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Winter Session Class

Instructor Diaz-Gomez's Spanish 102 class and the altar they created for Dia de los Muertos.
Instructor Diaz-Gomez’s Spanish 102 class and the altar they created for Dia de los Muertos.

This Winter Session, Professor Vilma Navarro-Daniels will teach Foreign Languages 110 (Introduction to Foreign Film, taught in English). This is an online class taught from December 19 until January 9, 2016. The course titled, “Mapping the World through a Camera Lens,” includes films from Denmark, Japan, Israel, Iran, Morocco, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, and China. This is a 3-credit-hour course. In this class, students will learn about the complexities of social, cultural, and political changes experienced by people in a variety of countries. Students will “meet” a bundle of characters of diverse age, nationality, language, religious beliefs, social class, culture, and ideology. Students will learn about interactions between the social and the individual realms, the public and the domestic, the historical and the transcendental, the political constraints and the intimacy.

Faculty Activities

Last October, Professor Vilma Navarro-Daniels gave a scholarly presentation on contemporary theatrical representations of Saint Teresa de Jesús, whose 500th anniversary is commemorated this year. Navarro-Daniels gave her presentation at the 25th Annual Conference of the International  Association of Hispanic Women Literature and Culture, held at  Marquette University. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Navarro-Daniels’ research paper, “Del mesías fascista a la prostituta redentora: Iniciación y transfiguración en Cachorros de negro mirar, de Paloma Pedrero” (“From the Fascist Messiah to the Redeemer Prostitute: Initiation and Transfiguration in Paloma Pedrero’s Puppies of Dark Gaze”) has just been accepted for publication in Contextos, a peer-reviewed journal in the humanities and social sciences. Navarro-Daniels’ essay inquires into the dark world of neo-Nazi juvenile groups that arose in Spain during the 1990s, especially the skinheads, who were characterized by their intolerance toward ethnic, cultural, sexual, political, and social diversity.

Professor Francisco Manzo-Robledo published two short stories this year: “Era un día gris y lluvioso” in Agitadoras, Num. 62, Abril 2015; and “Anthony Queen” in Agitadoras in Num. 61, March 2015.

Manzo-Robledo’s essay “Los informed de la prohibición,” which deals with the Archive de Indias in Seville, Spain, and his short story “Cuento del SIN#3,” about undocumented immigration, were accepted for publication in the journal Border Lines based at the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition, his manuscript for a book titled El tumulto del pulque de 1692: Sor Juana, el Virrey y la Iglesia was accepted by Juan de la Cuesta Ed., housed at Georgia Southern University.