Tertulias in


In full health contingency, and with the academic and cultural activities suspended in higher education institutions around the world, the University Headquarters in Boston launched the digital project "Tertulias en UNAM-Boston"

This new initiative consists of the management of conversations on different cultural and current issues with experts affiliated with UNAM, universities in the Northeast of the United States and institutions located in various geographies of the planet. Said talks are carried out taking advantage of information technologies, are edited and published on the platforms of the National University. It is important to note that all these recordings are subtitled either from Spanish to English or from English to Spanish, which represents an unprecedented effort by the University to generate in this way bilingual quality content that can benefit both the Spanish-speaking community, not only from UNAM or Mexico, but also from Latin America and migrants mainly living in the American Union, such as the English-speaking population of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other geographies.

With the task of continuing to contribute to the substantive functions of the University of the Nation, this project shows that the UNAM, and in this case in particular its Headquarters abroad, do not stop and prepare to adapt to the new normality of the educational systems that will come and that will definitely have online teaching as one of its main pillars in a globalized world.

What is a tertulia?

With a fun and fluid prose, José de la Colina exposes one of the linguistic traditions par excellence that has served human beings since ancient times to recreate social contracts and that is practiced to this day: the tertulia. Making a review of the most common meanings that the Spanish Royal Academy has given of the word tertulia, both in the Dictionary of Authorities of 1739 and in the more current DRAE, de la Colina provides the lexical overview of the concept and guides the reader towards it. A more intuitive meaning than that of a tertulia can be had in everyday speech: meeting or gathering of a group of people to converse, discern, entertain, play, have fun, and so on. For the author, only the tertulio is the one who is part of the tertulia, since Tertuliano is rather the proper name of a church father [1] . The tertulia and the tertulio are always found "In cafes, bars, canteens, restaurants, and other places of leisure and conversation"; 'tertuliar' is the verb and the activity proper to the tertulia, which takes place, as has been done since the 18th century, through conversation, wine, coffee, games, among others.

The main proposition of the writer in this first entry "De tertulias y tertulios" is that, since the first social contract was language, and since gathering (linguistic activity) is a custom of civilized life, then it can be thought that the civilization was born from the social gathering. From the first guttural attempts of prehistoric men to communicate with each other; going through Socratic teaching and the Platonic Academy, the Round Table of the Knights of King Arturo, and the gatherings between Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez and Don Miguel Hidalgo to plan Mexican Independence; to Unamuno's monologues about the Tragic Feeling of Life in a cafeteria in Salamanca and Hitler's propaganda in a beer hall in Munich, José de la Colina reviews the role of the tertulia and leaves us waiting for an opportunity to tertuliar. .


[1] Fifth Septimius Florentius Tertullian, lived between the 2nd and 3rd centuries, a writer and religious prone to Stoic asceticism.

De tertulias y tertulios, 1

Por José de la Colina

Revista Letras Libres

Publicado en 09 agosto 2011

Welcome to our tertulias

Welcome to our tertulias

We invite the entire community to enjoy this new project of your University. Any question or suggestion is welcome by email: info@boston.unam.mx

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