Dr. Dorota Heneghan Appointed as Interim Director of the Program in Comparative Literature for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Dr. Dorota Heneghan, Associate Professor of Spanish and specialist in Modern Peninsular Literature and Culture, will serve as Interim Director of Comparative Literature for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Dr. Carmela Mattza Received the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award

Dr. Carmela Mattza, Associate Professor of Spanish, was selected to be a recipient of the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, which recognizes faculty with an excellent record in undergraduate teaching. The award was judged by an HSS Faculty Senate Committee.

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The Collapse of East Germany, The Fall of the Berlin Wall, and Why They Matter to Us Today  

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The LSU Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs presents Dr. Stephen Brockmann, Carnegie Mellon University 

November 4, 2019
Holliday Forum 
LSU Journalism Building
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This event was featured in October 30, 2019 edition of The Advocate newspaper

In addition there will be a November 7, 2019 German film screening featuring the Florian Henkel Von Donnersmark film Never Look Away.  Winner of the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. 4:30pm in Room 103 Arts & Design Building. Free food while it lasts! 

Listen to November 4, 2019 Gundela Hachmann and Stephen Brockmann WRKF (89.3) Jim Engster podcast.  

For more information contact Dr. Gundela Hachmann at

Faculty Honors

Dr. Elena Castro will receive an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP) Alumni Fellowship. The fellowship is an opportunity for SEC ALDP alumni to visit other SEC universities to strengthen their administrative leadership skills while addressing an area of growth for their home institutions.  The SEC ALDP Alumni Fellowship component of the SEC ALDP is in its third year. The overarching SEC ALDP seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond.

Dr. Gundela Hachmann has been featured in the April 21, 2019 Chronicle of Higher Education article What I'm Reading: 'Connected by the Ear'

Dr. Dorota Heneghan has won a 2019 TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award from the LSU Ogden Honors College. The awards committee was impressed with her valuable contributions to the Honors College either through teaching HNRS classes, directing undergraduate Honors Theses, and to the college community as a whole. 

Dr. Dorota Heneghan is the recipient of the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship from the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom (2018-2019). Dr. Heneghan was invited to deliver guest lectures at the University of Bristol: “From Poland with Love: Mapping the Spanish-Russo Relations in Sofía Casanova’s Interwar Journalism and Fiction,” (School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol, November 21, 2018) and “Heroes, Outcasts, and Scapegoats: Nation and Belonging in Spanish Women’s Narrative Between the Wars” (Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, November 22, 2018). 

Dr. Heneghan was also selected by the LSU Ogden Honors College to receive the Robert L. "Doc" Amborski Faculty Teaching and Service Award for excellence in teaching honors seminars and service to the LSU Ogden Honors College. Last semester, Dr. Heneghan designed and taught Honors Seminar New Woman in Modern European and American Literature. '

October 2018 Chinese Instructor Ms. Lan Zhe  became the only Certified Medical Interpreter of Mandarin Chinese in the state of Louisiana as awarded by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters by passing the National Certification Oral Exam for Medical Interpreters, which included consecutive interpreting and sight translation, with a score of 83%, National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters. 

Ms. Lan Zhe, Instructor of Mandarin Chinese, attained the status of being the first and only Certified Court Interpreter of Mandarin Chinese in the state of Louisiana by passing the Court Interpreter Oral Examination developed by the National Center for State Courts which included sight translation, consecutive interpreting and simultaneous interpreting. This is the highest level obtainable for a court interpreter of Mandarin Chinese in the U.S. She was sworn in and awarded the Court Interpreter Certificate at the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans in October 2016.

Fall 2018 Spanish Instructor Ms. Jamie Greer  won the student-nominated Faculty/Staff of the Month award from NACURH, National Association of College and University Residence Halls. For more details you can read her nomination.

Congratulations Dr. Paolo Chirumbolo for winning the 2018 LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award recognizing excellence in teaching and research. 

Dr. Rafael Orozco was recently interviewed by a journalist from The Bogotá Post about the evolution of Colombian Spanish. The Bogotá Post enlisted the help of Dr. Orozco to understand how words enter into a vocabulary and why Spanish in Bogotá is so neutral sounding. Click The Evolution of Colombian Spanish: A Colombian linguist tells it like it is to read the article. . 

Dr. Raymond Stock has been quoted in the September issue of Source, the journal of the literary division of the American Translators Association. The article in which he is quoted is by Patrick Saari, "Naguib Mahfouz: Cairo, Arabic, and World Literature."