Enrique Del Risco

Enrique Del Risco Arrocha, also known as Enrisco, was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1967. He has a degree in History from the University of Havana and a doctorate in Latin American Literature from New York University (NYU), where he currently works. as a teacher in the department of Spanish and Portuguese. He was a finalist for the Cintas Foundation Fellowship for Creative Writing -for the project “Trilogía cubana del Hudson” (2011), and has received the following awards: Prize of the Contest Trece de Marzo 1993, Prize of Short Story magazine “Revolución y Cultura” 1994, Villa Awards de Madrid 1996 and V Ibero-American Cortes de Cádiz Award 2008, for the works: Shrunken Works (1992), Loss and recovery of innocence (1994), Crocodile tears (1998), Leve Historia de Cuba (2007), and ¿Qué Will they think of us in Japan? (2008).

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Arts and Media June 2024 Premium

La lección olvidada

 Francis Fukuyama’s assertion that history ended with liberal democracy’s triumph after the Cold War is examined. Through experiences in a Cuban totalitarian regime, the author underscores democratic principles’ importance. In the U.S., rising extremism and disillusionment with democracy reflect totalitarian tendencies, highlighting democracy’s vital role.

Hispanic Community May 2024 Premium

Los libros como enemigo

Amidst teaching Spanish as a teaching assistant in an American university, the author encounters a student who declares herself a Maoist. He reflects on this and discusses the fervor surrounding book censorship in both liberal and conservative circles, emphasizing the enriching value of diverse reading experiences.  

Hispanic Community April 2024 Premium

El turno del ofendido

 In light of the increasing hypersensitivity to offense in universities today, exemplified by instances like mispronouncing names or assuming ethnic stereotypes, it becomes crucial to counterbalance this trend by, for instance, addressing the normalization of oppression in certain contexts. The author illustrates this concern with the example of the Spanish textbook ‘Experiencias,’ published by Wiley, which minimizes oppression, thereby hindering empathy and posing threats to democracy and human rights.

Hispanic Community March 2024 Premium

La Verdad y el Bien en el aula

In the face of uncertainty, humanity has responded with curiosity and faith. While curiosity drives the pursuit of truth through arts and sciences, faith offers magic, religion, and ideologies. Despite their distinct compasses, both aim to make the world understandable and guide moral choices.  

Hispanic Community February 2024 Premium

Un poco de realidad

The conflict between Gaza and Israel has become a domestic issue in the United States, particularly on university campuses. The academic response does not seem to measure up the complex reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as it is being oversimplified and distorted. Universities could certainly take this challenge as an opportunity to address the real humanitarian crisis while navigating the complexities of free speech, tolerance, and understanding in the context of the conflict.

Hispanic Community January 2024 Premium

Un buen profesor

What makes a teacher memorable? What is worth being taught? The author recalls one of his professors who emphasized the value of art and timeless knowledge and underscores the importance of teaching what makes people more humane, transcending current ideologies.  

Technology July 2023 Premium

A solas con la inteligencia artificial

La inteligencia artificial satisface el deseo humano de que alguien piense por nosotros. Sin embargo, existen peligros y preocupaciones, especialmente en el ámbito educativo. Aunque los chatbots son útiles, no son infalibles, y la IA está limitada por los prejuicios humanos. Es crucial enseñar a los estudiantes a lidiar con la frustración de comprender el mundo, incluso con herramientas poderosas como la IA.