The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce that Dr. Benjamin Fraser, currently with the Department of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston, has accepted the position as chair of our department. In addition to his current faculty position, Dr. Fraser is also the managing editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, executive/founding editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, and the associate editor of Hispania. Dr. Fraser earned his MA and PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of Arizona and his BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Virginia. He will assume his new role on July 1, 2014.
In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to French national education and culture, the French Ministry of Education has named Dr. Frédéric Fladenmuller a Knight (Chevalier) in the Ordre des Palmes académiques. The French Academic Palms recognize those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture. French citizens living abroad and foreign (non-French) nationals may receive this award for contributing significantly to furthering French intellectual, scientific, and artistic achievements in the world. Originally a decoration founded by Emperor Napoléon to honour eminent members of the University of Paris, it is an Order of Chivalry of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.
Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award Winner
and Phi Beta Kappa Honoree:
M. Rachel Mehaffey, EC Scholar
BS Chemistry, BS Applied Physics, Hispanic Studies minor
Future Plans: Pursuing a PhD in Chemistry and Physics at UT Austin
Phi Beta Kappa Honoree:
Mariah Richards, BS Hispanic Studies Education
Future Plans: Graduate School, MA in Spanish and Latin American
Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies, NYU in Madrid
2014 Research and Creative Activities Week Presenters:
- Anna Lawrence (BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: The Personified Cultural Contrast in "Blancanieves"
- Joshua Mangum (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Poster: An Information-Theoretic Approach to Cellular Decision-Making Strategies
- Jennifer Moser (BS-Hispanic Studies Education) Poster: The Effects of Implementing Authentic Materials in a Foreign Language Classroom
- Laura Pons (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: Blancanieves: The True Hero
- Jessica Chirico (Classical Studies Minor) Poster: New Technologies in the Public Library
- Megan Mehaffey (Hispanic Studies Minor) Poster: Insight into the Location of DNA Xenobiotic Damage by Mass Spectrometry
- Sandra Ross (Hispanic Studies Minor) Paper: Comparison and Contrast of Sethe and Scarlett as Independent Women
Graduate Fellowship Recipient
- Samantha Belmont, MA in French Studies, LSU
2014 Conference Presentations
- Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez presented 'A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference at Appalachian State University in February and again at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) in North Myrtle Beach in March.
Dr. Charles E. Fantazzi, Thomas Harriot Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Classics and Great Books in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, was presented with Neo-Latin and the Humanities. Essays in Honour of Charles E. Fantazzi at the Renaissance Society of America Conference in New York City, March 28. The collection of essays, contributed by scholars from the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe, were co-edited by Dr. Jonathan Reid.
“The event was a smashing celebration of Charles and the riches of contemporary Neo-Latin and humanities research,” said Reid. “The papers were excellent. So much so that after the conference, although it had not been the original plan, two presenters, Tim Kircher and Luc Deitz, and I solicited these papers and others from Charles’ colleagues who were not able to attend, to form a festschrift. The result is solid contribution to the field of Neo-Latin studies and a durable mark of the esteem of his colleagues at ECU and across North America and Europe.”
Pitt County Schools is conducting a feasibility study on the creation of a two-way immersion program to start in 2015-16. Currently, 15 school districts in North Carolina have two-way immersion programs. By definition, a two-way immersion classroom is made up of an equal mix of native-Spanish and native-English speakers. Students in the program learn the same curriculum as students in traditional classrooms, but they receive instruction 50% of the time in English and 50% of the time in Spanish. Prof. Ann Borisoff, who has just completed a dissertation on this subject, was featured in an article in The Daily Reflector on March 4, discussing the benefits of such an approach in Pitt County, where schools such as Belvoir Elementary are 48% Hispanic.