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Peru celebrates its Independence Day

Today, Peru celebrates its Independence Day. It's not only the Peruvian Independence Day but also its Bicentennial Day, two hundred years since the Argentinian General San Martín proclaimed national independence from the colonial power of Spain. Congratulations, Perú!

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Claudia Sanford successfully defended her doctorate thesis at New Mexico State University

Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures congratulates Claudia Sanford, our Spanish instructor, for successfully defending her doctorate dissertation: Intercultural Competence Awareness and Acquisition Through Foreign Language Education: A Mixed Methods Study in an Institution of Higher Education Introductory Language and Culture Course, on Thursday, June 25, 2021, at New Mexico State University. Sanford majors in curriculum and instruction with the language, literacy, and culture option and education learning technologies concentration.

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Dr. Christian Fernández's Newest Book Chapter: A los ataúdes, a los ataúdes: Violencia histórica, ideología y nación en la poesía de Pablo Guevara

Professor Christian Fernández' most recent chapter in a book in commemoration of the bicentennial celebration of the 200 years of the independence of Perú, July 28, 1821. "A los ataúdes, a los ataúdes: Violencia histórica, ideología y nación en la poesía de Pablo Guevara." In Golpe, furia, Perú: Poesía y nación. Paolo de Lima ed. Lima: Editorial Horizonte, 2021. 59-71.

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The Department Congratulates our Recent Graduates for Receiving the Distinguished Communicator Medal

The Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures congratulates Olivia DeVille and Abigail Dorow, both graduated with a degree in Spanish, for receiving the LSU Distingiushed Communicator Medal. The following is information on the award: Distinguished Communicator Medal During May 2021 Commencement, 53 graduates across eight colleges received the LSU Distinguished Communicator Medal. Recipients of this honor are outstanding writers and speakers, with a strong command of visual literacy and technological communication. LSU Distinguished Communicators also graduate with the LSU Communicator Certificate, launched in Fall 2018. This distinction is the first of its kind in the nation and is sponsored by LSU Communication across the Curriculum (CxC), a nationally recognized program for its excellence in enhancing learning experiences and improving students' communication skills across all disciplines.

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Rebecca Carrero-Figueroa will Receive Her PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Congratulations to our instructor, Rebecca Carrero-Figueroa, for successfully defending her dissertation titled "El binomio historia y ficción en Duerme de Carmen Boullosa, La novia oscura de Laura Restrepo y Nadie me verá llorar de Cristina Rivera Garza." She will receive her PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras this summer.

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LECTURE: Comentarios al libro Medio Siglo con Borges de Mario Vargas LLosa

Professor Christian Fernández will give a lecture on the last book by Peruvian Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas LLosa on May 4 at 7:30 PM. the title of the lecture is "Comentarios al libro Medio Siglo con Borges de Mario Vargas LLosa." the lecture is part of the I Feria Internacional del Libro Agrario, organized by the Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Molina, Lima, Perú. You may view the talk live in Fondo Editorial UNALM's Facebook page.

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Distinguished Communicator Medal

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Dr. Christian Fernández's Newest Journal Article: Medio siglo con Borges, o el doble rasero crítico de Mario Vargas Llosa.

Dr. Christian Fernández, associate professor Spanish, has published an article, Medio siglo con Borges, o el doble rasero crítico de Mario Vargas Llosa.

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LECTURE: Symposium on Inca Garcilaso

Friday, April 23, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Professor Christian Fernández will be participating in the Symposium on Inca Garcilaso with the lecture: "El Inca Garcilaso, autor de la nación Peruana." This symposium is one of the many activities for the celebration of the bicentennial independence of Perú.

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EVENT: German for Careers Event, Th 4/22, 2PM

The German Program in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at LSU is inviting students to participate in "German for Careers," an event for high schoolers and college students to learn how German can benefit them in their careers. Zoom session, Thursday, April 22, from 2 to 2.50pm CST.

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Dr. Corrada Curry's New Poem: "Pensieri fra due mondi." (Thoughts Between two Worlds)

Dr. Corrada Curry, instructor of French and Italian, has a published new poem, "Pensieri fra due mondi." (Thoughts Between two Worlds).

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Dr. Corrada Curry's New Poem: Poems in the Anthology: "Come le foglie" (Like leaves)

Dr. Corrada Cury, professor of French and Italian, has published a new poem, Poems in the Anthology: "Come le foglie" (Like leaves).

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Dr. Juan Colomina-Alminana's Newest Journal Article: Bias? Who is Bias? Comments to Dellśen

Dr. Juan Colomina-Alminana, instructor of Linguistics and Spanish, has published an article, Bias? Who is Bias? Comments to Dellśen.

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Dr. Juan Colomina-Alminana's New Book: Language Patterns in Spanish and Beyond: Structure, Context and Development

Dr. Juan Colomina-Alminana, instructor of Linguistics and Spanish, has co-edited a new book, Language Patterns in Spanish and Beyond: Structure, Context and Development.

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Dr. Juan Colomina-Alminana's New Book: Variation and Evolution: Aspects of language contact and contrast across the Spanish-speaking world

Dr. Juan Colomina-Alminana, instructor of Linguistics and Spanish, has co-edited a new book, Variation and Evolution: Aspects of language contact and contrast across the Spanish-speaking world.

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EVENT: Regenerating Catalan Identity

The Hispanic Studies Program, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and the International Studies Program invite you to the lecture "Regenerating Catalan Identity" by Professor Rosi Song (Durham University, UK).

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Dr. Michelle Zerba's New Book: Modern Odysseys: Cavafy, Woolf, Césaire, and a Poetics of Indirection

Dr. Michelle Zerba, professor of English and classical studies, has published a new book, Modern Odysseys: Cavafy, Woolf, Césaire, and a Poetics of Indirection. You may find the book at https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Odysseys-Indirection-Classical-Identitie/dp/0814214649/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=michelle+zerba&qid=1614184054&s=books&sr=1-5

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Dr. Andrea Morris's New Book: Migrant and Tourist Encounters: The Ethics of Im/mobility in 21st Century Dominican and Cuban Cultures

Dr. Andrea Morris, associate professor, has published a book, Migrant and Tourist Encounters: The Ethics of Im/mobility in 21st Century Dominican and Cuban Cultures. You can find the book at https://www.routledge.com/Migrant-and-Tourist-Encounters-The-Ethics-of-Immobility-in-21st-Century/Morris/p/book/9780367503789

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Prof. Rafael Orozco's Newest Journal Article: Variable subject pronoun expression revisited: This is what the Paisas do

Prof. Rafael Orozco, department chair and professor of Spanish, has published an article, Variable Subject Pronoun Expression Revisited: This Is What The Paisas Do.

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Dr. Mark Wagner's Newest Journal Article: Muslim-Jewish Sexual Liaisons Remembered and Imagined in 20th-Century Yemen

Dr. Mark Wagner, professor of Arabic, has published an article, Muslim-Jewish Sexual Liaisons Remembered and Imagined in 20th-Century Yemen, in the International Journal of Middle East Studies! You can find the article at https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020743820001105.

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Dr. Mark Wagner's Newest Book Chapter, Rabbi Salim Shabazi and Sufism: Synthesis or Juxtaposition?

Dr. Mark Wagner, professor of Arabic, has published a book chapter in Esoteric Transfer and Constructions, titled Rabbi Salim Shabazi and Sufism: Synthesis or Juxtaposition? You may find the book at the following link: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030617875.

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EVENT: The Arbitration: A Play by Menander

On Sunday, April 11, beginning at 3 p.m., a cast of LSU students (plus one grumpy LSU professor), all under the direction of Marie Plunkett (LSU Classics '21), will be performing Menander's Arbitration (Ἐπιτρέποντες/Epitrepontes) live on campus at, appropriately, the LSU Greek Theater.

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Literary Studies: Why the Humanities Matter? - A Workshop with Frederick A. De Armas

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International Colloquium (April 9)

Coloquio internacional "Aproximaciones Interdisciplinarias a la Literatura Áurea. 9 de abril de 2021 - Via Zoom. Para acceder al programa del coloquio y registrarse para participar visite, https://medgoldenage.mla.hcommons.org/2021/03/24/aproximaciones-interdisciplinarias-a-la-literatura-aurea International Colloquium "Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Spanish Golden Age", April 9, 2021 - Via Zoom. To access the program and register to participate, please visit https://medgoldenage.mla.hcommons.org/2021/03/24/aproximaciones-interdisciplinarias-a-la-literatura-aurea

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Classical Arabic Literature - ARAB 3801 - Fall 2021

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Zoom Lecture by Dr. Fernando Rosenberg - Human Rights Documentary, Beyond the Human

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Don Quixote via Zoom!

Meet us on March 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to talk about the Spanish novel Don Quijote and it's representations in film, music and painting with college students and professors in Michigan and Mississippi, This event is in Spanish only. For further details contact Prof. Carmela Mattza at cmattza@lsu.edu Topic: Don Quijote Time: Mar 5, 2021 02:30 PM-3:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://lsu.zoom.us/j/99853616347?pwd=QTZyR2d0RWRKcmlqdVgyOWxRbkM0Zz09 Meeting ID: 998 5361 6347 Passcode: Quixote25

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International Colloquium (April 9 at 9:30 a.m.)

This is a colloquium and roundtable that seeks to bring together college faculty whose area of expertise is Early Modern Spain and who are currently teaching in Louisiana or Gulf Atlantic states.

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Don Quixote - Public Lecture by Frederick A. De Armas (April 7, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.)

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A Workshop with Frederick A. De Armas (April 8 at 3:00 p.m)

Thursday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom This workshop focuses on current research trends and challenges in the humanities. For details, please contact Dr. Carmela Mattza at cmattza@lsu.edu. Sponsored by the Eric Voegelin Institute, the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature, and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences Strategic Excellence Fund.

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The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures would like to congratulate Dr. Laura Martins

She has received support from the Strategic Excellence Funds to organize a lecture by Professor Fernando Rosenberg (Brandeis University). The title of his lecture "Human Rights Documentary. Beyond the Human", on March 16 at 4:30 pm. Please contact Dr. Martins at martins@lsu.edu for more information.

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Spanish Conversation Table

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Themag Recognizes Dr. Albert Watanabe as One of LSU's Favorite Instructors

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures would like to congratulate Dr. Albert Watanabe for Themag's, a magazine by The Reveille, recognition as one of LSU's favorite instructors in the winter 2020 issue.

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Rafael Orozco Appointed co-chair of the Linguistic Society of America's Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics Nominations Subcommittee

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures congratulates Professor Rafael Orozco the opportunity to serve as co-chair of the Linguistic Society of America's Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics Nominations Subcommittee.

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Meghan Hodges Receives the Departmental Award for Outstanding Graduate Student for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures would like to congratulate Meghan Hodges, Hispanic Studies graduate student, with the departmental Award for Outstanding Graduate Student for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Departmental Award Committee was impressed by Hodges' efforts to excel as a graduate student.

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How Languages Saved Me: An Exemplary Story of Survival

Orphaned in Poland at the age of thirteen, Tadeusz "Tad" Haska survived World War II on the run, narrowly evading the Nazis every step of the way. After the war, he daringly escaped jail by the Soviet Secret Police, fled to Sweden and launched an elaborate plan to smuggle his wife in a coffin on an all-male naval ship. Discover how Tad's knowledge of nine languages helped him survive in the face of unspeakable adversity. A Zoom presentation by LSU alumna, Stefanie Naumann, PhD Professor of Management at the Eberhardt School of Business University of the Pacific, Stockton, California This event is sponsored by LSU Departments of Foreign Languages & Literatures, French Studies, and History

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Spanish, New course in high school in China (From La Vanguardia)

The Spanish Royal Academy (RAE) wants to participate in the explosion of Spanish that will came in the near future in China. The Academy has inaugurated its first Center for the Study of the Spanish Language at the University of Shanghai. This is the result of the incorporation of Spanish as part of the curriculum in the Chinese high School.

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The Italian-American Experience

Throughout the semester we will examine the Italian American experience by analyzing historical, cultural, literary and cinematic representations.

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Photography in Times of a Pandemic: Latin American Writers in Quarantine

This event is a talk about the experience of photographing writers remotely during the pandemic.

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ELAN For Linguistics Workshop

This workshop is intended for faculty only. The workshop is an event jointly organized by the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and the Linguistics program to learn how to use ELAN to annotate and transcribe audio or video recordings. The event is on Friday, October 30th at 3 PM. Jose Rojas and Latasha Valenzuela-Hernandez will be the presenters of the workshop. To RSVP, please email Jose at jrojas4@lsu.edu

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Imaginar la nación: Güiraldes, Gallegos, Lugones y Borges by Dr. Christian Fernandez

The presentation for Dr. Christian Fernandez's book Imaginar la nación: Güiraldes, Gallegos, Lugones y Borges will take place in the 5th book Fest in Lima, Peru on October 9 at 7:00 pm. It will be livestreamed through the publisher's Facebook page.

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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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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.

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