Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Academic News

LaDale Winling, an associate professor in the Department of History, in collaboration with Robert Nelson and Justin Madron from the University of Richmond, launched an interactive website, “Electing the House of Representatives, 1840–2016.”

Assisting with the project were undergraduate Jennalee Beazley, international studies, Spanish, and economics; L. T. Wilkerson, a master’s student in history; and the following CLAHS alumnae: undergraduate history majors Caitlin Brown, Victoria Fowler, and Rachel Snyder; international relations major Sarah Rouzer; and graduate students Carmen Bolt, Alexandra Dowrey, and Rebecca Williams, who completed a master’s degree in history.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Department of History, and the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies helped fund this project with grants for research and data work.

Janell Watson, a professor of French and chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, along with Svetlana Filiatreau, Pamplin College of Business, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop an international business education program focused on East Asia.

The $178,000 in funding will be used to integrate the study of Chinese and Korean languages and cultures through coursework, study abroad, and internships with Asian-owned companies in the U.S. as well as in China and South Korea.

Tingting Zhao and Ming Chew Teo, faculty members in the Chinese program in Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, will develop online courses in Chinese and train adjuncts to teach them.

Aarnes Gudmestad, an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, co-edited Critical Reflections on Data in Second Language Acquisition (Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins, 2018), with Amanda Edmonds.

Gudmestad’s individual contributions, both with Edmonds, were the introduction and “Operationalizing Variables: The Case of Future-time Expression in Additional-language French,” pp. 1–6 and 125–48 respectively.

Aarnes Gudmestad, an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, published “Advanced-level Mood Distinction,” Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition, ed. Paul Malovrh and Alessandro Benati (Malden, Massachusetts: Wiley, 2018), pp. 343–60.

Patrick Ridge, an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, published “A ‘Friendly’ Game: Homoaffectivity in Club de Cuervos,” The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Latin American Culture, ed. Frederick Luis Aldama (New York, New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 287–99; and “Football (Soccer) in Latin America,” Oxford Bibliographies: Latin American Studies, online, June 27.

Ariel Gunn, a senior majoring in German and industrial and systems engineering, was selected as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) 2018-2019 Young Ambassador; she is one of 33 undergraduates in North America chosen for this honor.

Young Ambassadors have studied or interned recently in Germany and are interested in promoting study in Germany at their home universities and colleges. Gunn, who spent the 2016–2017 academic year at the Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie, is the sixth Virginia Tech student to be selected to participate in this program; Virginia Tech has had continuous participation since 2011.

María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, published “Symptoms of a Civil War: Affect, Disease and Urban Violence in Arturo Menéndez’s Malacrianza/The Crow’s Nest (2014),” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 15.2 (2018): 217–32.

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