Posted by: SSU Lingua Franca | November 30, 2012

¿Qué pasa? Quoi de neuf? Novità? Department News Abounds (10.1)

¿Qué pasa? Quoi de neuf? Novità? Department News Abounds

Departmental News:

It’s official! The department will be changing its name to Department of World Languages and Cultures beginning in September 2013! We will also launch our new BA in World Languages and Cultures at the same time. Students can still concentrate in Spanish (Secondary Ed, Elementary Ed, Professional, or a new interdisciplinary Spanish track), but can also choose to concentrate in either French or Italian! We are already enrolling students in the new major. See Elizabeth Blood ( for more information.

Scholarships for Summer Study Abroad: The department is now offering four $250 scholarships for students participating in one of our department-sponsored study abroad programs in Spain, Italy, or Quebec in Summer 2013.

Eligibility: Undergraduate Salem State students who enroll in one of the summer study abroad programs listed above for Summer 2013. Students must have submitted their initial study abroad application to the Center for International Education (8 Harrison Road, South Campus) by February 15, 2013.

How to apply: Submit a photocopy of your study abroad application and a personal statement reflecting on the following questions: What initially inspired me to learn this language or to study abroad in this country? How does my study abroad program relate to my future professional, academic and personal goals?

Your personal statement may be submitted in one of the following formats: Essay: 500 words; Video: 2:00 minutes; Photo Montage / Power Point: 20 slides.

Submit your materials to: Prof. Elizabeth Blood, Chair, Foreign Languages, Sullivan Building 203A Scholarship application deadline: February 15, 2013

New Course in French! The department will offer FRE 450 “French Experience” in Spring 2013. In this course, students will gain practical experience using French by completing a community service project, internship, or travel experience (students can choose their own projects or participate in one of the projects arranged by the professor). Prerequisites will be waived for students who have earned at least a B in FRE 202 or have native speaker ability in French. See Elizabeth Blood for more information.

Faculty News:

Elizabeth Blood, along with Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello (IDS) and Susan Edwards (Library), received a grant from the Mass Humanities organization this semester to complete work on the Franco-American Heritage Project in Salem.

Anna Rocca has been recently voted to serve as Director of French & Francophone Language and Literatures at Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA).

Kristine Doll is on sabbatical this semester. She has travelled to Poland and Spain and has presented her own poetry as well as her translations from Catalan to English at several poetry.

Fátima Serra presented a paper at the XLVII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Europea de Profesores de Español in Gijón, Spain, in July 2012. She also published a chapter in the essay collection La incógnita desvelada. Ensayos sobre la obra de Rosa Montero.

Amanda Minervini published an introductory article for Once Upon a Time, a book by radical German artist Hans Haacke.

Michele C. Dávila Gonçalves recently gave a workshop about our assessment activities at the NEEAN 8th Annual Academic Assessment Summer Institute. She has also given two guest presentations at about Contemporary Puerto Rican Poetry at Roanoke College and UMass Lowell. She was guest editor of a monograph with the title Puerto Rican Contemporary Literature 70s, 80s, & 90s, which can be read online.

Several members of the departmental faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates participated in varying ways at this year’s Massachusetts Foreign Language Association conference. See article in this edition of Lingua Franca.

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