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2017 AATSP Indiana Extimo Student Voice Award for Outstanding Portuguese Teacher

Author: Maurcia Marschke

Sandra Teixeira and Marcio Bahia

Congratulations to Marcio Bahia and Sandra Teixeira for "2017 AATSP Indiana Extimo Student Voice Award for Outstanding Portuguese Teacher". Both were recognized in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 4th. Romance Languages and Literatures is very proud for Marcio and Sandra to represent Notre Dame.…

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2017 Indiana Outstanding College Student of Spanish/Portuguese Award by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Author: Maurcia Marschke

Lucy Xian Jones

Congratulations!!!!!!!!

University of Notre Dame students Mary Kathryn Eilert, Andrew Stephen Grose and Lucy Xian Jones will receive state recognition. They have been selected as one of the recipients of the 2017 Indiana Outstanding College Student of Spanish/Portuguese Award by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese . They really deserve this recognition. Their outstanding academic record, exceptional interest for the Iberoamerican/Brazilian culture, exemplary community service, remarkable overseas experience and astonishing passion for Spanish and Portuguese were evident in the nominations presented by professors Rachel Parroquin, Marisel Moreno, Tatiana Botero, Marcio Bahia, Sandra M Texeira, Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams and Jimena Holguin.…

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Rome International Scholars Program

Author: Maurcia Marschke

Rome International Scholars Program
In the Spring of 2016 Notre Dame International and the Rome Global Gateway launched an international scholars program in Rome for select undergraduates recruited from across disciplines and departments. Qualified students are invited to apply by Nov. 1, 2017. This special program is specifically designed for self-motivated students who would value the opportunity to undertake independent research during the Spring semester of Junior year that would ideally lead to senior thesis projects during senior year, and/or subsequent development of post-graduate research, including post-graduate fellowships and post-graduate studies. A key feature of the program is the opportunity for experiential learning, which can take the form of either an internship or service engagement to be conducted in Rome. Students admitted to the Rome International Scholars Program are eligible for funding for further language and/or disciplinary study and/or internship in Italy during the summer following their semester in Rome. The curriculum for the Rome International Scholars Program will normally be made up of five courses, to include: 1) An independent research project supervised by ND faculty in a degree granting or honors program. 2) An elective course or internship offered in collaboration with any one of several universities working with the Rome Global Gateway such as the University of Rome Sapienza, University of Rome Roma Tre, LUISS (Libera Università Internazionale degli studi sociali), and the Pontifical Gregorian University among others; 3) The “All Roads Lead to Rome” course that can satisfy university requirements in literature, history or fine arts; 4) An experiential learning activity (service or internship): this can assume multiple forms ranging from archeological digs, to business internships, to working with immigrants, to working with museums and NGOs, while participating in a weekly forum designed to support the development of their research (see below); 5) An Italian, Latin or Greek language course at the appropriate level. The scholars will participate in the Rome International Scholars Forum, a one credit bearing weekly meeting dedicated to discussion of their research projects, their various experiences in the service or internship engagement and other activities/initiatives associated with their presence in Rome. Some forums will be devoted to guest lectures.

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Department chair strives to bring literary and cultural context to American understanding of Cuba

Author: Carrie Gates

For Thomas Anderson, it’s hard not to be fascinated with Cuba. Anderson, a professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has written two books on Cuban literature and culture and has published an edited volume of a leading Cuban author’s letters. Currently, he is working on a book that focuses on images of the U.S. civil rights movement in Cuban poetry. “I think for a lot of people, Cuba has always been seen as this forbidden country, and it’s something people are drawn to,” he said. “But it’s also a country with an incredibly rich literary and cultural history.”

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Spanish and Italian Ph.D. programs build strong reputations with dissertation-focused approach

Author: Josh Weinhold

From the beginning, there’s an end in sight. For students in Notre Dame’s new Ph.D. in Italian and Ph.D. in Spanish programs — each of which launched in 2016 — the focus is on ensuring students complete their dissertations and earn their degrees within five years. The programs are attracting high-caliber students from around the world, helping to strengthen a flourishing community of scholars that includes students in successful master’s of arts programs already operating in each area. 

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Video: Notre Dame's pre-health study abroad program in Puebla, Mexico

Author: Todd Boruff

In Notre Dame International's study abroad program in Puebla, Mexico, students can enroll in a unique pre-medicine track, taking classes on health-related topics at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. Participants in this track also shadow doctors twice per week in two Mexican public hospitals, learning about different specialties and gaining valuable clinical experience. They return with valuable language and cultural experience and a new perspective on health care, which they can apply to their future health professions at home or abroad.

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Spanish major hones language skills to prepare for career in medicine

Author: Brian Wallheimer

In summer 2016, Notre Dame senior Andrew Grose studied abroad in Spain — taking a headfirst dive into a language and culture he loved and had studied for years. The experience confirmed for him that whatever path he takes after graduation, Spanish will be a part of it. Grose, a Spanish and preprofessional studies major, is planning a career in medicine and knows his language skills will be a valuable asset — a fact that was underscored in a course on Latin America he took last fall.

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Southern Cone Studies Symposium Builds Scholarly Bridges

Author: Arts and Letters

Building scholarly bridges between North/South and South/South was the goal of a recent conference organized by María Rosa Olivera-Williams, professor of Latin American Literature in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Javier Uriarte, an assistant professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. 

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Romance languages and literatures faculty play leading roles in Global Gateways

Author: Arts and Letters

JoAnn DellaNeva, a professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has been appointed academic director of the University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, where her duties will include overseeing the London undergraduate program and efforts to enhance the University’s research profile in London and beyond. 

Through Notre Dame International, the University also maintains Global Gateways in Beijing, Dublin, Jerusalem, and Rome, where another faculty member from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures has played a vital role.

Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Ravarino Family Professor of Italian and director of the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, recently completed a three-year term as the inaugural academic director of the University’s Rome Global Gateway, where he fostered collaborations with institutes of higher education and implemented the Rome Seminar and Rome International Scholars Program. 

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New French professor brings expertise in contemporary literature to Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Author: Tom Coyne

The French phrase extrême contemporain is the perfect description for what Sonja Stojanovic is most passionate about — the study of French literature written in the past decade or so. She waits with great anticipation for her favorite authors to release new books and enjoys talking with those writers because she is “right there as it is happening.” “Sometimes you are the first one to write on an author, which is very exciting,” she said. Stojanovic joins Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures this fall as an assistant professor of French.

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