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Professor Earl Fitz recently gave two invited lectures.

November 19, 2014—Professor Earl Fitz recently gave two invited lectures. At Indiana University, he spoke on "Breaking New Ground: Inter-American Literature and the Roles of Language and Literature Departments in its Development." At the University of Iowa, he delivered a lecture entitled "From the Cornfields of Iowa to the Beach at Ipanema: How a Budding Comparatist Came to Know 'A Garota de Ipanema' and Her Literary Friends" for a special symposium on "Construing Brazil in the United States." Professor Fitz was also a panelist at the biennial conference of the American Portuguese Studies Association on the topic "Da Divisao a Unidade: Vozes Amerindias no Projeto Interamericanista."


Professor Emerita Susan Berk-Seligson was in Antigua, Guatemala

November 13, 2014—Professor Emerita Susan Berk-Seligson was in Antigua, Guatemala Nov. 5-6 to present at a hemisphere-wide conference organized by the World Bank and USAID and the government of Guatemala the quantitative and qualitative results of Vanderbilt’s Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) 's five-year multi-country impact evaluation designed to assess the effectiveness of community-based crime prevention programs in Central America.


Professor Emerita Susan Berk-Seligson

November 13, 2014—Professor Emerita Susan Berk-Seligson has been invited to participate in the “Latinos and the Death Penalty” symposium to be held at the University of Texas School of Law on April 10-11, 2015.


Because of the growing international interest in Forensic Linguistics

November 11, 2014—Because of the growing international interest in Forensic Linguistics, Professor Emerita Susan Berk-Seligson’s award-winning book, The Bilingual Courtroom: Court Interpreters in the Judicial Process, will be translated into Chinese by The University of Chicago Press, for distribution in China.


The Spanish and Portuguese Department is one of the sponsors

September 25, 2014—The Spanish and Portuguese Department is one of the sponsors of Gloria Rolando's (Cuban filmmaker) upcoming talk (October 20) and documentary screening.


Gladys Robalino has edited and contributed to the new book

September 23, 2014—Gladys Robalino has edited and contributed to the new book FEMALE AMERINDIANS IN EARLY MODERN SPANISH THEATER, published by Bucknell University Press. Gladys is a Vanderbilt PhD; her dissertation was on the playwright Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, who was born in Mexico but who practiced his craft in Spain. She is associate professor of Spanish at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.


In the Spring of 2014 Professor Vanessa K. Valdés

September 11, 2014—In the Spring of 2014 Professor Vanessa K. Valdés (Vanderbilt PhD) was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of The City College of New York.


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