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On the home front, Aníbal González Pérez, Naomi Lindstrom, Nicholas Shumway, and Vicky Unruh kindly wrote letters of recommendation, sometimes at the last minute, for the fellowships that supported this project. Blanca Silvestrini and Kerry Bystrom provided feedback on initial proposals that significantly influenced the final shape of the project. My peers at the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut shared insights and ideas that helped mold several chapters. Joseph Feldman generously shared documents and observations from his fieldwork with memory museum initiatives in Peru. I am grateful to many colleagues and friends from Trinity College, especially in the Department of Language and Culture Studies, the International Studies program, and the Caribbean and Latin American Studies section, for their collegial support throughout the project. Milla Riggio, especially, has provided special intellectual, creative, and moral support for many years, for which I am deeply grateful. My profound appreciation goes to Priscilla Melendez, who generously commented on several chapters, while providing desperately needed encouragement along the way. Beyond Trinity, Sharon Foerster, co-author in other projects, was kind, encouraging, and patient when I most needed it. And Manisha Desai has been a wonderful and inspiring writing partner—we did it!
Of course, this book would have been absolutely impossible without the love, support, encouragement, and, especially, patience, of my family. My mother, Jeanie, and in-laws, José Ismael and Lottie, cheered every step. My children Maya, Mobey, Paloma, Isis, Corazón, and son-in-law Felipe, have helped out in so many ways, both practical and emotional, and have made my life so joyful. And to my husband Guillermo Irizarry, for your intellectual and emotional companionship, for the solidary acompañamiento throughout this project, for recommended readings and stimulating conversations, for taking the household reins when necessary, for traveling with me and learning with me, and for your unwavering belief in this project, I owe a debt of gratitude truly beyond words.