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Notables

Spring 2014

  • Laura Senio Blair, associate professor of Spanish, has earned a place in the 2014 NEH Summer Seminar on Jewish Buenos Aires, to be held in Buenos Aires between July 7-24. The seminar will focus on major texts in 20th century Jewish culture as it has played out in the context of immigration and assimilation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the major center of Jewish culture in Latin America. Through a detailed examination of these works as literary texts that interpret the Jewish experience in Buenos Aires, the seminar will provide participants with an important grounding in this important dimension of ethnic culture in Argentina and, by implication, in other Latin American societies.

  • Abby Dings, associate professor of Spanish, presented two talks at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages conference that was held in Orlando, Fla., in November. In “Learning about Spanish Oral Proficiency Evaluation: An Online Resource,” a joint presentation with colleagues from The University of Texas, the University of Iowa and Purdue University, she presented a project piloting a series of Open Badges for the Spanish Corpus Proficiency Level Training website. Her talk on “The Undergraduate Spanish Major Curriculum: Faculty, Alumni, and Student Perspectives,” which was co-presented with Tammy Jandrey Hertel of Lynchburg College, focused on the results of a nationwide survey of Spanish faculty members, current students and alumni.

Fall 2013

  • Carlos De Oro, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “Ciudadanía y conflicto: Representaciones del Caribe colombiano y sus culturas en Los viajes del viento” at the XI Seminario Internacional de Estudios del Caribe, which was held at the Universidad de Cartagena in Colombia July 29-Aug. 2. He also presented a paper titled “El vuelco del cangrejo: neocolonialismo, etnicidad y conflicto” at the Latin American Studies Association’s 2013 conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., May 29-June 1.

  • Laura Senio-Blair, associate professor of Spanish, helped organize part of a film festival that was held in Chile Oct. 7-13. Her portion of the festival, titled “Nomads: Chilean Directors in Exile,” originated during the semester she spent in Chile on a Fulbright award in spring 2012. Read more here.

  • Abby Dings, associate professor of Spanish, presented two talks at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese conference in San Antonio in July. In “A tool for oral proficiency evaluation for teachers,” a joint presentation with colleagues from The University of Texas and Purdue University, she presented a project piloting a series of Open Badges for the Spanish Corpus Proficiency Level Training website. “The undergraduate Spanish major curriculum: Perceptions and reality,” co-presented with Tammy Jandrey Hertel of Lynchburg College, focused on the results of a nationwide survey of Spanish faculty members.

Spring 2013

  • Spanish notables

  • Angeles Rodríguez Cadena, assistant professor of Spanish, attended a seminar on the history of mass media in Latin America at the University of Buenos Aires while she is on sabbatical in Buenos Aires this semester. She also participated in a workshop on “Memory and Education” at the Haroldo Conti Cultural Center for Social Memory, which is housed at a facility that functioned as a concentration camp in the 1970s during Argentina’s military dictatorship. The workshop provided an opportunity to interact with educators, community leaders, artists and students who are creating opportunities for the production and promotion of the culture of memory and human rights through art, education, literature, culture and politics. She said she plans to incorporate what she has learned this semester in the Contemporary Latin American Literature class she will be teaching in the fall, and in her Cultural Memory in Latin America class that participates in Paideia.

  • Abby Dings, assistant professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “Language learners in interaction: Orientation to novice and expert identities” at the Dialogue in Multilingual, Multimodal, and Multicompetent Communities of Practice Workshop in Austin March 22-24.

Fall 2012

  • Katy Ross, associate professor and chair of Spanish, attended the 62nd annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference in Winston-Salem, N.C., in October. She presented a paper titled “Mother Blame: Lucía Etxebarria’s Amor, curiosdad, Prozac y dudas.”

  • Abby Dings, assistant professor of Spanish, and Ted Jobe, assistant director of the Language Learning Center, presented a talk at the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 16-18. The presentation was titled “Lights, camera, action! Using authentic materials to promote conversational skills.”

  • Carlos De Oro, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Latin American Studies program, attended the sixty-sixth annual Rocky Mountains Modern Language Association conference held in Boulder, Colo., in October. He chaired a panel on “The New Spanish and Latin American Cinema” and presented a paper about Colombian film. De Oro also has been invited to serve as a member of the Fulbright program screening committee that selects American students willing to pursue studies in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.

  • Abby Dings, assistant professor of Spanish, recently had an article titled “Native Speaker/Nonnative Speaker Interaction and Orientation to Novice/Expert Identity” published in the Journal of Pragmatics.

  • Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, assistant professor of Spanish, presented two papers at conferences over the summer. She presented a paper titled “Construcción narrativa de la realidad en el cuento contemporáneo de la Revolución Mexicana” at the 54th International Congress of Americanists held July 15-20 at the University of Vienna and another paper titled “Cultural Memory and the Fictional Portrayal of the Latin American Past on Television” at the International Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Research held in Paris July 24-28.

  • Katy Ross, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper at the Congreso de la Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades in Madrid June 28-30.

Spring 2012

  • Abby Dings, assistant professor of Spanish, and Ted Jobe, assistant director of the Language Learning Center, presented a paper at the annual conference of the South Central Association for Language Learning Technology in Boulder, Colo., April 13-15. The paper, “To caption or not to caption: Authentic materials and learner comprehension strategies,” focused on how second language learners’ comprehension strategies differ when watching authentic materials with captions (target language subtitles) and without captions.

  • Abby Dings, assistant professor of Spanish, has been selected to receive the Southwestern Partner of the Year Award from Georgetown Partners in Education. The award will be presented April 19 at Georgetown High School. Dings was one of several Southwestern faculty, staff and students who started a program in which Spanish III students mentor students at Mitchell Elementary School.

  • Seven Southwestern students are presenting papers at the 20th Annual Latin American Studies Conference being held in Birmingham, Ala., this week. Melissa Garcia and Alexis Kropf are presenting capstone projects done under the direction of Brenda Sendejo, assistant professor of anthropology. Garcia is presenting a paper titled “Navigating Ambiguity: Solidifying Transnational Chicana and Nicaragüense Identities with a Mestiza Consciousness” and  Kropf is presenting a paper titled “Pro-Life, Pro-Voice: Perceptions of Abortion and their Biopolitical Regulation in Arica, Chile. Lauren Fellers, Jeffrey McKenzie, Karen Ramirez, Trey Thiele and Simon Tian, are presenting papers done under the direction of Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, assistant professor of Spanish. Fellers is presenting a paper titled “The eternal and the transitory: evolution of theme in two of Ruben Dario’s poems”; Thiele is presenting a paper titled “Fútbol is better than sex,” which discusses the proliferation and importance of soccer in Mexican advertisements and the reflection that this shows on Mexican culture; and Tian is presenting a paper titled “The Understanding of Love, According to Paz and Neruda.”

  • The Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción did an interview with Laura Senio-Blair, associate professor of Spanish, who is teaching in Concepción this spring on a Fulbright Fellowship. Read the interview here.

  • Laura Senio Blair, associate professor of Spanish, has an article titled “Driving Toward Heterotopias: Taxis and Taxistas in Contemporary Chilean Cinema” in the spring 2012 issue of Letras Hispana s, a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal dedicated to publishing scholarly essays that engage topics in connection with Spanish, Latin American and U.S. Latino literatures and cultures. Read the article here.

  • Two Spanish majors presented their capstone research at the 20th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics held in Austin March 2-3.  Milly Arcovedo presented a paper titled “Identidad, lenguaje y el estudio en el extranjero: Hablantes nativos del español y los cambios de identidad.” Amanda Tompkins presented a paper titled “Factores sociales y tópicos de conversación que provocan el uso del cambio de códigos por los hablantes bilingües del español e inglés y las actitudes lingüísticas asociadas.” The papers were written for their fall 2011 course on Spanish sociolinguistics taught by Abby Dings, assistant professor of Spanish.

Fall 2011

  • Laura Senio-Blair, associate professor of Spanish, is giving a presentation at the XXI annual conference of the International Association of Hispanic Feminist Literature and Culture to be held at the Universitat de Barcelona next week. The title of her presentation is “New Road Signs for Emerging Identities: The Hispanic Road Movie by Women Directors.”

  • Katy Ross, associate professor of Spanish, has a chapter in a new book published by Macfarland Press titled The Changing Spanish Family: Essays on New Views in Literature, Cinema and Theater. Her chapter is titled “Why We Are All in the Club:  El club de las malas madres (2009).”

Spring 2011

  • Abby Dings, assistant professor of Spanish, and Ted Jobe, assistant director of the Language Learning Center, presented two papers at the joint conference of the South Central Association for Language Learning Technology and the Texas Foreign Language Education Conference in Austin April 15-16. The first paper, “We’ve got video. Now what?” examined best practices for the incorporation of authentic materials in the second language classroom. The second paper, “Students watching authentic video materials together: Learner identity and the co-construction of meaning,” examined how students collaborate to co-construct meaning and their shifting orientation to their identities as experts and novices in the target language.

  • Laura Senio Blair, associate professor and chair of Spanish, presented a paper titled “Forking Paths: Roadside Scenery and Emergent Identities in the Hispanic Road Movie” at the Popular Culture Association Conference in San Antonio April 21-23.

  • Abby Dings, assistant professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “Getting Help: A Longitudinal Analysis of Patterns of Repair in NS/NNS Interactions” at the 2011 American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference in Chicago March 26-29.

  • Laura Senio Blair, an associate professor of Spanish at Southwestern, has received a Fulbright award to study and teach in Chile during the spring 2012 semester. Senio Blair will teach a course on Hispanic film at the Universidad Católica Santísima Concepción in Concepción, Chile. Concepción is located southwest of Santiago in the central part of Chile. The area was the epicenter of the devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February 2010.

    Senio Blair has been interested in Chile ever since she went there in 1994 on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. She also went to Concepción for that program, and took master’s level classes in Hispanic literature at the University of Concepción. Senio Blair says she established relationships on that trip that continue to this day. The trip also led to the topic for her dissertation, which she continues to explore: how sentiments of dislocation born from exile experiences and the return from exile are expressed in narrative, drama and film. Senio Blair says the Fulbright scholarship will enable her to continue her current research on Chilean films. She hopes to complete a book manuscript that centers on the contributions female directors have made since the 1970s to the increasingly growing field of Chilean cinema, both in documentaries and fictional feature-length films. Read more here.

Fall 2010

  • Carlos D’Oro, assistant professor of Spanish, participated in a panel about Latin American film at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque Oct. 14-16. D’Oro presented a paper titled “Film, Nation, and Gender Representation in the Colombian Caribbean.”

  • Laura Senio Blair, associate professor of Spanish, and Katy Ross, assistant professor of Spanish, are presenting papers next week at the 20th Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica being held in Austin. Senio Blair is presenting a paper on Chilean film director Angelina Vazquez at a panel on Latin American Women in Transnational Cinema. Ross is presenting a paper titled “Being Bad is Good: The Ethics of Mothering according to El club de las malas madres by Lucia Etxebarria” at a panel on Ethics and Otherness.

Spring 2010

  • Abby Dings, assistant professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “The Role of Alignment Activity in Interactional Competence” at the Texas Foreign Language Education Conference in Austin April 24th.  She and Ted Jobe, assistant professor of Spanish, also presented a paper titled “What’s on the Tele?:  The Use of Target-language Television Series for Teaching Reading, Listening Comprehension, and Cultural Literacy.”

Fall 2008

  • Katy Ross, assistant professor of Spanish, had an article titled “Trauma, Violence and Pornography: Un mal año para Miki by Jose Ovejero” published in Letras hispanas 5.1 (Spring 2008). The article is available here