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November 16, 2015 Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of the Paris attacks

VigilpicsAbout 175 people, including HCAS Dean William Downs, faculty from east and west campus, people from the community, French expats, members of the Muslim student association, members of the SGA, and French Club members and French students attended a candlelight vigil on Monday in remembrance of the terror attacks on Paris. Prof. Marylaura Papalas who organized the event, spoke as follows:

“I would like to thank everyone for coming out to the cupola this evening. The French section of the Department of Foreign Languages, and the French Club, organized this event to honor victims of violence, conflict, and war everywhere in the world. Unfortunately, this violence did not begin or end with the events that took place in Paris on Friday evening. Peoples of all nationalities, ethnicities, genders and faith are victims of violence everyday, and the attack on Paris, a symbol of democracy and liberty, brings into relief the cost of violence and war. I ask that we have one minute of silence to honor these victims, their families, and their friends. Please take this moment to reflect on the events, to hope for peace, to pray if you prefer, or to just be in silence. Thank you.”

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URCA Award Winners in FLL for 2015-16


Three students in FLL were supported in their scholarly projects with Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Awards for 2015-16:

  • Aenia Amin, a triple major in Neuroscience, Psychology and Hispanic Studies, who is doing a Neuroscience project with Dr. Tuan Tran
  • Spencer Jackson, a double major in Biology and French who is doing a project with Dr. Yan-Hua Chen of the Department of Anatomy and Cell-Physiology in the Brody School of Medicine; and
  • Anna Lawrence, a double major in Hispanic Studies and Anthropology, pictured above with her mentor, Dr. Stephen Fafulas of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Anna’s project, which is supported by the Department’s SoCIOLingLab is entitled, “Morphosyntactic variation in an emerging dialect of Spanish in eastern North Carolina”. Her work aims to discover the unique characteristics of spoken Spanish in the Hispanic communities of our region:

“For the past several decades, the Spanish-speaking population in eastern North Carolina (eNC) has been increasing rapidly. While much is known of other Spanish varieties spoken in major cities in the US, little is known about the formation of Spanish communities in the rural south. This project aims to fill that void by: 1) documenting the socio-demographic and linguistic characteristics of this specific population through sociolinguistic interviews and participant questionnaires, and 2) analyzing the forthcoming results in order to add to our knowledge of Spanish morphosyntax by noting specific properties that make this emerging Spanish community’s dialect different than other bilingual Spanish varieties around the US. Methodology for the study include: (a) collection of speech samples through sociolinguistic interviews, (b) targeted narrations of Mayer’s “Frog, Where Are You?” picture book, and (c) participant profiles through a Background Language Proficiency (BLP) Questionnaire.”

Faculty Author Book Awards

Books2015lgFive FLL Faculty were recognized for the book publications during 2014-2015 (from left to right):

Frédéric Fladenmuller. Proust ou l’écriture inversive. Du temps perdu au temps retrouvé. Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures, v. 226. Peter Lang.

Steven Cerutti. Cicero’s Pro Archia Poeta Oratio. Bolchazy-Carducci. 3rd AP edition.

Jill Twark. Envisioning Social Justice in Contemporary German Culture. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture. Camden House.

John Given. The Fragmentary History of Priskos of Panion: Attila, the Huns and the Romans, AD 430-476. Christian Roman Empire Vol. 11. Arx Publishing.

Ben Fraser. Antonio López García’s Everyday Urban Worlds: A Philosophy of Painting. Bucknell University Press.

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November 11, 2015 Laternenfest. 4-6pm Bate 1016.

I. On Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 4-6:00pm, starting in Bate 1016, our German Club will have our annual St. Martinsfest celebration with lantern-making, a walk around campus in the dark with the lanterns lit by candles, and the singing of traditional German songs. Email Dr. Jensen at ASAP if you plan to come, so she and the cultural outreach student group will know how many supplies to bring to make the lanterns. Anyone can join us, no matter what level of German you are in!
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