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October 2011

The Latin American Films Program was put on by OLA this Spring.  for more information, please click here.


 The newest issue of the SayThere newsletter has been published! Please click on the image below to read the latest edition.



The Ohio University Spanish Club held its first annual Tapas Night Chef Cook-off on May 17th! For more information about the event, please click here!


The 16th Annual Spanish Spring Colloquium: May 2-5, 2012
Latin America: Global Perspectives on Contemporary Inter-Cultural Identities
Free and open to the public

Thursday, 3 May - Panel I
3:30-5:30pm – Remarkable Inheritance (Bentley 124) 
-Ashley L. Love (Center for Latin American Studies/ OSU) – “Re-evaluating Racial Democracies, Visual Projections of Mestiçagem in the Western Hemisphere”
-Dr. Ariel Aguilar (U. Of Havana /Visiting Prof at U of MN this Spring Semester)  - “Presencia Africana en la cultura cubana”

Friday, 4 May - Panel II
4:30 – 6:00pm. Renegotiated forces: Illustrations of Historical Flux (Bentley 124)
-Dr. Rudy Guevarra (Arizona State U) – “Filipino-Mexican Relations: Mestizaje and Identity in Colonial and Centemporary Mexico”
-Dr. Tehama Lopez (OU/ POLS) – “Race-making through Everyday Conversation: The Emergence of a Latino Racial identity”

 For more information, please click here.



Attention all!  The 4th Annual free CALL Conference took place on May 4th at Ohio University.  For more information about the conference, please click the link below.

CALL2012 Information and Times


Ohio University’s Spanish and Latin American Studies students, along with Professors Delgado, Gallego and Partyka presented their research at the Ohio Latin Americanist Conference at Bowling Green State University in February. Accompanying and supporting the group were freshmen members of Spanish HTC and a Spanish graduate student. 

Hannah Abrahamson, Jeremy Kohler Luciano Martin, Irene Ramos, Carmin Martin, Mary Forfia, Muriel Gallego, Kaelyn Naim, Katie Meisky, Catherine Smedley, Brian Vadakin and Erika Harding

 Irene Ramos depicts the Mexican Revolution through art.  Mary Forfia describes the Chilean 
costumbrista novel.
 Carmin Martín explains the role of violence in 
LA literature from modernismo.
Katie Meisky and Dr. Partyka discuss Paraguayan 
children and young adult literature.


Sharon Dunfee (Ohio University, BSed ’83, Spanish & French, MA Spanish ’91) has been selected by OFLA (Ohio Foreign Language Association) for the 2012 Leona Glenn Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher Award.  Mrs. Dunfee is a veteran teacher of 29 years and is currently teaching honors and Advanced Placement Spanish at Athens High School in Athens, Ohio.  This honor will be recognized at the 50th annual OFLA Conference Awards Luncheon scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel Columbus at Capitol Square. 

Congrats from all of us at the DML!


Spanish Professor Daniel Torres has announced his new publication: “La poesía completa de Don Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora (1645-1700) editada por Daniel Torres”.  To view the cover, please click the link below.

C Carlos de Singüenza y Góngora


Attention, students!  The Department of Modern Languages is offering two new courses (ILML 337a and ILML338a) for Spring Quarter.  For more information, please check out the flyers below.

ILML 337A Flyer and Course Information

ILML 338A Flyer and Course Information


Latin American Cultural Night was held Friday, April 6th by the TDI, ISU, OLA, and LSU.  For more information, please click here!


On February 27-28th, the Peace Corps visited Ohio University to interview students.  For more information on the meetings, please click here!


French Professor Fred Toner has been honored with the prestigious award of: “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques”. Chapeau to Fred. Hats off!!

The honor, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (literally, Knight in the Order of Academic Palms), was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808 to recognize outstanding achievement at the university level.  Recipients, originally called “officers of the Academy,” were given the privilege of wearing double palm branches embroidered on their academic robes.  In 1850 Napoleon III transformed the award into a medal consisting of palm and olive branches intertwined to shape an oblong crown hanging from a violet ribbon, the form it still has today.  For a non-French citizen, the nomination has to be approved first by a committee at the French Embassy in Washington.  The selection is then sent to the Foreign Ministry in Paris, which reviews the candidate’s qualifications and forwards the recommendation to the Ministry of Education for the final decision.

Recipients and dates:  Lois Vines, 1993; Fred Toner, 2012.

July 2011

DML Recognition

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Daniel Torres has received a 2011 Certificate of Recognition from the prestigious Academy of  American Poets “for his steadfast membership commitment in support of American Poets and in fostering a greater appreciation of contemporary poetry”.  It was presented to him the 1st day of June, 2011, by the board chairman  (Eunice J. Panetta) and the executive director (Tree Swenson).

Also, his second book of poetry has done really well in Puerto Rico and abroad!  The Department of Modern Languages wishes to congratulate Torres on all of his success and his contributions to the department.  Congratulations and thanks!

Garrett Johnson, history major with a German as a second major certificate, will be studying abroad at the University of Leipzig next year as an undergraduate.  He was formally awarded a DAAD (German academic exchange service) undergraduate scholarship to subsidize his musicology research and study.

May 2011 


The Fall 2010 department newsletter is now available online.


DML German Students are awarded Fulbrights for the upcoming academic year!

Please click here for more information.

2011 List of Modern Languages majors that have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa:

Erin Crane, French
Meghan Devine, French
Elisse Farabaugh, French
Andrea Reany, German/Russian
Allen Flint, German
Mathew Wagner, German
Allison Kontak, Spanish
Julie Mann, GLST/Spanish
Eric Hanshaw, History/German
Jamie Smith, History/German
Jenna Garchar, GLST/French

Congratulations to all!


DML Student Honors and Awards

German Honors and award recipient information is  now available for the 2010-2011 year.


Please click below for the complete list of information.

German Award List

Congratulations to those who are recognized.

French Honors information for 2010-2011 is now available.  Please click below for the complete list of information.


French Honors Luncheon

Congratulations to those students who were honored at the May 18th, luncheon.  Great job!

Hispanic Honor Society: Eight students were initiated into Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, on Thursday, 19 May. They are Stephanie Combs, Brigid Iverson, Claudia Ludi, Crystal Reedy, Sarah Robles,  Laura Schaub, Sally O’Brien, and Sara Swaim.  Officers for 2010-11 have been Alicia Nunez, President; Darcy Van Dervort, Vice President; Cassie McCully, Treasurer.  Prof.  David Burton is chapter adviser.






April 2011

DML Activities

Monday, April 25th, 2011

DML Students Recognized

Teaching Assistant Grace Stout (French) has been chosen to receive the 2011 Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award.
Rosa Piqueres Gilabert (Spanish) is the recipient of the Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
Katie Williams (French) is the recipient of the Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Way to go!

DML Acknowledgments

Congratulations to Herta Rodina!

Herta has received an Arts & Sciences faculty development award to participate in a Social Networking Technology course over the summer.

Congratulations to Emilia Marks!  She has been promoted to Full Professor of Spanish.


OU Students participate in Undergraduate Olympiada (Olympiad) of Spoken Russian

Last Saturday, April 16th, the Slavic Center, the Slavic Department at OSU, and Bowling Green held an Undergraduate Olympiada (Olympiad) of Spoken Russian.  Several Ohio colleges participated in this event, including Ohio University.  Two students received second place honors (in the 3rd and 4th levels).  The meet was very competitive, and OU students did a great job representing the department and the school.  Congratulations!


Two students win Fulbright Awards

Both will conduct research in Germany

Apr 11, 2011
From staff reports

“Ohio University seniors Christina Matzen and Matt Wagner were each recently awarded 2011-12 Fulbright Awards.
Both students will travel to Germany to do research for about 10 months.”


Spanish alumna Marda Rose directed “Relaciones,” a collection of short Spanish plays, this weekend in the Baker Auditorium. The production was a great mix of humor, socio-political commentary, and nostalgia. Marda, currently completing her Ph.D. At Indiana University, graduated from OU with an HTC degree in Spanish and a major in French. She later returned to OU as a visiting instructor in Spanish and completed her MA in Linguistics.

Marda Rose (front left) and her troupe Grupo de Teatro VIDA.


For more pictures, check them out on Facebook at  VIDA goes on tour!


Now Accepting Applications for MA Graduate Programs in French and Spanish

If interested in joining our graduate programs, please click on “Graduate” and go to the appropriate setting for French or Spanish for application documents.

March 2011

Now Accepting Applications for MA Graduate Programs in French and Spanish

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

If interested in joining our graduate programs, please click on “Graduate” and go to the appropriate setting for French or Spanish for application documents.

January 2011

DML Accomplishments…

Hamrich and Meisky

Undergraduate HTC Spanish students Ellie Hamrick and Katie Meisky present their findings on Mexican literature and murals, and Paraguayan children’s literature at the 10th Annual Ohio Latin Americanist Conference held at Bowling Green State University (Feb 2011).

Piqueres and Marks

Spanish MA student Rosa Piqueres along with Dr. Emilia Marks present “Measures of cross-cultural sensitivity in successful EFL learning: the case of Ecuatorian students at CEDEI” at the 6th Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Florida (Feb, 2011).

Daniel Torres wins National Poetry Prize from the PENS Club in Puerto Rico for his work: De Bellaqueras.

Farewell to Rich Danner: After 43 years at Ohio University, the Department of Modern Languages thanks Rich for all his years of service as faculty and chair to the department. We will miss Rich, but look forward to hearing of his new adventures