Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

April 2022

  • Spanish majors Evelyn Eason ’22 and Danielle Perales ’23 presented papers at the Latin American and Latinx Studies Symposium at Rollins College on April 8. Eason presented “Poesia Indígena y Ecofeminismo en la Obra de Irma Pineda Santiago (Indigenous Poetry and Ecofeminism in the Work of Irma Pineda Santiago).” This presentation is based on her Spanish honor thesis. Perales presented “La Importancia de Conocer: El Humanismo Lúdico en Diarios de Motocicleta(The Power of Knowledge: Ludic Humanism in The Motorcycle Diaries).” Both presentations were delivered in Spanish and stemmed from upper-level courses taught by Associate Professor of Spanish María de los Ángeles Rodriguez Cadena.

March 2022

  • Staff Instructor in Spanish Noelia Cigarroa-Cooke and Professor of Spanish Carlos de Oro copresented the paper “En el Umbral de la Pubertad: Viaje al Interior Femenino en Niña Errantede Rubén Mendoza” at the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies 69th Annual Meeting, held March 10–12 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Professor of Spanish Katy Ross, visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Katie Aha, and Catherine Hiebel ’22 presented a panel titled “Populism and Surrogacy in Spain” at the XXIX Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos, held March 8–10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ross presented “Surrogacy in Spain: the Bioethical and Feminist concerns”; Aha presented “Populism and Surrogacy”; and Hiebel presented “Spanish Populist Parties and Their Positions on Surrogacy.” The three were told that their presentation was the most coherent and organized panel the audience heard.

  • Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings presented a talk titled “Heritage Spanish Speakers’ Reflections on Their Unique Study Abroad Experiences” with coauthor Tammy Jandrey Hertel of the University of Lynchburg at the 9th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, held February 24–26 in Tallahassee, Florida.

November 2021

  • Associate Professor of Spanish Abby Dings presented a recorded talk titled “The Unique Experiences of Heritage Spanish Speakers Studying Abroad” with her collaborator Tammy Jandrey Hertel (University of Lynchburg) at the 2021 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, which was held virtually November 19–21.

October 2021

  • Professor of Spanish Laura Senio Blair presented a paper at the International Conference of Hispanic Women Filmmakers titled “Burying Ashes and Making Dust: Memorial Acts in the Latin American Road Movie.” The paper analyzed how Ecuadorian film director Tania Hermida subverts and decenters the traditional (Hollywood) characteristics of road films to represent a Latin American and feminist perspective. 

  • Professor of Spanish and Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Endowed Professor Katy Ross presented a talk titled “Faculty-Student Research in Spanish” at the virtual 2021 Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, held October 7–9.