On April 26, 2018, Prof. Nicholas Spadaccini was awarded the Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (Order of the Cross of Isabella the Catholic) on behalf of King Philip VI of Spain. The ceremony for the award took place in Chicago and was hosted by the Consul General of Spain, Don Federico Palomera Güez.
In Velazquez's Las Meninas, the painted scene that we contemplate seems to turn to look at us: there where we place our gaze, we find someone—and perhaps ourselves—staring back. Drawing us into its sphere, the painting shatters the borders between life and art.
Nico Ramos Flores, a Spanish and Portuguese Studies Ph.D. candidate, is writing his dissertation on Afro-Caribbean/Afro-Latino literature. Yet, Nico recently crossed into a new disciplinary field to work with Professor Greta Friedemann-Sanchez on her project, “Family Commissioners: Fostering Justice, Security and Peace in Colombian Families in the Post-Conflict Era” (COLPAZ).
The annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference provides a platform for students to share their academic work in a professional setting. It’s an experience that co-chairs of the event, Maryanne Williams Smoczyk and Danielle Dadras, believe allows for students to grow academically and professionally: “The College is placing emphasis on professionalization and readiness as a way to help students understand their potential in the work world.”
Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias and José Aguirre co-chaired a conference that bridged the gap between Spanish and Lusophone disciplines and provided new approaches as how to best address different kinds of emptiness in research. Read more about how the Graduate Student Conference filled voids in research.
This semester, the TandemPlus program helped facilitate exchanges with three new partner institutions: a high school in Finland, an online university in Spain, and a liberal arts focused college in Argentina. The path to finding the partners was different in each case.
Assistant Professor Mandy Menke connected the research and teaching of second languages to define the term "advanced" through a conference she hosted called Evolving Perspectives on Advancedness: A Symposium on Second Language Spanish. Read the full article.
Tripp Strawbridge has been certified as an ACTFL OPI Tester. Renana Schneller has been selected to join the Michigan State University Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership team for the third year of the grant.