ART WITHOUT BORDERS
In celebration of Hispanic heritage month, Jennifer Valko, professor in the ECU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Lisa Robinson, from the ECU School of Art and Design, and Charlotte Fitz at the Greenville Museum of Art, have partnered with the museum and additional supporters to offer "ART WITHOUT BORDERS" to introduce the work of local, national and international Latino artists.
Programming includes (see Events for complete information):
Prof. Charles Fantazzi was celebrated in this, his final year of teaching at ECU, with The Harriot College Medallion. After retiring from the University of Windsor in 1995, where he had been chair of the Department of Classics (1973-79) and later the Department of Classical and Modern Languages (1979-82) and was honored as University Professor in 1994, he came to ECU in 1998-99 as The David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. Dr. Fantazzi stayed on at ECU out of love of teaching. One of his former students, Rory Egan said of him:
"When I was 18, I was awed by Charles' knowledge of both ancient and modern languages and by the depth and breadth of his knowledge of literature, music and art. I am still awed by his erudition. Even more impressive, though, is how lightly he carries that erudition. While Charles makes no compromise with the intellectually wishy-washy, the mediocre or the spurious, his sense of humour, liveliness and congeniality make him a most effective ambassador in the service of learning and the arts. When I think of the Latin word humanitas, which can partially but imperfectly be translated by 'humanity,' I can think of no better exemplar of my acquaintance than Charles Fantazzi... Would that academic life were graced by more like him."
Professor Fantazzi himself said the following about the humanities in his commencement address to the University of Windsor on the occasion of his honorary doctorate in 1999:
"Cicero's ideal of education was to produce the good man skilled in speaking, vir bonus dicendi peritus. He wished that the orator learn humane values instilled by the reading of the major texts of Greek and Latin literature, bonae litterae, "good letters," as he called them, which to his mind would provide incentive to noble actions and a greater sense of civility to one's fellow man. Machiavelli describes that after the day is over, he returns home and enters his study. He takes off his everyday clothes, covered with mud and dust, dons courtly apparel and sits down to talk to great men of the past and is received amicably by them. He asks them the reasons for their actions and they in their humanity respond to him. This is the kind of communing with great minds of the past that is accomplished by true reading, employing the imagination to penetrate to the true meaning of the text, entering into the mind of the reader."
Charles was honored by his friends in the profession and grateful colleagues with a 2011 International Symposium on Neo-Latin and the Humanities. In attendance were:
Prof. Peter Standish was honored with the Scholar Teacher Award in 2009. In spring 2010, he was also Director of the NC Consortium Study Abroad program at Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain.
Prof. Katherine Ford has won the 2011 College Research Award for her proposal, "Revising the Stage: The Role of Rewriting in Caribbean Theater." Katherine will be on research leave in the spring semester. This year, she published a monograph with Palgrave-Macmillan entitled, Politics and Violence in Cuban and Argentine Theater.
Prof. David Smith has been named one of 18 DAAD Research Ambassadors who promote the German national agency's support of research-funding opportunities to and from Germany. In 2009-2010, he also served as president of the Philological Association of the Carolinas.
Prof. Jennifer Valko was a finalist for the 2009 University Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2009 she was awarded the College Research Award for "Patagonia Expressed: Argentine National Construction by Journalists and Germanic Immigrants (1890-1940)." The award allowed research for her book on nation building in Argentina which analyzes the memoirs of new immigrants and the travel chronicles of journalists and businessmen - Argentine and Germanic - who aspire to appropriate the outlying geographical region of Patagonia for symbolic and material use.
Prof. Juan Daneri won the 2009 College Research Award for "Decolonizing History through Fiction: The City of the Caesars in Patagonia." He is at work on the first comprehensive examination of novels dealing with the myth of the utopian City of the Caesars in Patagonia. These rare under-studied novels explain how this European colonial myth is modified and incorporated to the idea of the independent nations in Argentina and Chile. He also received a 2010 summer research travel grant from Harriot College to attend the Summer Intensive Nahuatl Program at the Zacatecas Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, through Yale University. Learning Nahuatl was the first phase of his long-term research project that deals with 16th- and 17th-century Mexican historiography written in Nahuatl (Aztec). The project focuses on the topic of economic interest at the individual, familial, and corporate levels among indigenous communities in the colonial period.
Susanne Lenné Jones joined the German faculty in 2008. She brings interests in post-1945 cinema in East and West Germany, contemporary German literature and popular media, the Holocaust, Memory, Photography and Literature, Humor, and Exile.
Ricard Viñas de Puig joined the Spanish faculty in 2009. He brings interests in Theoretical linguistics, Syntax, Argument structure, Indigenous and endangered languages, and Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Anne-Hélène Miller joined the French faculty in 2008. She brings interests in Medieval French, Italian and Occitan Literature, 16th Century French Literature, Authorship, the Figure of the Vernacular Intellectual, Humanism, Gender Theory, and Postcolonial Studies.
NEW FIXED TERM FACULTY
The Department celebrates the career of Carol Christian who retired in 2010. Prof. Christian joined the department in 1989 and worked to create the Modified Spanish Program, which has attracted national attention as a model for the use of multimedia and adapted instructional techniques to assist students with special difficulty or disabilities in learning foreign language. She was honored in 2001-2002 by the Division of Student Affairs for this work with at-risk students. And in 2004-2005, she was honored as the University Professor for Outstanding Teaching and also as the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching. Her kindness, patience and dedicated service will be remembered by her colleagues, but not as much as her occasional surgical wit, which we shall all miss.
RECENT FACULTY BOOKS
2011. Jill Twark, ed. Strategies of Humor in Post-Unification German Literature and Film. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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2010. Peter Standish, ed. Aura: By Carlos Fuentes. Series: Durham Modern Languages. Manchester University Press.
2010. Katherine Ford. Politics and Violence in Cuban and Argentine Theater. Palgrave Macmillan.
2010. Frédéric Fladenmuller. La voix neutre du chaos: Étude sur la complexité de textes modernes. Series: Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures, v. 179. Peter Lang Publishing. NY.
2010. Charles Fantazzi, trans. The Correspondence of Erasmus. Vol. 13 Letters 1802-1925. Vol. 14 Letters 1926-2081. Series: Collected Works of Erasmus. University of Toronto Press.
2009. Peter Standish, ed., The States of Mexico: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. Greenwood Press. Westport, Conn.
For Cary, N.C. resident Cassidy Cloninger, senior communication major and Spanish minor, her studies in Granada, Spain this past June and early July were much different than the two other touristy trips she had taken in high school. Cloninger and around 25 other Pirates linked up with the Study Abroad service and embarked to southern Spain to embrace the laid back, simpler culture of the Spaniards. The program, IOCI, was sponsored by professor Rosa Lopez-Cañete, whose hometown of Seville isn't too far away from where they studied.
Prof. Susanna Castaño-Schultz is taking a group of students to Córdoba, Argentina in Summer 2011. The program includes traditional cuisine and dancing lessons, visits to historical and cultural sites, such as the Jesuit Route, with a stay at an estancia to watch gauchos do their work and enjoy a traditional asado (barbecue). There will be visits to the high sierras with a stay in an alpine cabin, mountain hiking, and an optional weekend tour of Buenos Aires.
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