My project falls under the New Directions Initiative in that I propose to explore an aspect of Spanish culture in which Spanish is not the primary language of discourse. I want to study the language, the history and the development of the idea of the nation of Galicia. I propose to spend five weeks taking classes in Galician language and culture from Professor Blanca Roig at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Professor Roig has also invited me to collaborate on the work she is directing at the Ramón Piñeiro Center for Research in the Humanities (Center Ramon Pineiro for Humanities Research), where annual Literature Reports are prepared. Between late April and the beginning of June of 2011, I will collaborate in the preparation of the 2010 Report. Historically there has been a constant tension between the centralism of Castile and the desire for autonomy and/or independence on the part of some regions. I want to focus my research on Galician history, culture and literature as a way of understanding the historical and ideological process which leads to the birth of the Galician nation. In summary, I want to understand Galicia better in order to understand Spain better, and at the same time I want to learn more about a culture and a history that have been inaccessible because of the linguistic barrier, the isolation of the region, and the lack of specialists outside its geographical borders.