Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4, March 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. We are excited to announce that the Foreign Language Colleges website ranks our Spanish Certificate Program #1 in the nation. According to the website, “The best Spanish and Romance certificate program in the United States is offered by Temple University. That school has an excellent Spanish and Romance certificate program evaluated with five-star rating for curriculum and four stars for teaching.” These 2015 rankings are based on US Department of Education data sets released in 2014-2015. I encourage you to explore our diverse selection of certificates, both new and established, for students from all backgrounds and disciplines.
We are also celebrating a record number of Spanish and LAS majors who are receiving a CLA award or scholarship this year. We are very proud of our students and the outstanding results they continue to achieve. 
This month we are releasing our exciting list of courses for the Fall 2016 semester in the new edition of our course catalog. This coming fall, our dedicated faculty will be offering dynamic classes ranging from Latin America Through Film to a new special topics course called Spanish for Professionals in Criminal Justice and Social Services. We are also offering for the first time a selection of Online Spanish Courses for Summer and Fall 2016.
There are also several exciting events coming up this week and in April. This coming Thursday, March 31, our majors and minors are invited to a Networking Night where we will discuss up-and-coming careers in public health, business, media, government, and community engagement. On Wednesday, April 6, Paley Library’s noontime concert series, Beyond the Notes, will feature Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, composer and pianist, performing her work for piano Platero y Yo, inspired by the book of the same title written by Spanish writer Juan Ramón Jiménez, winner of the 1956 Nobel Prize in Literature. Joining Erdely-Sayo will be our own Spanish students reading some narratives from the original text in Spanish. On Friday, April 15, our Department will sponsor the 3rd Annual Language, Linguistics and Life Conference, organized by the Graduate Students of Language at Temple (GSOLT). Please join us in welcoming graduate and undergraduate students from Pennsylvania who will present papers in several interdisciplinary topics. Below find 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.
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 This Week
Language Translation When Entering New Markets – A Panel Discussion

Dr. Jiri Stejskal, President and CEO of CETRA Language Solutions
Karla Hurley, Founder and President of Global Bilingual Solutions
Lianna Sanford-Kazarian, Operations Manager at WS Translations
What is it like to work at or with a language translation service company? A panel of experts from this dynamic industry will share their experiences to help prepare attendees for translation challenges that they will encounter over the course of their careers.  To demonstrate examples of their work in action, there will be a specific focus on developing and translating marketing materials and other forms of outreach when working with businesses preparing to enter new markets. Free entry including post-discussion reception.

Wednesday, March 30 at 4:00pm
MBA Commons, Alter Hall 7th Floor
1801 Liacouras Walk Philadelphia, PA 19122
How to Network Effectively With Employers

Join the College of Liberal Arts Professional Development Office, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and the Latin American Studies Program as we host a career workshop training students on how to effectively network with employers. The workshop will feature a keynote lecture by Nicole Garcia (CLA ’07) discussing her experience working at the Language Training Center of the Foreign Service Language Institute within the State Department. Food and beverages will be provided.

Thursday, March 31 at 4:00pm 
821 Anderson Hall
1114 W. Berks St. Philadelphia, PA 19122
Upcoming Events
Hernando de Talavera (1430- 1507), the Catholic Kings and the Invention of Moorish Difference in 15th Century Granada

Speaker: Mark Johnston, DePaul University

Tuesday, April 5 at 4:00pm 
821 Anderson Hall
1114 W. Berks St. Philadelphia, PA 19122

Featuring: Sandrine Erdely-Sayo (pianist), Elizabeth Peña (narrator) and students from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Wednesday, April 6 at 12:00pm
Paley Library Lecture Hall
1210 Polett Walk Philadelphia, PA 19122
Celda 211

The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot. Part of a series examining violence in Latin American and Spanish Cinema. How is ‘violence’ portrayed in this cinematic work?

Wednesday, April 6 at 3:00pm
307AB Tuttleman Learning Center
1809 N. 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19122

In addition to presentations and posters on language-related student research, the conference will feature a debate between world-renowned linguists John McWhorter and John Lucy.

Friday, April 15 from 8:30am - 5:00pm
Howard Gittis Student Center Room 217 A/B
1755 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122
Student News
Dan Turner is spending this semester studying Sustainability and the Environment in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Here he explores neotropics, incorporating his two majors: Environmental Science and Spanish. After studying Spanish alongside conservation biology he comes home to a host family with whom he can always learn new and interesting tico colloquialisms. He has even been able to incorporate his Certificate in Geographic Information Systems with a sustainability internship. For the next few weeks he plans to work with Escuela de los Amigos en Monteverde and their carbon neutral committee to study and map methods to cut carbon emissions and costs to and from the school. Keep up with Dan's adventures by following his study abroad blog.

Graduate student Yohana Gil-Berrio will be giving a research presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, from April 9-12, 2016 in Orlando, FL.  She is also involved in the graduate student committee at AAAL, which will be hosting workshops on professional topics such as publishing research and conducting a job search.
Graduate students William RyanAna Tamayo, and Francis Turco recently presented at the 2016 Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY) held at Georgetown University. The conference encourages research in the fields of Linguistics and Iberian and Latin American Literature/Culture. This year’s theme was Herencia y Tradición: Looking back, Moving forward.

In November 2015, Ana Tamayo organized a talk, film exhibition, and poetry recital at UPenn, Bryn Mawr College and Tufts University where the film director, Augusto Tamayo, presented the film Una sombra al frente and a book of poetry.
This month graduate students Alodia Martin Martinez and Guillermo Morales Jodra both presented papers at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) conference at Harvard University in Boston, MA. Guillermo's dissertation proposal, "Mors Mystica: Towards a History of the Soul in Spain and the New World (14th to 17th centuries), has also just been accepted.

Graduate student María Elena Arias-Zelidón just returned from Mérida, Yucatán, México where she presented a lecture titled "Poesía Maya: el mestizaje simbólico de la palabra" at the XVI Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. The year 2016 will find her active on lecture circuits around the country, with plans to present on using the picture word inductive model at the Knowledge Crossing Borders Conference and a lecture titled "La colonialidad en la publicidad turística: el 'indígena' un cuerpo inscrito" at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference in New York.

Katie Clarkson presented her paper "La nación re-imaginada en El Periquillo Sarniento de Fernández de Lizardi" at the Exchange and Collision graduate conference at the University of Minnesota.

Congratulations go out to graduate students Yohana Gil-Berrio and Raquel Mattson-Prieto who passed their PhD comprehensive exams in February 2016.
On March 4-5 the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) held its annual conference at Temple’s Fox School of Business. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese sponsored the Friday evening reception, and Latin American Studies instructor Ron Webb gave welcoming remarks. Graduate student and instructor Kathleen Cunniffe Peña just completed a 3-year term on the MACLAS executive council and served as one of the local organizers of the event alongside Jeffrey Conradi, Associate Director of the Center for International Business Education at Fox.
Ángel and Gabriela Díaz-Dávalos, Joshua Pongan and Dr. Patricia Moore-Martínez presented on a panel discussing community-based approaches to Latin culture in Philadelphia, which included a spirited performance by the Philadelphia Capoeira Project. In other sessions, Hana Muzika Kahn presented on the work she and Dr. Jonathan Holmquist have done with bilingual Kaqchikel-Spanish narratives in Guatemala. Recent graduates of the department’s Ph.D. program, Dr. Theresa Warner and Dr. Moira Álvarez, presented their work on 19th century and contemporary Spanish American fiction. Graduate and undergraduate students from LAS, Spanish, and Fox helped make the event a great success by welcoming guests at the registration and book sales table, and many MACLAS members noted that they were tremendously impressed with the enthusiasm of our students and the quality of Temple’s programs which were showcased at this event.
Faculty News
Associate Professor Paul D. Toth, along with co-author Kristin J. Davin from Loyola University of Chicago, have published an article in a special issue of The Modern Language Journal commemorating the leading applied linguistics journal’s 100th anniversary. As an editorial board member at the journal, Toth and the other board members were asked to team up with colleagues in the field and write on the state of our understanding in a number of areas ranging from technology to the curriculum, to learner needs and language policy. Toth and Davin wrote on the design and implementation of pedagogy in an article entitled The Sociocognitive Imperative of L2 Pedagogy. The Modern Language Journal, 100 (Supplement 1), 148-168.
Toth also recently received a College of Liberal Arts Research Award in the amount of $5,000.  He plans to use the award to hire a research assistant who will help to code and analyze data for research presentations this fall and a forthcoming publication on the dynamics of small group interactions in Spanish language classrooms.

Associate Professor Sergio R. Franco recently celebrated the publication of his latest book Pliegues del yo: Cuatro estudios sobre escritura autobiográfica en Hispanomérica. (Santiago de Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2015).
On March 9, Associate Professor of Instruction Norma Corrales-Martin presented a Seminar-Workshop titled "@GramáticaViva, una Gramática Centrada en el Verbo" to professors and students at Universidad de Córdoba, Colombia, as part of her sabbatical service activities. 
After celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015 with a volume of studies in honor of Luis T. González del Valle, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea (ALEC) has published the first issue of volume 41. It includes articles on Peninsular narrative, essay and poetry as it gathers scholars from both sides of the Atlantic whose work has been peer assessed. The journal's related blog, created in 2014, provides information on current projects and forthcoming issues of the periodical; further, it addresses timely subjects reflecting on the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic world. Both the blog (over 40,000 views) and the Google+ page associated with it (over 154,000 views) have gathered international attention around the world
As ALEC continues with its publication schedule, it will say farewell to Guillermo Miguel Morales Jodra, the graduate student who, after working as assistant to the general editor for the past two years, will be concentrating on his doctoral dissertation. Starting in August 2016, William J. Ryan will perform the duties associated with the above mentioned position. We take this opportunity to acknowledge Guillermo’s excellent work and wish him well in the next stage of his academic endeavors. Let us welcome William J. Ryan to the periodical.
2017 Study Abroad Opportunities


We are beginning to accept applications for the Latin American Studies Semester (LASS) in Spring 2017. To learn more about this unique spring semester language immersion program, check out our video!

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2017 TEMPLE IN SPAIN: Oviedo Spring Semester

Temple's spring semester in Spain program is based at the University of Oviedo in the province of Asturias, one of the most culturally significant regions in Spain. The program is designed for students who have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish and are committed to further developing their Spanish language skills.

Application Deadline: October 1

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2017 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 courses 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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Appointments are 50 minutes and walk-in sessions are 20-25 minutes. Times for Spanish & Portuguese services may vary based on staff availability. Find available times by visiting our online scheduler and selecting “Spanish” or “Portuguese.”
Writing Tutoring in Spanish: Help with Writing
Writing tutoring provides assistance on college writing assignments for Spanish courses. Meet one-on-one with a tutor to review your drafts; to build vocabulary; and to improve clarity, sentence structure, and grammar in your draft.

Conversation Partners in Spanish and Portuguese: Help with Speaking and Listening
Open to students in 1000 and 2000-level courses only, Conversation Partners provides opportunities for Spanish and Portuguese language learners to practice speaking and listening. Meet one-on-one with a Conversation Partner to practice conversation, build vocabulary, review grammar, practice oral presentations, and more.

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Student Activities


Looking for a way to practice your Spanish? 
This semester students are bringing food and cultural items from different Spanish speaking countries. One student brought homemade arepas to share and spoke about where arepas are eaten and the recipe and ingredients he used. 

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

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

Mondays 3:00-4:00pm 
421 Anderson Hall
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