Congratulations to Professor Rodrigo Lopes de Barros whose film “Chacal: Forbidden to Write Poetry” is one of the finalists for the Best Short Documentary of the 12th Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival. This year’s ceremony will take place on December 20, 2015 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, which is part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jury Chairs for this year’s prizes include Professors: H.D. Motyl (Southern Illinois University), Hisham Bizri (Brown University), and Ruth Margraff (School of the Art Institute of Chicago).
Congratulations to Professor Pedro Lasarte, who was elected to the NECLAS Executive Council. NECLAS, or the New England Council of Latin American Studies, held its annual meeting at Tufts University on November 7, 2015. Read more about NECLAS at: http://neclas.org/
Professor Pedro Lasarte and four doctoral graduate students, Amir Effat, Mike Vinces, Paloma Pueyo Sahún, Philip Noonan, read papers and participated at the 2015 New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) Annual Meeting at Tufts University on November 7, 2015.
All four graduate students were in the panel, Sor Juana.
Amir Effat presented, “A study of the visual language in Sor Juana’s Los empeños de una casa”.
Mike Vinces presented, “Las penas barrocas de Castaño y de Celia en Los empeños de una casa de Sor Juana”.
Paloma Pueyo Sahún presented, “Didactismo y contradicción en Este, que ves, engaño colorido, de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”.
Philip Noonan presented, “La retórica sorjuanista en su obra teatral”.
The Department of Romance Studies and Voces Hispánicas/Hispanic Voices welcomed Chilean folk-songwriter, Nancy Torrealba, accompanied by Boston-based folksinger, Sergio Reyes on November 2, 2015 to Boston University’s Casa Hispánica.
“Tertulia sobre el Canto Latinoamericano ayer y hoy”
Upcoming radio show — featuring Prof. DANNY ERKER discussing his research on Spanish in Boston: RadioBoston, on WBUR (90.9 FM) Thursday, Nov. 12 — live at 3 PM, rebroadcast at 10 PM.
Paula Hennessey, Liliane Duséwoir and Mary Beth Raycraft will be representing the Department of Romance Studies in important presentations at the upcoming conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in San Diego, Nov. 20-22, 2015.
Paula and Liliane will do a presentation on writing strategies using the Antidote software, which highlights, “through a system of filters—spelling errors, syntactic breaks or awkward sentences, repetitions, connectors, weak verbs, or style patterns. Presenters will explain strategies to implement the use of these software along with several websites in order to allow students to enrich their vocabulary and revisit grammatical concepts autonomously, self-correct their papers, and maintain a list of their frequent errors.”
In another session, Hennessey, Dusewoir and Kheireddine Bekkai will tackle the subject of stimulating curiosity and interest in reading through the use of graphic novels: “Group will brainstorm ideas for planning a unit or a course on a BD; examine visual compositions of an authentic BD and explore links with poetry or cinema; discuss how to generate and moderate a meaningful debate based on samples of controversial drawings; and investigate several examples of creative-writing assignments.”
Mary Beth Raycraft will team up with a former Vanderbilt colleague, Natalie Dieu-Porter, to offer “Developing Communicative and Global Competence: French for the Professions.”
Here is the complete program—with a strong showing by the Department of Romance Studies and the participation, also, of Gisela Hoecherl-Alden, Assistant Dean and Director of Language Instruction, College of Arts & Sciences.
Professor of Spanish and Linguistics Daniel Erker is featured in a September 2015 article in the Boston Globe.
Congratulations to Professor Rodrigo Lopes de Barros, who was awarded the FAPESP post-doctoral research fellowship! He will be conducting research on the relationship between modernism and African-derived religions in Cuba and Brazil. He will be a fellow at the University of São Paulo.
FAPESP’s Post-Doctoral fellowship is aimed at distinguished researchers with a recent doctorate degree and a successful research track record. The fellowship enables the development of research within higher education and research institutions located in the State of São Paulo.
Professor Nancy Harrowitz was recently published on September 25, 2015 in monthly magazine, Oregon Jewish Life.