Romance Languages and Literatures
News and Announcements
First Recipient of Sue L. Nguyen (MA ’73) Prize
Graduating Masters student in Hispanic Studies, Daniel Cuenca, has been awarded the Sue L. Nguyen Prize for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies. The prize was established this year by the family of the late Sue Nguyen, a 1973 graduate of the BC Masters program.
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.
What happens in the brain when you learn a language?
Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language.
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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.