News and Events
Hispanic Heritage Month
Modern and Classical Languages is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 14th through October 13th. Events for this month will be hosted by MCL, the Spanish Club, and Latin American Study Association. If you are interested in the full schedule of events, please check out our calendar.
Hispanic Heritage Month Movie Nights
- MCL's movie nights are getting started with The Secret in Their Eyes/ El secreto de sus ojos (with subtitles). Dr. Karen Acosta will be hosting this on Friday, September 22nd, 2017, in the University Center Theater from 6:00-8:00 PM.
- Join us for the second movie of our Hispanic Heritage Month Movie Nights! We will be showing Chico & Rita (with subtitles) on Friday, September 29th in the University Center Theater from 7-8 PM, hosted by Dr. Ocasio. Chico & Rita, Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the trations of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. Not Rated (sex scenes, nudity, coarse language).
Dr. Julie Weise
Dr. Julie Weise will be joining us in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. She will be doing two very exciting presentations. Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, at 6:00-8:00 PM, Dr. Weise will be presenting "Exploring the Corazón de Dixie, Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910". Dr. Weise will present "Inclusive Teaching Pedagogy: Empowering Latinos", on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, at 12:00-1:00 PM.
International Language and Culture Fair- Study Abroad Showcase
Join us for our Study Abroad Showcase! Our multiple programs, alongside the faculty, will be present to answer questions and give information about the study abroad trips that we offer. You want to go to the likes of Costa Rica, Senegal, Russia, or more? Stop by and join us in the West Hall Rotunda on Wednesday, October 4th from 11 AM to 1 PM. This will be hosted by Dr. Victoria Russell, Modern and Classical Languages, and Center of International Programs.
Another great presentation of MCL Foreign Language Education research of students and faculty! This time, at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) convention, March 5-7, Atlanta, GA. This was one of several conferences in which students and faculty participated, thanks to the QEP Project, which was awarded in 2013 to Dr. Victoria Russell and her team. For more information about this project, go to: https://vsuqepproject.wordpress.com/
A&S Spring Colloquia
On March 11, as part of the Arts and Sciences Spring Colloquia, MCL students presented their research on "War, Pride and Social Concerns in the Spanish Arts", mentored by Dr. Grazyna Walczak. The audience enjoyed the presentations of:
Dasha Bzeniuk, "Expressions of Social Tensions in the Baroque Architecture"
John Exum, "Social Classes in the Paintings of Diego Velázquez",
Varun Thaker, "War and Social Illnesses in the Paintings of Francisco de Goya",
Ayana Brown, "Anti-War Protest in the Guernica by Pablo Picasso", and
Kate Marie Riddle, "Current Social Problems in the Works of Luis Quiles".
At the Conference on Instructional Technologies, Innovations, and Educational Strategies, hosted by VSU on 18 - 20 February, 2015, many of the MCL professor gave exciting workshops. They were grouped in panels, under the following topics: "Innovative Technologies for Online Teaching and Learning", "Second Life 101: Creating an Avatar, Exploring, and Teaching in Secon Life", "Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning: Retaining Students and Optimal Online Class Size" and "Give a G.I.F.T. - Great Ideas for Teaching; Take a G.I.F.T. Offered TWICE". The presentations were well organized and fun. Faculty from our and other universities were able to learn from us a lot!
Visit to the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, FL
MCL students visited the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, FL on Jan 29, 2015. Besides the permanent exhibit of the works of Salvador Dalí, students were able to see the temporary exhibition of Pablo Picasso. In this exhibition, called "Two Legends Side by Side: Picasso/Dali, Dali/Picasso,” over 80 works of these two giants of modern art, loaned from more than 20 collections worldwide are presented side by side perhaps for the first time. It was a full day field trip, but it was worth it!
Students and faculty present their research projects at the FLAG Conference in Atlanta
MCL Spanish for Professional and Foreign Language Education students presented their research at the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) conference that took place in Atlanta, March 7 - 8, 2014. These students will be engaged in research and service-learning in Cádiz, Spain, during the summer of 2014.