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Hiram Rios, a student in our Chinese program in which he has been studying Chinese for three years, has been accepted to all of the six prestigious graduate programs that he applied:
1. Harvard Kennedy School of Government - Master in Public Policy 
2. Columbia School of International and Public Affairs - Master of International Affairs 
3. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies MA/Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate
4. Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 
5. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service - Master of Science in Foreign Service 
6. American University School of International Service - Master of International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics & Security
He also has received the U.S. State Department's Pickering Fellowship which provides $80,000 of graduate education funding in International Affairs as well as a five-year job post as a Foreign Service Officer upon graduation.

You can read Hiram's story HERE. Congratulations, Hiram!

Marcos Gonzalez, an Honors College junior and Provosts Scholar majoring in Accounting, has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this summer in the Imagining Argentina program, directed by Prof. Pablo Brescia.

Marcos' goal through this study abroad program is to work alongside the economics department at USF and use these resources as a catalyst for raising awareness of issues plaguing developing countries. Click here to learn more about the Gilman Scholarship. Congratulations Marcos!

May 2015 -- Terra Askar, MA student in Applied Linguistics, was accepted to present her paper on ‘Corpus-based Activities to Enhance ESL/EFL Classroom Instruction’ at the annual Sunshine State TESOL conference to be held in St Petersburg in May 2015. Terra also won free conference registration by submitting her ideas for engaging ELLs in the classroom. Congratulations Terra!

April 25, 2015 -- Lehrerfortbildungstag

On April 25, 2015, 22 teachers from all over Florida met for a “Lehrerfortbildungstag,” a workshop on teaching German in Florida’s secondary and post-secondary institutions, at USF. The workshop was organized by Dr. Margit Grieb (who is also the president of FATG) and Dr. Stephan Schindler.

April 2015 -- Celebrating the End of Semester

Applied Linguistics faculty and MA students celebrate the end of a successful semester at Umberto's of Long Island in Dunedin.

April 17, 2015 -- WLE Research Colloquium
This year's WLE Research Colloquium was designated a Research One event. We were excited to welcome panels with 37 graduate student presenters and 70 undergraduate student presenters. Our featured speaker was Dr. David Arbesú of the Spanish faculty who shared his research for his most recent book in press: “A New Manuscript of the Conquest of Florida.” There was great diversity and the global quality of the humanities and social science research conducted by our students. We thank the USF Library for permitting us again to hold the annual colloquium in its media rooms. You can see the full program HERE.

Eimma Chebinou successfully defended her MA thesis "Identité féminine et amour interculturel dans 'Shérazade: 17 ans, brune, frisée, les yeux verts' de Leila Sebbar, 'Mon examen de blanc' de Jacqueline Manicom et 'Le baobab fou' de Ken Bugul" on April 16, 2015. The Examining Committee included: Major Professor Gaëtan Brulotte, Christine M. Probes, Heike Scharm, and Joseph Diémé (Humbolt State University).

Congratulations Eimma!

April 15, 2015 -- World Languages Fair
We had our inaugural World Languages Fair on Sessums Mall from 11am - 3pm.

Gonzalo Páez successfully defended his MA Thesis on the Relación del descubrimiento del Río de las Amazonas on April 10, 2015. The committee was formed by Dr. David Arbesú (chair), Dr. Pablo Brescia, and Dr. Carlos J. Cano. Congratulations Gonzalo!

2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

Laysa Mena, Rachel Fanti, and Katherine Bui received the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for their presentation at the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium on April 9, 2015. Their project, "A Culinary Journey in Times of Globalization: The Evolution and Export of Parisian Cuisine" was mentored by WLE's Dr. Heike Scharm. 

On Thursday, April 9th, Areins Pelayo, Crystal Bonano, Cedric Torres, and Wendy Timirau presented at the OUR Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. This presentation represented the culmination of a year of participating in research with Dr. Amanda Huensch and Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura.

Eighth Annual Spanish Fair was a Success!

The Spanish Section of WLE is proud to celebrate the Eighth Annual Spanish Fair (April 7, 2015). Thanks to all the professors, instructors and MA students that helped make the fair a success! This year's Eighth Annual Spanish Fair was recently featured in La Gaceta, the oldest tri-lingual newspaper in Tampa!

April 7, 2015 -- Eighth Annual Spanish Fair
Our 8th annual Spanish Fair in the TECO Room, College of Education was a great success. We had more than 400 students, faculty, instructors, teachers, community leaders, and presenters visit the Fair!

Provost's Award: Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate TA

Congratulations to SLAIT PhD student Erhan Aslan for winning the 2014-2015 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant in one of four disciplines.


Erhan Aslan with Provost Ralph Wilcox

Erhan won the Provost's Award in Arts and Humanities (World Languages) and was presented the award on April 2, 2015. 

Congratulations Erhan!

Dr. Pablo Brescia in the news in Mexico
Dr. Brescia was interviewed by Channel 22, Mexico's cultural channel, on occasion of his publication of Cortázar sampleado (2014).

Philip Allen, MA in Spanish candidate, successfully presented his paper at the USF Symposium "From Local to Global: Narratives of Inequality and Power (Provost's Postdoctoral Initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities) " on Friday, March 30, 2015.

Philip presented a transatlantic analysis of fictional narratives on historical memory. His study focused on the use of the eyes and gazes as literary and socio-political devices in two contemporary novels dealing with the dictatorships of Franco (Spain) and Trujillo (Dominican Republic). Congratulations Philip!

French Faculty & Students in the Community!

Recent MA and PhD Alice Defacq and French TA Madison Wahler accompanied Dr. Christine Probes as invited judges for the statewide high school French Congrès (Le Congrès de la Culture Française en Floride), March 12-14, 2015.

March 12 and March 19, 2015 -- Recent WLE "Italian Film Festival"
Applied Linguistics graduate student Salvio Illiano presented the film "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (M. Monicelli, 1958) on March 12, 2015. 

History Professor and History Department Chair Prof. Fraser Ottanelli presented the film "The Organizer" (M.Monicelli, 1963) on March 19, 2015.

The event was organized by Prof. Federica Colleoni and Arnaldo Ciccotelli.

March 10, 2015 -- Farewell Party -Kyoto Sangyo University
4:00pm - 6:00pm; TECO Room, College of Education
Say farewell to the students from Kyoto, Japan. There will be dancing, ninja competition and friendship. Click HERE to view flyer.

March 9, 2015 -- Welcome Kyoto Sangyo University!

12:45pm - 3:00pm; Marshall Student Center, Ballroom A
Join USF Kakehashi and USF World Languages to welcome 23 students and 2 professors from Kyoto Sangyo University. Enjoy presentations by Kyoto Sangyo University students about Japan today. Click HERE to view flyer.

Are you going to see Zoominations at the Lowry Park Zoo?


The WLE Chinese section is conducting cultural training for the Lowry Park Zoo to help them prepare for a major Chinese performance display, called Zoominations, in collaboration with Chinese partners. We are working with them to train employees of the zoo how to better interact with and host their Chinese partners. The lantern festival begins February 28, 2015 and continues for 3 months. Learn more HERE.

February 28, 2015 -- Applied Linguistics Faculty in the Community!

On Saturday, February 28, 2015 Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Dr. Camilla Vásquez and Dr. Amanda Huensch served as volunteer judges at the annual Pinellas County Schools World Languages International Day, held at Meadowlawn Middle School in St. Petersburg. The event celebrates local students who elect to study foreign languages at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

On February 25th 2015, Philip Allen defended his MA Thesis on Montalbàn's La màs constante mujer. The committee was formed by Dr. David Arbesù (chair), Dr. Heike Scharm, Dr. Anne Latowsky, and Dr. Sonia Wohlmuth. Congratulations Philip!

February 24, 2015 -- From Red Bean Buns to Haute Cuisine: Sino-French Food Films
3:00pm - 5:00pm; Patel Center (CGS), Room 136
We had an exciting event on Chinese Film and French Connections sponsored by the Chinese and French sections of USF's World Languages, Research One, the Confucius Institute, Florida-France Linkage Institute and Phi Sigma Iota. Below are photos of Dr. Schindler's introduction and Dr. Michelle Bloom's presentation.

To view the flyer, click HERE.

Dr. Pablo Brescia in El Nuevo Herald
Professor Brescia was interviewed in El Nuevo Herald, the most widely read Spanish newspaper in the nation. Read the interview HERE.

Dr. Amy Thompson in Khaasbaat

Dr. Amy Thompon did an interview for the Indian-American newspaper, Khaasbaat. To read the article including her interview, click HERE.