, and Culture Award (2011)
- President's Honor Roll (2010-2011)
- Organizacíon Líder de España (OLÉ)
- UF Spanish Student Organization
- UF Model UN
- Gator MUN VIII: NGO Summit - Cuban American Student Assocation (CASA)
- Hispanic Student Association
- Hispanic Heritage Month 2010 Forum Director
During my time as Community Service Director for the Cuban-American Student Association (CASA), CASA donated to Gainesville High School's ESOL Closet Program, which collects clothes for underprivileged ESOL students. Also proudly organized/fundraised for the 2009 CASA Relay For Life Team.
Hobbies and Interests
- Tennis, the ocean, swimming, fishing, and sailing.
Demystification: The Evolution of Jewish Memory in French Film
In his controversial 1955 documentary Night and Fog, director Alain Resnais constructs a provocative work of contemplation that calls for defiance in the face of receding memories of World War II. Forcing the French spectator to engage in a self-confrontation by raising the question “Who is responsible?,” Resnais's unique approach in dealing with the issues of memory inhibition and the reconstruction of the past inspired me to examine the shifts in French Jewish cultural memory through the lens of landmark cinematic pieces. In order to adequately track the intricacies of postwar French memory, my analysis is structured into three phases: post-war repression of the 1950s, the cultural reawakening of the 1970s, and modern-day demystification of France’s struggle with the past. Because the medium of film has served as a vehicle for French memory debates and has a more far-reaching effect than other types of art, my critical analysis focuses on one representative cinematic work per memory phase. Resnais's Nuit et Brouillard (1955), Louis Malle's Lacombe Lucien (1974), and Amos Gitaï’s Plus tard tu comprendras (2008) act as the central points of analysis for each phase because they revived the past by using particular images and a specific historical narrative to stir memory. Literary works also buttress filmic analysis by strengthening the connection between cinematic representation and collective memory. Moreover, qualitative work in archives is a crucial component of my research. The USP grant has given me the opportunity to gather invaluable resources from monumental sites of Holocaust studies, such as the US Holocaust Museum. With the recent surge of anti-Semitism in France, the relevancy of this subject is undeniable. The past continues to exist in the present and it is through research that current generations (and even past ones) are able to tap into the fading reserves of national remembrance.