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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.

Filmabend provides German film for students

"German language students at Filmabend."

On Feb. 7, Karen Jennings, instructor of German, hosted the film Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence). All German language students were invited to attend the showing. The German 102 students who came had to write a summary of the film for class. Jenseits der Stille is about a woman in Germany who decides to study music in Berlin after growing up with deaf parents.

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.

Lauren Jasmer, administrative assistant, moves to the College of Arts and Sciences Development office

"Lauren Jasmer headshot."Since June 2016, Administrative Assistant Lauren Jasmer has dedicated her time and energy into promoting and sustaining our school. Until a replacement is found, she will be devoting 20 percent of her work here while working 80 percent for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Development office as the development and scholarship coordinator. She will be working with all academic units in CAS while she works closely with the scholarship committee and the school in relation to scholarship management. Congratulations, Lauren!

Madeline Goebel, former receptionist, plans to further academic career

"Madeline Goebel headshot."After working as our receptionist for several months, Madeline Goebel will be moving on to further her academic career. She received a new job as a research assistant at the University of Idaho (UI) in the Department of Natural Resources and Society. She will go on to complete her masters at UI in Natural Resources. Maddie will still be working at One World Cafe in Moscow, Idaho. Good luck with your endeavors, Maddie!

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.