Last November, Gerardo Cruz G. presented a paper titled “Performatividad y visualización social de Gómez-Peña: migración (in)documentada e identidad trasnacional México-Estados Unidos” at the International Colloquia Le theatre hors de lui at the Université de Toulouse, France. The talk focused on Guillermo Gómez-Peña, a Mexican artist who has lived in the United States for several decades. The paper examined Gómez-Peña’s recent performative and transdisciplinary works by analyzing them as both political and aesthetic discourses as well as by reading these works as forms of transnational identity. Moreover, the analysis scrutinized the way in which Gómez-Peña’s works express the crisis of undocumented migration, as well as their collective status as a device that challenges the representation of Latin American subjectivities in the global era.
Adela Pineda, formerly Associate Professor of Spanish, has been promoted to Professor of Spanish. Professor Pineda is widely respected for her work on Mexican literature and film, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th century. Her most recent book, Steinbeck y México, uses Steinbeck’s works as a window into the cultural history of US-Mexican relations from the 1930s to the 1960s.
This past Friday, the Romance Studies Department gathered to say farewell to Prof. T. Jefferson Kline, a long-time member of the faculty. Jeff Kline came to the then Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures in 1979, and served as chair of the department from 1979 until 1988. In his role as chair, he oversaw the hiring of many of the faculty who are with the department to this day.
At his retirement reception, colleagues and students shared many fond memories of Jeff’s time at BU. They recollected in particular his energy and enthusiasm, as well as his passion for teaching.
Prof. Dorothy Kelly, who spoke at the reception, said:
“The one thing that most influenced my way of teaching language classes was an event organized by Jeff near the beginning of my time at BU. He invited John Rassias to give a workshop on teaching methodology, and that workshop opened the door for me to a more open and communicative language classroom, which I have tried to create ever since then.”
Boris Corredor, well known for his fondness for cooking Latin American dishes, treated the students in his LS 307 course (Spanish Through Literature & the Arts) to a cooking event to help them experience Latin American cuisine first-hand.
Garland Waller, a professor in BU’s Department of Film & Television and an award-winning filmmaker, took on a project close to her heart for her most recent project – a documentary of her father’s time in the Army during World War II. The documentary focusses on her father’s experience after the ship ferrying he and his comrades across the English Chanel was sunk by german submarines. Upon reaching shore, her father and his fellows took refuge in a ransacked chateau. Waller wanted to find the chateau, but the only clue she had was an old photo her father had found on the grounds, with handwriting in French on the back – and that led her to ask for help from the Romance Studies Department. More
Celia Bianconi, Senior Lecturer in Portuguese, organized a visit by 28 Brazilian heritage students and their teacher, Juliana Germani. The students come from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.
The objective for the visit was to help the students learn more about careers in which they will be able to use their bi-literacy, as well as college choices that will help them enhance such skills. These students will be the first in their families to go to college.
The initiative was a great success. Students from BU and Martha’s Vineyard engaged in exchanging information and also shared about their experience with the whole group. Celia commented that “It was a gratifying experience reaching out to the Brazilian community.”
Cristina Onesta, a student in our doctoral French Language & Literature program, presented at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) convention in Cheyenne. Her paper, “Des migrants aux fantômes…la proximité de l’écriture, l’écriture de la proximité”, was part of a panel titled “Writing on Vulnerable Subjects: When Self-Writing Becomes Other”, organized by the association Women in French. More
Laura Mayron, a doctoral student in our Hispanic Language & Literatures program, tells us about her recent trip to present at the ACTFL conference in New Orleans.
My trip to New Orleans for the annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conference was filled with the spirit of collaboration from the start: shortly after arriving the airport, I crossed paths with my colleague and friend Liliane Dusewoir, who let me share her ride to the French Quarter (Merci, Liliane!), and it only got better from there! More
“Through a Writer’s Eye” follows “a writer’s apprenticeship through medicine, science, and literature.What does it mean to become a writer after devoting one’s life to science and medicine? What are the resonances between scientific reasoning and literary creation? Students will learn about the transformative power of writing when facing personal challenges, and trauma.”
Award winning writer Patrick Autréaux will return to BU as writer in residence in the spring 2019 semester, and will teach a seminar titled “Through a Writer’s Eye”.
Autréaux began his professional career in the medical field, earning a Doctorate of Medicine in 1997. In 2006, after practicing for many years as an emergency-room psychiatrist, he decided to dedicate himself entirely to writing. Autréaux has published numerous novels, short stories, theater works, and one film script. The view of illness as an inner experience informs much of his early writing.
“Through a Writer’s Eye” will be taught as CAS LF 569, on Thursdays from 12:30 to 3:15 pm. It is open both to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
In a show of strength by our Romance Studies language programs, a number of members of the Department gave presentations at the convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in New Orleans.
Laura Mayron, a doctoral student in our Hispanic Language & Literatures program, spoke on “Queer Accessibility: Gender Neutral Pronouns in Spanish Language Classrooms” and Portuguese Sr. Lecturer Célia Bianconi, gave a presentation on “Spoken and Written Proficiency in Varieties of Lusophone Portuguese.” More