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2014

Congratulations to the WLE BA students on the Dean's List for Fall 2014:
Amanda McDuffie - Classics
Angela Smith - French
Travis Street - German Studies
Joshua Thornton - German Studies
Isabella Parizon - German Studies
Clayton Thompson - German Studies
Ian Finch - Spanish
Aimee Bertalon - Spanish
James Ross - Spanish
Jacob Alcala - Russian

Dr. Pablo Brescia in La Gaceta
An article on Dr. Brescia's work on Argentine literature was featured in La Gaceta (Tampa), the nation's only trilingual newspaper (English, Italian, Spanish). To read the article please click HERE.

Graduate Success!
WLE rejoices with MA French graduate and PhD SLAIT graduate James Aubry who learned officially of his Tenure and Promotion in French at the University of Tampa. Congratulations James!

Recent French MA Graduate, Juan Serrano-Vazquez, holds a teaching position at the American Youth Academy, a local private school. He teaches IB English and will be alternating with another teacher to teach IB Spanish next year. He writes: "The French Masters program helped me be able to teach literature and I am enjoying it very much."

Nicky Gauthier (MA in French, Class of 2014) has accepted a job as a Visiting Instructor of French at the University of Central Florida.

USF Chinese Program in Competition for Top Ten Volunteer Organizations in Qingdao for 2014
As a follow-up to the previous post below, the following articles appeared in the Qingdao Daily, the city's official newspaper, on 11/16/14, 11/19/14 and 12/17/14 about our students' volunteer activities in China. Because of their work over last summer and fall, the program was one of thirty-five organizations nominated for a competition for the Top Ten Volunteer Organizations in Qingdao for 2014. The competition has descriptions of the organizations and their activities on-line at this LINK. The "USF group" is the first group listed on the page with the description below the picture with our students and Dr. Eric Shepherd, the program director, standing with some of the elderly people they worked with. The competition involved on-line voting. The group are in the top ten therefore they are likely to be recognized by the Qingdao municipal government in an official ceremony later this month.

Education Abroad Tier I of the Chinese Learning in the Culture Program -- Students in the News
Chinese I students participated in the Education Abroad Tier I of the Chinese Learning in the Culture Program this past summer, they participated in a large number of community service learning activities. These first year Chinese students used their Chinese language skills to contribute to the local Qingdao community in a wide range of activities including selling newspapers to raise money for leukemia patients, volunteering at the Qingdao School for the Blind, teaching elementary children about American culture, spending time with elderly peasants in surrounding rural villages, and assisting elderly who are living on their own. During the summer, the local media including several newspapers and local television stations reported about these community service activities USF students were involved in. Upon their return to Tampa, the students wrote letters thanking the media organizations for providing these learning opportunities to them. The original hand written version of one of those letters, written by student Lindsay O'Brien, appeared in Qingdao Daily, the official Party paper of the city, with a follow up article about the students and the USF Chinese program. The newspaper also sent out a version on their official WeChat (twitter-like microblog) account and published an article on their web site. A link to the web article is included HERE (in Chinese) with the letter written by Lindsay and a picture of some of the students visiting an elderly woman at her home. The Qingdao Daily has published several follow up articles with contributions from the students including short videos. Below is the video clip (with English subtitles) of the elderly receiving the students' letters and reactions to their video clips.

Dr. Heike Scharm mentioned in El Pais!



The University of Barcelona celebrated its first Transatlantic Event organized in collaboration with Brown University's Transatlantic Project. WLE's Dr. Heike Scharm was among the invited speakers, presenting Alexander von Humboldt's work Cosmos as a precursor of current transatlantic theory and eco-cosmopolitism. To read more about the Barcelona Colloquium (in Spanish) in El Pais!, click HERE.

December 2, 2014 -- WLE in the News
The USF Oracle published an article featuring Classics Program. Please click HERE to read it.

November 29, 2014 -- Dr. Camilla Vasquez in the New York Times


Dr. Camilla Vasquez was featured in the New York Times on Nov. 29, 2014 in the article "The Art of the Amateur Online Review". To read it please click HERE.

November 14, 2014 -- German Day 2014


Jurgen Borsch, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

The German Section of the Department of World Languages celebrated another German Day on Nov. 14, 2014. The special theme of this year’s event was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Over 150 students studying German at Tampa Bay area high schools and at USF showcased their poster projects and performed in a poetry jam. The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Jurgen Borsch, and Honorary Consul Norma Henning participated in the festivities, as did the faculty of the German section and several volunteers. Two other events were held in remembrance of this special anniversary: On Nov. 13, 2014 Dr. Will Lehman presented a lecture entitled “The Wall in Film” and on Sept. 23, 2014, there was a film screening of The Lives of Others.

All events were sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC.


To see more pictures of the event, please click HERE.

November 14, 2014 -- German Day 2014
12:30pm - 4:30pm; ULH 101
Please join us to celebrate another German Day. The year 2014 also marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - a monumental day in history that led to Germany's reunification - and we will commemorate this anniversary on November 14 as well. German Day will feature a poetry slam, poster contest, and a presentation on the Berlin Wall. We will also give away lots of great prizes in a drawing and awards and prizes to the best poetry and poster presentations. Please join us for an afternoon of fun, food, and Vergnuegen. For more information, or to find out how to enter into the poetry slam or the poster contest, please contact your German instructor or Dr. Margit Grieb (grieber@usf.edu). Sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Department of World Languages.

November 14, 2014 -- Classics Program - Screening of Two of Vassilis Loules' Short Documentaries presented by the USF Classics Program
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm
Grace Allen Room, USF Tampa Library
Please click here for event flyers.

November 13, 2014 -- "The Wall in Film" presented by Dr. Will Lehman
Time: 3:30pm
Grace Allen Room, USF Tampa Library
Please click here for event flyer.

November 12, 2014 -- MA Thesis Defense
On November 12, 2014 Vivian Mills defended her MA Thesis on the medieval Jewish philosopher Abner de Burgos. The committee was formed by Dr. David Arbesu (chair, center), Dr. Anne Latowsky (left), Dr. Heike Scharm (not pictured), and it counted with the advising of Dr. Sonia Wohlmuth (right). Congratulations Vivian!

November 5, 2014 -- Dr. Pablo Brescia at the Cervantes Institute

On November 5, 2014 Dr. Pablo Brescia gave the keynote address in the celebration of Argentine writer Julio Cortazar's centennial (1914-1984) at the Cervantes Institute in Chicago. The talk was entitled "A Hundred Years: Cortazar, Before and After". His visit was sponsored by the Cervantes Institute and the Argentine Consulate in Chicago.

Two Students Awarded Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced the selection of 40 new 2014 Fellows in a program that prepares outstanding candidates to represent the United States as Foreign Service Officers.
We are delighted to announce that two students from our programs were awarded the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship: undergrad Hiram Rios (undergraduate) and alumnae Denise Marton Menendez (graduate).
Administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships develop a source of men and women whose academic backgrounds fulfill the skill needs of the State Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Find out more HERE.



Mr. Rios is a Bachelor of Arts candidate in economics and international studies, with a minor in Modern Chinese Language. He expects to graduate in May 2015.
Ms. Marton Menendez graduated in December 2014 with multiple degrees: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Economics; and Bachelor of Arts in French. She plans to attend the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver for a master's degree in Global Trade, Finance and Economic Integration.

October 29, 2014 -- Russian Poetry and Music Festival, MUS 172-3, 3:30pm-5:45pm
The USF Russian Program and Russian Club invited everyone to a Festival of Poetry and Music!
Students and faculty read and recited poetry of great Russian poets, such as Pushkin and Tyutchev, in the original and in translation, and there was singing and other musical performances as well.

Recipient of 2014 Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award


Dr. Judy Genshaft (USF President), Dr. Anne Latowsky (Associate Professor of French), Dr. Paul R. Sanberg (Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation)
WLE is proud to announce that our very own Dr. Anne Latowsky was one of the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Awards. USF recognizes the accomplishments of faculty members for their outstanding publications, awards and grants recognizing their scholarship and research.
Please click HERE for the official press release. Congratulations Dr. Latowsky!

October 17, 2014 -- An Oktoberfest Winner of Best Research Poster
Julie Dell-Jones, current Ph.D. student and online French TA for WLE, was one of the winners for Best Research Poster at this year’s CAS Oktoberfest 2014, which was held on Friday, October 17, 2014. The title of her poster was The Arts as Content-based French Language Learning: “Renoir to Chagall” Museum Lessons.

Congratulations Julie!

October 13, 2014 -- Honorable Mention - 2014 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award


From L-R: Dr. Jane Harvey (INTO, former SLAIT PhD student), Dr. Elizabeth Bell (CAS Associate Dean), Ruben Vasquez, Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Amy Fioramonte (current SLAIT PhD student), Dr. Camilla Vasquez, Zeynep Erdil-Moody (current SLAIT PhD student), Kristin Cardellio (current SLAIT PhD student), Dr. Stephan Schindler
WLE is proud to announce that our very own Dr. Camilla Vasquez received an Honorable Mention for the university-wide 2014 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. There was one overall winner and two Honorable Mentions for the ENTIRE university, and it is a great honor for us that one of them is from WLE. Dr. Vasquez was honored at the Scholar of Excellence event, which was held on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

October 2, 2014 -- USF Hispanic Heritage Celebration Kickoff Event, Marshall Student Center Ballroom, noon-2pm
Please click HERE for the event flyer.

July 24, 2014 -- WLE Undergraduate Spanish Colloquium

The Department of World Languages held its first successful Undergraduate Spanish Colloquium on July 24, 2014 in the Aula Maria Zambrano. The Colloquium was also mentioned in the nation's only tri-lingual newpaper La Gaceta. To read the article (in Spanish) please click HERE.

May 8 - 10, 2014 -- Sunshine State TESOL Conference
Applied Linguistics faculty, Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura and Dr. Camilla Vasquez, along with several of PhD students, presented their scholarship at the Sunshine State TESOL conference held in St Petersburg, FL on May 8-10, 2014.

(From left to right: Dr. Tracy-Ventura, Judith Bridges, Jelena Vuksanovic, Dr. Vasquez, Jhon Cuesta, and Andrea Lypka)

April 24, 2014 -- Culture Wars: German Intellectuals and WWI by Dr. Helmut J. Schneider, Grace Allen Room (USF Tampa Library), 2pm-4pm

April 23, 2014 @ 2pm in SOC 403 & April 24, 2014 @ 6:30pm in SOC 161 - Portuguese II Skits

April 15 & 17, 2014 -- 2nd WLE International Movie Series, Grace Allen Room (USF Tampa Library), various times
A group of WLE faculty members have joint efforts to make this intercultural movie series possible. There will be five movies in the following languages: Chinese, Russian, Arab, French, and Spanish. Here are the list of movies along with the presenters: In the Mood for Love (Dr. Chiang), Mermaid (Dr. Oleynik), Amreeka (Amer), The Artist (Dr. Brulotte),) and Beautiful (Manzur Leiva). The theme for this year is "Beauty" and all the films were carefully  selected to give the students the opportunity to explore the topic in a variety of ways.
In the Mood for Love - April 15 @ 1pm
Mermaid - April 15 @ 3pm
Amreeka - April 17 @ 11am
The Artist - April 17 @ 1pm
Beautiful - April 17 @3pm

April 7, 2014 -- Spain in la Florida, Grace Allen Room (USF Tampa Library), 3pm-5pm
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Ponce de Leon and the 450th anniversary of the founding of St Augustine by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Dr. David Arbesu (USF Tampa) and Dr. Michael Francis (USF St Petersburg) gave two talks on early colonial Florida history. The talks, sponsored by ISLAC, were scheduled on Monday, April 7th, 3-5 pm (Grace Allen Room). Light refreshments were served. Click HERE for more info.

April 5, 2014 -- 8th Mid-Florida Japanese Speech and Skit Contest, MSC 2709, 3pm-6pm

April 4, 2014 -- WLE Research Colloquium, various USF Tampa Library rooms, 9am-4pm

Please click HERE for the full colloquium program.

April 2, 2014 -- 7th Annual Spanish Fair, TECO Room, USF College of Education, Tampa Campus

The Hispanic/Latino Section of the Department of World Languages at the University of South Florida invites you to our Seventh Annual Spanish Fair, on April 2nd, 2014,10 AM-2 PM, at the TECO Room, USF College of Education, Tampa Campus. The Fair showcases our graduate and undergraduate Spanish programs to the USF and Tampa communities and presents an opportunity for academic and cultural exchanges and collaborations. Come and join us in a day of cultural awareness, music, videos food, and fun activities! The ongoing event will have presentations about the diverse regions and cultures of the Hispanic world. Please click HERE for the program (in Spanish & English).

April 1, 2014 -- Joe Goodkin performing THE ODYSSEY, BSN 1201, 2pm-3pm
The Classics section invited Mr. Joe Goodkin, a Classics scholar and professional musician, who performed a 30-minute piece based on the story of Homer’s Odyssey.  Using acoustic guitar and voice, the piece told the story of the Odyssey through song in a manner similar to that of the Homeric bards, but with a modern twist. Mr. Goodkin used the performance to guide discussion into a wide range of topics, from classically specific to broader questions about the role of myth, literature, and identity. His university performances have included University of Wisconsin, University of Notre Dame, Bucknell, Millsaps, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, and Rochester University.The presentation consisted of an introductory talk, the performance, and a follow up interactive question and answer session. The event was sponsored by the Classical Society, the Eta Sigma Phi Honors Society for Classics, and the Hellenic Society.

March 26, 2014 -- Chevalier dans l'Ordres des Palmes Academiques


On March 26, 2014, Philippe Letrilliart, Consul General of France in Miami, presented USF Distinguished University Professor Gaetan Brulotte with the honor of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. Please click HERE to read more about the event. The Department of World Languages congratulates Dr. Brulotte on accepting this incredible honor.

Congratulations to Dr. Christine McCall Probes (French) and Dr. Camilla Vasquez (Applied Linguistics) for receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Probes and Dr. Vasquez (in absentia) were honored and presented with a plaque in recognition of their outstanding dedication to student education.

February 28-March 1, 2014 -- The State of Beauty Today - An International Bilingual (French/English) Conference




This international conference hosted by WLE was a success thanks to a great team effort. WLE students and Francophone colleagues (including from French, Spanish and Linguistics) volunteered to introduce speakers and/or summarize in English the French presentations. This event furthered USF and CAS goals through its presentation of distinguished interdisciplinary research; by its inter-departmental & inter-colleges cooperation (WLE, Anthropology, Humanities Institute; CAS, Business; Fine Arts, Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio); its institutional support, which included an array of universities and centers from France, Canada, New Zealand, as well as our USF ResearchOne, USF World, Research & Innovation Sponsored Research and Senate Research Council; by its strong and active student involvement via the USF French Club among others; and by its community engagement through the French Embassy and the Consulate General of France in Miami, as well as the business community with the French-American Business Council of West Florida.

February 28-March 1, 2014 -- The State of Beauty Today - An International Bilingual (French/English) Conference
This international interdisciplinary conference on The State of Beauty Today will address the specific topic of beauty in our contemporary world, especially as it pertains to culture, fashion, design, marketing, art, language, literature, drama and film. Is there a common ground to define what beauty is today? The conference will examine how is beauty debated and represented in our global culture. Speakers mainly from France, New Zealand, Canada and the USA will be part of the debate, which will take place on the USF Tampa campus, on Friday Feb. 28 (Library, Grace Allen Room: 9:30am-5:00pm) - March 1st (Marshall Student Center 3705: 10:30am-5:00pm).  The conference will be free and open to all. French and English will be the two languages of the conference.Contacts: Gaetan Brulotte: brulotte@usf.edu; Christine Probes: probes@usf.edu. Please click here for the conference program.

February 21-22, 2014 -- 21st Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film (SCFLLF)

The Department of World Languages was the 2014 host of the 21st biennial Southeast Conferences for Foreign Languages, Literatures and Film (SCFLLF) on Feb. 21 & 22. For over 30 years, this conference has been a venue to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines in the Humanities. Over 60 presentations by scholars from many different US states and from countries as far as the Ivory Coast addressed diverse topics concerning language, literature, culture, film, as well as foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition. The 2014 SCFLLF keynote speaker was Dr. Brad Prager (University of Missouri) who presented a talk on Holocaust documentaries. More pictures from the conference here.

February 21-22, 2014 -- 21st Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film
At the 21st SCFLLF, hosted by USF in Tampa, Florida, national and international scholars will present papers on all aspects of literature, linguistics, civilization, culture, film and pedagogy pertaining to foreign languages (ancient and modern). Please follow this link to the conference website: http://languages.usf.edu/scfllf/

January 31, 2014 -- German Day 2014

Almost 200 USF German students and area high school students studying German, as well as their teachers, attended "German Day," organized by the German section of WLE. The event was sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany as part of their "Campus Weeks - Germany in Europe" campaign. Students of German presented poems and posters and competed for prizes. USF faculty presented talks on European and German issues. Click here to see pictures from the event.

January 31, 2014 -- German Day 2014
The German Section at USF invites students, faculty, and staff to join us in a day of activities showcasing the talents and interests of students studying German at Tampa Bay area and Florida high schools, as well as USF students. All activities are generously sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, DC as part of their annual “Campus Weeks” campaign. This year, the theme and focus is “Germany in Europe."
For more details, please click here.