Monday, October 27, 2014

Live Video Chat and Q&A with the Starfish Foundation TODAY!

Please join us for the final event of the Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month, a Live Video Chat and Q&A with The Starfish Foundation, TODAY at 3pm in Falvey Library, Room 204! The Starfish Foundation, a non-profit foundation in Guayaquil, Ecuador that offers scholarships and tutoring for at-risk Ecuadorian youth, will be giving a talk about daily life in Ecuador and the Foundation’s work in the two communities in Guayaquil. The talk will be followed by a short Q&A with the organization’s founders: Beth Awalt, a Villanova alumna, will participate in-person, and Jenn Zocco will participate via Skype from Ecuador as part of the event. We hope to see you there!

"Dante and Augustine? Three Case Studies" TODAY!

Please join us for our first lecture in the Dante Series: "Dante and Augustine? Three Case Studies" by Simone Marchesi of Princeton University TODAY from 4-6pm in Driscoll Auditorium!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DR. LUCA COTTINI RECEPIENT OF THE ISSNAF (Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation) AWARD FOR THE HUMANITIES

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures would like to congratulate DR. LUCA COTTINI for becoming the recepient of the 2014 ISSNAF AWARD FOR THE HUMANITIES, presented to the best manuscript in the discipline of the Humanities by an Italian scholar who resides in North America.  A Review Board composed of international experts in the field scored all valid applications according to the candidates curricula (titles, positions, publications, grants) and the quality of the abstract (analysis, design, methodology, discussion, significance, innovation).  The prize consists of the manuscript's publication in the best University Press in his field of studies; in this case, The University of Toronto Press.

Luca's complex and fascinating book focuses on the emergence of industrial modernity in Italy at the turn of the 20th century. His method consists of observing this culture from the perspective of its iconic objects of mass consumption (i.e. wristwatches, bicycles, photographs, gramophones, toys, and cigarettes), as they create new social practices, and as they shape, in ads and in the arts, a new imagery of the modern.

This is indeed a great achievement and we are very proud and honored to have Luca Cottini be part of our Department.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

K-12 Spanish Teaching Opportunities with Southern Teachers Agency

K-12 Spanish Teaching Opportunities with Southern Teachers Agency

Southern Teachers Agency has helped great schools hire great teachers since 1902.  They recruit top talent from college schools of education, teacher-training programs, and—what many folks may not realize—from wide-ranging academic departments.  They seek top scholars and student-athletes who are called to lead, to connect with teenagers, to help children.
In particular, the private/independent schools with which they work need strong foreign-language teachers.
Hiring requirements in private/independent schools are typically more flexible than at public schools.  For Spanish teaching jobs in particular, schools will hire Spanish majors (and even Spanish minors) if they have a) command of the spoken and written language (with acceptable accent and intonation), b) enthusiasm for leading extracurricular activities and/or coaching sports, and c) demonstrable aptitude for managing and motivating students.  Simply put, completing a teacher certification program or earning a degree in secondary education is not a hiring prerequisite for K-12 Spanish teachers in most private schools.
Teaching at private/independent schools means building close relationships in small classes, innovating and collaborating, inspiring discovery, focusing on learning—not on test taking.  School communities include dedicated faculty, supportive alumni, and devoted parents who invest time and tuition to prepare children for college and for lives of leadership and service to others.
STA can help you get these great Spanish teaching jobs
STA’s reputation is outstanding.  Schools in the South have hired more candidates from STA than from any other source.  Their trust in our expertise and integrity has sustained us since 1902.
STA’s reach is expansive.  While we are a regional company, we receive thousands of job listings from nearly 600 schools in 16 states, from the Middle Atlantic south to Florida and west to Texas.
STA’s staff is excellent.  Placement counselors provide personal attention in assembling credentials files, preparing for interviews, and discerning job opportunities.    
STA’s services are free to candidates.  Schools pay for our services—because they want the best.

Apply for the 2015-2016 Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)!

Educational Affairs Program of the Embassy of France is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).  This program, sponsored by the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, offers young Americans the opportunity to live and work in France for 7 months with a salary, teaching English to French students of all ages. TAPIF helps American Francophiles gain teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of the French language and culture, while strengthening English-language instruction in French schools.  1,100 positions are available each year for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Positions are located in metropolitan France and the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and La RĂ©union.

Interested students can learn more at the program website here (and at our useful FAQs page!).

The online application for the 2015-2016 program is NOW AVAILABLE at The deadline to apply is January 15, 2015.

Pavia Lecture by Professor Ilaria Poggiolini on October 21st!

On Tuesday, October 21st, Ilaria Poggiolini, Professor from the University of Pavia, Italy will be visiting Villanova to talk about the University and the City, as part of the Exhibit and the Lecture Series organized by Villanova University to enhance the Italian Studies Program in Villanova. The Lecture will take place in the President´s lounge of the Connelly Center at 11:00 am. Please see the poster below for more upcoming lecture dates and guided tours of the exhibit in Italian and English. We hope to see you there!

Friday, October 10, 2014

More guided tour dates added for the Pavia Exhibit!

The Pavia Exhibit guided tour in Italian was a great success! We are going to have more guided tours after Fall Break, in Italian and English, led by our advanced students. Come check out the exhibit in the President's Lounge in Connelly and learn about the history and culture of this great Italian city!

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4 - 5:30pm
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 4 - 5:30pm
Friday, Oct. 24, 11am - 12pm
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 11am -12pm