Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Languages and Cultures, has been invited to join the Grupo América Ecuador, a literary organization in Ecuador. She also recently presented a paper to this organization, based on a publication she has submitted to its journal. The organization is comprised of writers, intellectuals and diplomats in Ecuador.
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Andrea Estling, Languages and Cultures, will be talking about Latinos in the USA based on the novel Casi una mujer (Almost a Woman) by Esmeralda Santiago today at 5 p.m. in MacLean 274. In the novel, the main character shows the process of transculturation, a process that ends with a hybrid identity. This can be observed by two primary factors, language and food.
Today from 3 – 5 p.m. in the lounge area by MacLean 273, the Department of Languages and Cultures will be having an Open House for anyone interested in a major or minor in Spanish, Teaching English as a Second Language, or East Asian studies. Cultural refreshments will be served.
Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Cultures, has published the following literary translation from Spanish into English:
“It’s not Love that Dies” by Lucrecia Maldonado. K1N The Four Americas Rewritten. Issue 3. 2013.04. U of Ottawa. The translation can be found at the links below:
Dr. Ho Park, Professor of Teaching English as a Second Language in the Department of Languages and Cultures, will present what teachers need to know and what they can do to incorporate technology into language teaching and learning procedures. Park will share findings from his journal articles and experiences with elementary school students, undergraduate/graduate students, and teachers. This presentation will offer guidance on technology use to current and future language teachers. Read the rest of this entry →
Dr. Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Professor of Spanish, presented the book Un día de invierno en Nueva York, by Juan Cristóbal Jara Jaramillo, at the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana in Quito, Jan. 31.
Sofía Villarreal-Castañeda, Department of Languages and Cultures, will talk about her book titled “Libro de cuentas y otras historias, novela corta” on Tuesday, March 5 at 5 p.m. in MacLean 164.
Thursday, Feb. 21 5 p.m.
MacLean Hall, Room 274
Dr. John Hall will present “An Eclectic Approach to Foreign Language Assessment”
The presentation will include a discussion of the following concepts: Read the rest of this entry →
The Upsilon Sigma chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society at MSUM inducted seven new members on Jan. 24: Luke Worthington, Kaitlin McNary, Alexis Vollmer, Rebecca Spanier and Rigo Castillon. These students were recognized for their devotion and commitment to Spanish language learning and the culture of Spanish speaking cultures, but particularly for their academic success at MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →
Linda Houts-Smith, Languages and Cultures, gave a two-part presentation entitled “More Often Than Most: The Frequency Rates of Next Speaker Selection Practices in Conversation” at the 2013 Hawaii University International Conference for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences held Jan. 6-8. Her presentations were two facets of a larger study; one presentation was about frequency rates of next speaker selection practices and the other was on the frequency rates of topic management practices. Read the rest of this entry →
Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Cultures, has published the following article: “Efraín Jara Idrovo.” Literatura de la República: 1960-2000 (segunda parte) Vol. 8. de Historia de las literaturas del Ecuador. Ed. Alicia Ortega Caicedo. Quito: Corporación Editora Nacional, 2012. Print.
Benjamin Smith, Languages and Cultures, was invited to speak during Global Business Week at NDSU on the cultural impact of the Camino de Santiago on the economy of Spain. He spoke Nov. 14 to Pete Simonson’s class on Introduction to Marketing. Read the rest of this entry →
A two-year $262,000 grant was recently awarded from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to co-PIs Tim Harms (Mathematics) and Alison Wallace (Biosciences). Senior personnel include: Linda Houts-Smith (Languages and Cultures), Richard Lahti (Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy), Steve Lindaas (Physics and Astronomy), and Teresa Shume (School of Teaching and Learning). Read the rest of this entry →
Benjamin Smith has been selected as the 2012-13 recipient of the Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Smith will present “The Gift of Language” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Room 103 of the MSUM library. The lecture will address the unique human ability to choose what language we use in a given context based on pragmatic determinants. Read the rest of this entry →
Dr. Benjamin Smith, Languages and Cultures, attended the Minnesota Manuscript Research Laboratory sponsored by the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s University and the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota from June 3-8. He spent most of the week working on a manuscript fragment from a 13th century copy of St. Isidore’s Etymologiae, a sort of medieval encyclopedia dealing with subjects from common garden-variety plants to monsters and fantastical beings. Read the rest of this entry →
The Upsilon Sigma chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society at MSUM will induct nine new members on March 8, 2012. Those who qualified for membership in this prestigious society are: Michael Brown, Yadira Cervantes Cardona, Meghan Dau, Nicole Haaland, Hali Hendrickson, Jeanne Hettich, Matthew Kechely, Anna Olson, and Samantha Wrolson. Read the rest of this entry →
MSUM Spanish instructor Benjamin Smith recently completed a 500-mile pilgrimage in Spain, visiting Cistercian monasteries and studying medieval Spanish manuscripts. He will talk about the experience and his research Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. Read the rest of this entry →
Cultural Diversity Resources names winners of its 2011 champions for diversity awards
Cultural Diversity Resources, a nonprofit that addresses the challenges and opportunities of growing cultural and ethnic diversity, has selected three winners from seven nominations for its 2011 champions for diversity awards. They are:
- MSUM’s Japan Club was chosen the winner of the community award. The club is active in helping those who are interested in learning Japanese and has organized many activities, dances and presentations. Read the rest of this entry →
Friday, Nov. 4 • 6 to 9 p.m. • CMU Ballroom
MSUM Japan Club holds Japan Night every year to introduce Japanese culture to people in the Fargo-Moorhead community. This year, four regions of Japan will be featured in booths that include a shooting game, tea ceremony, palmistry, and photos with Yukata. Also, a small exhibition of photos of from the Japanese earthquake will be shown, along with Yakisoba noodles and chocolate covered bananas. Performances include Japanese dance, shamisen, yosakoi-dance, band music, and fashion show. Admission is free.
Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Languages and Cultures, attended the V International Congress of Sección de Estudios Ecuatorianos de LASA, Quito, Ecuador, June 1-3. She presented the paper “El mundo de las evidencias y las evidencias del mundo poético de Efraín Jara Idrovo.”