Department News

  • Professor of French Joseph Acquisto’s fourth book, Proust, Music, and Meaning: Theories and Practices of Listening in the Recherche was published this spring by Palgrave Macmillan.  The book reads Proust’s novel via philosophical and musicological approaches to “modern” listening and articulates how insights into the way we listen to and understand classical music inform the creation of literary meaning.
  • Senior Lecturer of Italian Adriana Borra presented "Bringing Dictionaries Back into Fashion: From a Lexicographer Turned Language Instructor" at the 2016 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention in Boston.
  • Professor of Italian Antonello Borra’s new book, Guittone d’Arezzo. Selected Poems and Prose, was published by the University of Toronto Press in February.  He also published an article on the poetry of Camillo Pennati and a series of translations from the recent work of German poet Michael Krueger. An article on environmental awareness in contemporary Italian poetry is currently in press. His poetry regularly appears in journals both in the U.S. and in Italy. This year he served again as a judge for the Academy of American Poets Raiziss / de Palchi Translation Awards recognizing outstanding translations into English of modern Italian poetry. 
  • Catherine Connor, Professor of Spanish, will present a paper entitled "Attention, Cognitive Complexity and Almodóvar's 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?'" at the International Conference on Cognitive Futures in the Arts & Humanities at  Stonybrook University in June.
  • Assistant Professor of Linguistics Maeve Eberhardt's article "'First things first I'm the realest': Linguistic Appropriation, White Privilege, and the Hip Hop Persona of Iggy Azalea" in the Journal of Sociolinguistics was chosen by Wiley Publishers as one of the top ten articles of 2016 in Linguistics, based on interest and reach.
  • Professor of Spanish Tina Escaja's latest poetry book, Manual Destructivista/Destructivist Manual, (Arte Poética Press, 2016) , with English translation by Kristin Dijkstra, was selected as one of ten recommended bilingual poetry books for National Poetry Month by the Latino Book Review. As Alma Pérez, her satirical play “Monte Verde U 2045” was performed by UVM students and faculty as part of the May Day events. She was invited as faculty speaker to the Women’s Banquet Awards last March, and to the Women in Leadership Summit in May at UVM.  She also presented the movie Neruda, by Pablo Larraín this spring at Champlain College.
  • Associate Professor of Spanish Yolanda Flores was awarded a $7,000 Humanities Center Summer Research Award for summer 2017.  An anthology, Claiming Home, Shaping Community:  Testimonios de los valles, co-edited with Gloria H. Cuádraz, is forthcoming in November from the University of Arizona Press. She presented recently at the International Biennal on Latino Studies: Siglo XXI: Inter-University Latino Studies Research Program at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
  • Professor of Italian Cristina Mazzoni's article "A Roman Triptych of Holy Women" recently appeared in Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History.
  • Professor of French Gretchen van Slyke's article, "Who Wears the Pants Here? The Policing of Women's Dress in Nineteenth-Century England, Germany, and France," originally published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, has been chosen for inclusion in Routledge Historical Resources: History of Feminism, a new program of online resources for students and academics, with a searchable database.
  •  Maria Woolson, Lecturer of Spanish, returned this spring to Oxford College's IPLA (Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts) at Emory University to co-teach a Faculty Curriculum Design workshop she co-designed, titled Sustainability Unbound. This summer, she will be speaking at the Latin American Studies Association Southern Cone Symposium in Uruguay about the polysemic nature of the political metaphors in recent plays by Argentine dramaturg Griselda Gambaro, whose theater she is presently translating. She recently published a chapter, "From Management to Governance: Rethinking Water Policy and Privatization on Easter Island" in The Politics of Freshwater: Access, Conflict and Identity (Routledge, 2017).