From September 13th through October 15th, various activities happened at WSU to celebrate Canciones de Harmonia (Songs of Harmony)- the theme of this month. It all kicked off with a soccer match- including a processional to the game against University of Michigan.
On the 16th of September, there was a Latinx Heritage Month kick-off celebration on the Terrell Library Plaza for a couple of hours at noon. There was music and dancing. Various groups set up tables- including our own School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. Tom and Sherley were there to represent.
Other activities occurred throughout the month including lectures, movie night- featuring “Mambo Kings,” Spanish board game night. It all culminated in a meet and greet on October 15th with the Chicanx Latinx Faculty Staff Association and Allies(CLFSAA).
Lili Zhang joined us in late September from the Confuscious Institute in China, where she was a guest teacher. She comes from the College of International Education, Wenzhou University, in Zhejiang Province, China. Lili is a member of The Paper-cutting Art Professional Committee of China, and a certified Inheritor of paper-cutting of intangible cultural heritage in Wenzhou City. She has taught Chinese Language to international students for more than ten years. Her course of Chinese Folk Customs Art and Practice is the most popular course among students. She also spent two years working in Thailand, and two years in Mexico.
In August 2019, two of our Spanish professors traveled to the Universitat de València in Spain. Maria Serenella Previto (Sere) and Vilma Navarro-Daniels attended the 29th International Conference of the Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies (AGSS).
Maria Serenella Previto chaired the session Woman Agency in Contemporary Latin American and Spanish Narrative, and presented a paper titled “Contrapunto caribeño: Raza e identidad nacional en ‘Pollito Chicken’ y ‘La llamaban Aurora’” (“Caribbean Counterpoint: Race and National Identity in ‘Pollito Chicken’ and ‘La llamaban Aurora’”).
Dr. Vilma Navarro-Daniels chaired the session Beyond the Rural Teacher: Writing and Conflict in Gabriela Mistral’s Work, and presented “La Guerra, de Gabriela Mistral: Un himno al retorno a los orígenes” (“The War, by Gabriela Mistral: A Hymn to the Return to Origins”).
During the conference Vilma also assumed the role as the new President of the Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies (AGSS). Vilma has served as a member of the Executive Board of the AGSS since Fall 2015, when she was elected as the Secretary. Later, she was nominated as candidate to run for the position of Vice-President. The AGSS is an international organization whose active members hold academic positions at universities in the U.S., Canada, a variety of Latin American countries, the Caribbean, Australia, India, Japan, and Europe (not only Spain, but also Austria, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom).
Recently, Vilma authored “Yo, Maldita India, de Jerónimo López Mozo: Una deconstrucción teatral del discurso histórico” (“Jerónimo López Mozo’s Yo, Maldita India: A Theatrical Deconstruction of Historiography”) in Contextos. Estudios de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, published by Metropolitan University of Sciences of Education Press, Santiago, Chile.
During the last two years, Vilma has been working as the guest editor for a special volume of Contextos. Estudios de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, a peer-reviewed journal published by the College of History, Geography, and Letters, at the Metropolitan University of Sciences of Education Press, in Santiago, Chile. The topic chosen by Vilma was “Approaches to Teaching the Humanities and Cultural Studies Through Latin American and Spanish Theater.” The digital version of the journal was published in June 2019. Contextos. Estudios de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales is published in two formats, printed (ISSN: 0717-7828) and online (ISSN: 0719-1014). The journal cover of this special volume was created by Maria Serenella Previto.
On April 22, the school recognized SLCR students for their academic excellence with outstanding student awards, outstanding senior awards, and scholarships. Learn more about the school’s scholarship recipients below! Thank you to our generous donors who create scholarship opportunities for the SLCR students. A brief article will be out soon on the outstanding student awards and outstanding senior awards. » More …
Students in various disciplines displayed and presented their works in the Fine Art Gallery 3 on the WSU Pullman campus this spring to express how they interact with and view social justice in today’s world.
Co-creator of the Art for Social Change competition (AFSC), Ana Maria Rodriguez-Vivaldi, associate professor and associate dean of Student Affairs and Global Education in the College of Arts and Sciences, wanted this showcase to highlight the issues that the younger generation thinks about. » More …
German language students crowded into a classroom to watch the film, “Comedian Harmonists.”
The 25 students learned about the true story of the sextet called The Comedian Harmonists. A sextet is one piano player and five singers.
The sextet performed before World War II. They formed in 1927 and disbanded in 1934 because three members were of Jewish heritage and were forbidden to perform under Hitler, Karen Jennings, instructor of German. said.
They were well-known in Germany and Europe and even performed in the US. Their name is still relatively well-known in Germany today, Karen said.
A student in her Reading and Translation asked her if she would be interested in doing pro bono work for the silent auction. This was the first time Eugenia attended a silent auction and worked pro bono.
“I’ve never attended a silent auction in my life. That was new to me,” Eugenia said.
Eugenia agreed to interpret for the event out of her love for the student because it’s a good student that she admires. Eugenia also wanted to interpret because she identifies as Costa Rican, which is close to the Panamanian culture, she said.
“I have friends from Panama. So I felt like I would like to welcome this Panamanian person,” Eugenia said.
On the day she interpreted, Eugenia had also worked from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. teaching her classes and being at office hours. She interpreted around 8:45 p.m. for the Native American man.
In December 2018, Dr. Rory J. Ong, associate professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies and American Studies, attended graduation on behalf of the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. Rory took a snapshot of three students from the school. Congrats, grads!
On Mar. 28, Amanda Hussein, adjunct instructor of Spanish, will present her work at the WSU Academic Showcase. Her presentation is titled, “Saving Lada Marina: An Analysis of Jerónimo López-Mozo’s Yo, Maldita India…Using Historiographic Metafiction by Linda Hutcheon.”
Through her analysis, she questions how history, fiction, and narrative are described from different perspectives to give validity to silenced or forgotten voices, she said.
“It is a theory and method that I became very interested in during my studies for my Masters. It still fascinates me to this day,” Amanda said.
Amanda’s presentation can be viewed by the public between 9 a.m. to noon on Mar. 28 in M.G. Carey Senior Ballroom in the CUB.