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Professors Corry Cropper and Chris Flood recently published their book "Mormons in Paris" as an analysis of how the French used early Mormon polygamy to satirize French culture in the 1800s.
This year, Dr. John Rosenberg received the UFLA Friend of the Profession award, which is given to individuals who have advanced the study of world languages in Utah.
Albert Camus’ novel depicts the city of Oran, Algeria during a contemporary outbreak of the plague. While there are obvious parallels between the plague in the novel and the peste brune (the brown plague, a nickname for the Nazis who occupied France during World War 2), by transforming the threat into an act of nature, Camus shifts the focus from human cruelty to the many reactions to suffering: some pretend it doesn’t exist, some try to escape it, others accept it and try to alleviate pain.
Professor Scott Alvord has been appointed as an interim chair for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese while current department chair Jeff Turley recovers from a medical procedure. Alvord and Blair Bateman have been leading the department for the past three months in their capacities as associate chairs.
Associate Professor Greg Stallings (Spanish & Portuguese) may have thought that picking The Exterminating Angel to be shown at the International Cinema seemed random, but the theme of quarantine that runs throughout the movie has become especially poignant in today’s environment.
Associate Professor Jennifer Haraguchi (Italian) speaks about the role of the plague in Boccaccio’s Decameron and his unique prescription for a cure: storytelling.
As we all spend time in isolation, Associate Professor of French Bob Hudson reflects on how the Heptaméron provides us with a model for reflecting upon and challenging ideologies and social conventions during this period of quarantine.
PROVO, Utah (May 19, 2020) — Professor Jeffrey Turley has been reappointed as department chair for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Turley has served in this capacity since May 2017 and will continue serving for another term in this position.
Florida State University's Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano addressed BYU students, faculty members, and others in a pair of lectures on January 30, 2020.
In his Education Week lecture titled “Becoming Bilingual: Language-Learning Tips, Tricks, & Motivation for All Ages,” Dr. Rob Martinsen taught listeners the “why” and “how” of language learning.
Dr. Céline Rose is the recipient of this year’s ACTFL Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education.
At a Humanities Center colloquium, Spanish professor Dale Pratt shares his research on time-travel fiction and its paradoxes.