For department news, contact the SHS Administrative Secretary, Ms. Barbara Turner, at 257-7366.
The Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies held its inaugural Awards Day to celebrate the scholastic achievement of Spanish majors and minors.
Three sets of awards were given:
The Antonio Rivarés Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in Spanish was presented to a graduating major in Spanish judged by the faculty members as having distinguished himself or herself academically.
The Faculty Choice Award for Excellence in Spanish was presented to Spanish majors and minors who achieved overall best performance in the courses taught during this year by the faculty member who made the choice.
The Special Recognition for Service to Mesa Hispánica was presented to students who distinguished themselves through service to the Spanish club.
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Time: 4:00pm (Reception at 5:00 pm)
Place: BLUU Student Center, Eastside Ballroom (3301C & D)
Winner, Department with most participants in TCU LEAPS Fall 2009
Comprehensive curricular reform
Lower enrollment limits on language courses
Construction of new website
Sponsorship of major theater event (Fall 2009)
Publication of nine books since 2004
Winner of the 2007 Cor Award
Addition of four full-time faculty since Fall 2008
New Faculty Spotlight
The Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies was greeted with following recent faculty additions:
F. Komla Aggor joined the Department as its Chair in Fall 2008 from John Carroll University, a Jesuit university in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana, University of Western Ontario, and UCLA. Professor Aggor directs TCU’s Summer Study Abroad in Ghana, which is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2010. He is also co-director of the bi-annual International Conference on Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and Latin American Studies (ICALLAS).
Sohyun Lee joined the Department in Fall 2009 as a Trans-Atlantic scholar from the University of Arizona, where she completed her doctorate earlier in the year. Her work deals with documentary film, gender studies, and border studies. She also has interest in studying the dynamics of urban processes and their repercussions on socio-cultural phenomena. She has previously served as a reporter, producer, and translator for Korea Broadcasting System, after living for years in Paraguay. As a graduate student, Dr. Lee served in multiple academic capacities, as Coordinator of Services, editor and assistant editor, Undergraduate Student Representative, Graduate Student Representative.
Ryan Schmitz became a member of the departmental family in Fall 2009 as a scholar of Golden Age Spanish literature. He completed his doctorate earlier in the year at the University of Texas, Austin, where he distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher. His research focuses on Cervantes’s works, with strong interests in Trans-Atlantic, particularly as they relate to colonial narratives of Spanish America. Dr. Schmitz lived for three years in Mexico, where he also taught English to business executives.
New Courses Spotlight
Beginning Fall 2009, these new courses will become part of the regular Spanish curriculum. Consider enrolling in them.
SPAN 20403 - The Hispanic City
SPAN 31303 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
SPAN 31803 - Service-Learning in the Latino Community
SPAN 32203 - Popular Cultures of Spanish-speaking Countries
SPAN 32303 - The Cinema and Media of Spain
SPAN 32403 - The Cinema and Media of Latin America
SPAN 32503 - Panorama of Spanish Literature 1 (Pre-1800)
SPAN 32603 - Panorama of Spanish Literature 2 (Post-1800)
SPAN 32703 - Panorama of Latin American Literature 1 (Pre-1820)
SPAN 32803 - Panorama of Latin American Literature 2 (Post-1820)
SPAN 41003 - The Art of Spanish Translation
SPAN 41103 - Golden Age Spanish Poetry and Drama
SPAN 41203 - Cervantes and the Renaissance
SPAN 41303 - Modern Spanish Literature
SPAN 41403 - Latin American Poetry and Theater
SPAN 41503 - Latin American Short Story
SPAN 41603 - Latin American Novel
SPAN 41703 - Contemporary Mexican Indigenous Literatures
SPAN 41803 - Afro-Hispanic and Caribbean Literature
SPAN 41903 - Hispanic Women Writers
SPAN 42003 - Hispanic Literature in USA
SPAN 42103 - Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
SPAN 43303 - Hispanic Topics in English Translation
SPAN 49003 - Special Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture
The Department will once again be co-sponsor of the International Conference on Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and Latin American Studies (ICALLAS), which will be held at the University of Ghana, August 2-5, 2011. For details, go to www.personal.tcu.edu/kaggor/ghanaindex.htm.
Two new study-abroad programs were started in 2010.
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
TCU in Buenos Aires had a succesful beginning in 2010. It will be repeated in 2011. Interested students should contact the program director, Dr. Steven Sloan, email@example.com.
Ghana Summer Study Abroad
This interdisciplinary cultural program was inaugurated in summer 2010. The next program will take place in summer 2012. For details, go to www.international.tcu.edu or contact the program director, Dr. Komla Aggor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Mesa Hispánica (Spanish Club) is in business! Anyone interested please contact Karla O'Donald
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