Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dr. Villa-García's talk "Science, Linguistics, Syntax, and the Spanish Left Periphery"

Dr. Villa-García, Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures and member of the Cognitive Science Program, delivered a talk entitled 'Science, Linguistics, Syntax, and the Spanish Left Periphery' at Dr. Toscano's Word Recognition and Perception (WRAP) Lab in the Psychology Department on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

The second Dante lecture, "Dante and the Birth of Cinema", on YouTube!

The second Dante lecture that took place on November 17th ,"Dante and the Birth of Cinema" by John Welle (University of Notre Dame), is up on YouTube! You can watch the lecture here:

Please join us when the Dante Lecture Series returns next year for our third lecture on January 22nd in the Villanova Cinema from 4-6pm. The lecture is "Dante's Europe" by Giuseppe Mazzotta  (Yale University). We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Symposium in Huelva to Celebrate the Centenary of Platero and I

Dr. Mercedes Juliá, Professor and Chair of Villanova's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, was invited to participate in the International Symposium "One Hundred Years of Platero and I", November 24-28, 2014, at the University of Huelva, Spain.  Invited to the symposium were several Jiménez Scholars from different parts of the world. 

A news article about the symposium was published in Spanish by EUROPA PRESS. To read the EUROPA PRESS article about the event, click on the pictures below:
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Dr. Juliá's Lecture at the University of Maryland

Dr. Mercedes Juliá, Professor and Chair of Villanova’s Romance Languages and Literatures Department, was invited to deliver a Lecture at the University of Maryland (College Park) to Celebrate the Centenary of the Publication of Platero y yo by Juan Ramón Jiménez, the second most read book in the Spanish language after D. Quixote. Dr. Juliá spoke of Platero y yo as a necessary work to learn how to live and enjoy every moment of our lives. The Lecture took place on December 4, 2014. In the picture, Dr. Graciela Palau de Nemes, fourth from left, Dr. Carmen Benito, Dr. Mercedes Juliá, and Dr. José María Naharro Calderón, together with graduate students of the University of Maryland’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Many of you are beginning your holiday break today, so we would like to wish everyone safe travels and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Teaching Assistantships through US Teaching Assistantship Program Available!

Since 1962, the US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria has provided US college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants.

You can find more information about the program, including how to apply, on their new website Only online applications will be accepted. Please note that the application deadline for the program year 2015-16 is January 15, 2015.

The following link directs you to their website, where you can find the program description and download an informative flyer about the program for 2015-16:

US teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they are also important resources for first-hand information about the United States and the "American way of life." The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s affairs (BMBF) finances this program, which is administered by the Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission). While the participants in this program contribute to the Fulbright goal of promoting mutual understanding, this is not a Fulbright grant program. For information on the Fulbright student program in Austria, please consult the Institute for International Education at or the website of the Austrian-American Educational Commission at