Testimonials from Brazil

Two great testimonials from Brazil arrived! The first is based on the college essays (statement of purpose, personal statement, writing samples) that I help students develop through a draft writing process. Professor Paula Mussumeci also highly recommends the scholarship applications assistance that I’ve been giving. I do this work in the Boston Providence, and New London (CT) area, free of charge to students, and I run workshops in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. If you are interested, please find me on facebook. Continue reading “Testimonials from Brazil”

Flamenco for the Future | Stories & the Arts in Troubled Times

Flamenco is a music and dance of resiliency and protest. It has been, at times, an urgent call to gather and unify in the face of systematic oppression and genocide. At the height of its expression and expressivity, Flamenco endured (and continues to endure) the same rise of fascism that the world is currently moving towards.

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Scholarships & Grants for “Minorities”

“Minorities” is a misnomer and I put it in quotes for that reason. The world’s true minority is, without a doubt, “white” (however that is defined). Continue reading “Scholarships & Grants for “Minorities””

Scholarship Opportunities for College

One of the Sirocco Blue readers sent a list of new scholarship opportunities. Continue reading “Scholarship Opportunities for College”

Pedrito Martínez & Band, Tonight in Boston!

Cuban singer and percussionist Pedrito Martínez and his band have been a huge hit in Manhattan for nearly a decade. A master of Cuban music, Martínez goes beyond the traditional form, drawing on complex rhythms, jazz, and pop. Martínez’s musical talent Continue reading “Pedrito Martínez & Band, Tonight in Boston!”

Tomatito: Legend of Time | Concert Review

Led by legendary Flamenco guitarist, José Fernández Torres (known around the world as “Tomatito”), and accompanied by his son (José Fernández “Tomatito Hijo”), a royal Roma lineage tore through Boston’s Berklee Performace Center on Sunday night.

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Frankie Ruíz a Buscabulla | Traduções Rítmicas e Líricas

O grande cantante Boricua de New Jersey que morou também uma parte da sua vida na ilha de Porto Rico, Frankie Ruíz (“o Tártaro”) teve um chorinho na voz, um eco do gigante Hector Lavoe e até um grito andaluz do flamenco de raiz. Era, e é, uma combinação única. Continue reading “Frankie Ruíz a Buscabulla | Traduções Rítmicas e Líricas”

Incredible Flamenco Show in Boston!

Tomatito, one of the great Flamenco guitarists who follows in the line of Paco de Lucía and who played with Camarón de la Isla, will be performing in Boston this Sunday, Oct 30th, at 7:30 PM! With him, José Maya and a full ensemble take the stage. Continue reading “Incredible Flamenco Show in Boston!”

Grande Show de Flamenco em Boston | Domingo, Dia 30!

Compartilho com vocês, admiradores da música mais profunda do coração, notícias de um show fenomenal do enorme Tomatito! É flamenco de verdade, com José Maya na Dança e grupo completo.


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Testimonial | Study Abroad Leadership & Development

In early 2012, just after completing a Fulbright research grant in Brazil, I was hired by CIEE to assess the study abroad programs in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, identify which parts of the operation could be salvaged, and take apart and rebuild the programs. Catharine Scruggs, long-standing Executive Director of all CIEE programs and an important figure in all of CIEE’s expansion and development initiatives, recently shared some reflections on my work as Resident Director (2012-2015), the same type of services I am now offering as a freelance consultant:

“I first met Jacob Dyer Spiegel in early 2012 when I interviewed him for a Resident Director position for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) programs in Salvador, Brazil. During his tenure as RD, Jacob impressed me because of his ability to assess program strengths and weaknesses, work with senior management to effectively re-create an international study center, build partnerships, and transform the curriculum around student-centered learning models. Continue reading “Testimonial | Study Abroad Leadership & Development”