Romance Languages and Literatures
News and Announcements
Prof. Rusch Retires After
Retiring at the end of calendar year 2013 is our long-term coordinator of Elementary Spanish, after 24 years of what she describes as the "pure fun of teaching," the inimitable Prof. Debbie Rusch, co-author of the popular textbooks, Claro que sí (now in its 7th edition) and Fuentes: Conversación y gramática (now in its 4th edition). We will miss Debbie; but, happily, the search for her successor is now well underway. She is here pictured with her mom, Norma Rusch. (photo: F. Mormando)
Inauguration of New Documentary Film
Prof. Ernesto Livon-Grosman's new documentary, Brascó, a survey of Argentinian cultural and political life of the past 50 years through the eyes of poet and "public intellectual," MIguel Brascó, had its world debut at the National Library of Argentina in Buenos Aires.
Verdi Anniversary Celebration
The Italian Section celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi, with an interdisciplinary round-table discussion by Mattia Acetoso (Italian), Jeremiah McGrann (Music) and Francesco Castellano (PT instructor of Italian and director emeritus, Dante Alighieri Society, Cambridge), followed by musical performances by professional singers, among them, Cindy Bravo, director of the BC Language Lab and Italian MA student David Lara. A full video of the program is available on YouTube.
Italy, Spain, & France among Top Study Abroad Destinations
According to the online journal, Inside Higher Ed, the number of American college students studying abroad continues to increase, with the top five destinations being (in order of popularity) the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and China. Moreover, Boston College ranked among the top five doctoral universities according to the percentage of students engaging in foreign study.
Most Popular Undergraduate Minors
According to the 2013-14 Boston College Factbook (p. 44), Hispanic Studies is the second most popular undergraduate minor, after International Studies.
Foreign language skills provide sharp edge in the job market
The International Business Times reported that job seekers with bilingual skills could look forward to a profusion of opportunities in the coming year.
Second Language Key to Success
"Mounting evidence suggests that learning a second language can be the key to a student's success, supporting everything from increased cognitive function to higher rates of success in school and in the careers that come afterward," reports The Huffington Post, based on statistics gathered by Middlebury Interactive Languages.
Language Placement Test
This online test helps determine the appropriate course level for your language study.
Recent books by department faculty
Professor Kevin Newmark
Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.
Professor Elizabeth Rhodes
Jorge de Montemayor: Poesía selecta, editor. Barcelona: Castalia, 2012.
Régine M. Jean-Charles, Assistant Professor of French, joined the department in 2008.
Franco Mormando, Professor of Italian, joined the department in 1994.
Elizabeth Rhodes, Professor of Hispanic Studies, joined the department in 1987.