Cibola Real Places, Virtual Spaces: Cibola as an Hispanic Urban Island in SL

Cibola is based on real settings with great significance for Spanish and Portuguese culture. It is designed as a modern and "living" region with rotating showcases for student and professional projects, upcoming social events, structured classes, and more.The virtual recreation includes five main buildings that reproduce the real-life locations of the Café Gijon in Madrid, Spain; the Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Café Tocuba in Mexico City, Mexico; the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico; Confeitaria Colombo in Rio, Brazil. The region also includes student project galleries, a welcome/ landing point center, and a public square for large events. For the purpose of the Avalon Conference, we will be organizing a “walk-and-talk” tour of the main areas of the island, along with an explanation of how we have been using it at the University of Arizona. The presentation will be in English, but the island offers a unique multi-language / multi-cultural environment in Spanish and Portuguese. We will be discussing different possibilities of Cibola for teaching foreign languages and culture.

This project was developed by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona with partial funding from the University of Arizona’s Title VI Grant for its National Resource Center in Latin American Studies with the intention of recreating important real places for Spanish and Portuguese cultural studies. It is still going some remodelling and gaining new additions such as students’ projects and notecards created by the undergraduate and graduate students involved in the projects. It was first used in the Spring of 2011 as part of an Urban Theory graduate course.

The three patrons presenting at the conference are Cibola staff involved in the process since its beginning:
Moneo is the alter-ego of Dr. Malcolm Alan Compitello, Professor and Head, Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. He started the Cibola project to explore ways in which SL can be used in the delivery of classes and other educational outcomes.
Galdi is the alter-ego of Harold Jacobson. He is a museum professional who has ten years of experience working as a curator, exhibit designer, and museum manager. Galdi has worked diligently in building Cibola. He currently resides in Richmond, Virginia.
Kahlo is the alter-ego of Juliana Luna Freire, Ph.D. Student at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. She has experience working with educational technologies at the College of Humanities (The University of Arizona), and enthusiastically joined the Cibola team.

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Comment by Lynne Hand on September 25, 2011 at 20:08

Hi Gwen,


At the play itself, I was having my own computer meltdown, so I have no idea as to whether there were any photos taken, but we did do some recordings whilst rehearsing, and I've finally managed to work out how Adobe Premier Pro works, so I posted the first cut today.  


I don't think Hollywood will call any time soon, but I really enjoy that kind of fiddling.  :)

Comment by Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi on September 25, 2011 at 18:35

Hi Lynne,

Recordings are yet to come. :-) Am back from holidays and start posting them now.

Boy, I needed holidays after SLanguages, haha. Suffered some major net-lag too which resulted in a few days of insomnia. But, now I am back to normal and am looking forward to seeing you inworld again.

BTW, Lynne, did you or anyone else take photos of your play? 

rgds Heike

Comment by Lynne Hand on September 25, 2011 at 10:57
Fabulous build. Thanks for sharing.

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