Close to 200 Boy Scouts converged on the MSUM campus Saturday, Nov. 23 to work on merit badges. Named the “Merit Badge University” this is an event held annually at one of the three universities in the area to give scouts work on the badges that assist them in their trail toward the Eagle Rank. Merit badges represent skill or knowledge areas where scouts can explore an area of study in depth and complete tasks in that area. Read the rest of this entry →
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Tuesday, Oct. 22
Noon & 4 p.m.
Location CMU 208
Please attend the information sessions to learn about the details of this exciting new 3-credit course–Human Rights in Southeast Asia 499. The class will be taught in a seminar format during the spring semester where we will prepare students for a 2-week backpacking tour through Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. Class size is limited to 24 students. Travel will occur at the end of May to early June.
Join Organizacion Latina Americana!
Throughout the year we strive to enrich our campus with knowledge of our culture and we present our biggest event in the Spring, the Annual Unity Conference. Read the rest of this entry →
Name: John Hall
Profession: Professor of Spanish
No. of years at MSUM: 23
Q: Why did you choose to teach Spanish as a profession?
A: When I was 9 years old, my dad, who was a Spanish professor, applied with the government to be the director of a Binational Center, which is like a small embassy in South America. He was accepted, and he had a position in Chile, so I spent five of my early years of life down there. My dad was really smart. Most of the kids who were down there from the U.S. were going to the American school, and he would have none of that. He put me in a Chilean school and said, “I want my children to learn the language and culture.” After a year, I considered myself a little Chilean boy. Four years later, I did not want to come back. I wanted to stay in Chile, and that started my love for Spanish and Latin American culture. I have lived in Columbia two years, since then, as a missionary. I’ve traveled through all of Central America and South America. Read the rest of this entry →
Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Cultures, has published the article:
“El ritmo de los sueños rotos: Un análisis de la experiencia migratoria en ‘¿Te acuerdas, Ñata?’ de Raúl Pérez Torres.” América: Revista del Grupo América 124 (2013): 135-144.
The translation of the first part of the title of this article is “The rhythm of broken dreams.” Read the rest of this entry →
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.
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 →