Faculty Profile

Jorge Sagastume

Associate Professor of Spanish (2003)

Contact Information

sagastuj@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 126
717.245.1722

Bio

Jorge’s main area of research is the intersection of literature and philosophy, in particular philosophy of language. He has published eight books and numerous essays on Spanish and Spanish American authors (most recently on Borges and Cantor’s hypothesis of the continuum, on Borges and language and identity, and on Federico Andahazi and epistemological systems). He is currently working on the topic of the ethics of identity in the work of Puerto Rican author René Marqués; his article titled "René Marqués: sobre la formation de una identidad autónoma en La víspera del hombre" will be published in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies in 2018. He also founded and edited Sirena: Poetry, Art and Criticism (Johns Hopkins U.P.) from 2004 until 2010.

Education

  • B.A., University of Utah, 1997
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2002

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

LALC 200 Writing Abt Lit Art & Film
Cross-listed with SPAN 231-05. This is a course in rhetoric, in Spanish, where students will acquire and/or develop the necessary tools to write for academic purposes. Students will read short fiction and poetry, view films and study paintings and photographs to later interpret these artistic forms and produce the type of academic writing necessary to succeed in upper-level courses in the field. The main goal of the class, however, will be to help students develop their ability to observe critically the world that surrounds them, and learn how to express their findings to others in a convincing way. While doing so, the course will also emphasize the idea of Civic Engagement; the three basic questions that will be addressed under the framework of each analysis and discussion are: What can I know? Who am I? and How shall I live?

SPAN 231 Spanish Composition
Cross-listed with LALC 200-02. This is a course in rhetoric, in Spanish, where students will acquire and/or develop the necessary tools to write for academic purposes. Students will read short fiction and poetry, view films and study paintings and photographs to later interpret these artistic forms and produce the type of academic writing necessary to succeed in upper-level courses in the field. The main goal of the class, however, will be to help students develop their ability to observe critically the world that surrounds them, and learn how to express their findings to others in a convincing way. While doing so, the course will also emphasize the idea of Civic Engagement; the three basic questions that will be addressed under the framework of each analysis and discussion are: What can I know? Who am I? and How shall I live?