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Faculty News & Research ~ 2009


December 9, 2009 - Dr. Eileen McEwan, assistant professor of French, published a chapter in the latest AAUSC volume: Principles and Practices of the Standards in College Foreign Language Education. Her chapter "Incorporating the Standards into a 3R Model of Literary and Cultural Analysis" is based on a model of literary analysis that she created for French/Francophone literature.

December 3, 2009
 - Dr. Eileen McEwan presented at 2 conferences in San Diego: "The Quest for Identity in Migrant Quebecois Literature" for the Assoc. for Canadian Studies in the U.S., and a 2nd paper discussing 'Berg's Tournees French Film Festival, at the American Council for Teachers of Foreign Language annual conference.

November 4, 2009
 - The Faculty Center For Teaching sent a four person team (Kathy Harring, Linda McGuire, Lisa Perfetti, and Kathy Wixon) to the 2009 POD Network Conference in Houston, TX. Harring presented a session, co-authored with Laura Edelman, titled "Intentional PowerPoint: Do's and Don'ts from Cognitive Theory."

October 30-31, 2009
- Dr. Luba Iskold, associate professor of Russian, and Joshua Suchow '09 co-presented a paper titled "Augmenting Student Social and Communicative Behavior via Experimentation with L2 Identities and Self-Authorship on Facebook" at the NEALLT/NERALLT 2009 joint Conference "Distance and Blended Learning Environments" at Yale University.
Link to Presentation

September 24, 2009 - Dr. Al Kipa, professor of German/Russian, gave a eulogy for and presented a tribute to Olexa Bilaniuk at the Ukrainian Embassy. Link to YouTube Video

June 24, 2009 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, is interviewed on the Spanish news edition of Channel 69. Erika was involved with activist intervention that persuaded Governor Rendell to suspend an order to revoke PA licenses obtained legally but without a social security number.

June 10, 2009 - Dr.  Lisa Perfetti, associate professor of French, presented a paper at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment conference in Victoria, British Columbia. Her presentation was titled "Promoting Student Interest in Environmental Issues in the Foreign Language Classroom."

April 16-18, 2009 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, presented her paper "New Bodies of Knowledge: Society, Science, and the Woman Writer" at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in Lexington, KY. There she also chaired the six-paper panel that she had organized on the representation of the woman writer in Spain's XIX Century.

April 3-5, 2009 - Fulvia Alderiso, Flor Maria Buitrago, Luba Iskold, Ilana Levy, Kellen Mickley' 09, and Harry Miller (OIT) participated in the annual NEALLT (Northeast Association of Language Learning Technologies) conference "Teaching, Learning & Assessing with Technology," April 3-5, Lafayette College. Fulvia, Kellen, and Luba attended a workshop entitled "Revolution, a Software for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment" and, together with Harry Miller, had a meeting with colleagues from Swarthmore, Skidmore, Carnegie Mellon, and Pitt to discuss innovative ways to integrate cutting-edge technologies into the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

April 3, 2009 - Mirna Trauger, visiting lecturer in Spanish, mentored and accompanied three students to a conference titled: "Educators, Artists and Activists Working in Latino and Latin American Communities" at Lafayette College. Three Muhlenberg students presented papers: Stephanie Flackman '10 presented a paper titled: "Pesticide Poisoning in Costa Rica: Connecting the Application of Toxic Chemicals to Effects on Human Health". Ashley Rider '09 presented a paper titled: "Volunteer Work in Argentina: An Unseen Side of the Country". Gabrielle Luongo '11 presented a paper titled: "Los mineros de Las Juntas: The Dangers, Benefits and Controversies Involved in the Gold Mining Industry of Costa Rica".

March 10-14, 2009 - Dr. Luba Iskold, associate professor of Russian, presented her paper "Producing Digital Videos: A Sociocultural Approach” at the CALICO with IALLT 26th Annual Conference “Language Learning in the Era of Ubiquitous Computing” hosted by Arizona State University.
Link to Presentation


March 2009 - Mirna Trauger, visiting lecturer in Spanish, presented a paper titled: "Parodia e intertextualidad en La llegada de José Luis González" at the VIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica held in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

March 6-7, 2009 - Dr. Joan F. Marx, Dept. Chair and professor of Spanish, presented a paper and moderated a panel at the XXX Conference of MACLAS (Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies), "Latin America and the World: Challenges and Opportunities," at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The paper she presented was: "From the Frying Pan Into the Fire: Political Repression and Social Oppression in Alicia Kozameh's 259 Saltos, Uno inmortal." Dr. Marx also served as the moderator of another panel: "Image and Power in Colonial Art and Architecture."

January 21-26, 2009 - Dr. Lisa Perfetti, associate professor of French and Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching, attended the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Seattle, WA.

January 2009 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was quoted in an article about immigration issues in the Lehigh Valley.

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