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What's New in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department

March 30, 2017


Each year I have the pleasure of greeting you, alumni and friends of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the satisfaction of reviewing a year's worth of accomplishments and milestones in our department. I hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights from the past year: 

  • The annual RLL Graduate Student Conference drew participants from across the country, with select papers being published in our Romance eReview. The theme of this year's conference was "Barthes in America/America in Barthes," commemorating the anniversary of the birth of renowned French literary theorist Roland Barthes; the keynote conference speaker was Professor Jonathan Culler of Cornell University.
  • Gloria Pérez Cejudo, an MA student in Hispanic studies, was honored with the "Spanish for Heritage Learners" Special Interest Group Travel Award/Scholarship at the 2016 Annual Conference of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • In May a delegation from BC (including Professor Franco Mormando, Assistant Professor of the Practice Brian O'Connor, and Assistant Professor Mattia Acetoso) traveled to Parma, Italy, for a two-day celebration of the 20th anniversary of the very successful partnership between BC and the University of Parma. 

In addition, I am pleased to introduce the latest addition to our full-time faculty, Assistant Professor Wan Sonya Tang, a scholar of modern Spanish literature. A national search is also under way for a new tenure track assistant professor of French. 

We look forward to hearing from you and to publicizing the achievements of our alumni on our department website. Please feel free to email me directly at Finally, thank you to all of you who have sent monetary gifts on our behalf in the past year. We depend on your generosity for maintaining the high standards of our department. 

Hope your 2017 is a happy, healthy, and prosperous one! 

Franco Mormando
Chair, Romance Languages and Literatures Department