2010 Newsletter

World–Class Dante Expert Comes to Notre Dame

One of the world’s leading Dante scholars, Zygmunt G. Baranski, is slated to join the faculty next fall as the University’s first Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies. He will also serve as a distinguished visiting professor this semester.
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Notre Dame Launches Italian Studies Program

The University of Notre Dame is already home to an impressive number of scholars whose research and teaching focus on Italy and the culture and history of a part of the world central to the birth and development of Western civilization. Now, thanks to support from the College of Arts and Letters and Office of Research, the University will further extend its engagement in all things Italian‚ with an international and interdisciplinary program in Italian studies.
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Student Wins Women in French 2010 Best Essay Award

Claire Reising, a Notre Dame senior majoring in French and English, won a 2010 Prix Du Meilleur Essai (best essay) award from Women In French (WIF), a national organization affiliated with the Modern Language Association. WIF bestows several awards to highlight the work of outstanding female researchers in French and francophone studies. Reising was given the one annual award to undergraduate students for an essay written in French by a non-native speaker.
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Parroquín Connects Spanish and Service Learning

Rachel Rivers Parroquín joins the University of Notre Dame faculty this year as an assistant professional specialist who will both teach Spanish and lead an expansion of service learning programs for Spanish majors.
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Colloquium a Springboard for Learning and Mentoring

“I realized there was a cohort of young scholars doing important work on the literature and culture of the “Southern Cone,” and that everything started at Notre Dame,” says Associate Professor of Spanish Maria Rosa Olivera–Williams. “So I proposed that we have a colloquium in the spring with two other Notre Dame scholars.”
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Douthwaite’s Frankenstein Research Wins “Best Article” Award

The editorial board of the European Romantic Review and the executive committee of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism have chosen an article by Julia Douthwaite, professor of French in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, as the winner of their Best Article of 2009 award. “The Frankenstein of the French Revolution: Nogaret’s Automaton Tale of 1790,” written by Douthwaite with former graduate student Daniel Richter, was selected for the prize based on its merits in scholarship, originality, quality of writing, and significance for romantic era studies.
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Professors Amago and Jerez–Farrán edit book on Franco

A new book in the Kellogg Institute’s series with the University of Notre Dame Press explores how citizens in Spain confront memories of Franco’s dictatorship. Unearthing Franco’s Legacy: Mass Graves and the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain is the most recent addition to the Contemporary European Politics and Society Series.
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French Students and the Community Language Bank

Notre Dame students have joined with the American Red Cross to form a Community Language Bank. A key mission of the language bank is the ease refugees’ transition to their new life in the United States. Senior Chris Meister developed the idea after a trip to Kenya, where he realized that there are many refugees in the United States who don’t speak English, and that Notre Dame has the resources to help them.”
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Italian Major Pursues Passion for Language and Meaning

Anna Michelle Martinez–Montavon’s passion for languages began well before she came to Notre Dame. Her parents grew up in Mexico and South America, and she grew up in the United States speaking Spanish at home as her first language. She learned English while in daycare and then studied French in middle school. Now in college, she’s fallen in love with yet another language.
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Perry and Olivera–Williams Win Joyce Teaching Awards

Two faculty members of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department have been named recipients of the 2010 Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
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