Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Latest French Club Event: Trip to the French Bakery Aux Petits Délices.

On Saturday 23 2013, the French Club (or Le Cercle Français) organized a trip from Villanova University’s campus to the French bakery Aux Petits Délices located in nearby Wayne. Close to 20 students took part in this event coordinated by Kimberly Tower and Anna Bauer, French majors and Le Cercle Francais’ president and vice-president. This cultural activity gave Villanova University’s Francophile students the opportunity to take French beyond the classroom, practice their newly acquired or already well-rounded language skills, and exchange about their interest in French culture while enjoying authentic French pastries and strolling around town.

Dr. Villa-García Formally Recognized as Outstanding Alumnus at the University of Oviedo

Dr. Julio Villa-García has received formal recognition for his contributions to the field of Linguistics and English Philology from the Department of Anglogermanic and French Philology at the University of Oviedo in Spain, where he completed his undergraduate studies with Honors and Distinction in 2005.  The University has cited Dr. Villa-García as an outstanding Alumnus of the Department, acknowledging his work in a formal ceremony held in Oviedo.  Congratulations to Dr. Villa-García!

Dr. Nagy-Zekmi Teaches New Hybrid Course

In the Spring 2013 semester, Dr. Silvia Nagy-Zekmi taught a new hybrid course in the Department of Romance Languages.  Centered around a series of challenging primary and secondary readings in the area of (post)colonial Latin American literature and culture,"Post/Colonia: Diálogos textuales" was the first course in Romance Languages incorporating an online component designed to enhance student's experience of the material studied and supplement in-class discussion through creative use of interactive digital media.  Congratulations to Dr. Nagy-Zekmi for her work in innovative approaches tp teaching.

French, Biochemistry, and Honors Major Joana Petrescu Named 2014 Marshall Scholar

Villanova University Presidential Scholar Joana Petrescu has been named a 2014 recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, making her the first-ever Villanovan and one of only 34 college students nationwide selected to win this very prestigious honor.   The award will support two years of post-graduate research in cancer biology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.   For more information, see here.  Congratulations to Joana on earning this exceptional honor!

Dr. Villa-García Participates in International Linguistics & Cognitive Science Colloquium

Congratulations to Dr. Julio Villa-García for being selected as a member of the the research group “Linguistics and Cognitive Science” (LyCC) of the prestigious Center for Human and Social Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).    The Center has organized a “Permanent Colloquium on Theoretical Linguistics" since the 2008-2009 academic year, where work in progress, prepublications, partial thesis results, and other research have been presented.   The Colloquium serves as an open forum in which questions of formal linguistics can be shared and debated with scientific rigor and a constructive mind.  Dr. Julio Villa-García was invited by the LyCC group (Linguistics and Cognitive Science) to speak on “Syntactic Variations in Spanish: Non-standard Imperatives in Two Dialects”. The lecture took place in Madrid, on December 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Fellowship Opportunity for Graduating Romance Language Students

Match Education, a non-profit education foundation based in Boston, is seeking to recruit Villanova University students who speak a foreign language to tutor ELL students in Boston, MA. The Match Corps and Match Teacher Residency are one-year urban education fellowship programs that pair recent college graduates from top universities with a small caseload of Match students with whom they work in small groups or 1-on-1 tutorials, providing close academic support and building relationships to foster the success of Match students. For more information, check here.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Salvatore Poeta Publishes a New Book

Dr. Salvatore Poeta has published a new study of the genre of the funeral elegy in Spanish letters, including an anthology of representative texts.  La elegía funeral española (Aproximación a la ‘función’ del género y antología) (Madrid:  Siglo XXI, Biblioteca Nueva, 2013) works across disciplines in exploring the elegy’s transtemporal, transcultural, transgeneric, and transliterary universality, centered on what Dr. Poeta frames as the genre’s indispensable Four Elegiac Principles.  Congratulations to Dr. Poeta on his new book!