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New Italian Prize Awarded
Italian major, Serafina Spink '13. The prize was established by the proprietors of the Italian gourmet food emporium, "Tutto Italiano" of Hyde Park, Emilio Locilento (BC, M.A., Class of 2003) and his sister, Marilena Locilento, in honor of their parents Angelo and Maria, "for their love of education and free enterprise, a spirit that shall endure into the 21st century and beyond." Emilio, Marilena, and their parents were present at the ceremony to make the award, following an inspiring brief address by Emilio on the value of a liberal arts education even for those, such as he, whose life career is in the world of business.
Professor Jeff Flagg is the winner of the Boston College Reverend John R. Trzaska, S.J. Award, given to the faculty member who expanded the horizons, skills, and value systems of BC students by providing support and guidance outside of the classroom.
Professor Elizabeth Rhodes is the featured feminist on the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) web page.
Professor Franco Mormando gave a lecture on “Bernini’s Models in Clay: What the biographical sources reveal” at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.
Ph.D. candidates Leticia Mercado and Esteban Mayorga are participants in the “Manos Teatrales” project, an initiative organized by Professor Margaret Greer at Duke in collaboration with the Spanish National Library. The project's objective is to advance technologies to aid in the identification of authors and copyists of dramatic manuscripts in Spanish around the world.
Professor Emeritus, J. Enrique Ojeda—who has been quite productive in his retirement with his scholarly pursuits—was recently inducted into the Academia Ecuatoriana de la Lengua in his native country of Ecuador. The Academia is closely related to the Real Academia de la Lengua of Spain, so this honor has international resonance as well. For his inaugural address to the Academia, Prof. Ojeda lectured on the works of Gonzalo Zaldumbide, an Ecuadorian essayist who gained international reputation for his books on D’Annunzio, Barbusse, Rodó, Montalvo and others. Under the sponsorship of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Prof. Ojeda is now preparing the national edition of Zaldumbide's complete works. We extend our warmest congratulations to Prof. Oejda!
A festschrift honoring Professor Matilda Bruckner’s career, Shaping Courtliness in Medieval France: Essays in Honor of Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, has been published by Boydell & Brewer, 2013. This collection of essays was co-edited by Professor Laurie Shepard and Professor Daniel E. O’ Sullivan, (Ph.D. French, 2000), Associate Professor of French, University of Mississippi.
The 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 9-12, 2013) will feature three sessions in honor of Professor Bruckner’s outstanding contribution to the field of medieval studies: our warmest congratulations to Matilda on her professional honors and recognition!
Professor of Italian Franco Mormando shares his passion for the language with (from left) Kate Mirino '12, Sottile Family Scholar Rachel Vitale '12, and Michael Vigorito '13.
Professor Ourida Mostefai is featured, along with other Rousseau Scholars, in the Swiss magazine "L'Hebdo" on the occasion of the tricentenial of Rousseau's birth.
Professor Elizabeth Rhodes's critical edition of the poetry by Renaissance musician and poet Jorge de Montemayor has been published by Editorial Castalia (Barcelona). Her current research project, titled 'The Age of the Saints," which investigates how the lives of the certain saint change over time, is featured in the Boston College Magazine.
Franco Mormando will discuss his book, Bernini: His Life and His Rome.
Sunday, May 20, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
92nd St., Y/Tribeca Lecture Hall
200 Hudson St., New York
Rebirth, Regeneration and Re-Emergence:
The XXth Annual Graduate Conference in Romance Studies hosted by the Boston College Romance Language Graduate Student Association (RLGSA) was held on March 16-17, 2012. Dr. Mary Baine Campbell, University Professor of Comparative Literature at Brandeis University, and a scholar of Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture, delivered the keynote address entitled “The Lost Science of Dreams.”
Lectura Dantis, an ongoing public reading of Dante's Divine Comedy, presents “Paradiso 15” with Francesco Castellano. The presentation of the text is in English, and the reading in Italian. FRONT ROW
Professor Rhodes wins a Research Incentive Grant
Professor Elizabeth Rhodes has won a Research Incentive Grant from the Institute on Aging, to support her research on Catholic hagiography, that examines the transformations in the ages of Catholic saints over the late medieval and early modern periods.
Global Humanities Lecture Series in Romance Languages and Literatures
Spring 2011 Schedule
Commitment to Spanish Language education
The Mario Vargas Llosa Chapter of the National Hispanic Honor Society is presenting a Certificate of recognition to Professor Debbie Rusch at Reading High School on March 29, in recognition for her dedication and contribution to Spanish Language education.
French Film Festival
February 11 - February 25, 2011 Devlin 008 Free admission and open to the public.
Leticia Mercado (Ph.D. Candidate, Hispanic Studies) published “Traspasar el umbral: la vestimenta como identidad cultural en la Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España de Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1632)” in Lucero 20 (2010): 15-32.
Assigned Reading by Matilda T. Bruckner
A semester in Madrid
Michael Polark, (2010, Economics and Hispanic studies major) spent five months at La Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spring 2009. He reflects on the experience in a Q&A with the Boston Globe.
Christ in the garden
VIDEO FROM FRONT ROW
Dario Del Puppo, professor of Language and Culture Studies at Trinity College, leads this public reading of Dante's Divine Comedy.
A Virtual World of Spanish Golden Age TheaterVIDEO FROM FRONT ROW
Margaret Greer of Duke University discusses her work on interpreting and identifying the handwriting of many anonymously copied works of seventeenth-century theater stored in the Madrid National Library.
Jamie Crowley ’91, MA ’96, a French major at Boston College, won one of the teaching profession’s highest honors. “It was at Boston College where I really learned how to think critically and become aware of my own learning.” More
Leticia Mercado, a Hispanic studies doctoral candidate, published "'Postrer ruido': el homenaje de Blas de Otero a Francisco de Quevedo" in MLN 125. 2 (March 2010, Hispanic Issue): 391-405.
Boston College Romance Languages and Literatures Professor Emeritus Rebecca Valette and her husband Jean-Paul, were honored with an award for their humanitarian work by the Saint Boniface Haiti Foundation. More
Lectura Dantis: "Purgatory XXXIII"
Lectura Dantis, a public reading of Dante's Divine Comedy, presents “Purgatorio XXXIII” with Franco Mormando, BC associate professor of Italian. FRONT ROW
Esteban Mayorga (Ph.D. candidate, Hispanic Studies) published Un cuento violento. Quito, Ecuador: Editorial El Conejo, 2007.