Monday, April 28, 2014

Recognition Ceremony being held for 2014 graduating Romance Language Majors!

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures will be holding a Recognition Ceremony for our 2014 graduating Romance Language Majors!

The ceremony will take place on Friday, May 16th from noon until 3pm in Garey Hall Lounge.

Those graduating will be awarded a cord designating the colors of your language as well as a certificate of proficiency.

Please RSVP to Kelly McAnally at:

Those who are able to attend, please specify how many guests will be accompanying you to the ceremony.

Congratulations and we look forward to celebrating your graduation with you!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Congrats to our Three 2014-2015 Fulbright US Student Grant Recipients!

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures would like to congratulate three of our students who received the 2014-2015 Fulbright US Student Grant:

Jessica Eby  
French & Biochemistry

Denis Whelan 
Spanish & Math

Bethany Wood

We are so proud of you and your achievements! Thank you for being a wonderful representation for our department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last Day of Tutoring for Spring 2014 Semester

The last day of tutoring in the Language Media Center for the Spring semester is: 

Thursday, May 1st! 

The Tutoring Center is in the Language Media Center, located on the ground floor in the Mendel Science Center, Room G-93. 

Tutoring schedules can be found on our website here: 

Best of luck studying for your upcoming exams!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dr. Mercedes Juliá interviewed by RTVE and El País about her new book!

Yesterday, April 7, 2014, Dr. Mercedes Juliá gave newspaper and radio interviews about her new book, Vida, Days of My Life

Her radio interview with RTVE is featured on their website here: 

Her interview with El País is featured on their website here:

These are both very reputable media sources (think along the lines of NPR and the NYTimes), and we are very proud of Dr. Juliá's accomplishments!

The book, Vida, Days of My Life, is an unfinished autobiography by Juan Ramón Jiménez, structured, studied and with multiple notes by Drs. Mercedes Juliá and Mª Ángeles Sanz Manzano. Vida was published by Pre-Textos in their prestigious collection of Contemporary Classics in March 2014.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spanish Major Gets Fulbright to Spain

Denis Whelan is a senior mathematics major with a Spanish minor from Milford, CT. He has been involved with the Blue Key Society, Candidates' Day Committee, the New Student Orientation Program, and he is a Resident Assistant. He has participated in and led several service break trips, including trips to Kentucky, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Georgia, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. 

After interning at Sikorsky Aircraft after his sophomore year, Denis participated in the National Heart Lung Blood Institute-funded Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Boston University. Last summer, he performed an independent research project in nutritional epidemiology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. During the fall semester of his junior year he studied abroad in Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain through CIEE where he lived with a host family and took 5 courses in Spanish. Upon returning to Villanova, Denis interned for the Villanova Law School as a translator for Spanish-speakers at the Farmworker's Legal Aid and Tax Clinics.

Next year, Denis will be returning to Spain as an English Teaching Assistant through the Fulbright Grant. He will then attend Emory University's PhD program in Biostatistics through the Rollins School of Public Health. In May he will be inducted into Villanova's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

We Joined Twitter!

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures just joined Twitter! You can follow us at

"El Perú en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en su arte" Digital Scholarly Edition Prepared by Undergrad Students

In Professor Chad Leahy's course last semester, twenty of our undergraduate students in Romance Languages prepared a digital scholarly edition of a unique Peruvian manuscript in Special Collections.  For more information, and to view the project, visit

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Digital Humanities Launch Event Featuring Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Dr. Chad Leahy

Please join us in Room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. as we celebrate the launch of a digital humanities project! 

Working with Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Chad Leahy, PhD; the support of the Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative; and the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning, students in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures have collaborated to produce a scholarly digital edition of El Perú en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en sus artes, a unique early 20th-century Peruvian manuscript held at Special Collections in the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova. 

A visually rich scrapbook of Peruvian history and culture, the anonymous and undated manuscript incorporates numerous photographs, post cards and detailed illustrations as it traces a Peruvian national narrative stretching from pre-Columbian times to the early 20th century.

Dr. Leahy’s talk is titled “El Perú en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en sus artes: A Digital Edition.”

The event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.