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).
On the 27th of October, the WSU Indian Students Association hosted approximately 400 people for the annual India Night in the Gladish Cultural and Community Center. It was an evening of entertainment, food, and education on Indian culture and tradition. This evening was special as it happened to coincide with the first night of Diwali– the Hindu Festival of Lights.
The evening began with the National Anthem for both India and the United States. Diya(candles) were lit in a ceremony by the ISA faculty advisers, Dr. Susmita Bose and Dr. Amit Bandyopadhyay. Dances- both contemporary and classic were performed, as well as skits and singing throughout the evening. Dinner consisted of catered food by a restaurant all the way from Kennewick, WA. Vegetarian and non vegetarian appetizers and food like Chana Masala and Tandoori chicken were served. Desert consisted of Kheer(rice pudding) and Gulab Jamun. More performances followed dinner, and then they closed with a raffle drawing for gift cards. What a wonderful night full of culture and joy!
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.