Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 1, September 2017                                         
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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. This current e-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, along with Temple University's Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising, would like to recognize the following prestigious student achievements:

  • Erin Heald Critical Language Scholarship to Indonesia, Summer 2017 (Double major in Spanish and Global Studies)
  • Thomas DiAgostino Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Uruguay, 2017-2018 (Double major in Spanish and Women's Studies)
  • Kacie Hoagland Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain, 2017-2018 (Double major in Spanish and English)
  • Nicholas Valentini Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Guatemala, 2017-2018 (Double major in Spanish and Social Work)
  • Nicole Nathan Fulbright Research grant to Dominican Republic, 2017-2018 (Anthropology PhD candidate and Spanish instructor)

Students interested in learning about the Fulbright, the Critical Language Scholarship, and other nationally competitive scholarships should check out the Fellowships Advising website for upcoming information sessions (Fellowships 101 is a good place to start). Deadlines are often a year in advance of the funded period, so plan accordingly. 
For More Info: Contact the Director of Fellowships Advising, Barbara Gorka.

Please consider also applying to one of our 2018 spring semester programs in LASS Ecuador or Temple in Spain. The upcoming application deadlines for both programs are September 23 and October 1, 2017. 

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

Events This Week
Towards a Passive University

Speaker: Erin Graff, Zivin, University of Southern California

Friday, September 15 at 4:00pm 
821 Anderson Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Global Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Feinstein Center for American Jewish History (History Department), and Lectures and Forums Committee 
Upcoming Events
Spanish Film Series: Cronos

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. 

How do these films depict social anxieties through the strange and monstrous?

Wednesday, September 27 at 3:00pm
407AB Tuttleman Hall

Global Faculty Book Launch: Anti-Literature: The Politics and Limits of Representation in Modern Brazil and Argentina

Speaker: Adam Joseph Shellhorse, Temple University
Panelist: Kate Jenckes, University of Michigan

Wednesday, November 8 at 4:00pm 
422 Anderson Hall
Art, Life, and Criticism in Contemporary Chilean Thought

Speaker: Kate Jenckes, University of Michigan

Thursday, November 9 at 4:00pm 
821 Anderson Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Global Studies Program, and Latin American Studies Program.
Student News
Graduate teaching assistant Alodia Martín-Martínez was awarded a scholarship for this academic year through the Temple University Digital Scholarship Center. Her project will analyze the interrelations between art and literature in the representation of real and imaginary spaces in the Middle Ages. Her plan is to digitally recreate spaces described in literary works that include illustrations of that space in order to explore the relation between how this space is described artistically and literally and how it actually should look. By doing so, she wants to provide a better understanding of the culture that created those works, since the way in which a specific society represents time and space can illustrate how they think of the world they inhabit.

Guillermo Morales-Jodra was selected as the winner of the 2016-17 CLA Teaching Award in the category of Graduate Student Instructor of Record.  As you may recall, Guillermo won the Department TA Teaching Award in our 1st Annual Faculty Excelencia Awards for the AY 2015-2016. This fall Guillermo also secured a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Georgia College and State University.  Please join us in congratulating Guillermo on these accomplishments.

Graduate students Ashley Shaffer, Francis Turco, and William J. Ryan presented their research papers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Hispanic and Portuguese Studies 2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference, Precarious Embodiments: Affects, Potentialities and Resistance on February 10, 2017.

Graduate teaching assistant William J. Ryan recently published a review of Roger Santiváñez’s book of poems, Roberts Pool Twilights / Roberts Pool Crepúsculos in Latin American Literature Today (LALT), a journal associated with World Literature Today. William wrote the review in English and translated the review into Spanish for the third issue of LALT.
Graduate student Angel Díaz-Dávalos recently published an article in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Liverpool UP, forthcoming 2017-18. The essay, "Equis es igual a género, exilio y colonialidad: La nave de los locos de Cristina Peri Rossi" was originally presented last Fall at an International symposium in New York with a CLA Graduate Student Travel Award.
Graduate teaching assistant Katie Clarkson presented her paper "The Subversive Force of the Feminine in Juan Rulfo's Pedro Páramo" at the University of Delaware's first graduate conference entitled "Flavors of the Fantastic" on April 8, 2017.

Katie is also looking forward to leading Graduate Students of Language at Temple (GSOLT) this year as the new co-chair along with Bryce Bayer from the Department of Education. She is excited to begin a new year under the direction of the new faculty advisor Dr. Paul Toth.  
From the Spanish department, Raquel Mattson-Prieto will fulfill the role of co-treasurer and Ashley Shaffer will continue in her roles as secretary and STARS coordinator. Ana Tamayo, William Ryan, Ben Gibson, Yohana Gil-Berrio and Chloe Lee will continue to support the mission of GSOLT along with members from other departments.  In the coming year, GSOLT will continue to provide language research resources, host workshops, and expand on the success of last year at the 2018 Language and Life conference.  New members from all departments are welcome to attend GSOLT meetings. 

For More Info on GSOLT: Contact Katie Clarkson or Bryce Bayer
Graduate student Raquel Mattson-Prieto was recently named the recipient of a scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota, International Foreign Language Honor Society. Additionally, Raquel attended and presented these papers at the following conferences: 
  • “Modern Hybridity: Murakami’s Japan in Kafka on the Shore” 9th Conference on East-West Intercultural Relations, Seoul, South Korea. May 2017. Graduate teaching assistant Chloe Hyun Lee was also present at this conference (pictured together above).
  •  "Haciendo arqueología: el judeo-español como lengua migratoria” XXXVII ASAMBLEA GENERAL Y CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE ALDEEU (Spanish Professionals in America), Zamora, Spain. July 2017.
  •  "La lengua de mi casa in Spanish Class: A case study of Spanish heritage learner identity", European Second Language Association (EuroSLA) Conference, Reading, United Kingdom, August 2017. 
During a six week internship, undergraduate student and Spanish minor Angela Gervasi lived in Nogales, Arizona– a border town that sits adjacent to Nogales, Mexico. While separated by a fence, the two communities share such a strong bond that they're often referred to as Ambos– "both"– Nogales. Each day, hundreds of people push through creaky, metal turnstiles that separate Mexico from the United States. They cross to visit family and friends, to shop for clothes and groceries, or simply to visit and explore. Meanwhile, migrants from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras lack visas, passports, documents. Many of them would– and do– risk their lives to set foot in Arizona, Texas or California.
The borderlands are complex: a concoction of Spanish and English, a hub of contradiction and confusion, a focal point of the beautiful humanity and unspeakable pain that ensues when two countries are divided by a fence. For some people, the border is a constant backdrop to their everyday lives. Elena Vega, a singer/poet Angela met from Nogales, Mexico, is one of those people. Angela had the opportunity to interview Elena on the subject of immigration and life in the borderlands. While she is continuing to compile her interviews into a multimedia project, Angela has had an article published on Elena in Nogales International.
Alumni News
Media Studies and Production major and Spanish minor Eli LaBan (CLA '17) was nominated for a national College Emmy this past March for an indigenous language project he recently produced. He spent the fall semester in Nicaragua, where he produced a series of short social media videos to promote endangered languages on the remote Caribbean Coast, including Garifuna, Rama and Miskito. The nominees were flown to LA for a networking summit and the awards were broadcast from a gala on May 24. The project was also selected as a recipient of a fellowship grant allowing Eli to return to Nicaragua after he graduates to continue developing educational media content to help digitize the disappearing languages and establish a foundation for community members to take over the initiative. Eli's video series is viewable on his YouTube channel and website.
Spanish/English alumna Kacie Hoagland (CLA '17) received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant fellowship for Spain. She just moved to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia to spend 9 months as a teaching assistant at a high school near the city. While there, she will have the opportunity to complete a community engagement project and begin to use Spanish in her everyday life. She attributes her success to the support of her professors in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Alumna Jamie Agins Lincow (Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature) is currently teaching Spanish at Lower Moreland High School. Jamie also just published a preparatory book for the AP Spanish Literature course

Faculty News
Professor José Manuel Pereiro Otero published in the journal Hispania 100.1 (2017) the article “Memorias y recuerdos de olvidadas liras: María Rosa Gálvez”. In addition, he co-edited in collaboration with Luis T. González del Valle the volume Poesías completas by Ramón Ma del Valle-Inclán (Madrid: Visor, 2017). This edition of Valle-Inclán’s complete poetry has attracted considerable attention and has inspired reviews, articles, and mentions in journals and newspapers across Spain. Some of them are ABC Cultural, El Mundo, El País, El Diario Vasco, Cadena Azul, La Opinión de Murcia, Diario de León, El Imparcial y El Sábado de Faro de VigoPereiro Otero also delivered papers at the Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore (March 23-27, 2017) and at the Congreso Internacional José Zorrilla y la cultura hispánica, Valladolid, Spain (June 22-25, 2017).
From July 23-28, Associate Professor Paul Toth and Graduate student Yohana Gil-Berrio, along with Graduate Teaching Assistant Ashley Shaffer, presented their research papers at the 18th Triennial World Congress of Applied Linguistics, organized by the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In addition, a former department graduate, Christine Poteau (CLA '12), who is now an assistant professor at Rowan University, was also a presenter. 
Associate Professor Adam Joseph Shellhorse is excited to announce that his book Anti-Literature: The Politics and Limits of Representation in Modern Brazil and Argentina was recently published by the University of Pittsburgh Press (Illuminations: Cultural Formations of the Americas) in May 2017.
This fall, Adam has been invited by Global Studies and Spanish to deliver a presentation of the book on November 8 in 422 Anderson Hall at 4:00pm, followed by a discussion by Professor Kate Jenckes, University of Michigan. He has also been invited to deliver a lecture at the University of Pennsylvania on October 13 at 4:00pm for the Theorizing at Penn Lecture Series, Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory.
Over the summer, Adam conducted research on his new book project in Brazil and Argentina, and was happy to deliver lectures at the Casa das Rosas - Espaço Haroldo de Campos de Poesia e Literatura in São Paulo, the Federal University of Bahia, the State University of São Paulo-Araraquara, and A Hora H - Casa das Rosas, in celebration of the legacy of Brazilian writer, Haroldo de Campos.
Associate Professor Montserrat Piera presented two papers at international scholarly conferences this past summer and will present a third one this September: 
  1. “Breaking Bread in Medieval Mediterranean Travel Narratives” at the 20th Mediterranean Studies Association Conference, University of Malta, May 31-June 3, 2017.
  2. “Chronicling History and Literature in Juan de Flores’ Cronica incompleta de los Reyes Católicos (c. 1480)” at the 8th Conference on Medieval Chronicles, Universidade Nova, Lisbon (Portugal) July 10-14, 2017.
  3. “The Third Turning of the Wheel: Leonor López de Córdoba and the Curse of the Royal Favorites in Late Medieval Castile” 6th Kings & Queens Conference, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Madrid (Spain), Sep 11-15, 2017 (forthcoming).
Associate Professor Sergio Franco recently received the 2017 Premio Iberoamericano Book Award honorable mention for his book  Pliegues del yo: Cuatro estudios sobre escritura autobiográfica en Hispanoamérica. The award was presented at the Awards Ceremony of the Association's 35th International Congress. This is the first time that a faculty member within our department has been awarded this mention.
Associate Professor Jonathan Holmquist and Assistant Professor of Instruction in Spanish Hana Muzika Kahn recently released an article in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language titled "Spanish and Kaqchikel-Maya: A study in town and village in Guatemala’s central highlands."  It appeared in August as an on-line "advance of publication".  The print version will appear in October.  

Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish Norma Corrales-Martin participated in the triennial XVIII Congreso Internacional de Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina, ALFAL, 2017, in Bogotá, Colombia, with an article entitled "A ti te patina el coco: ¿Caso experimentador?".
Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies Pablo Vila published two books this year. Music, Dance, Affect and Emotions in Latin America (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2017) tries to illuminate the complex ways that music acts on bodies to evoke affects, feelings, emotions and identities. Cantando los afectos militantes. Las emociones y los afectos en dos obras del canto folklórico peronista y marxista de los ’70 (Buenos Aires: Academia Nacional del Folklore. 2017) was co-authored with Carlos Molinero and examines how affects and emotions were mobilized and circulated in the Militant Song Movement that flourished in Argentina in the third quarter of the twentieth century, with a peak in 1972–1973.
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spanish Roger Santivañez is honored to have been awarded the medal of honor from the National University of Piura and  the medal of honor from the municipality of La Arena- district of Piura, Peru. This summer he taught a two week seminar in Lima, Peru at the Casa de la literatura. The seminar was titled "La generacion poetico-peruana de los 60s". He additionally taught a poetry workshop in "La casa de los Panduro." Recently, he participated in a poetry reading which presented the anthology "La Tinusa. Latin American Poets in the USA."  This book was presented in the International Book Fair in Lima, Peru, where he also presented the book by the young Peruvian poet Yoshiro Chavez "Las ordenes del ebrio" (Hipocampo Editores, Lima, Peru).
Roger has also been busy organizing various events. He organized the event "Los nuevos-50 anhos despues"  about the famous anthology Los nuevos (1967) of the Peruvian poetical generation of the 60s. He additionally organized "La Sagrada Familia 40 anhos despues" about the poetic group the Sagrada Familia which he formed in 1977. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of the anthology of the generation of the 80s named "La Ultima Cena" he organized the event entitled "La Ultima Cena 30 anhos despues." Several of his poems were published in this anthology of his generation.
In addition to the customary three issues it distributes per year, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea (ALEC) has published a special fourth issue as part of volume 42 (2017). Studies in Honor of Dru Dougherty/Homenaje a Dru Dougherty has been prepared in collaboration with Professor Adam Joseph Shellhorse. It is dedicated to celebrate the many outstanding contributions that Professor Dru Dougherty (University of California at Berkeley) has made to Hispanic studies throughout his illustrious career, especially on the field of contemporary Spanish drama and, particularly, on the scholarly development of valleinclanismo. The issue contains contributions written by scholars in the United States, Spain, France and New Zealand. For 2018, ALEC will return to its tripartite structure. As noted in previous newsletters, William J. Ryan continues to be the assistant to the General Editor.
The journal’s related blog has surpassed 100,000 views in June, and the Google+ page continues to bring attention to Spanish studies around the world. The audience continues to be international in nature. Countries with most visits have been United States, Spain, France, Russia, Mexico, 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 2018 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
Orientation: September 27 at 4:00pm (422 Anderson Hall)

Apply Now

Study Abroad Week takes place September 11-15 this year. Spanish Studies Abroad, Arcadia, IES and CIEE are among sponsors with programs in Spanish speaking countries. CIEE is currently offering scholarships up to $5000 for their open campus programs.
Gilman scholarship deadlines are also approaching! These are open to Pell Grant recipients and seek to diversify the range of students and locations for study abroad. Students planning to study abroad in a Spanish speaking country outside of Europe are encouraged to apply.
2018 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 Spanish major Danielle Nanni as she chronicles her experience abroad.

Application Deadline: October 1

Apply Now

2018 Global Immersion Program in Sao Paolo, Brazil
August 11-17, 2018
Linked to a Fall '18/ IB2509: Destination Brazil course (3-credit elective), students will examine various supply chain models from the world’s fifth most populous and productive economy. In the course, students will identify and evaluate the most appropriate options for domestic and foreign transportation, including air, land and ocean providers for multiple industries. 
This IB2509 course will be of keen interest for those who are majoring in supply chain, management and information systems, strategic management and international business.  While there is no language requirement, the program is a great opportunity for those studying Portuguese to gain valuable experience immersed in the world’s largest Portuguese-speaking city.

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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


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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