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November 15, 2012 -- Learn more about Maria Zambrano
Luis Ortega, editor of Antigona, and member of the Fundacion Maria Zambrano in Spain will be presenting a poster and video exhibition about Maria Zambrano. As an essayist and philosopher, Maria Zambrano's work is considered to be one of the best in contemporary thought along with Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil and Simone de Beauvoir. Join us and learn more about how her writings impacted society in the years of the Franco dictatorship, in her exile in Latin America and in today's world.
Where: The Grace Allen Room, 4th floor, USF Main Library. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

November 15, 2012 -- World Languages 3rd Annual Poetry Event
For more information about this annual event to be held on Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m. in Cooper Hall, room 487, click here. World Languages invites all USF students, both graduate and undergraduate, from all programs and majors to participate. Dealine for submissions is November 1, 2012.

November 14, 2012 -- "Teaching World Languages: Practical Insights"
Cooper Hall, Room 459, 5:00 - 6:00 PM-- The Department of World Languages will feature two speakers, Mariam Manzur-Leiva and Chloe Savenko, to share their insights and personal experiences in teaching foreign languages.
The presentation by Mariam Manzur-Leiva will focus on proficiency based teaching and learning tools. Attendees will be exposed to a theoretical background about the concept of proficiency and to an overview of the current American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines. The presenter will share strategies and practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom in order to follow the set standards and achieve proficiency. The presentation by Chloe Savenko will focus on the experience of a teaching assistant (TA) in the World Languages Department. The presentation will demonstrate the importance of experiential learning through teaching and the in-class experience. This event is hosted by Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. For more information, please contact Mariam Manzur-Leiva at (813) 974-1750. Click here for flyer.

November 13, 2012 --Congratulations to Dr. Stefan Huber, Instructor of German, who was awarded an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Vice Provost Dr. Kofi Glover, Associate Dean Dr. John Cochran, Dr. Margit Grieb, the WLE staff, and Dr. Schindler surprised Dr. Huber in his German 1120 classroom to bring him the good news.

November 13- 27, 2012 -- "Think Transatlantic"
USF is one of 30 institutions of higher education in the United States which will celebrate US/Germany relations with several events in October and November 2012. "Think Transatlantic" Roundatable Discussion (3-5:00 p.m.) and closing reception (5-7:00 p.m.) in MSC 2708. Click here for program details.

November 10, 2012 -- Dr. Gaëtan Brulotte, Distinguished University Professor of French and Francophone Literature in the Department of World Languages has been invited to present a lecture in French on Quebec Short Story at conference of The American Council for Quebec Studies (ACQS) in cooperation with New College in Sarasota,. The event will take place at the  Sarasota Hyatt Regency on Saturday, November 10th from 2:15-3:45 p.m. As a short story writer himself he will also read excerpts of his own work. Students are welcome to attend for free. For more details: or contact the local organizer of the conference, Prof. Amy Reid,

November 5, 2012 -- It is with great sorrow and pain that we report the passing of our colleague and friend Dr. Ava Chitwood. For almost 15 years, Dr. Chitwood was a cherished member of the Department, a formidable researcher, an inspiring teacher, and a good friend to many. Her loss is mourned by all of us in the Department and the wider University community. We miss her greatly.

October 2012 -- SLAIT PhD candidate Derya Kulavuz-Onal has been awarded a competitive TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant. Derya is the first USF student ever to receive this award.For more information about Derya's project and this year's TIRF DDG recipients:
TIRF, The International Research Foundation for English Language Education, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to generate new knowledge about English language teaching and learning. Each year, TIRF awards a limited number of Doctoral Dissertation Grants.

October 10, 2012 -- This month’s Homegrown Humanities faculty book presentation will be given by Dr. Pablo Brescia. His new book, Modelos y prácticas en el cuento hispanoamericano: Arreola, Borges, Cortázar is a cross-cultural and cross-literary attempt to map out the history and theory of the Latin American short story in the 20th century. The book provides a framework to understand the literary and cultural conditions under which the short story developed in Latin America. Dr. Brescia is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of World Languages at USF and publishes widely, both in the US and internationally. This event will take place in the Grace Allen Room of USF Library (4 p.m.)

September 6, 2012 -- Italian Food for Thought
USF's Italian program is featured in this interview with Professor Patrizia La Trecchia, Associate Professor in World Languages. To read the complete article click here.

September 5, 2012 -- "Around the World in Sixty Minutes"
A reading series hosted by the Humanities Institute and co-sponsored by USF World, Dept. of English/Creative Writing Program and Dept. of World Languages.
Faculty from the World Languages and English departments will join forces to take readers "around the world in sixty minutes." Each reader will present for 10-15 minutes a short selection of poetry or prose that showcases another country or culture and/or takes the reader into another world. This "world" can be France, an alternate universe, or even cyberspace. Come join us in the exploration!
Dr. Pablo Brescia, Department of World Languages (
Professor Rita Ciresi, Department of English ( For more information click here.
When: Wednesday, September 5th, 2012, 4:30-6 pm. Where: Grace Allen Room (4th Floor, USF Library)

June 28-July 1, 2012 -- International Symposium New World, Other Encounters
USF World Languages was well represented at this international symposium with the participation of faculty (Professors Carlos Cano, Madeline Cámara, and Alejandro de la Pava) and graduate students (Kathryn Bechtelheimer and Andria Arnold). To see the cmplete program click here.

Co-sponsored by the USF Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, International Honor Society
Date:  Friday, April 20, 2012
Place:  USF Library (Tampa) and World Languages Conference Rooms
See attached flyer for program information.

April 2, 2012--Fullbright Awarded to USF Student
Ms. Laura Badertscher has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grant to Germany. The Fulbright ETA program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright grant will cover the costs of round-trip transportation to Germany and maintenance for the academic year.
An Honors College student, Badertscher graduated from USF in May 2011 with a BA in German Language and Literature, a BA in International Studies and a minor in Economics. She will spend nine months teaching English in Germany. Badertscher has always been fascinated with German society and has devoted much of her studies to learning the language, history and culture.

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