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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race Welcomes new Professor

Lili ZhangLili 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.

 

Examples of Lili's paper cutting

 

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 …

Art for Social Change competition brings artists together to discuss healing through social justice art

"Veronica Sandoval stands in gallery looking at art on the wall."

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 watched “Comedian Harmonists”

"Students at German film night 2019."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.

Becca Wilson, advertising and marketing intern, graduates Spring 2019

"Becca Wilson."Our advertising and marketing intern, Rebecca (Becca) Wilson, will graduate Spring 2019. She will graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in public relations in Seattle, Wa. She plans to work in a PR firm like Edelman. Congratulations, Becca!

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.