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  • Drs. Boomershine and Randolph will be taking a group of Spanish teachers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates to Santiago, Dominican Republic during July 2016. There, students will have the opportunity to take a course on Teaching Culture for Transformation and Social Justice (SPN 495/595) or Spanish Sociolinguistics and Variation (SPN 496/508). They will participate in a group service project and visit Samaná, Santo Domingo, and Dajabón.
    (http://uncw.edu/spngradabroad/ )

  • Nicolas Hammond finishes his applied learning at CEIE - Centre d’Etudes Internationales et Européennes / U. of Strasbourg Research institute for International Relations and European Studies. Niklas is conducting his internship as a research assistant to the scientific staff of this think tank in European and international relations. His tasks are varied including conducting research, establishing English versions of documentation, helping organize seminars and events among other responsibilities. His independent research looks at European law and the case or refugees and immigrants at the European level.

  • Amanda Boomershine has been awarded funding for her ETEAL program, which is part of the statewide initiative out of UNC titled “Building Integrated Communities.” The program will allow students in SPN 305 to formulate, deliver, and analyze a bilingual survey for community stakeholders to determine what needs to be done in Wilmington to have a more integrated community. The project is a collaboration between World Languages and Cultures and the Centro Hispano.
  • Dr. Emmanual Harris, II has been selected as a recipient ofthe 2015 Discere Aude Award for outstanding mentoring of students. The Discere Aude Award recognizes faculty and staff who were nominated by our most academically successful undergraduate students. Those nominations are further vetted by members of the CTE & CFL Advisory Board, so that the list of faculty and staff who are awarded each year received the most powerful nominations from our highest-achieving students--and often from multiple students in that cohort.

  • At the MIFLC banquet in Charleston, SC this past weekend, Amrita Das was awarded the Estudio Sampere-Leonor A. Ulloa Scholarshipfor a four-week course of study in July 2016 in Madrid. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition for the program selected, lodging, program activities, course materials.
    Amrita Das with Prize


  • 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.

  • Marianella Jara of FLL receives UNCW’s Lecturer of the Year award. Felicidades!

  • Dr. John Stevens secures a Charles L. Cahill Award for this research project: Native Speaker Perception of Voicing Assimilation of Spanish/s/

  • 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.

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