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Romance Languages and Literatures is on Social Media!

Author: Lauren Anderson

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is officially on social media. Follow the department on Instagram and Facebook to catch up on upcoming events within your program, study abroad, alumni, and your peers! 

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Vik Muniz at Notre Dame

Author: Paola Uparela

​From his studio in São Paulo, the contemporary artist Vik Muniz joined the Spanish class “The Symbolic Enchilada” via video conference last Wednesday, November 11th. Muniz discussed the historical relations between art and different visual regimes, media interfaces, the fragility of visual memory, and waste as raw material for both artistic creation and critical thinking. He answered questions from Notre Dame students regarding his involvement in education, visual literacy, creativity and a pedagogy of liberation. Muniz also presented his recent work Sandcastles, product of his time at MIT, as well as his most recent project on the materiality of memory and family photo albums.…

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Cannibalism and Art

Author: Paola Uparela

On October 7th, Professor C. Jauregui’s “The Symbolic Enchilada” class had the privilege of speaking with the curator Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga by videoconference. Students partook in a virtual tour of  the “Canibalia” exhibit (curated by Morandeira and originally displayed at the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris | Feb 6 – April 26, 2015) followed by a Q&A session. The exhibit explores the construction of the cannibal as the bricolage of historical documents, contemporary works and objects. 

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Romance languages and literatures faculty member named Indiana Teacher of the Year

Author: Arts and Letters

Rachel Rivers Parroquín

“Rachel Rivers Parroquín, director of Spanish community-based learning and an assistant professional specialist in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures”, has been named 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year, University Category, by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She will now be considered along with teachers of the year in other languages for the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Teacher of the Year 2015, Central States Teacher of the Year 2017, and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages National Teacher of the Year 2018.

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Congratulations to Professor Rachel Rivers Parroquin

Author: Israel Fernando Herrera

Notre Dame Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Professor Rachel Parroquin has been selected by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese as 2015 Indiana Teacher

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Scholar of Latin American Studies Joins Faculty

Author: John Slott

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Joshua Lund finds studying a combination of literature, visual culture, and art to be the richest way to think about social problems in Latin America. He joins the Department of Romance and Romance Languages as an associate professor of Spanish and is a scholar of literature with expertise in Latin American film, political history, and cultural politics.

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Spanish Students Connect with South Bend Through Community-Based Learning

Author: Josh Weinhold

Community-based learning with Spanish majors at Notre Dame

Through a series of new community-based learning Spanish courses at Notre Dame, undergraduates are improving their language skills both inside and outside the classroom. The learning model is based on the idea that a faculty member and local organization leader are co-educators—the experience is designed to be mutually beneficial to both the class and the community group. Spanish students in intermediate-level and community-based learning classes now average about 3,000 hours of service per year in South Bend.

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Video: Meet French Major Paulina Luna

Author: Todd Boruff

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“I’ve always been fascinated by France, and I just love the sounds of the language,” said Pauli Luna ’15, a French and Francophone studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. The major instructs students in a truly global language, spoken by nearly 275 million people worldwide. Courses on French literature and culture immerse students in the diverse aspects of French life while also helping them develop problem-solving and analytical skills.

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Pair of Romance Languages Faculty Honored with Joyce Awards

Author: Aaron Smith

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Karen Richman and Sandra Teixeira, faculty members in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, have received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Established in 2007, the Joyce Award honors faculty members “who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching at Notre Dame.

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Video: Meet Italian Major Sara Spittler

Author: Todd Boruff

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“I love the language itself,” said Sara Spittler ’15, an Italian major in the College of Arts and Letters. “It’s so beautiful, and I’ve never really studied another language that I could speak and feel comfortable in, so that just gives me a whole new sense of confidence and that I feel is really important in a college education.” The Italian major incorporates language acquisition with immersion into the culture and literature of Italy. Students become proficient in the cultural vocabulary of Western civilization while developing critical thinking and analysis skills.

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Video: French Majors Enhance Their Studies with Research Abroad

Author: Todd Boruff

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Sometimes, you just have to see things for yourself.

Rising senior Curran Cross and 2015 graduate Anne Seul both spent summers poring over archives in Paris, using funding from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies to travel and bolster their research for senior thesis projects.

 

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Romance Languages Professor Awarded ACLS Fellowship to Research Golden Age of Italian Silent Film

Author: Aaron Smith

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John P. Welle, a professor of Italian in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has won a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to finish his book, The Poet and the Diva: Print Media from the Golden Age of Italian Silent Film. Welle’s research examines discourses on stardom and celebrity from 1890 to 1920, when the Italian film industry flourished by promoting poets and divas.

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Two Romance Languages and Literatures Graduates Receive Fulbright Awards to Study Global Nutrition

Author: Carrie Gates

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Two recent Notre Dame graduates are tackling global health issues with support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. French and Francophone studies major Claire Donovan will work with UNICEF in Togo to examine women’s adherence to micronutrient supplement programs. Christina Gutierrez, who majored in Romance languages and literatures and political science, will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and conduct research on and pilot a food co-op concept there.

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Class of 2015, 'Father Ted’s Last Class,' Leaves Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

 

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“You leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., told the graduates in his charge to the Class of 2015. “One is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh to his final rest with God.” Inviting Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne/South Bend to give a blessing to the seniors, Father Jenkins said, “I know Father Ted will join him in blessing the class of 2015 — in another way, his last class at Notre Dame.”

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Charge to the Class of 2015

Author: Notre Dame News

 

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Class of 2015, you leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments. One that will always remain is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., to his final rest with God. As long as I live, I will cherish the memory of many of you standing shoulder to shoulder, quietly and reverently on a very cold day, along the path from the Basilica to Holy Cross cemetery, to pay tribute on Father Ted’s final journey across campus.

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Video: Krysta Dennis ’07, ’08 MA on Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts

Author: Todd Boruff

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Krysta Dennis majored in French and film, television, and theatre at Notre Dame and also has a master’s in Romance languages from the University. She is now associate lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury and is finishing a dual Ph.D. in theater and globalization. She also co-founded Through the Grapevine Performed Wine Tastings, a theatrical production company where each performance is devised based on the wine served during the show.

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Kellogg Announces International Development Fellowships to Graduating Seniors

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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The Kellogg Institute for International Studies has named five graduating seniors—all of whom have majors or minors in the College of Arts and Letters—as recipients of its International Development Fellowships (IDF) for the coming year. Members of the Notre Dame Class of 2015 Megan Fuerst, Matthew Hing, Emily Mediate, Chris Newton, and Laura Zillmer will work with four partner organizations across the developing world in the second year of the recently expanded program.

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Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Author: Sara Nunley

Congratulations to Lauren Lamore from Romance Languages and Literatures. She received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from Kaneb Teaching and Learning and the Graduate School. 

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Division of Student Affairs honors exceptional student leaders

Author: Ann Hastings

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The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs recognized seven students at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Tuesday (March 31), and will honor one award winner at the Graduate School Awards Ceremony on May 15 (Friday). These annual awards honor current students who have made exceptional contributions to the Notre Dame community.

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Division of Student Affairs Honors Exceptional Student Leaders

Author: Ann Hastings

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The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs recognized seven students at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Tuesday, March 31, six of whom majored in the College of Arts and Letters. Another award winner will be honored at the Graduate School Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 15. These annual awards recognize current students who have made exceptional contributions to the Notre Dame community.

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The University of Notre Dame and friends honor and remember Father Hesburgh

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Emcee Anne Thompson chats with former Senator Harris Wofford and Notre Dame Board of Trustees member Martin W. Rodgers during a tribute ceremony in the Purcell Pavilion to honor the life of the late President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

The University of Notre Dame’s iconic 15th president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., was honored and remembered Wednesday night (March 4) at a memorial service in Notre Dame’s Joyce Center.

Father Hesburgh, one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died Thursday (Feb. 26) at Notre Dame. He was 97.

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President and Rosalynn Carter, Condoleezza Rice among guests to speak at Father Hesburgh tribute

Author: Dennis Brown

President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., meets with former Senator Harris Wofford

Former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be among the dignitaries who will speak Wednesday evening at a tribute to Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987 who died Thursday at age 97, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced Monday (March 2).

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Arrangements for Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Author: Dennis Brown

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A funeral Mass for Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday (March 4) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus. Rev. Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C., provincial superior of the U.S. Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, will preside, and Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, will deliver the homily.

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Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

Author: Dennis Brown

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Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97.

“We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning."

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Notre Dame Receives USAID Grant to Undertake Global Development Research on Three Continents

Author: Joanne Fahey

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Twelve University of Notre Dame students, including eight from the College of Arts and Letters, have been selected by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) brand-new Research and Innovation Fellowship Program. They will travel to Brazil, Colombia, India, and South Africa to research global development challenges and create innovative solutions to address these issues.

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Notre Dame among top producers of Fulbright students

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation.

The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright students. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in Thursday’s edition (Feb. 12) of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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