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October 2009 

Carolyn White (Spanish): This past Spring, I presented the research I completed in the General Archive of the Indies in Sevilla and the National Library in Madrid at the Creativity and Research Fair at OHIO. This presentation discussed the historical pattern of authoritarianism, adulation, and racial prejudices in the Dominican Republic. My sources span from the primary documents I found in Spain, which exemplify colonial communication between the Catholic Kings and the island, to 21st century literature reflecting upon the Trujillo dictatorship. This range of perspectives provides an intriguing view of the prominent characteristics of the “Dominican Identity”, which I will be discussing in my Senior Thesis.


Alicia Buckenmeyer (Spanish): Writing a senior thesis was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. In order to complete it, I had to dedicate myself to the project, research in depth, write multiple drafts, handle suggestions, and manage time responsibly. The thesis provided many interesting opportunities like corresponding with the Paraguayan author (Ester de Izaguirre) of the novel about which I wrote my thesis. I presented portions of my literary analysis at the Ohio Latin Americanist Conference and here, at the Ohio University Research & Creativity Fair. Creating presentations and sharing my thoughts with others helped me organize my ideas, gain confidence in my knowledge and creativity, and maintain excitement for the year-long project.


Nicky Re (French): With funding from the PURF, I flew to Provence, France in March 2009 to conduct research for my HTC Undergraduate French Thesis. My thesis focuses on Occitan, a regional language spoken in the south of France, and the current measures that are being taken to promote and maintain its usage today. I spent two weeks in the cities of Orange, Avignon, Montpellier, and Marseille interviewing six Occitan speakers who work with different organizations that focus on encouraging the use of the language in the region.  My interviewees included the president of an association of schools that teach subjects exclusively in Occitan and a writer that has a weekly Occitan-language column in the French newspaper La Marseillaise.

September 2009

Translator for Exchange Program

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

During the last week of July, Tatiana Argüello worked as a translator with two Chilean artists that visited Passion Works Studio in Athens.This was a cultural exchange between two programs aimed to use art creation as a medium of expression for artists with developmental disabilities. According to Tatiana this was a wonderful personal experience since she met very creative people who enjoy making  and value art works.


Recent Spanish MA graduate, Alicia Miklos, was selected to be a lectora in Ciudad Real with the Universidad de Castilla– laMancha. Alicia will hold an English teaching position for the academic year of 2009-10. ¡Felicidades, Alicia!


Dr. José (Pepo) Delgado has been awarded the Jeanette Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities for 2008-09. The Department of Modern Languages is proud to showcase our many outstanding teachers who have received this recognition over the years beginning in 1991. Lois Vines (1991), Karen Evans-Romaine (2001), Molly Morrison (2002), David Burton (2003), Betsy Partyka (2004), Carole Cloutier (2006) Herta Rodina (2007).

Please join us in honoring Pepo Delgado at the annual Faculty Welcome and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4-6pm in the Baker Center Ballroom!


Beatrice Giannandrea, a professor at OU Zanesville with a PhD from Florida International University, has just published a book entitled: Literatura y pintura en elcostumbrismo argentino ,siglo XIX.The text explores the world of “costumbrismo” in the Rio de la Plata region through the eyes of 19thCentury European travelers, writers and painters.

July 2009

DML Faculty in the News:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Daniel Torres presents his latest book

Bellaqueras is a work of erotic poetry whose subject is the search for perfect love. Daniel Torres specializes in alternative literature, and the erotic is always present in his own creative works whether they be poetry, novel, narrative or essay. Torres has been a professor of Spanish at Ohio University since 1990.

Link: (entrevista del 10 de julio)


DML Alumni in the News:Amelia Sylvester

Recent Spanish MA graduate, Amelia Sylvester, has just been accepted to an English teaching position (lectora) at the Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha beginning in October.¡Felicidades!