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  • The Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy

    Dr. Emmanuel Harris II (professor of Spanish and Africana Studies) published The Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy, co-edited by Antonio D. Tillis. The Upperman African American Cultural Center held a public lecture and panel discussion on February 25, 2015. An overview of the work can be found on the Barnes and Noble site.

  • Dr. Amrita Das’s book chapter “Daniel Alarcón’s Lima: Articulation of Transnationalism through a Discursive and Geographical Space” appeared in Negotiating Latinidades, Understanding Identities within Space (2015) edited by Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez. Das specializes in contemporary US Latino literature and her currentscholarshipanalyses transnational writings of US Latino and Latin American authors.

  • Dr. Christopher Dennis has been invited to be a guest speaker at the 13th Annual Africana Studies Conference: “Locating and Connecting Latin America and the African Diaspora" at UNCC, April 30-May 2. As someone who specializes in Latin American/Afro-Colombian hip-hop, he has been invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on Diane Ghogomu’s documentary on Argentine hip hop in order to address how this brand of hip-hop relates to other Latin American/Afro-Latino hip-hop expressions.

  • Dr. Amanda Boomershine, Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has been invited as a Visiting Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at UNC Chapel Hill for Spring 2015. While there, she will teach an undergraduate/graduate seminar on Sociolinguistics and an undergraduate seminar on Acoustic Phonetics. At UNC, she will engage upper-level Hispanic linguistics majors and graduate students in discussion and hands-on, individualized research projects which will not only allow her the chance to share her research interests, but it will also provide her with the time to further her own research goals. Outside of the classroom, Amanda will be working with colleagues at UNC and NC State on a project on Spanish in North Carolina, including an ethnographic analysis of Hispanic immigrants living in the state and the Spanish spoken in NC.
  • Dr. Derrick Miller receives OIP grant for faculty-let study abroad in Bremen, Germany. The objective is for students from UNCW to have an intensive immersion experience in the German language and culture. To learn more about the program, please visit the Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences page for more information.

  • Dr. Olga Trokhimenko receives the first Faculty Research Grant awarded by the international organization "Coalition of Women in German." Dr. Trokimenko is working on her book Constructing Virtue and Vice: Femininity and Laughter in Courtly Society (ca. 1150-1300).

  • Dr. Jess Boersma and his colleagues receive grant for Interdisciplinary Global Research (TIGR). Dr. Jess Boersma and his colleagues Dr. Herb Berg, Dr. Dan Masters, and Dr. Lisa Pollard of the Team for Interdisciplinary Global Research (TIGR) have won a competitive grant to conduct graduate-level Geostrategic Intelligence Seminars for the U.S. Government. The collaboration is on track to bring in over $80,000 to UNCW in the spring 2013 semester alone, with additional seminars under negotiation for the upcoming academic year. Dr. Boersma is the Director of TIGR and a PI of the grant.

  • Roza Starodubtseva receives $99,980 grant for Russian language immersion program “Travel Around Russia.” Roza Starodubtseva receives a grant of $99,980 for her Russian language immersion program “Travel around Russia.”  The program is a resident summer camp for students in grades 6-12 and will take place on UNCW campus from June 17th, 2013 to 29th, 2013. This program is designed to tie in various aspects of Russian language and culture to provide the students with a Russian cultural immersion and an opportunity to learn the basics of Russian language without having to travel overseas. The students will get informed on Russian climate zones and have practical comparative experience, visiting Wilmington Ice House for a glimpse of Siberia and visiting the beach for an idea of Black Sea resort. They receive 132 hours of instruction over the 12 days of camp. More Information

FLL Events

  • Global Cinema. Social, Gender & Climate Justice
    September 9, 2014
    7-9 p.m. King Hall Theatre
    Film screenings "The Shift" & "Line 9" with Q&A session with director Joseph Johnson
    Contact: Dr. Maria Cami-Vela for more information
    Joseph Johnson's WHQR radio interview
    SPN 385 Class
    Filmmaker Joseph Johnson-Camí during his visit to UNCW for the cultural event GLOBAL CINEMA. SOCIAL, GENDER AND CLIMATE JUSTICE. In the photograph, the director is with the students from SPN385/FST388 Introduction to Spanish Cinema.




International Film Festival FLL Fall 2012

Dr. Regina Felix organizes the first FLL International Film Festival!

LH 111, Thursdays 7 to 9 p.m.
All films have English subtitles for students and faculty only


20 – Dr. Florentina Abdreescu: Darwin’s Nightmare (2004, Austrian-French-Belgian: A documentary about the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. Written and directed by Hubert Sauper).


4 – Dr. Olga Trokhimenko: The Lives of Others (2006, Germany: In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. Drama debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck).

18 – Dr. Regina Félix: Waste Land (2010, Brazil-UK: An uplifting feature film highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Oscar Nominee documentary directed by Lucy Walker and João Jardim).


1 – Dr. Jess Boersma: Biutiful (2010, Mexico-Spain: Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona. Nominated for two Academy Awards, drama directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu)

15 – Dr. David Graber:  The Wounds (1998, Serbia, Germany: This film follows two Belgrade youths on their rise to gangster legends in a decaying society. Drama directed by Srdjan Dragojevic).

FLL Scholarship Award Winners 2012-13. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Helena R. Cheek Scholarship
    - Ashlea Twellman (GER)
  • FLL Academic Scholarship
    - Jordan Hulliger (SPN)
  • Lapaire-Stites French Studies Scholarship
    -  Ryan Trimble (FRH)
  •  Textbook Scholarships
    - Stephanie Chizmar (SPN)
    - Caroline Dempsey (FRH)

Previous news

  • Dr. Jess Boersma receives the CTE Engaged Teaching Fellowship Award for his proposal "Building the UNCW Teaching Community: A Proper Foundation for Applied Learning." Congratulations!
  • Dr.  Amanda Boomershine was awarded a CTE Summer Pedagogy Development stipend for her proposal "Developing an Honors Seminar on Immigration for the "Immigration" Thematic Cluster for University Studies. Congratulations!

  • Valerie Rider and Dr. Pascale Barthe received the International Programs' Global Citizenship Award. Well done!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Dennis on his book Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop.

  • Research Reassignment approved! Congratulations to Dr. John Stevens whose research proposal has been awarded a Research Reassignment for the Spring 2013 semester.

  • Congratulations Valerie! Valerie Rider's proposal for a CTE Teaching Initiative was approved. She submitted a proposal with Bill Atwill in Honors involving an Honors class combined with study abroad. The CTE Advisor Board enthusiastically received this proposal and also recommended that it be submitted for teh Global Citizen Grant as well. Good job, Val!

  • Dr. Amrita Das earns a Cahill Research Award! Congratulations to Amrita for having her research proposal accepted by the Faculty Senate Research Committee for a 2012 Cahill Research Award. This is a measure of the quality of her research potential.

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