Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 2, February 2017                                         
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Hiram Aldarondo
Message from the Chair

Greetings from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the Latin American Studies Program (LAS) at Temple University. Our current newsletter highlights events; accomplishments and research of faculty, students, and alumni; and provides some useful facts and figures about the department.
This academic year our department has experienced an increase in the number of majors, minors, and students doing certificates. Currently Spanish has the highest number of minors in CLA (255), with the majority of them coming from outside the college (164). Likewise, the number of students doing one of our four popular certificates jumped to 129 if we include those students doing the Latin American Studies Semester (LASS) Certificate. We remain committed to our goal of increasing the quality and reputation of the department, and these figures are success indicators of all the changes we have made at the undergraduate level.
In the area of research, we would like to recognize the recent book publications of Associate Professors Victor Pueyo-Zoco and Sergio Franco (see below).  The prestigious Latin American Studies Association (LASA) awarded Franco’s book an “honorary mention.” This honor will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Association's 35th International Congress. 
In the area of teaching, we congratulate the recipients of the 1st Annual Faculty Excelencia Awards for the AY 2015-2016.  These awards celebrate those TAs and Adjuncts who have made an extraordinary impact on our Department through their outstanding teaching and service (more below). 
Finally, please join me in extending best wishes to Professor Hortensia Morell, who is retiring from the University on June 30. Professor Morell has dedicated 39 years to Temple, our Department, and the Latin American Studies Program. During this period she has been Director of the former Puerto Rican Studies Program, Undergraduate Advisor, Graduate Chair, and Chair of the Department. 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
Events This Week
Film: Grupo 7 (Unit 7 - Spain)

Their assignment is to eliminate the most dangerous drug trafficking networks in the city. However, their modus operandi is slipping outside the bounds of the law.

Part of a series examining “Corruption and Law” in Latin American and Spanish Cinema. How does this film depict corruption and the possibility of justice? All are welcome. The film will have English subtitles.

Wednesday, March 1 at 3:00pm
307AB Tuttleman Hall

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Upcoming Events
Networking at Noon: Career Readiness for Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Students

Juniors and Seniors in three upper level Spanish courses will join a small group of employers for a lunch and learn session to hear tips on interviewing, resume preparation and professional etiquette. Spaces are available!  If you would like to participate, please contact Patricia Moore-Martinez.

Thursday, March 23 at 11:00am
1221 Anderson Hall
4th Annual Language, Linguistics and Life Conference at Temple University

Translanguaging: Crossing Social, Cultural, and Linguistic Boundaries

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Nelson Flores, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Columbia University

Friday, April 14 at 8:30am-5:00pm
Howard Gittis Student Center Room 217 A/B
Los intelectuales africanos ante el fenómeno de las dictaduras

Speaker: Donato Ndongo-Biyogo, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Monday, April 17 at 4:00pm 
821 Anderson Hall
Jewish Life in Bahia, Brazil: A Dialogue with Fiction

Speaker: Nelson Cerqueira, Federal University of Bahia

Thursday, April 20 at 4:00pm 
821 Anderson Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Feinstein Center for American Jewish History (History Department), and Center for the Humanities.
Student News
This past fall, students within our three Hispanic Readings classes participated in a friendly competition to compile a collection of compelling short stories. A jury formed by instructors Yohana Gil-Berrio, Pilar Maravi, Alira Ashvo-Munoz, and Marcela Pardes selected the winning stories and published them to the fall semester edition of the Hispanic Readings Blog. Check out our finalists' winning pieces!
In early January, graduate student Megan DeVirgilis participated in a discussion panel, "Mapping the Feminine Fantastic in Hispanophone Literature," as part of the 2017 MLA Convention in Philadelphia. All of the panelists presented short position papers that spoke to the gap in scholarship on the feminine fantastic--hers was entitled "Seduction and Subversion in Short Fiction by Emilia Pardo Bazán and Carmen de Burgos." The panel then worked collectively around six guiding questions to identify key features of the Hispanophone feminine fantastic. 
Graduate student Ashley Shaffer recently spent ten days in Otuzco, Perú with Temple's "Engineers Without Borders" chapter as a translator. The chapter is in the assessment stage of building an irrigation system that will carry potable water to one of the nearby rural mountain communities called Saccha.
Undergraduate student William Scheirer has been teaching weekly English grammar and speaking skills classes at the Mann Older Adult Center through an initiative organized by Adjunct Instructor in Spanish Brendan Spinelli. Referring to his experience as a volunteer tutor at the Mann Center as a challenging yet rewarding experience, what he enjoyed most was conversing and sharing experiences about language and life with his students.
Graduate students Ashley Shaffer, Francis Turco, and William J. Ryan presented 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 student Kathleen Cunniffe received a Dissertation Completion Grant from the College of Liberal Arts for the Spring 2017 semester. The Dissertation Completion Grant is a university-wide fellowship meant to accelerate the degree completion project by offering financial support to promising students. The award is for five months. Her dissertation is entitled "Irlandés in the Americas: Irish Themes and Affinities in Contemporary Spanish American Narrative." Each chapter is dedicated to a different facet of the Irish-Latin American connection: the translation and influence of James Joyce in Latin American literature; Irish characters in Borges's Ficciones and Vargas Llosa's historical fiction El sueño del celta; Latin American writers of direct Irish descendance and their expression of Irishness in the Americas; and, finally, echoes of Oscar Wilde in Caribbean Latino literature. 

Jason Fontana (CLA '17), a Spanish & Sociology double major, was thrilled to participate in the Diamond Peer Teaching program during Fall 2016. He felt the experience  gave him the opportunity to analyze language learning from a new perspective by switching his role from Spanish language student to foreign language instructor. Working with students to develop their abilities in Spanish 1002 encouraged him to reflect on his own experiences with language learning and to consider the psychological and social elements that impact foreign language learner motivation and success. His experience as a Diamond Peer Tutor provided great insight on the power of language and the methods of critical language pedagogy, which has inspired him to continue teaching language. Jason's next stop is to serve as an English support instructor for Temple's Intensive English Language Program for international students who come to the US to learn English.
Faculty News
1st Annual Faculty Excelencia Awards for the AY 2015-2016

¡Felicidades a todos! Our awardees are (from left to right):

Guillermo Morales-Jodra (Teaching Award-TA)
Brendan Spinelli (Service Award-Graduate Adjunct)
Dr. Cristina Anaya-García (Service Award-Adjunct)
Raquel Mattson-Prieto (Service Award-TA)
Erica O'Brien (Teaching Award-Graduate Adjunct)
Kathy Santivañez (Teaching Award-Adjunct)
Last October Associate Professor Víctor Pueyo Zoco released 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.
Associate Professor Sergio Franco recently received news from Milagros Pereyra, the Executive Director of the Latin American Studies Association, that the 2017 Premio Iberoamericano Award Committee of the Latin American Studies Association has awarded an honorable mention to his book  Pliegues del yo: Cuatro estudios sobre escritura autobiográfica en Hispanoamérica. The award will be 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 José Manuel Pereiro Otero organized the exhibit “Drawing Don Quijote: Illustrating Cervantes throughout the Centuries” in collaboration with the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The exhibit was open during the fall and winter of 2016-2017. In cooperation with Associate Professor Víctor Pueyo-Zoco, Professor William Eggington (Johns Hopkins University) was invited to speak at the library. He delivered a presentation entitled “Cervantes: The Man Who Invented Fiction.” The drawing above is one of the anonymous messages left by visitors in the signature book of the exhibition.
Assistant Professor Adam Shellhorse is excited to announce that his book Anti-Literature: The Politics and Limits of Representation in Modern Brazil and Argentina will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press (Illuminations: Cultural Formations of the Americas) in April 2017.
Adam also recently organized a panel entitled, “Affect’s Line: Aesthetics and Politics in Latin America,”  on January 5th, at the Modern Language Association’s Annual Convention in Philadelphia.
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spanish Roger Santivañez was honored to present a poetry reading from his book titled "Sagrado: Poesia Reunida" in dialogue with Sergio Chejfec at New York University earlier this month within their esteemed KJCC Poetry Series curated by Lila Zemborain. Roger also presented his paper "La poesia de vanguardia en la revista Aamuta de JC Mariategui (1926-1930)" at University of Pennsylvania this month in collaboration with Silivia Goldman (Uruguay) and Carlos Villacorta (Peru) as part of their series "Recital de Poesia: Celebrando los 34 anõs de la Fundacion del Movimiento Kloaka." This March he plans to travel to Ottawa, Canada to present his paper "Summersion prolongada en las formas para emerger purificado: Una interpretacion de Contra Natura de Rodolfo Hinostroza" at the  VIII Congress of the Asociacion Internacional de Peruanistas in the USA.
Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish Norma Corrales-Martin is pleased to report that Voces del Caribe, Revista de Estudios Caribeños, Otoño 2016, Volumen 8, Número 1 has published her poem Romance del judío y la zenú.
Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea (ALEC) has published a special fourth issue of volume 41 (2016). Studies in Honor of Roberta Johnson/Homenaje a Roberta Johnson has been prepared in collaboration with Professor Anton Pujol (University of North Carolina, Charlotte). It is dedicated to celebrate the many outstanding contributions that Prof. Roberta Johnson (University of Kansas/University of California at Los Angeles) has made to Hispanic studies throughout her illustrious career. The volume contains contributions written by scholars in the United States as well as Britain. The journal’s related blog has finished 2016 with over 78,000 views and the Google+ page associated with it has accumulated more than 250,000 views. The audience continues to be international in nature. Countries with most visits have been United States, Spain, France, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Ukraine, Argentina and Colombia. For 2017, in addition to the customary three part structure of the journal, ALEC is working on another project. As announced in the previous newsletter, graduate student William J. Ryan has become the new assistant to the General Editor.
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
Alumni News
Dr. Marisa Pereyra (CLA '02) is Chair of the Global Languages Department at Immaculata University. Dr. Pereyra has published extensively about Southern Cone Literature by women writers in the context of Utopian Studies, Gender Studies, and Exile. She published the chapter “Lost Paradise: A reading of Waslala from Feminist Utopianism and Ecofeminism” in Beyond the Telluric Novel: Environmental Approaches to Latin American Literature and Culture (2010), edited by Adrián Kane. The same year she published the chapter “Silencio, viaje y memoria: La experiencia del exilio en los cuentos de Reina Roffe” about the Argentinean writer Reina Roffe in La Patria interrumpida: Latinoamericanos en el exilio, published by the University of Talca-Chile.
Her most recent publications deal with the relationship between native language and personal and ethnic identity. Her article, “Berlín es un cuento: La escritura y la lengua como idearios utópicos” was published this fall by The Hispanic Journal and “Hot Sur: Lenguaje materno como patria imaginada” will appear in Hispanic Studies Review in December.

Dr. Pereyra also enjoys collaborating with the Latino population in Chester County and Philadelphia in the areas of Education and Community Service.   She is a board member of several non-profit organizations including: Association of Latino Professionals for America, Casa Guanajuato, Chester County Future, Latino Luncheon, and Red Global de Talentos Mexicanos.
Dr. Victor Azuaje (CLA '08) is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Mount Saint Mary College (New York).  He recently participated in the Latin American Studies Association Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, November 16-17, with the paper «El ritmo del cursus en “El disidente” de José Antonio Ramos Sucre». Back in 2013, Dr. Azuaje won the “José Antonio Ramos Sucre” Biennial Essay Award for the revised version of his doctoral dissertation Bajo la sombra de Azazel: Sacrificio, alegoría y conflicto social en Ramos Sucre.
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