It has been another exciting and productive year at the Heights! I hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department:
- Last year, we announced the Sue L. Nguyen (M.A. '73) Prize for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies. This year, we are thrilled that the Nguyen family has extended their generosity and established another annual endowed prize, the Sue L. Nguyen (M.A. '73) Travel Research Prize. We are grateful to the heirs of Sue Nguyen for this support.
- Graduate students organized an interdisciplinary conference to celebrate the centennial of Roland Barthes (1915–1980), one of the leading literary theorists, critics, and philosophers of 20th-century Europe, entitled "Language Is Never Innocent: Roland Barthes at Boston College." The keynote speaker was prominent Barthes scholar Jonathan Culler, professor of English and comparative literature at Cornell.
- Our undergraduate Spanish Language program is the focus of much revamping and updating spearheaded by our coordinators Esther Gimeno Ugalde and Silvana Falconi. Check out, for example, the new addition to our department website. Counterparts in French and Italian are currently under construction.
In other news, this year we welcomed Assistant Professor of Italian Mattia Acetoso, who comes to us from the University of Bologna and Yale University. Currently, we are conducting a search for a professor of Hispanic studies, specializing in the literature and culture of modern Spain.
Two RLL alumnae, Stacy Brown '08 (Hispanic studies) and Kathryn Goetti '11 (French), were recently profiled on the University's website. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students in many diverse fields and encourage you to contact us so that we may feature more alumni stories on our webpage.
Chair, Romance Languages and Literatures Department