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Students, Faculty, Iberian and Latin-American Program from UND recognized

Author: Maurcia Marschke

On November 3rd in Indianapolis, at the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese several students, faculty and the Iberian and Latin-American Program from the University of Notre Dame were recognized. 

Majors Allison Hidalgo, Lawrence "Trey" Murphy, Brian Raab, and Megan Wilson were recipients of the 2018 Indiana Outstanding College Student of Spanish Award. This prestigious state award is given to selected students for their outstanding academic record, exceptional interest for the Iberoamerican culture, exemplary community service, remarkable overseas experience and astonishing passion for the Spanish language/culture/literature.

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Scholars of Spanish and Italian culture and literature join Arts and Letters faculty

Author: Carrie Gates

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures has added expertise in modern Spanish and Italian culture and literature this year with two new faculty hires — Pedro Aguilera-Mellado and Charles Leavitt IV. Aguilera-Mellado, who comes to Notre Dame from the University of Michigan, focuses on modern and contemporary Spain. Leavitt, who received a Ph.D. from Notre Dame in 2010, returns to the University after teaching Italian studies at the University of Reading.

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“Romance Rocks”

Author: Maurcia Marschke

The Kindness Rocks Project - “Romance Rocks”, is for our students to spread inspiration, kindness, and encouragement across campus and community through the diverse languages and cultures we teach.

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Our rock garden will be on display November 4-16 outside of DeBartolo.#NDROMANCEROCKS

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La ciudad vencida y El Caracazo, an interview with Yeniter Poleo

Author: Maurcia Marschke

La ciudad vencida y El Caracazo, an interview with Yeniter Poleo

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On November 1st of 2018, students of the undergraduate course “Violence and Unrest in the Latin American Lettered City” interviewed Yeniter Poleo via videoconference. Poleo, author of the novel La ciudad vencida

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‘Listening to Puerto Rico’: ND professors document stories from Hurricane Maria

Author: Maurcia Marschke

‘Listening to Puerto Rico’: ND professors document stories from Hurricane Maria

 | Thursday, November 1, 2018

A few months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in Sept. 2017, Marisel Moreno received an email.

The email was addressed to her and Thomas F. Anderson, both professors of romance languages and literature. It invited them to speak about the impact Hurricane Maria had on Puerto Ricans in a series of informational videos. …

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Congratulations to Paola Uparella

Author: Maurcia Marschke

Congratulations to Paola Uparella, whose essay "The Guamanpunian Gaze and Colonial Shame (Guaman Poma's sketches of genitalia)" has won the 2018 Victoria Urbano Graduate Student Essay Award. The award is administered by the Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades, a distinguished international organization dedicated to the study of gender and sexuality in the Hispanic world.…

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Ericka Beckman, Director of Graduate Studies at U of Pennsylvania Spanish Dept to visit ND

Author: Maurcia Marschke

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Modern Epics: José María Arguedas, Realism, and the Story of Capitalism in Twentieth-Century Peru

A public lecture by Ericka Beckman
University of Pennsylvania

In this lecture Prof. Beckman explores how Latin American fiction produced sophisticated readings of the major economic transformations of the twentieth century, especially the wide-scale transition from peasant-agrarian to urban societies.Focusing on the massively influential Peruvian anthropologist and novelist José María Arguedas, she approaches his realist fictional works as what the philosopher György Lukács called ‘modern epics’.  These are narratives that attempted to tell the story of deepening, though always highly uneven and contradictory, processes of indigenous dispossession and proletarianization across the twentieth century.  What does it mean to rethink this narrative history today, and what can it tell us about contemporary social conditions in Latin America?…

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Luis Bravo defended with great praise from his doctoral committee

Author: Maurcia Marschke

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Luis Bravo defended with great praise from his doctoral committee (Profs. Olivera-Williams, director, ROLL, Heller, ROLL, Pensado, History, and Kuhnheim, Brown U) his dissertation is entitled “Poéticas de la liberación: Ibero Gutiérrez y los 60 globales.” He has completed his Ph.D. program in Spanish within two years.

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Miseres and Uparella awarded Faber Residential Fellowships in Barcelona

Author: Linda Rule

Congratulations to Vanesa Miseres (Assistant Professor of Spanish) and Paola Uparella (PhD student in Spanish) who have each been awarded a Faber Residential Fellowship in Barcelona for the coming fall semester.   Faber is an interdisciplinary residency bringing together scholars working on a common topic from a range of perspectives.  Prof. Miseres and Ms. Uparella were selected to the section Feminisms: Women in STEM for their respective research projects bringing together literary and scientific discourse.

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Spanish professor wins book prize for her work on Latin American female travel writers

Author: Carrie Gates

Vanesa Miseres, an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has won a prize from the International Institute of Latin American Literature for her book Mujeres en tránsito: viaje, identidad y escritura en Sudamérica. The 2018 Premio Roggiano para la Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana recognizes the best book of Latin American literary criticism published in 2016 or 2017.

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Congratulations Ingrid Luna

Author: Maurcia Marschke

Ingrid Luna, doctoral candidate in the PhD in Spanish program, was recognized at the ND Graduate School Awards Dinner (May 18, 2018). Ingrid won the 2017 GSU Outstanding Instructor Award for her teaching work and excellence in the classroom. Ingrid was co-nominated for this award by Professors Carlos A. Jáuregui and Maria Rosa Olivera Williams and by two students: Edwina King (Accounting and Spanish Major, Class of 2019) and Maggie Behan (Double Major in Spanish and Film, Television, and Theatre, Class of 2019). This is the third consecutive year a student from the PhD in Spanish program win the GSU award (in competition with nominees from all the Graduate School programs!). In the photos, Professor Jauregui (DGS, Romance Languages and Literatures), Ingrid Luna, Nyree MacDonald (Associate Dean, Recruitment and Admissions), Professor Olivera Williams and Hector Melo (PhD candidate). 

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Spanish major Andrew Grose named 2018 valedictorian

Author: Sue Ryan

Andrew Grose, who majored in Spanish and preprofessional studies, has been named valedictorian. Harisa Spahića biochemistry major with minors in anthropology and science, technology and values, is salutatorian.

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Congratulations to Professor Patrick Vivirito

Author: Maurcia Marschke

Congratulations to Professor Patrick Vivirito on being selected as a recipient of the: Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching…

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Congratulations! University of Notre Dame has the 2018 Indiana Spanish Teacher of the Year

Author: Maurcia Marschke

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University of Notre Dame Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Professor Tatiana Botero has been selected by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese as its 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year  -University Category-. Professor Botero really deserves this renowned state award. Her dedication and passion for teaching Spanish and art, her motivation to engage students with community service, her cultural field trips with students to Chicago and her involvement with students' success and advancement were evident in her dossier. Professor Botero will now represent AATSP Indiana in the IFLTA congress with the option to be named 2018 Indiana Foreign Language Teacher of the Year (competing with the Teachers of the Year in other languages), 2019 Central States Teacher of the Year and 2019 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year.

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Congratulations to Amelia Lindstrom

Author: Maurcia Marschke

BA/MA student Amelia Lindstrom defended her thesis and was awarded a Fulbright to go to México

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Under the direction of professor Carlos A. Jáuregui and with Professor Juan Vitulli as her reader, Amelia Lindstrom defended her undergraduate thesis “The Gospel of Emiliano Zapata: Corridos and the Christian Emplotment of the Revolutionary Hero” (May 1, 2018).  Amelia was recently admitted in our BA/MA Spanish program (entering in Fall 2019). Next year she will live, research, and teach in Mexico, thanks to a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship award (received on April 23, 2018). She is also preparing an article, based on her thesis, for the 100th anniversary of Emiliano Zapata’s assassination, on a series of non-hegemonic cultural representations of him. The story of Zapata has been told by historians, artists, novelists, and poets, and it is part of popular stories and legends. Zapata is many: the one narrated by his comrades, but also Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s classic Viva Zapata

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Notre Dame professors and students embody iconic ‘Ribelli e Rivoluzionari’ of Italy

Author: Maurcia Marschke

Notre Dame professors and students embody iconic ‘Ribelli e Rivoluzionari’ of Italy

2018 Italian Concert

Catherine Barra | Monday, April 16, 2018

This past Friday, the faculty and students of Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literature came together in DeBartolo Performing Art Center’s Leighton Concert Hall to perform a wide variety of fantastic Italian music for a sold-out crowd.…

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Students participated in the screening of the Movie Dolores and the public lecture hosted by Latino Studies.

Author: Maurcia Marschke

Professor Botero's class Immigration and the Construction of Memory participated in the many events in February 2018 around the visit of activist Dolores Huerta who with Cesar Chavez created the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). At age 87 she is still fighting today for equality and social justice through community organizing and non-violent activism. She coined the saying:  “Si, se puede! Si, se puede!” …

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Notre Dame senior Brittany Ebeling named Michel David-Weill Laureate

Author: Erin Blasko

An international economics major with a concentration in French and a supplementary major in peace studies, Brittany Ebeling has been named the 2018 Michel David-Weill Laureate, allowing her to pursue a fully funded two-year master’s degree program at the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies, or “Sciences Po.” The scholarship is awarded each year to one American who exemplifies the core values of Sciences Po alumnus Michel David-Weill, namely, academic excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance, and high achievement.

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Spanish Club

Author: Maurcia Marschke

Spanish Club

This past Thursday, February 1st, the Spanish Club kicked off the spring semester with their first event. Local instructor Bridget Hardy was there teaching the basic steps for Salsa, Bachata and Meregue. Over 40 students came to learn to dance and enjoyed a taco bar in a very casual setting. 

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