Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 1, September 2016                                                       
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Hiram Aldarondo
Message from the Chair

Greetings from the Spanish and Portuguese Department and the Latin American Studies Program at Temple University. This academic year promises to be an exciting and stimulating one. The current newsletter contains a sample of some of our co-sponsored lectures and events as well as news from our current students, faculty, and alumni. 

I especially invite everyone to visit the Paley Library exhibition entitled Drawing Don Quijote: Illustrating Cervantes throughout the Centuries. The exhibition is in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Cervantes' death, and it showcases how Cervantes’ masterpiece, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, has been imagined, drawn, and illustrated throughout the centuries.
I would also like to invite our undergraduate students to take part in the many student activities, clubs, and film series we have scheduled throughout this semester. Please consider also the diverse study abroad opportunities we offer through our programs in Costa Rica, Brazil, and Spain during the spring and summer semesters. See more information below about this. Since the present issue is long, please be sure to 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
Translanguaging: Using technology enhanced environments to develop multilingual competence

Speaker: Rhonda Oliver, Curtin University

Tuesday, September 13 at 3:30pm 
1810 Liacouras Presidential Conference Suite
El camino de la literatura: una crónica personal

Speaker: Miguel Baraona, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica

Wednesday, September 14 at 4:00pm 
422 Anderson Hall

Co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies program. 
Upcoming Events
The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World

Speaker: William Egginton, Johns Hopkins University

Monday, September 26 at 12:00pm 
Paley Library Lecture Hall

This lecture is part of Paley Libraries' Beyond the Page public programming series.
Film: O caminho das nuvens (The Middle of the World)

Part of a series examining films from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula entitled Immigration and ‘the other.‘ How is immigration and the notion of ‘otherness’ portrayed in this cinematic work? ALL ARE WELCOME! The film will have English subtitles.

Monday, September 26 at 3:00pm
404 Tuttleman Hall

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Linguistic diversity marks social groups and facilitates interpersonal communication 

Speaker: Katherine Kinzler, Cornell University

Wednesday, October 4 at 2:30pm 
Kiva Auditorium

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Spanish & Portuguese and Psychology and Temple Institute for Learning and Education Sciences (TILES).
Asylum under Threat, Sanctuary to the Rescue

Speaker: Linda Rabben, University of Maryland

Friday, October 28 at 2:00pm 
107 Gladfelter Hall

Co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies and Global Studies Programs and Departments of Anthropology and History.
Student News
Spanish and Neuroscience major Maksim Bakrenev was able to volunteer as a translator for the organization "Doctors of the Americas" on their annual medical relief trip to El Salvador. Thanks to mentorship from Patricia Moore-Martinez and Josh Pongan, he served as a bridge between patients and doctors and made possible the proper communication and understanding needed for medical care. The experience not only reaffirmed his passion for medicine, but also allowed him to cultivate his Spanish skills in a new, professional environment.

Graduate student Ana Tamayo continues to collaborate as associate editor and peer-reviewer in the area of Linguistics and Language Science on the second issue of Spanish and Portuguese Review (SPR), the annual graduate student journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), which will be published in Fall 2016.
Graduate student Daniel Llaras recently  presented his paper "El humanismo en Don Quijote: Alonso Quijano como sujeto del capitalismo primitivo” at a conference at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. In the paper, Daniel discussed the reasons Don Quixote left his home in search of adventure, concluding that the loss of his aristocratic privileges and a newfound love for a woman of an inferior class were at the root of this escape and his so-called madness. 

Shortly after the conference, Daniel flew back to the US to attend the Portuguese School at Middlebury College in Vermont where he enhanced his knowledge of the Portuguese language over the course of seven weeks. He found this experience fulfilling and highly rewarding on an academic level as all students in the school had to sign a pledge to speak no other language than Portuguese while on campus.
Graduate student Raquel Mattson-Prieto was recently awarded the Dr. Marie France-Hilgar Scholarship by Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society. This scholarship allowed her to travel and present her paper “El español como segunda lengua y los hablantes de herencia. Problemas y soluciones prácticas” at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid in June 2016. Furthermore, Raquel’s dissertation proposal Heritage learner identity and investment in language learning: a case study of HLL-FLL interaction was accepted and she has been elevated to PhD candidacy. 
Last April, graduate student Megan DeVirgilis presented her paper "Cuerpos efímeros y figuras vampíricas: la obsesión con la inmortalidad y el linaje en la narrativa latinoamericana posmoderna" at a graduate student conference at Columbia University, hosted jointly by NYU and Columbia. She will also be participating in next year's MLA conference in Philadelphia in a discussion panel titled “Mapping the Feminine Fantastic in Hispanophone Literature." 

Both Megan DeVirgilis and Erica O'Brien received a CLA Dissertation Completion Writing Grant for the 2016-2017 academic year. This grant enables them to advance in their dissertations while having a brief break from teaching. Erica's dissertation seeks to examine instances in which blame is cast upon female characters by their male counterparts in several 14th and 15th century Iberian texts, primarily Diego de San Pedro’s Cárcel de amor (Spain), and the anonymous chivalric novel Curial e Güelfa (Catalonia). 

Graduate student Ashley Shaffer presented her action research project "How Can Warm-Ups be Used to Maximize Time and Motivate Students in the Spanish Classroom?" at West Chester University's 6th annual TALFL Conference (TESOL, Applied Linguistics, and Foreign Languages) on April 16, 2016. She will be presenting similar instruction-based projects this fall at the SLRF Conference at Teacher's College, Columbia (September) and ACTFL Conference in Boston (November).

Graduate student Yohana Gil-Berrio successfully passed her dissertation proposal reviews and has been promoted to doctoral candidacy.  In her dissertation Pair interaction in Spanish language classrooms that enroll heritage and L2 learners Yohana will be investigating different aspects of Spanish heritage language learners' linguistic development in classroom contexts shared with Spanish second language learners.

Graduate student Katie Clarkson spent three weeks in Ecuador conducting field work with sociolinguistics students from the Communications department under direction of Professor Robin Aronow.  The investigation focused on Spanish borrowings in the Salasaka Highlands Dialect of Kichwa and generational shifts in Spanish language use.  

At the April Luncheon/meeting of the Pan American Association of Philadelphia, held at the Union League, Latin American Studies major Carlos Hernandez Corona was honored with the Irene Rivera Diaz Scholarship and Award.  At this same luncheon, Latin American Studies/Spanish dual major David Escobar-Martin (CLA '16) received one of eight Janice Bond Awards given to Philadelphia regional graduating seniors who have excelled in the area of Latin American Studies. 
Double major in Spanish and Sociology Jason Fontana had the fortunate experience of moderating the Career Event hosted by the CLA Professional Development Team and Department of Spanish & Portuguese this past spring before a panel of professionals who utilize Spanish in their careers. He felt it was an excellent opportunity for both fellow students and himself to learn more about the applications of foreign language in the professional sector. Fontana enjoyed the opportunity to research and present the remarkable panelists and create meaningful questions to evoke responses that would better inform the many students who attended the event on the potential career paths that value foreign language.
Faculty News
Emeritus Professor Luis González del Valle has been elected as an international corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy, the institution that, in accordance with other Spanish Language Academies around the world, compiles the Dictionary of the Spanish Language. This is an outstanding achievement for Professor González del Valle. With this honor the Royal Spanish Academy recognizes the international impact of his contributions to the profession, his many research accomplishments, and his activities in support of Hispanic culture. The department is delighted that his work has been celebrated with such a prestigious accolade. Click here to view the official announcement from the Academy.
Philip Berryman, Adjunct Professor in Latin American Studies, has had a new introductory text entitled "Latin America at 200" published by the prestigious University of Texas Press (June 2016).  The book release party drew a veritable who's who of Latin American scholars including three former directors of the Temple LAS Program: Arthur Schmidt, Philip Evanson, and Ronald Webb.

Associate Professor Augusto Lorenzino recently published his article “El lunfardo en la evolución del español argentino.” in Estudios de literatura y lingüística 34 (Santiago, Chile). In this article, contemporary newspaper reports, criminological profiles  and sociological studies concerned with the underworld in Argentina, from the 1870s to the early 1900s were analyzed to assess the association of lunfardo with the speech of the criminal, the imperfect Spanish spoken by Italian immigrants, and their influence in the development of Argentine Spanish.

He additionally released the article “Language and power in a novel of education” in the International Journal of Language and Literature 4. Here he analyzed the linguistic and metalinguistic elements underlying the Quechua-Spanish  contact in northern Argentina as illustrated in the coming-of-age novel 'Shunko' within the framework of contact linguistics. 
Associate Professor José Manuel Pereiro Otero delivered the presentation “La tortura en la representación artística de finales del siglo XVIII” at the XIXth Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, Münster, Germany (July 20, 2016). Thanks to a Summer Research Award, he also spent part of his summer doing research at, among other places, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and the Archivo Histórico Nacional in Madrid, where he gathered information for his current book project. Moreover, he designed and developed the exhibit “Drawing Don Quijote: Illustrating Cervantes throughout the Centuries” in collaboration with the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The exhibit is open to visitors during the this semester.

This October, Associate Professor Víctor Pueyo Zoco will be releasing his second book, Cuerpos plegables. Anatomías de la excepción en España y América Latina (siglos XVI-XVIII) published by Tamesis Books (2016). The book examines the obsession of the Spanish Golden Age with the monstrous in early modern literature and how the secret history of the body tells us about the genesis of early capitalist social formations.

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spanish Roger Santiváñez released his latest book of poetry, Sagrado [Poesía Reunida 2004-2016], published last July in Lima, Peru. Written in the Neo-baroque style within the new school of Latin American poetry, it is a compilation of all of his books of poetry from 2004 until now.

Roger will also be representing the department while presenting  his paper 'Migracion interna y poesia en el Peru (1960-2000)' at the 'III Encuentro Internacional de Poesia Contemporanea' organized by the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico September 21-23.

Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish Marcela Pardes wrote a prologue for the 30-year commemorative edition of the novel Tiempo al tiempo by Isaac Goldemberg. The new edition was published and presented in Lima, Perú in May, 2016.  
Assistant Professor Adam Shellhorse has been invited to lecture at the Workshop in Poetics at Stanford University, organized by Professor Roland Greene, on October 12. He also plans to deliver a paper at the University of Southern California this November during the Latin America in Theory / Theory in Latin America: Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics two-day symposium, organized by Professors Erin Graff Zivin and Brenno Kaneyasu Maranhao.
Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish Norma Corrales-Martin participated in the  XIX Conference of the International  Association of Hispanists (XIX Congreso de la Asociacion Internacional de Hispanistas, AIH) in  Münster, Germany, this past July with her paper Study of Sayings from the Referential Frame of Popular Culture (Estudio de refranes desde el marco referencial de la cultura popular). She also moderated the session Golden Age IV (Siglo de Oro IV) in the History section of the conference.
This summer Associate Professor Paul Toth received a College of Liberal Arts Research Award and a Provost’s Summer Research Award,  allowing him to hire a research assistant and purchase software for analyzing classroom data collaboratively within a research team. Graduate student Yohana Gil-Berrio was hired as the research assistant and other team members included former Temple graduate student Kara Moranski, who now teaches in the Modern Languages Department at the University of Pennsylvania and two Penn undergraduate research assistants, Jayveer Jadeja and Shannon Calter.  The results of this research will be presented in two papers co-authored by Paul, Yohana, and Kara at the Second Language Research Forum this September at Columbia University Teacher’s College, in New York and at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium this October at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  

Paul also traveled to Japan this summer to give two public lectures and two one-credit weekend seminars as part of Temple University Japan’s applied linguistics distinguished lecturer series in the Graduate College of Education at Temple's Tokyo and Osaka campuses.  The theme of his seminar was the implications of social and cognitive theories of second language learning for classroom pedagogy.  In addition to the two weekend seminars, Paul gave an invited lecture for the Japan Association of Language Teachers Tokyo chapter on his current classroom research.
Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea (ALEC) has published the second and third issues of volume 41 (2016). 41.2 includes articles on Peninsular drama and 41.3 is the Anuario Valle-Inclán XV. ALEC continues its tradition of excellence in scholarship 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 54,000 views) and the Google+ page associated with it (over 208,000 views) have attracted readers from all over the world.

Having said farewell to Guillermo Morales Jodra for his outstanding work for the journal, we extend a warm welcome aboard to William J. Ryan, who will be the assistant to the General Editor starting this Fall.
2017 Study Abroad Opportunities


We are now accepting 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!

Application Deadline: September 27

Apply Now
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

Apply Now
2017 TEMPLE IN BRAZIL: Salvador, Bahia Summer Session

Temple's five week summer program is based in Salvador, a vigorous city in northeastern Brazil. Join us to see how the African influence in Brazilian culture is visible in festivals, ceremonies, movement, art and culture.  This program is designed for students of Africology and African American studies, Latin American studies, Portuguese, Spanish, history, music, dance, art and related disciplines to study Brazilian culture, civilization and music.

Application Deadline: February 15

Apply Now
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

Apply Now
Tutoring Services

Location: 201 Tuttleman Learning Center

Contact: 215-204-0702 or

Hours: M–TH: 8:30am - 8:30pm
F 8:30am - 4:30pm
SA 10:00am - 4:00pm

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.

Schedule An Appointment
Student Activities


Looking for a way to practice your Spanish? Come and practice your conversation skills in a relaxed environment once a week. Join us at Spanish Club!

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

Join Us


Looking for a way to practice Portuguese outside of class? Would you like to help others practice English? Do you like to have fun? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, we can’t wait to see you!

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

This is a student run Latino umbrella organization. Not exclusive to just Latinos, they invite everyone and anyone of any race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Their mission is to enhance awareness of Latino issues and heritage in the Temple University community, to provide a forum for discussion for Latino students, to advocate for issues that have a direct impact on the Latino student body specifically and the Temple community in general, to provide support and resources to the Latino campus community, to facilitate and promote communication among members, to sponsor activities and events that ensure AdEL`s purpose, and to collaborate with other organizations within and outside of Temple University.

For more information contact the Faculty Advisor Ronald Webb or student representative Melonie Collado.

This student group strives to provide students of Temple University with the opportunity to explore, educate, and experience the Latino culture through the art form of dance. Through performances, workshops, and a variety of cultural events, we display our passion for dance and the Latino heritage to Temple University and the surrounding community.  

Auditions to be held in September. For more information contact the Faculty Advisor Ronald Webb or student representative Liliana Isabel Jacobson-Peregrino
Alumni News

Ph.D. student Theresa Warner (CLA '14) and Ryan Williams are now the proud parents of Cora Bailey Warner.  Cora was born on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 6:22pm. She weighed approximately 7 lb 8 oz and was 20 inches long. So far she looks like her father, but the hope is that she will share her mother's love of Spanish language and literature. Theresa is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track) at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 
Latin American Studies/Spanish dual major Rosa DeFerrara (CLA '13) is beginning graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh in Public Health/Global Health this fall.

Latin American Studies major Abraham Cisne (CLA '08), Senior Program Officer at Partners of the Americas, met with Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae and Congressman Joaquin Castro in anticipation of his trip to Japan with the Youth Exchange Network.
Latin American Studies/Spanish dual major Kyle Simpers (CLA '13) is beginning graduate school this fall at the University of Pittsburgh for Master of Public & International Affairs with a specialization in Global Security.
Latin American Studies/Spanish dual major Ariel Arnau (CLA '99) has accepted a full-time teaching position at Miami-Dade College.

Spanish major/LAS minor Britany Freitas (CLA '11) earned her Master's in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the Universitat de Barcelona and has recently taken a job as Pedagogical Director at in Barcelona.

Latin American Studies major Ethan Jury (CLA '12) has been accepted into the Southern University of New Orleans Graduate Studies Program for Social Work and will begin study this fall.

Ph.D. student Christine E. Poteau (CLA '11) will join Rowan University's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures as Assistant Professor of Spanish Translation and Interpretation/Applied Linguistics. Her tenure-track position begins this fall and includes development and implementation of new undergraduate courses and service-learning programs in applied Spanish studies. 

Tom Di'Agostino (CLA '16) spent Spring 2016 as a Diamond Peer Teacher for Spanish 1002 under the mentorship of Josh Pongan. Reflecting back on the experience, he forgot how scary it was to stand in front of a class of students his age and speak in his second language. By the end of the semester, he successfully taught a 50-minute class with a lesson plan he had designed and was thrilled to receive a beautiful thank you card from his students.
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