Spanish and Portuguese Department Professor Luciano Tosta was the winner of the 2016 Vice Chancellor for Research Book Publication Award. This prestigious award, sponsored by the University of Kansas Office of Research, is given every year to one meritorious manuscript authored by a humanities tenure-track (all ranks) faculty member. It is intended to assist in the publication of the book by reimbursing the author's expenses related to illustration or indexing costs, or providing a subvention to the press publishing the book. Prof. Tosta received the award for his book Confluence Narratives: Ethnicity, History, and Nation Making in the Americas, which is forthcoming with Bucknell University Press in July 2016. Informed by post-colonial theory, and ethnic and race studies, his book defines and analyzes a major literary genre that appears across the Americas in the middle of the twentieth century. Prof. Tosta had lunch with Vice Chancellor James Tracy, Associate Vice Chancellor Rodolfo Torres, and Prof. Victor Bailey, Director of the Hall Center, on March 3rd to celebrate the award.