Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 3, January 2016                                                       
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Hiram Aldarondo

Message from the Chair

Greetings from the Spanish and Portuguese Department and the Latin American Studies Program (LAS) at Temple University. This semester will bring an important event to our department and LAS, the Annual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS). The conference will take place at Temple's Fox School of Business on March 4-5. Our department will host the welcome dinner. We are presently looking for 5-6 student volunteers to work the registration table on both days of the conference. If you would like to volunteer, please let us know. Below see more information about this event as well as other events we have scheduled for this semester. Since the present issue is long, please make sure you click “View entire message” at the bottom of this email.

Please continue to support the department and its many efforts, to spread the word about the work we do, and to let us know what you are doing in your lives and careers. 

Wishing you all the best, 
Hiram Aldarondo
Events Today

Sociocultural Psychology and The Pedagogical Imperative: L2 Developmental Education

Wednesday, January 27 at 4:00pm 
821 Anderson Hall 

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Upcoming Events
SPANISH & PORTUGUESE FILM SERIES: Violence in Latin American and Spanish Cinema

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales)

Wednesday, February 10 at 3:00pm
307AB Tuttleman Learning Center
El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)

Wednesday, February 24 at 3:00pm
307AB Tuttleman Learning Center

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Featuring panels and workshops addressing current economic and social injustice issues in Latin America as well as a keynote address by Dr. Maria Roof, Emerita Professor of Spanish at Howard University.

March 4 - 5 at 8:00am - 6:00pm
Alter Hall, 1801 Liacouras Walk

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OUTRO: Another Arc of the Inter-Art Poetics of Augusto de Campos

Friday, March 18 at 4:00pm 
821 Anderson Hall 

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Undergraduate Student News & Alumni Updates
Spanish major Natasha Tax is making waves in communities across the world. This past summer she traveled to San Rafael Mendoza, Argentina to serve with the Servants of the Lord in homes for children without parents as well as disabled elderly men and women. During the fall, she participated in the College of Liberal Arts Washington Semester and interned at Family Research Council. She will be spending spring break in Mexico City serving with the Missionaries of Charity in homes for disabled, ill, and abandoned women. Her next stops place her in the Dominican Republic as a site coordinator/translator for several groups of American missionaries and Ohio as an intern at the Republican National Convention.
Spanish major and Diamond Research Scholar Taylor Kaminsky is currently interning at the College of Public Health where she administers Health Literacy screenings to the Hispanic community in North Philadelphia and coordinates a research project entitled "Student Outcomes Related to Exposure to Community-Based Research". In this role, Taylor  tracks student participation in service learning, administers pre/post-test surveys, attends community/class events, and helps faculty with class research projects. She will additionally be working with Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish Patricia Moore-Martinez and the LASS students on their community service involvement.

Latin American Studies Semester (LASS) student Kyshon Johnson will be spending his summer in Brazil through a paid internship with the NBC Universal as an Olympic Guide. Congratulations!

Marisa Felsher (LAS & Spanish, CLA '11) recently graduated from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a Master's Degree in Public Health and is currently a Project Manager at Drexel University. 

Lindsey McCormick Vivas (LAS & Spanish, CLA '13) is now the World Language Department Chair at Cardinal O'Hara High School. 

Kristina Fallon (LAS, CLA '15) is now Team Assistant for the Program of Academic Exchange.
Graduate Student News
Erica O'Brien
Erica O'Brien Gerbino presented a paper entitled "Flipping the Script: The Inversion of the Damsel in Distress Motif in Curial e Güelfa" at the 15th International Colloquium of the North American Catalan Society in Barcelona. Based on the work for this paper, she completed her doctoral dissertation proposal entitled Flipping the Script: Feminine Culpability Models and the Inversion of the Damsel in Distress Motif in Medieval Iberian Texts.
Graduate students Yohana Gil-BerrioAshley Shaffer, and William Ryan presented papers at the 2015 Graduate Student Conference Narrative and Violence: Violent Narrative held at Stony Brook University's Manhattan campus.

Thomas Stone presented a paper on the relationship between religion and poetics in Vicente Huidobro’s prose poem Temblor de cielo at the 2015 Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures.
Ana Tamayo just published a book review in the first issue of Spanish and Portuguese Review (SPR), the annual graduate student journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). SPR publishes original, unpublished manuscripts on culture, film, linguistics, literature, pedagogy, second language acquisition, translation, and other areas related to the study or teaching of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian languages and cultures. Ana serves as an associate editor for this journal in the areas of Linguistics and Language Science.
Faculty Highlights
In March Montserrat Piera will give a presentation entitled “Vulnerable Medieval Iberian Travelers: Benjamin of Tudela’s Itinerary and Pero Tarfur Andanças e viajes” at the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) at Harvard University.
Yesterday evening Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spanish and Peruvian poet Roger Santiváñez shared his work in the famous Cornelia Poetry Series in Manhattan. Next stops on his poetry tour include the 'Ibero-American Poetry Encounter' in Villahermosa City, Tabasco, Mexico and the 'Segunda Cumbre de Poesia Latinoamericana' at Tufts University in Boston.
Student Activities

Looking for a way to practice your Spanish? 

Mondays 4:00-5:00pm 
422 Anderson Hall

Join Us

Join us for weekly opportunities to practice Portuguese and English outside the classroom.

Mondays 3:00-4:00pm 
421 Anderson Hall
Summer Study Abroad Opportunities
2016 TEMPLE IN SPAIN: Oviedo Summer Session

Based at the University of Oviedo in the province of Asturias, a beautiful region of ocean, mountains and Roman ruins; the program is comprised of coursework in Spanish language, literature, cultural studies and international business. Follow Spanish major Sarah Godwin and minor Mina Tatar as they chronicle their experience abroad.

Application Deadline: February 15

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