Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics

Terra Incognita: Graduate Student Conference

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics of Florida State University will be hosting its inaugural graduate student conference entitled “Terra Incognita,” a Latin phrase meaning unknown or unexplored land. The theme of the conference is Encounters. April 8, 2017.

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Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano’s latest documentary film, “El Río"

“Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano’s latest documentary film, “El Río,” aims to illustrate the unique relationship between the indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon and their land. By drawing attention to and discussing the differences between western ideologies and those found in the Amazon, the documentary increases awareness of the emotional and spiritual effects of environmental resource depletion. Galeano was joined by his former student Callaghan Keane, who traveled to the Amazon as a guest of an indigenous community and “shadowed the whole filming process.” The film is set to debut at a festival in Detroit this summer. For the full article, please click here.”

 

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Leslie N. Wilson - Delores Auzenne Graduate Assistantship Awarded to Sherez Mohamed and Angela Merchan

Sherez Mohamed ( PhD Spanish) and Angela Merchan (MA, Italian Studies) are the proud recipients of the 2017-2018 Leslie N. Wilson-Auzenne Graduate Assistantship for Minority Students from the Graduate School at Florida State University! Leslie N. Wilson-Delores Auzenne Assistantships are awarded to minority graduate students after a steep competition. The award carries a supplemental stipend, plus tuition waivers. Recipients also participate in a professional development program organized by the Graduate School in order to facilitate networking and professional development. Congratulations Sherez and Angela!


2016-2017 Graduate Student Research and Creativity Awards

It is our great pleasure to announce that Shanaaz Mohammed (PhD, French) has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Research and Creativity Awards.


Sultan Qaboos Scholarship Awarded to Two Modern Languages Students for Summer 2017

Two of our Arabic students, Kelly Baker (Middle Eastern Studies major) and Micah Friedman (Religion major) have been awarded the Sultan Qaboos scholarship (SALAM) for Summer 2017 to study Arabic in Manah, Oman.

The SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Only 24 students nationwide were selected for this very competitive scholarship among them our 2 FSU students!


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY ABROAD

Florida State University Students (Daniela Castro, Jayda Craig and Hannah Dale) awarded the

U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad.

Ms.Castro, Ms. Craig and Ms. Dale, all students in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, were three of over 250 American undergraduate students from 154 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the Summer 2017 Early Application cycle.  Ms. Castro will study abroad in France, Ms. Craig will study abroad in Morocco and Ms. Dale will study abroad in Spain.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs.  The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to thrive in the global economy and interdependent world. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.  Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies -- making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. 

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FSU professor bridges cultures with art

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Alejandra Gutierrez in a
production of
"The Stronger."

Alejandra Gutierrez cannot resist a good post-apocalyptic novel. One of her favorites is “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel which follows a theater group trying to keep the art alive in a world nearly wiped out by a virus. As an actress and FSU professor of Spanish language and literature, Gutierrez finds a kinship to this kind of story, as she strives to keep her culture alive through theater and teaching. It’s through literature that she is able to share customs, celebrations, and values with her students, connecting them and opening their eyes to a world not so different from their own.

The Hispanic Theater is excited to debut “Anna in the Tropics,” this February at Goodwood Museum and in March in Monticello. The play follows a family running their Cuban cigar factory at the turn of the century in Ybor City, Tampa. Gutierrez will play the part of Conchita who decides to turn her life around thanks to this book. Because of the play’s strong ties to Hispanic culture, Gutierrez finds ease into slipping into her role, which shares characteristics with people she’s known.

Read the full article here.