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MA Student Sophia Boules' poster on The Evolution of Little Red Riding Hood won 2nd place in the Arts and Humanities section of the 2017 Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at USF. Congratulations Sophia!

The 10th Annual Spanish Fair and Expo on April 18, 2017 was a tremendous success!  We might have set a record for attendance - at times, it was standing room only! We had great presentations, theater, music and great food. The Fair is only made possible through the support of many friends at USF and the community. Special thanks go to our financial supporters (USF WorldStatus of Latinos, and the Spanish Graduate Student Association), to the organizing committee (Sonia Wohlmuth, Maritza Chinea, Alejandro de la Pava, and Antonia Pérez Franco), and to all of our wonderful graduate students who, once more, showed up in great numbers to help make the fair a success.

MA Student Sophia Boules presented her thesis research at the March 20, 2017 Graduate School Research Symposium. She won the Arts and Humanities award and a travel subsidy to present her work at a conference. Congratulations Sophia!


On March 10, 2017 Spanish MA student Rachel West successfully defended her MA thesis, “Ocurrió la unión con la divinidad, con el universo”: la representación de la religión en los cuentos de Jorge Luis Borges.” The committee included Dr. Pablo Brescia (chair), Dr. Madeline Cámara (member), and Dr. Heike Scharm (member). Congratulations Rachel!

French MA student Elizabeth Walley successfully defended her thesis: “Contre l’amour courtois : le vrai amour chez Marie de France et Chrétien de Troyes” on Thursday March 9, 2017. Congratulations Elizabeth!

On March 9, 2017 French MA student Souad Bouhayat successfully defended her thesis: “Transgressions: corps féminin, langue d’adoption et légitimation dans la littérature maghrébine.” Dr. Jennifer Cazenave was the committee chair. Congratulations Souad!


Sophia Boules successfully defended her MA thesis on March 8, 2017, with Director Christine Probes and Committee Members Jennifer Cazenave and Anne Latowsky. Dr. Cazenave is Skyping our outside committee member in Paris who attended virtually, Charlotte Trinquet du Lys. Congratulations Sophia!

On March 7, 2017 Jelena  Vuksanovic successfully defended her Applied Linguistics dissertation. Her dissertation, "The Relationship between Trait Emotional Intelligence and L2 Motivation" was an ambitious project to connect two SLA frameworks, and her results indicate exciting future work to be done. Congratulations Jelena!


On March 3, 2017 Spanish MA student Mateo Wilkinson successfully defended his thesis, Con su propia voz: un estudio de cinco mujeres mexicanas. The committee included Dr. Madeline Cámara (chair), Dr. Pablo Brescia (member), and Dr. Grazyna Walczak (member). Congratulations Mateo!

Applied Linguistics MA students Jessica Giovanni, Samantha Creel, and Antonella Gazzardi (pictured left to right) recently presented their research at the Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference in Indiana.

Keynote Address


Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura delivered a keynote address at the 3rd biennial Study Abroad Conference held at Rice University in February. (Photo credit: Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication, Rice University) 

Greek Minister meets with USF Classics


Hon. Adamantia Klotsa, Consul General of Greece in Tampa, Terence Quick, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Dr. Ippokratis Kantzios, and an assistant.

On January 7, with the participation of the Greek Consul General of Tampa Hon. Adamantia Klotsa, Dr. Ippokratis Kantzios had a working lunch with visiting Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Terence Quick (yes, he is Greek). Dr. Kantzios offered an overview of the work done by the Classics Program and also the Centers for Greek Studies at the University. The Minister was quite impressed and requested that in his next visit to Tampa he attend some of the Greek-themed classes in our university. He is welcome indeed.

Language and Tolerance
Dr. Amy Thompson did a live radio interview about the benefits of language learning on BYU radio.

"How learning a new language improves tolerance"
Dr. Amy Thompson just published "How learning a new language improves tolerance" in The Conversation.