Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 2, April 2018                              
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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 current newsletter highlights events, accomplishments and research of faculty, students, alumni, and provides some useful facts and figures about the department.
The Temple University Spanish Certificate Program ranks again in the Top 5 programs in the nation, according to the 2017 Foreign Language Colleges’ report. The personal connections and real-world experiences offered to students boosted our certificate program to the No. 3 ranking in the country.  

This academic year our department has also experienced an increase in the number of majors, minors, and students doing certificates. Currently Spanish has highest number of minors in CLA (close to 300), with the majority of them coming from outside the college. We remain committed to our goal of increasing the quality and reputation of the department. These recent developments are success indicators of all the changes the department has done at the undergraduate level.
I am also pleased to announce the hiring of two tenure-track professors: Dr. Rebeca Hey-Colón in the field of Contemporary Latinx and Caribbean Studies with a focus on Borderlands Studies, and Professor Janire Zalbidea in the field of Hispanic Linguistics (second and heritage language development). These are our first female tenure-line hires in more than 16 years. 
Congratulations to Alexander Voisine (double major in Spanish and Global Studies) and Anne Reisenwitz (double major in Spanish and Political Science), both winners of the Temple University Diamond Awards. Alex also won the Knudson Journalism Latin American Studies Scholarship.
Finally, please join me in extending best wishes to Professor Carolyn Phipps, who is retiring from the University on June 30th. Professor Phipps has dedicated 15 years to Temple and our department. For 8 years she was the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and the primary advisor of all our minors and students doing certificates. She has also served in many departmental and CLA committees, including the CLA Executive Committee. She will be greatly missed for all her contributions.
Please continue to support the department and LAS and their 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.
Since the present issue is long, please make sure you click “View entire message” at the bottom of this email.

Wishing you all the best,
Hiram Aldarondo
Congratulations to the 2018 CLA Scholarship and Award Winners!

Sigma Delta Pi Prize: John Felipe Ranjo
Diaz-Valenzuela Award: Lucy Caffrey-Matte 
Kristina Joanne Chelius Scholarship: Matthew Falsetta, Richelle Kota, Mina Tatar
Knudson Journalism Latin American Studies Scholarship: Olivia Koblinski, Cristina Romero Muniz, Alexander Voisine
Events This Week
Aberration or 'Favela Chique?' Problematizing the Aesthetics of 'Slums'

Theresa Williamson, Catalytic Communities

Theresa Williamson, Ph.D., is founder and executive director of Catalytic Communities (CatComm), an empowerment, communications, think tank, and advocacy NGO working since 2000 in support of Rio’s favelas. In addition to fostering peer-to-peer networking, strategic training and media support on behalf of community organizers, the organization has become known for advocating a community-controlled asset-based development approach to informal settlements.

Thursday, April 12 at 3:00pm 
914 Gladfelter Hall (Weigley Room)
Rewriting the "Great Man" Theory: Historiographic Critique in Spanish American Literature

Doctoral Defense: Thomas Stone (Spanish Department)

Dissertation Examination Committee:
•  Hortensia Morell (Dissertation Advisor)
•  Adam Joseph Shellhorse
•  Víctor Pueyo (Chair of the Defense)
•  Daniel O'Hara (External Reader, Department of English, Temple University)

Friday, April 13 at 3:00pm 
422 Anderson Hall
Upcoming Events
Academic Conference: Cuba in War and Peace

Keynote Speaker: Antonio José Ponte, Cuban Writer: "Que hace el asesino de Trotski en La Habana? Escritores cubanos e imaginación política"

For More Info: Cuba in War and Peace
Cuba Conference Flyer

Sponsors: Center for Force and Diplomacy, History Department, Spanish and Portuguese Department, Global Studies Program, Political Science Department, Temple University Library
Friday, April 20 (Paley Library Lecture Hall)
Saturday, April 21 (Weigley Room, 10th Floor Gladfelter Hall)
Esencia Latina Presents: 10th Annual Gala

Esencia Latina is Temple's first and only Latin dance organized. Their semi-formal annual gala will feature a night of traditional Latin food, social dancing, raffles, and performances. Open to alumni and current Temple students who wish to celebrate Latino culture on campus. Tickets range from $15-25 and can be purchased online.
Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm-12:00am
Howard Gittis Student Center 200 Rooms

5th Annual Language, Linguistics, and Life Conference: Language and Community

Keynote Speakers: Kim Potowski (University of Illinois at Chicago), Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), and Eli Goldblatt (Temple University)
Spanish graduate students Katie Clarkson, Raquel Mattson-Prieto, and Ashley Shaffer have organized this year's annual GSOLT conference “Language, Linguistics and Life”.  The theme of the conference is Language and Community, and professors Montrul and Potowski will showcase cognitive and social perspectives on the needs and realities facing Spanish-English bilinguals and heritage language learners in the US.  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join a conversation about what it means to be bilingual at this crucial moment in US history.  

Sponsors: Temple University Student Activities, the Shimada Fund, CIBER, Dr. Augusto Lorenzino, and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Friday, April 27 at 8:00am-5:30pm
Howard Gittis Student Center 217 A/B/C/D Rooms
Student News
Graduate student Rimante Navickaite and alumna Anastasiya Stoyneva (CLA '17) presented their research on collocations and other phraseological units and second language learning as well as materials for teaching common language clusters at the 10th International Symposium "Teaching Spanish Language and Culture to Foreigners" in UNAM, Mexico, October 11-13, 2017. 
Graduate student Megan DeVirgilis recently published an article in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Liverpool UP, forthcoming 2018. The article, "Lugones and the Woman Question: Reconsidering the Status Quo and Reimagining the Femme Fatale in His Early Works," explores how Argentine author Leopoldo Lugones supports and challenges contemporary fears surrounding female autonomy in three of the author's works that have yet to receive critical attention: "La educación de la mujer: lo que es y lo que debe ser" (1893), "La cuestión feminista" (1897), and "La vampira" (1899). 
Graduate student Laura Arévalo Catalán's essay "El (re)conocimiento y rescate del héroe subalterno en Soldados de Salamina"  was accepted for publication in the journal El Cid (Edition 2018). In addition, she sent her article "El vestido verde de Adela: viaje y rescate simbólico del pensamiento popular en La casa de Bernarda Alba de Federico García Lorca" to the journal Animal de Fondo and is awaiting the date of publication.   
Graduate student William J. Ryan published a review of the collective volume, Transnacionalidad e hibridez en el ensayo hispánico: un género sin orillas, edited by Reindert Dhondt and Dagmar Vandebosch. The contributions of this volume study the essay as a literary form from a transnational perspective in Latin America and Spain. The volume theorizes the essay, which, with a formally hybrid character that moves beyond national borders, is of particular interest when considering transnational writing and experience.  William’s review appears in Anales de la literatura española contemporánea, Volume 43, Issue 1 (2018).
Graduate student Benjamin Gibson presented at the Sixth Meeting of Signed and Spoken Language Linguistics, which took place at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan. His presentation was on language contact between spoken and signed languages in the United States, Spain, and Russia. 
Graduate student Alodia Martín-Martínez presented her paper “Las verdades de perogrullo al servicio de la crítica religiosa: la Profecía de Evangelista”  this past January at the MLA conference in New York. She also presented papers at the NeMLA conference in Pittsburgh and plans to present a paper titled  “Liberum spatium: Reconstructing Medieval Space” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo this May. In addition to her busy conference schedule, Alodia recently published her articles “Antifeudalismo y carnavalización de las danzas de la muerte Lemir, vol. 22, 2018 andConciliación del modelo femenino en Cervantes: visiones de Aldonza y Dulcinea según Quijote y Sancho” eHumanista, vol. 38, 2018. She has two additional articles accepted for publication, forthcoming 2018.
Spanish major Dylan Arturo has been recently accepted into the Peace Corps. Dylan will be spending 27 months in a rural Colombian town, within a few hours of Cartagena or Barranquilla. He will be working as a Business Advising volunteer in the Community Economic Development sector.
Junior Global Studies/History major, Pearl Joslyn, is completing her Spanish certificate. This summer, she will be conducting research through the Diamond Research Scholars Program. Her project is entitled "The US and Latin America: Conflict and the Organization of American States", and Dr. McPherson in the History Department will be her faculty mentor.
For the second year in a row, Spanish and Portuguese has fielded the highest number of Fulbright semifinalists (and finalists) among all Temple departments. Of our current 15 semifinalists, these are the five from Spanish and Portuguese. These candidates will find out between mid-March and mid-May whether they have been selected as a finalist.
  • Xavier Burke (May 2015, Spanish major, Portuguese minor): Brazil English Teaching Assistantship (ETA)
  • Colman Cumberland: Mexico ETA
  • Elaina Hawkins: Spain ETA
  • Alex Voisine: Mexico study grant for a Master's degree at UNAM
  • Jasmine Costello (Spanish minor, May 2014): UK study grant for a Master's at University College London's Institute of Education
The Fulbright US Student Program provides funding to pursue graduate study, carry out research or creative projects, or teach English abroad for an academic year. Read here about Temple being named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution.

For more information, students and alumni can contact Barbara Gorka, Director of Fellowships Advising, at, or review the Temple Fulbright page.
Alumni News
Alumna Moira Alvarez (CLA '15) was the guest speaker at the Penn International Relations Conference (PIRC) on February 23, 2018 at the Irvine Auditorium (UPenn) with a talk entitled "Is There a South American Cultural Identity?" PIRC was created to encourage a love of international relations and to foster awareness of global politics among high school students in the greater Philadelphia area. This year the regional focus was South America and over 800 students from 25 different high schools participated in discussion sessions about current political controversies and the cultural complexity of the region.   
Spanish major alumna and Fulbright Recipient Kacie Hoagland (CLA '17) is currently teaching English in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Over the last few months, she has been busy exploring all that Spain has to offer, visiting cities such as Madrid, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Barcelona, Las Médulas, Salamanca, Oviedo, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Burgos, and Leon. She loves her school and all the students and teachers that she works with. She feels she is learning just as much from them as they are from her. Kacie feels her background in Spanish has made communicating and teaching much easier. She has also had success incorporating creative writing into the classroom, and enjoys reading her students' intelligent, creative, and witty responses. Recently she has started to learn Galician, since the language is such an integral part of the culture she is living in. As her ten month position comes to a close, she is beginning to apply to jobs in Philadelphia.

Alumnus Jamie Agins Lincow (CLA '10) is currently teaching Spanish at Lower Moreland High School. Jamie also just published a book for teachers of upper-level spanish classrooms titled Cultural Connections in the Spanish Classroom.

José Zuazo (CLA '03) is having his Temple dissertation Cambio de código y mantenimiento del español por cubano-americanos en Dade County, FL y Filadelfia, PA published by Editorial Pliegos, in Spain. The book is a study of language maintenance and code switching among members of his Cuban-American family.  The perspective is ethnographic and includes background of the family in Cuba, its departure from Cuba, and settlement in the US. The analysis is comparative across the generations in both Dade County and Philadelphia. It identifies the role of the prestige of Cuban Spanish for its maintenance across the generations in the south of Florida.
Faculty News
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese was well represented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics in Chicago, March 24-27, where several faculty and alumni gave presentations: 
  • Shannon Hilliker and Chesla Ann (Bohinski) Lenkaitis (CLA' 11), Binghamton University: “Language Learning and Intercultural Competence Support for International L3 Students”
  • Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish Patricia Moore-Martinez and Assistant Professor of Instruction in Spanish Joshua Pongan: “Language for Specific Purposes: Preliminary Research on Language Retention and Critical Thinking in LSP Courses Intentionally Designed to Maximize Both”
  • Associate Professor Paul Toth and Kara Moranski (CLA '12), University of Cincinnati: "Why Haven’t We Solved Instructed SLA? A Sociocognitive Account.”
  • Kara Moranski (CLA'12) and Nicole Ziegler: “A Cross-linguistic Approach for Metacognitive Instruction on Interactional Feedback in the L2 Classroom: Findings from a Mixed-Methods Design"
  • Assistant Professor Janire Zalbidea: “Expanding the Noticing Function of Output: Contributions of Task Modality and Target Form Salience"
Associate Professor Paul Toth gave a presentation entitled “Why Haven’t We Solved Form-Focused Peer Interaction?," at the Universidad del País Vasco in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain for their conference on The Oral-Written Connection in the Learning of Second/Foreign Languages, March 8-9. 

Paul and Kara Moranski (CLA '12) also published an article titled "Why haven't we solved instructed SLA? A sociocognitive account" on current and future directions for teacher education and research on second language learning in a special, 50th anniversary issue of the journal Foreign Language Annals, the official research journal of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish Norma Corrales-Martin and the Spanish Club recently participated in International Tea Time at Morgan Hall on Wednesday, March 28 as part of "You Are Welcome Here" Week. The Spanish Club  showcased Mate and Alfajores, courtesy of Augusto Lorenzino. Pictured are the President of the Spanish Club, Nigel Thompson; Vice President, Julia Rivera; and Ivyanna Colon-Greider with Norma Corrales-Martin, Faculty Advisor.
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spanish Roger Santivañez recently read his poems at a Hispanic Poetry Reading at Swarthmore College. He also just returned from representing Temple at the Literary Congress "Centenario de 'El Caballero Carmelo' de Abraham Valdelomar," organized for The Royal Academy of Spanish Language of Lima. He will be presenting the keynote paper about the poetry of Valdelomar. Looking forward, Roger will be reading his poetry at the "Centenario de Los Heraldos Negros de Cesar Vallejo" event at the McNally & Robinson Bookstore in New York in May. He will also be joining Norma Corrales-Martin to read poetry at the Poetry Reading for Peace at the Free Library of Philadelphia on May 14. 
Latin American Studies affiliated faculty member Nancy Morris recently published her translation of Thinking About Music from Latin America, written by Juan Pablo González. Nancy also recently participated in a book launch held at the author's alma mater, UCLA.
Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea (ALEC) has returned to its tripartite structure for volume 43 (2018). The first issue, dedicated to poetry and narrative fiction, has already been distributed. This issue also includes two articles that celebrate the centenaries of Gloria Fuertes (1917-1998) and José Luis Sampedro (1917-2013). We are at present working on the next issue dedicated to drama, theater, and visual narrative. William J. Ryan continues to be the assistant to the General Editor.
On a separate matter, we are pleased to report that as of late January 2018 ALEC has been included in the prestigious European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences. As the Norwegian Centre for Research Data explains on its website: “The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) was created and developed by European researchers under the coordination of the Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) of the European Science Foundation (ESF). The ERIH lists, which initially covered only humanities disciplines, were first published by ESF in 2008, while revised lists were made available in 2011-2012. In 2014, responsibility for the maintenance and operation of ERIH was transferred to the NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data. The reference index at NSD is called ERIH PLUS in order to indicate that it has been extended to include the social sciences”.
The journal’s related blog has surpassed 116,000 views in March, and the Google+ page continues to bring attention to Spanish studies around the world. The audience remains international. Countries with most visits have been United States, Spain, France, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Ukraine, and Colombia. A visual rendering of the blog’s hits according to Google Analytics is inserted below.
Study Abroad Opportunities

Temple is now accepting applications for the 2019 Latin American Studies Semester Program/Certificate (LASS) in Ecuador. This unique spring semester language immersion program is designed to provide an intensive experience in the study of the Spanish language in combination with an interdisciplinary study of life and contemporary issues in Latin America. An integral part of the program is a three-week study trip to Quito, Ecuador during the month of March.
Application Deadline: September 23

Apply Now

2019 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. Follow student bloggers Dylan Long and Nina de Vitry as they chronicle their experience abroad.

Application Deadline: October 1

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
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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.

Schedule An Appointment
Student Activities


The Spanish Club is a student organization and its principal goal is to promote the practice of speaking Spanish. One way we achieve this goal is through conversation tables, which allow students to practice their conversation skills in a relaxed environment once a week.  We also celebrate the Hispanic culture all year round with different activities. Join us at our first meeting on September 11. All levels welcome.

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! Join us at our first meeting on September 12.

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm 
543 Anderson Hall
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