2014 Research and Creative Activities Week Presenters:
- Anna Lawrence (At right. 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
2014 Phi Beta Kappa Honoree: Mariah Richards, BS Hispanic Studies Education
Attending Graduate School
- Samantha Belmont, MA in French Studies, LSU
- Mariah Richards, MA in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies, NYU in Madrid
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.
The Multiplicities of Memories in Contemporary German Literature: How Photographs are Used to Reconstruct Narratives of History. The Edwin Mellen Press. 2013. This book fills a void in contemporary scholarship by providing in-depth analyses of three major German-language writers and their literary reflections of the Holocaust. It investigates the limits of memory and the effects of this historical catastrophe on those born afterwards. It interrogates truth, authenticity and the influence of personal engagement in the visual and textual representations of the catastrophe that still haunts us today.
For the second time, this spring the Department will sponsor honors sections of Spanish with a special educational opportunity to receive live supplemental instruction via SabaMeeting from the ILISA language school in Costa Rica. Partners there will offer supplemental conversation, cultural context and tutoring. SPAN 1003.006 (35131) and 299 (35422) with Prof. Alberto González-Valdés, and SPAN 1004.005 (35140) and 299 (35459) with Prof. Rebecca Howes will both feature this unique opportunity to master Spanish more deeply and advance in fluency and cultural knowledge.
· Prof. Emerita Susanna Castaño-Schultz and Prof. Alan Watts are sponsoring a Spanish program to Lima Perú and Córdoba, Argentina.
· And Prof. Rosa Lopez-Cañete is sponsoring a Spanish program in Granada, Spain with opportunities to take courses at the Centro de lenguas modernas of the University of Granada.