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December 7, 2017    ¡Posadas!

November 2017     Culture in the Language Classroom

Does culture really belong in foreign language classes? If so, what should the cultural components consist of? On November 9, Dr. Blair Bateman, guest speaker from Brigham Young University, visited campus and addressed those questions with a focus on:

  • The definition of Culture as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
  • Why is culture important in a “multicultural world”?
  • How the activities and assessment help us better understand other cultures  

You can watch a video recording of the lecture here.

The lecture was funded by the Department of Hispanic Studies and the CSB/SJU Spanish Club.

October 2017     MCTLC Fall Conference

CSB/SJU faculty members from Hispanic Studies, Education and Languages and Cultures attended the fall conference of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures in Brooklyn Park, MN on Friday, October 27. Pictured left to right are Christina Hennessy and Tania Gómez (HS), Allison Spenader (Educ) and Ana Conboy (French/L&C). The four colleagues presented a panel called "Bilingualism and the Brain: The Benefits of Learning Another Language.”

October 2017     Día de los Muertos

On October 19, members of Hispanic Studies, ELAC (Exploring Latin American Cultures), Spanish Club, and Campus Ministries held a ceremony and decorated an altar in preparation of Day of the Dead. Participants met outside Clemens Library for a procession into the library, where they had a brief ceremony and decorated the altar. The altar will stay up in Clemens until November 2, and people are invited to place photos or other mementos on the altar of loved ones who have passed away.

Day of the Dead altar

Student participants with Prof. Emily Kuffner (third from right).

Spring 2017     Patricia Bolaños-Fabres receives prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award. Read more here.

Spring 2017   Congratulations to Patricia Bolaños-Fabres for receiving promotion to full professor!

Spring 2016   Congratulations to Roy Ketchum for receiving tenure at CSB/SJU! 

Hispanic Studies faculty release book on gender and Hispanic film and literature

Congratulations to Tania Gómez, Christina Mougoyanni Hennessy, and Patricia Bolaños-Fabres on the publication of their new book titled Gender in Hispanic Literature and Visual Arts. The collaboration by the three professors of Hispanic Studies resulted in an "eclectic collection of essays that takes the ongoing conversations about gender in the Hispanic world into the twenty-first century." The book "examines cultural discourses on women in the Hispanic World and offers insightful and nuanced analyses of contemporary literary works, films, performances, and paintings." Gender in Hispanic Literature and Visual Arts is published by Lexington Books and can be purchased through the CSB/SJU Bookstore and on Amazon. 


Hispanic Studies and Spanish Club T-shirt Fundraiser

CSB/SJU Spanish Club is offering two new t-shirt designs as part of a fundraiser to support their on-campus programming this year. Students, faculty and staff can choose between two designs, one in black featuring a quote by Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemalan activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and another in heather red featuring a quote by Cantinflas, actor, producer, and screenwriter who often portrayed impoverished Mexican campesinos.

T-shirt on left reads: "La paz es hija de la convivencia, de la educación, del diálogo." -Rigoberta Menchú
(Translation: "Peace is the daughter of coexistence, of education, of dialogue.")

T-shirt on right reads: "Yo amo, tú amas, él ama, nosotros amamos, ustedes aman, ellos aman. Ojalá no fuese conjugación sino realidad." -Cantinflas
(Translation: "I love, you love, he loves, we love, you all love, they love.  If only it weren't a (verb) conjugation but reality.")


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