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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.
French literature professor Marc Olivier made a splash with his book "Household Horror: Cinematic Fear and the Secret Life of Everyday Objects," landing him a series editor position for a new series, Icons of Horror.
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.
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.
Associate Professor Jennifer Haraguchi (Italian) speaks about the role of the plague in Boccaccio’s Decameron and his unique prescription for a cure: storytelling.
Associate Professor of French Bob Hudson Discusses Marguerite de Navarre Heptan as Literature of Isolation
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.
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.
Dr. Céline Rose is the recipient of this year’s ACTFL Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education.
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.
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.