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November 18, 2015 - Dr. Gaetan Brulotte gave a farewell lecture on "The World of Celebrated French Canadian Painter Jean-Paul Lemieux" in the Grace Allen Room at 3:30pm.

Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award

Congratulations to Dr. Camilla Vasquez who was selected to receive a Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award this year. Congratulations!

Faculty in the News!

On September 9, 2015, Dr. David Arbesú was featured in a Spanish newspaper, La Nueva España, regarding the discovery of a new manuscript about Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and the conquest of Florida. The news coincides with the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.

Lisa Clarke, a Spanish Graduate Program student, has been awarded with the Second Prize in the prestigious “Student Prize Competition” organized annually by the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy. Papers recognized will be presented in the forthcoming academic conference “Cuba-What’s Next?” and will be considered for publication in Cuba in Transition.

Congratulations, Lisa, for your fine effort and your continued interest in Cuban Studies!

Presentation of book at Museo del Escritor in Madrid

Dr. Pablo Brescia's latest book, Borges. Cinco especulaciones (Madrid: Del Centro Editores, 2015) was presented in Madrid at the Museo del Escritor on June 17th. Click on the link to the presentation HERE.

Latin American Science Fiction Research Grant
The USF Humanities Institute and USF Libraries are co-sponsoring the newly created Latin American Science Fiction Research Grant for Spring 2016 to support the use of the Libraries' unique Latin American Science Fiction collections. Dr. Pablo Brescia is the Academic Coordinator for the LASFRG, a national and international residential grant for scholars of Latin American science fiction. Read more HERE.

Spring 2015 -- Creative Scholarship Grants awarded

Dr. Mei-Hsuan Chiang was granted a Creative Scholarship Grant for the academic year 2015-2016 to continue further research on gender and nationalism in Taiwan cinema during the cold war era.

Dr. David Arbesú was granted a Creative Scholarship Grant for the academic year 2015-2016 to work on editions of Lope de Vega's Las famosas asturianas and Montalbán's La monja alférez. Congratulations!

Two USF Chinese program students represented USF by participating in the 2015 Chinese Bridge Competition Southern US finals in Dallas, TX on April 26th. Nabil Smith finished in second place overall while Lindsey O'Brien finished in third place. These are outstanding achievements for two students who are currently only in second year Chinese. Nabil Smith will be going to the finals in China in July as the top runner up from the southern US region. Click HERE for more (in Chinese). Congratulations!

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

The Department of World Languages is proud to announce that USF received the grant to continue the STARTALK program under the direction of our very own Dr. Eric Shepherd. Congratulations!
Learn more about the STARTALK program HERE.