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Faculty Lectures and Presentations

romance languages and literatures


Beckjord, Sarah. “Literacy and the Imagination in Inca Garcilaso de la Vega’s Comentarios Reales.” Atlantic World Literacies Conference. University of North Carolina, Greensboro, October 7-9, 2010.

Bruckner, Matilda. “Laughter Where You Least Expect It: The Puzzling Pleasures of Humor.” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Yale University, New Haven, 18-20 March 2010.

Bruckner, Matilda. “Speaking Through Animals in Marie de France’s Lais and Fables,” Public Lecture, Hamilton College, March 1, 2010.

Carpenter, Dwayne. "Tales from the Script: Attitudes toward Conversos in Recently Discovered and Translated Polemic Texts from Spain," History Department Colloquium, Duke University, November 15, 2010.

Javel, Andrea. “100%.” With Debbie Rusch, invited to conduct a workshop at La Salle Academy, Providence, RI, April 10, 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “’We Have Stumbled, But We Have Not Fallen:’ Rebuilding Haiti in the Names of Myriam Lerlet, Anne-Marie Coriolan and Magali Marcelin.” 12th Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Women and Writers and Scholars Conferences, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “’Your House is Your Island’: Narratives of Home in Haitian Women’s Texts.” 12th Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Women and Writers and Scholars Conferences, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Battles on Bodies: Staging Rape and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined.” Callaloo Conference, University of Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, July 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Beyala’s Le roman de Pauline, Sapphire’s Push: Black Girl Narratives of Dysfunction in the African Diaspora.” Invited Lecture. Walter Rodney African Studies Seminar Series, Boston University, April 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Can the Subaltern Survivor Speak? Documentary Film and Black Rape Survivors.” Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Berkeley, CA, March 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Contextualizing Crisis: Resilience, Recovery, and Rebuilding in the World’s First Black Republic.” Panel Series Moderator and Co-planner. Boston College, February 2010.

Lamparska, Rena. “Giacomo Leopardi: poetica e scienza.” XXXth Annual Conference of the American Association for Italian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 22-25, 2010.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "Gender, History, and Luisa de Carvajal's Letters." Luisa de Carvajal, Her Life, Times and Works. Valladolid, Spain. June 2010.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "Las vidas de Francisco de Borja y la cuestión del género." Congreso internacional Francisco de Borja y su tiempo. Valencia, Spain. April 2010.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "María de Zayas and St. Beatriz of Rome." Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Forum for the Study of Early Modern Women in Continental Europe. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. September 2010.

Rusch, Debbie. “100%.” With Andrea Javel, invited to conduct a workshop at La Salle Academy, Providence, RI, April 10, 2010.

Shepard, Laurie. "Guido Cavalcanti among the Tombstones." 2010 First Triennial International Boccaccio Conference. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, April 30-May 1, 2010.

Shepard, Laurie. "Paradiso VIII," A Public Reading of the Divine Comedy at Boston College, January 2010.

Shepard, Laurie. "The Poetics of Authority in the Vita Nova." The Eighteenth Annual Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Interdisciplinary Symposium on "Authorship," University of Miami, Coral Gables, February 19-20, 2010.

Shepard, Laurie. "The Power of the Word." Conference on The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome. Boston College, October 15-16, 2010.

Wood Lange, Catherine. "A Different Model of Femininity: Concha Piquer en La Dolores (1940) and Filigrana (1949)." Memory in World Cinema Conference, San Antonio, Texas, September 2010.



Beckjord, Sarah. “Don Quixote and the Discourses of History.” NEMLA conference, Boston, February 28, 2009.

Bruckner, Matilda. “Marie de France and the Anonymous Lais.” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 7-10, 2009.

Bruckner, Matilda. “Violence, Peace and Justice in the Roman de Troie: antique romance meets feudal practice.” New England Medieval Conference, “Law and Justice in the Middle Ages.” Cambridge, MA, 31 October 2009.

Javel, Andrea. “Sense and Sensibility: Reading through the Senses”, co-presented with Aliza Schneller, ACTFL Conference, San Diego, 2009.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Subverting the [Sub]text: Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, and ‘The Poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere.’” American Literature Association, Boston MA, May 2009.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Visionaries, Violence and Visual Images: Documentary Film and Sexual Violence.” Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Conference, Ghana West Africa, August 2009.

Lange, Catherine Wood. "A Twofer: Culture (via film, text, song) & Functional Language." Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York City, April 16-18, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk as part of “Cultures of Democracy.” University of California at Irvine, April 11, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk. Argentine Embassy. Washington, DC as part of the “DC Environmental Film Festival,” March 13, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk. Invited Speaker. Aston University, Birmingham, UK, April 28, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk. Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas (LLILAS), March 24, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk. University of California at San Marcos, April 9, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. Expo-Trastienda, “Sobre la relación entre palabra e imagen.” Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 16, 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “Bewildering: the Passage from Language to Politics in the Writing of Paul de Man,” Lecture sponsored by the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council, International Conference, “Paul de Man’s Political Archive,” University of California Irvine, April 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “Death in Venice: How the Arts put Society at Risk,” The Arts in Society 4th International Conference, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy, July 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “The Prose in Baudelaire’s Poetry: Two Petits Poèmes en Prose,” Seminar sponsored by the Comparative Literature and French Departments, Emory University, November 13, 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “Thinking Poorly: Some Wan Reflections of the Political in Baudelaire’s Poetry,” MLA, Philadelphia, December 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “Who Needs Poetry? Baudelaire, Benjamin, and the Modernity of ‘Le Cygne’,” Lecture sponsored by the Comparative Literature and French Departments, Emory University, November 12, 2009.

Rosser, Harry. “Conversaciones con Moctezuma en Llanto: novelas imposibles de Carmen Boullosa”, American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, July, 2009.

Wood-Lange, Catherine. “A Twofer: Culture (via Film, Text, Song) & Functional Language” with Helena Alfonzo, Meghan Allen, and Tara Sujko. The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. New York City, April 16-18, 2009.



Lamparska, Rena. "Gregorio Caloprese: letteratura e scienza" and "La complessità e la conflittualità della realtà poetica come motivo ispiratorio della teoria letteraria di Gregorio Caloprese." Institute of Romance Philology of the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, March 2008.

Javel, Andrea; Rusch, Debbie; Vanborre, Emmanuelle (Ph.D. 2007). "Learning to Read while Reading to Learn." Northeast Conference of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York City, March 2008.



Lamparska, Rena. "Scienza e filosofia nella teoria e nella critica letteraria di Gregorio Caloprese." Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, November 2007.

Lange, Catherine Wood. "Becoming Eva Perón: Eva Duarte's Performance in La cabalgata del circo (1946) and La pródiga (1946)." Cine-Lit VI Conference: An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Literature in Portland, Oregon, February 2007.



Beckjord, Sarah. "Bernal Díaz and the Territories of History." Division on Colonial Literature, MLA Annual Convention, December 27-30, 2006.

Rusch, Debbie. "Grammar Presentations That Function." Lecture and Workshop Series of Foreign Language Teaching Strategies - Spanish, Bridgewater, MA, November 8, 2006.

Rusch, Debbie. "Do You Function in the French or Spanish Classroom?" Workshop - Boston University, Boston, MA, November 7, 2006.

Shepard, Laurie. "Children in the Middle Ages." Five College Medieval Studies Seminar, UMass, Amherst, October 26, 2006.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "From Spirit to Structure: The Constitutions and the Formation of Jesuit Culture" on the Catholic activist Luisa de Carvajal (1566-1614), who preached to infidels in London when priests were not allowed in England. Rome, Italy, October 2006.

Lange, Catherine Wood. "An Icon is Born: Eva Perón in the Noticiarios Documentales Cinematográficos (NO-DO)." 3rd Romance Languages Film Symposium, Wake Forest University, October 13, 2006.

Mostefai, Ourida. "De l’imaginaire libertin à la philosophie politique: la place du corps oriental dans la philosophie des Lumières." International seminar on "Sensibility in the Literature of the XVIIIth Century in France and in England." Associazione Sigismondo Malatesta, Rimini, Italy, September 20-21, 2006.

Beckjord, Sarah. "Science and Religion in the Early Spanish Historiography of America." Society of Early Americanists, Old Town Alexandria, VA, March 31-April 2, 2006.

Shepard, Laurie. "Gender Markers in Childhood Sacraments." Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (sponsor), Renaissance Society of America, San Francisco, March 23-25, 2006.

Beckjord, Sarah. "Race, Culture and Memory in the Cuban Literary Tradition." Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Cuba Seminar, March 15, 2006.

Mostefai, Ourida. "Rousseau's Parisian Walks: Urban Space in the Rêveries." Annual Meeting of the Southeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Athens, Georgia, March 2-5, 2006.



Beckjord, Sarah. "Infidels, Heretics, and History according to Las Casas." Program of the Division on Colonial Literature, MLA Annual Convention, December 27-30, 2005.

Carpenter, Dwanye E. "A Converso Wannabe: Hernando el Marrano and Late-Fifteenth-Century Anti-Jewish Satire." Forty-Seventh Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, Milwaukee, November 11, 2005.

Carpenter, Dwanye E. "'Funny, They Don't Look Jewish': Confusing Converts in Medieval Spain." Inaugural lecture of Jewish Studies Program, Boston College. October 11, 2005. Available on "Front Row," Boston College's series of public lectures.

Rusch, Debbie. "Keeping it in the L2." Workshop - Quincy North High School, Quincy, MA, October 3, 2005.

Beckjord, Sarah. "Informing 'Indians': Science and Religion in the Histories of Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo." Colonial Americas Study Association Symposium, Bogotá, Colombia, August 8-11, 2005.

Shepard, Laurie. "Laughing in the Face of Tragedy." American Association of Italian Studies, Chapel Hill, April 14-17, 2005.

Lange, Catherine Wood. "A Tale of Two First Ladies: Eva Perón and Carmen Polo de Franco in the Noticiarios Documentales Cinematográficos (NO-DO)." Cultural Studies Association, University of Arizona, April 2005.