Category Archives: Spanish News

New Book by Ben Fraser from Palgrave McMillan

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Toward an Urban Cultural Studies is a call for a new interdisciplinary area of research and teaching. Blending Urban Studies and Cultural Studies, this book grounds readers in the extensive theory of the prolific French philosopher Henri Lefebvre. Appropriate for both beginners and specialists, the first half of this book builds from a general introduction to Lefebvre and his methodological contribution toward a focus on the concept of urban alienation and his underexplored theory of the work of art. The second half merges Lefebvrian urban thought with literary studies, film studies and popular music studies, successively, before turning to the videogame and the digital humanities. Benjamin Fraser’s approach consistently emphasizes the interrelationship between cities, culture, and capital.

Two Way Immersion Programs

Pitt County Schools is launching a dual language immersion program at Belvoir Elementary School in the fall, where 48% of students are native Hispanic speakers. The program, with rotating instruction in Spanish and English, will be offered to all incoming kindergartners with parent approval.
Pitt County Schools World Language Coordinator, Ann Borisoff, says research shows there are scholastic benefits to bilingual instruction. “What happens is that a different part of the brain is accessed when you are working with a bilingual situation. Actually, learning in a lot of cases goes a lot faster and students obtain the same or better results on academic achievement tests as do their monolingual peers,” Borisoff.

»» WNCT Story

(Last year’s post from 3/21/14):
Pitt County Schools is doing a feasibility study on two-way immersion programs to start in 2015-16. In such programs the entire curriculum is taught partially in Spanish and partially in English. Prof. Ann Borisoff who has just completed a dissertation on this subject was featured in an article in The Daily Reflector on March 4, discussing the benefits of such an approach in Pitt County where schools like Belvoir Elementary are 48% Hispanic.
Borisoff said that not only do all the students become bilingual and biliterate, but achievement improves and students develop cross-cultural competence. Data from programs such as the dual immersion program in Greene County have shown that students in such language immersion programs not only learn the standard curriculum despite the language challenges, but actually perform equal or better on grade level tests than their mono-lingual peers. A sample classroom might be an equal mix of native-Spanish and native-English speakers on an alternate day schedule in which the same curriculum is taught exclusively in Spanish one day and in English the next.

March 23-27, 2015. FLL @ Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Week

Aenia Amin (BA Hispanic Studies)
The Association Between Metabolism and the Expression of Circadian Regulatory Genes (Oral Presentation) 10:15-10:30 MSC Great Room I Biomedical Sciences

Kyle Binaxas (BA Multidisciplinary Studies: Russian Studies)
Soviet Animation Before and After Khrushchev’s Thaw: Historical and Critical Analysis (Poster UP 23) 8:15-12:15 MSC Social Room Social Sciences

Kimberly Bostick (BA Hispanic Studies)
Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Food Insecurity in Obese Pediatric Patients (Poster UP 43) 10:15-2:30 MSC Social Room Human Health

Charles Jauss (BA Hispanic Studies)
Understanding Cultural Self-Efficacy Among Medical Students (Poster UP 35) 10:15-2:30 MSC Social Room Human Health

Jessica Rassau (BA Multidisciplinary Studies: Classical Civilization)
The Training and Decisions of King Leonidas (Oral Presentation) 1:30-1:45 MSC Great Room 2 Social Sciences

Alix Rothbart (Hispanic Studies Minor)
Stress, Burnout and Coping Mechanisms among Health Professionals working in Pediatric Oncology (Poster UP 38) 10:15-2:30 MSC Social Room Human Health

Sarah Sipe (BA German)
Intensity of Amyloid-beta (A) peptides and the exposure of their hydrophobic residues in forming amyloid plaques (Poster UP 98) 8:15-2:30 MSC Room 221 Biomedical Sciences

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ECU students serving as Cultural Ambassors, teaching English in Spain

For many years, ECU Hispanic Studies majors have been selected as Cultural Ambassadors to teach English in Spain. In 2014-15, Robert Colson and Mario Becerra are serving as language and cultural assistants in Spanish schools. These cultural exchanges are transformative experiences, often leading our majors to pursue graduate education in country.

2013-2014
Cassidy Ann Cloninger: Úbeda (Jaén)
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital

2014-15
Robert Colson: El Palmar de Troya (Sevilla)
Mario Becerra: Mallorca, applying for MA programs in Spain
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital, accepted into an MA program in Spain

Students often pursue opportunities like this for a gap year between undergraduate and graduate school. They receive a work visa (apply from the Consulate in D.C), medical insurance, and a monthly stipend of ca. $1,000. The work commitment is approximately 12-16 hours per week.

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»» Website for more information

Katherine Ford Selected as Honors Faculty Fellow for 2014-15

Katie FordDr. Katherine Ford, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, has been selected as an Honors Faculty Fellow for 2014-15. Honors Faculty Fellows teach honors seminars, leadership, service and research colloquia, and capstone courses for upper division honors students. They also perform advising for scholarship and fellowship recipients. Dr. Ford is author of a monograph on Politics and Violence in Cuban and Argentine Theater (Palgrave McMillan 2010), as well as numerous articles on Hispanic drama.