Associate Professor of Italian and Spanish, Career Track
Head of Section, Italian
Maria Serenella Previto (M.A., University of Connecticut) earned her master’s degree in Italian Literature from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business from the Universidad Santa María (Escuela de Negocios de Valparaíso – Adolfo Ibañez). She also holds a certification in Studio Art from the Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Here at WSU she is professor of Italian and Spanish.
In Spanish, she teaches courses of listening and conversation, and grammar and composition at the intermediate level. She teaches courses for the professions (for business and for health professionals), and is in charge of coordinating the instructors of conversation courses.
Presentations at International Conferences
- November, 2017. “ ‘Porque tu canto sabe adónde va perfectamente’: Violeta Parra, a 100 años de su nacimiento.” 27th Annual Conference of the International Association of Hispanic Women Literature and Culture (AILCFH). Santo Domingo, República Dominicana. Forthcoming.
- November, 2016. “Ana María del Río, cuentista: Cruzar fronteras entre lo erótico y lo político.” 26th Annual Conference of the International Association of Hispanic Women Literature and Culture (AILCFH). Sponsored by The University of Houston. Houston, Texas.
- February, 2015. “Nuevos imperialismos-Nuevas resistencias: La conquista revisitada de Icíar Bollaín en También la lluvia.” CINE-LIT VIII: An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction. Portland State University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University. Portland, Oregon.
- March, 2014. “From Spanish Conquest to Neo-Imperialism: Hero’s Fight in Icíar Bollaín’s, Even the Rain.” THE IMAGE OF THE HERO (Heroine, Anti-hero, Villain) In Literature, Media, and Society. 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Antlers Hilton Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- February, 2011. “El monolingüismo como elemento de la identidad del macho ibérico en Te doy mis ojos de Icíar Bollaín.” CINE-LIT VI: An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
Presentations at National Conferences
- April, 2000. “Diceria dell’untore di Gesualdo Bufalino come testimonianza di una retorica.”Conference of the American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS). New York City, NY.
- May, 1999. “Costruzione del tempo della fuga nel Partigiano Johnny di Beppe Fenoglio.” 19th Graduate Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati.
Presentations at Regional Conferences
- April, 2016. “When Reading, Listening, and Speaking Successfully Meet Culture.” Practice-Oriented Session. The Palouse Language and Culture Symposium. Uiversity of Idaho, Moscow.
- April, 2015. “On The Wings Of A Song: Popular Music In The Language Classroom.” Practice-Oriented Session. The Palouse Language and Culture Symposium. University of Idaho. Teaching & Learning Center. Moscow, Idaho.
- October, 2014. “Film, Our Best Ally in the Language Classroom.” Panel and Workshop. WAFLT Conference, “Reaching Global Competence.” Vancouver, WA / Hilton Vancouver Washington.
- October, 2013. “Cultural Translation in the Language Classroom.” Panel and Workshop. WAFLT Conference. Yakima / Red Lion Hotel and Yakima Convention Center.
- October, 2010. “Revisiting the Communicative Approach to the Teaching of Foreign Languages.” Panel and Workshop. WAFLT Conference. Seattle-Tacoma Doubletree Hotel, Seattle.
- October, 2009. “’Moodleing’ the Foreign Language Class or How to Create a Virtual Learning Environment that Really Works.” WAFLT Fall Regional Conference. Spokane, Washington.
- March, 2007. “Teaching Foreign Languages for the Professions: Medical Spanish.” WAFLT Spring Regional Conference. WSU, Pullman.
Maria Serenella Previto (Sere)
Office: Thompson 124D