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Professor Fitz has been awarded the inaugural prize for best essay
August 20, 2014—Professor Fitz has been awarded the inaugural prize for best essay from the International Association of Inter-American Studies/Asociacion Internacional de Estudios Interamericanos. The prize was announced at a recent conference in Lima, Peru. His award-winning article, "Native American Literature and its Place in the Inter-American Project," appeared as the lead essay in a special issue of COMPARATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL on the topic of "Hemispheric Indigenous Studies".
Edward Friedman gave four invited lectures
June 5, 2014—Edward Friedman gave four invited lectures at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in May of 2014. Three of the talks were in the Department of English, on topics related to contemporary theater in the United States: "Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and the Roots of American Drama," "Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles and New Paradigms for American Theater," and "Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out and Identity on the American Stage." The fourth was for students in the doctoral program in Comparative Literature: "El sí de las niñas y la educación del público"
David Solodkow's Publication
June 5, 2014—David Solodkow, a graduate student who received his PhD in our Department has published his first book entitled "Etnógrafos coloniales. Alteridad y escritura en la Conquista de América (siglo XVI)."
Vanessa Valdés, Assistant Professor at The City College of New York
April 21, 2014—Vanessa Valdés, Assistant Professor at The City College of New York and a graduate of our PhD program, has published her first book, Oshun's Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas. This study is the only one of its kind on the market at the moment. It examines representations of African Diasporic religions and it does so in three national languages across the Americas, reflecting the impact of the comparative training Professor Valdés received at Vanderbilt.
Professor Fitz's recent publications include a memoir/anecdotal essay titled, "On the Shoulders of Giants:
April 7, 2014—Professor Fitz's recent publications include a memoir/anecdotal essay titled, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Study of Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Literature in the United States," published in the LUSO-BRAZILIAN REVIEW, Vol. 50, No. 2 (2013), 1-12. His essay on "Lima Barreto and Gender: An Inter-American Perspective," appears in the book LIMA BARRETO: NEW CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES published by Lexington Books, 2014. His latest book manuscript, FEMALE CHARACTERIZATION IN THE NINE NOVELS OF MACHADO DE ASSIS, is forthcoming from the Bucknell University Press in the series Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory. Talks and presentations this academic year have included: "Sexuality and Humor in Clarice Lispector's Denunciation of the Brazilian Dictatorship" at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, "Brazilian, Portuguese, and Afro-Lusophone Literatures in the Context of Comparative Literary Studies" at the Modern Language Association, "The Inter-American Paradigm and Its Importance to Latin American Studies" for the Center for Latin American Studies, "Clarice Lispector, Translation, and the Inter-American Project" at the University of California at Berkeley, "The Boom: Literature and Politics" at Davidson College, "Baudelaire in the Americas" at the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies, "The World Cup and the Future of Brazil" for the Owen Graduate School of Management and the Center for Latin American Studies. In April, Professor Fitz will deliver a keynote address, "Portuguese Studies in a Globalized World," at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. This spring he is developing and teaching a course called "BRAZIL!" for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.
Professor Fitz had two articles reprinted in Brazilian online journals.
October 1, 2013—Professor Fitz had two articles reprinted in Brazilian online journals. Both essays, one on Clarice Lispector and one on Machado de Assis, originally appeared in the U.S. in the LUSO-BRAZILIAN REVIEW. A new essay titled "Native American Literature and Its Place in the Inter-American Project" recently appeared in a special issue on Hemispheric Indigenous Studies in COMPARATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL. Professor Fitz was appointed by the Modern Language Association to serve as Chair of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature Selection Committee for 2013. He has been on the committee since 2010. Forthcoming online in The Occasional Papers series of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University is an essay on "The Importance of Latin American Studies to the Inter-American Project".
Spanish major awarded the Founder's Medal:
May 14, 2013—Spanish major awarded the Founder's Medal: Robert George Tauscher, from Geneva Ill., earned the 2013 Founder's Medal for the College of Arts and Science. Rob graduated as a Bachelor of Arts with majors in both Spanish and Biological Sciences. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society, and was a co-winner of the Katharine B. Woodward Prize for Excellence in Spanish Studies and a nominee for a Rhodes Scholarship. He was an academic All-American in rowing and was active in the Maní+ project, which works to reduce the incidence of malnutrition in Guatemala. This fall, he will begin his studies at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
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