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Achievements of WSU Spanish Professors

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’”).

Sere and her co-panelists
Sere and her co-panelists


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”).

Vilma and her co-panelists
Vilma and her co-panelists
          Vilma at the Opening Ceremony of the 29th International Conference of the AGSS
          Vilma Navarro-Daniels at the Opening Ceremony

          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.

          cover of Contextos


2019 Award Ceremony recognizes scholarship recipients

"Meet the Scholarship Recipients."

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 …

Maria Eugenia Sileoni, instructor of Spanish, interpreted pro bono for Engineers Without Borders at WSU

"Flyer for Engineers Without Borders WSU."On Feb. 15, Maria Eugenia Sileoni (Eugenia), instructor of Spanish, interpreted pro bono for a Native American man from Panama at the Dinner and Auction hosted by Engineers Without Borders at WSU. Pro bono work is professional work done for a client without pay.

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.


Amanda Hussein, adjunct instructor of Spanish, participates at WSU 2019 Academic Showcase

"Headshot of Amanda Hussein."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.

School of Languages, Cultures, and Race clinical associate professor of French receives promotion

"Sabine Davis headshot."After 18 years of dedicating her work to the French section of foreign language studies at WSU, Clinical Associate Professor Sabine Davis, earned a promotion to clinical professor.

“Her case for her promotion was outstanding. She truly deserved it,” Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, director of the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race (SLCR) and professor of comparative ethnic studies professor, said.

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Two faculty and two instructors from the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race present at Cine-Lit 9 conference

"Vilma and Lucrecia Martel."
Dr. Vilma Navarro-Daniels (right) and Lucrecia Martel, an Argentine female film director, screenwriter, and producer, (left).

On Mar. 11, Maria Serenella Previto (Sere), clinical associate professor of Italian and Spanish, and Dr. Vilma Navarro-Daniels, assistant director of undergraduate studies and associate professor of Spanish and American studies, presented their works at Cine-Lit 9 conference. Amanda Hussein, adjunct instructor of Spanish, and Maria Eugenia Sileoni (Eugenia), instructor of Spanish, also presented their works at the conference.

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Dr. Xinmin Liu, associate professor, participates in WSU 2019 Academic Showcase

"Dr. Xinmin Liu."On Mar. 28, Dr. Xinmin Liu, associate professor of Chinese and comparative cultural studies, will present his ideas on human-land relationships for the second consecutive year at the WSU Academic Showcase. 

Xinmin will discuss the traditional Chinese ethic Rendi qihe (human-land affinity) in relation to how humans can interact and habitat non-human life in harmony, he said in his abstract.

“This has all to do with the climate change and global warming,” Xinmin said.

People have tried to understand the non-human physical surroundings by it’s predictability and regularity. However, nature is chaotic, irregular, and unpredictable, Xinmin said.

In Xinmin’s presentation, he will explain the cognitive affect that humans need to restore in order to have a more harmonious relationship with the land. Humans need to go through embodied cognition and embedded perception to understand nature, he said.

In embodied cognition, one must rely on the visceral senses to perceive the world. In embedded perception, one must put your physical self in the nature, he said.

Xinmin has studied how humans try to refashion nature since graduate school. Mainly he has focused on the Chinese garden, which is a cultural concept on how humans try to remap and refashion the land, he said.

“Most of our urban centers [and] cities are designed in abstract. They don’t get any direct visceral exposure to the surroundings. It’s even worse in China,” Xinmin said.

In China, people don’t go to the place they are going to create a building, he said. His presentation critiques the notion that people can sell land resources and consume them regardless of the ecological perils, he said in his abstract.

Xinmin‘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.

SLCR undergraduate student receives research grant from Sigma Xi

AnnMarie McCracken, SLCR undergraduate student, received the research grant from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society’s Grants-in-Aid of Research program. AnnMarie plans to achieve a bachelor’s degree in French and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She will receive a $847 grant from the programs ecology category called, “An Isotopic Examination of Dietary Niche Partitioning Between Lynx and Bobcats in a Range Edge Environment.” Read more about her achievement.

Dr. Ana Maria Rodriquez-Vivaldi, associate professor, receives 2018-19 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

Dr. Ana Maria Rodriguez-Vivaldi," " associate professor and associate dean of Student Affairs and Global Education, College of Arts and Sciences, received the 2018-19 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award from the Washington State University Association for Faculty Women (AFW). On Mar. 29, she will be recognized during Celebrating Excellence Regnition Banquet at WSU’s annual showcase. Ana Maria has developed 34 different courses, chaired on the committees of 47 Masters students, and developed several study abroad programs. Read more about Ana Maria’s impact on the school.