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Searching for La Belle Dame

French Professor at the Washington State University Vancouver campus, Joan Grenier-Winther,  has made the news at WSU Insider for some recent research on the Clumber Park Chartier. This is an old manuscript containing fifteenth-century poems by Alain Chartier and others. The article published by the WSU Insider elucidates the search Grenier-Winther went on, and what she found. Read all about it here.

Joan Grenier-Winther stands outside the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library near a construction barricade decorated with some of the Library’s holdings—including an image from the Clumber Park Chartier.

MLK 2020 Art for Social Change Competion

photo of flyer for event. Follow the link in the article for all the details

The annual Art for Social Change competition is approaching. Submissions for the contest in various forms including visual artwork, literary artwork, and mixed-media/multimedia will be accepted through January 20th. You may bring your submissions of art that provoke, challenge, and inspire social justice and honor the memory of Martin Luther King and others who have played an integral role in the Civil Rights Movement. There are four categories to enter, and many different ways to express yourself.

Submissions may be turned into our office in 110 Thompson Hall. See the guidelines for submissions and all other information here on our website. Let’s get those creative juices flowing!

Latinx Heritage Month 2019

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.

photo collage of the processional and soccer game

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.

dancers

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).

 

 

WSU Indian Students Association Presents India Night

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!

Diya(candle) lighting
Diya Lighting

 

Performers of the Indian National Anthem
Performers of the Indian National Anthem

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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 …