New app Valuable Voices builds awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom

“Teachers and students thrive when they all have a deeper understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity,” says Christine Mallinson, who developed the app with collaborator Anne Charity Hudley (William & Mary) and Aureanna Hakenson ’15. Continue reading New app Valuable Voices builds awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom

Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

“People you see on this stage are not just amazingly talented, they are good people who have done great work,” shared President Hrabowski. “I can’t think of anything an educator would want more than that: People who care about others, who strive for excellence, and who never, never, never give up.” Continue reading Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

“What I loved about this year’s class is that they threw themselves into the process early,” says Brian Souders. “They really got into the spirit of Fulbright, which is all about cultural exchange.” Continue reading UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

UMBC to have strong presence at the 2016 Latin American Studies Association Conference

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. This year, several UMBC faculty across disciplines are organizing conference panel discussions and presenting their research. Continue reading UMBC to have strong presence at the 2016 Latin American Studies Association Conference

Social Sciences Forum: We are Subjects of History: Indigenous Communities’ Fight for Autonomy and Human Rights in Chiapas and Beyond (9/24)

Social Sciences Forum Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez, principal attorney, Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico Bárbara Suárez Galeano, Interpreter, Autonomous University of Social Movements, Centro Autónomo de Albany Park, Chicago Thursday, September 24 | 4:30 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery   Mexico is at a critical moment: the forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa rural teachers and college students set off a tidal wave of indignation and massive protests. In the context of a war on drugs that has left more than 25,000 disappeared, Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez will speak on the human rights situation in … Continue reading Social Sciences Forum: We are Subjects of History: Indigenous Communities’ Fight for Autonomy and Human Rights in Chiapas and Beyond (9/24)

Humanities Forum: Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America (9/17)

Humanities Forum Eduardo López, television producer, journalist and documentarian Thursday, September 17 | 5:30 pm New location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building Room 132 The rapid growth of the nation’s Latino community has sparked heated national debate over immigration, yet the reality is that many of us know little about the Latin American roots of migration. In this talk, based on his award-winning documentary, Harvest of Empire, Eduardo López examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today, unveiling a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of … Continue reading Humanities Forum: Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America (9/17)

V-E Day 70th Anniversary Concert (4/24)

MLLI Friday, April 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. ITE Building Room 104 Victory in Europe Day—known as V-E Day—commemorates May 8, 1945, the date when the World War II Allies (including the United States, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union) formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The UMBC Russian Club with support of the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication and the American Association of Russian Language, Culture, and Education (AARCE) is presenting a 70th anniversary concert for V-E day with music, song, and dance. The event will feature the UMBC Russian Chorus, Russian School Metaphor, Potomac … Continue reading V-E Day 70th Anniversary Concert (4/24)

Anna Shields, MLLI, to Present Talk at the Library of Congress (4/16)

On April 16, Anna Shields, associate professor of Chinese, will present a talk on her new book One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China (Harvard University Press, 2015). In the book, Shields shares her research on the friendship among writers in the mid-Tang era (780s-820s). According to the book’s website, Shields found that “their texts reveal the ways that friendship intersected the public and private realms of experience and, in the process, reshaped both.” Professor Shields is the author of another book on medieval Chinese literature: Crafting a Collection: The Cultural Contexts and Poetic Practice of the Collection from … Continue reading Anna Shields, MLLI, to Present Talk at the Library of Congress (4/16)

MLLI Department Announces Spring Film Festival Series Lineup

The Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication Department has announced the lineup for its spring film festival series. Films from across the different areas of MLLI are represented. To view a video promoting the series, see below. MLLI will also participate in a Short Film Festival during ArtWeek at UMBC. The information is below: Short Film Festival during Art Week Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sports Zone, The Commons A screening of foreign film shorts will be shown in the Sports Zone. We will have drinks and free popcorn! Come and see short films from France, India, Israel … Continue reading MLLI Department Announces Spring Film Festival Series Lineup

Zakaria Fatih, MLLI, Selected as Review Editor of The French Review

Zakaria Fatih, modern languages, linguistics and intercultural communication, has been selected to the editorial staff of the French Review, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of French. After serving two years as the Assistant Editor, he has been promoted to the position of Review Editor (section: Culture and Society). The French Review “has the largest circulation of any scholarly journal of French and Francophone studies in the world.” Fatih also recently published an article titled: “The Aesthetics of Fragmentation, or a Way to Read El Maleh” in Expressions maghrébines: Revue de la Coordination Internationale des Chercheurs sur les … Continue reading Zakaria Fatih, MLLI, Selected as Review Editor of The French Review

MLLI Faculty Accomplishments For Fall 2014

Associate Professor Denis Provencher interviewed Eric Fassin discussing his lead essay from the special issue of Contemporary French Civilization on Marriage Equality in France (Vol 39.3 (2014)). “Interview with Eric Fassin: Au-delà du mariage/Marriage Equality in France.”  H-France Forum, Dec. 2014. On November 2, 2014, Associate Professor Elaine Rusinko received the John Mihalasky Humanitarian Award from the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. According to its description, “The Mihalasky Award honors those who have dedicated themselves to the cause of Rusyn culture, heritage, and humanitarian aid.” Ana María Schwartz Caballero, Associate Professor of Spanish and Second Language Education, was honored with the 2014 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award at the September 28th Ravens versus … Continue reading MLLI Faculty Accomplishments For Fall 2014

MLLI Faculty and Students Featured in Russia Beyond the Headlines, Voice of America

On December 7, the UMBC Russian Club presented an evening of Russian song, cuisine, and fashion to promote cross-cultural understanding and to look beyond recent news headlines of strained diplomacy between the United States and Russia. The event was held in the University Center Ballroom, with support from the Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication (MLLI) department, the Russian Embassy, and the Russian Center for Science and Culture. The event received news coverage from Russia Beyond the Headlines and Voice of America (article in Russian). Russian instructor Vira Zhdanovych and Elena Volosina ’15, MLLI, brought the event to UMBC to bring awareness to Russian culture … Continue reading MLLI Faculty and Students Featured in Russia Beyond the Headlines, Voice of America

Ana Maria Schwartz Caballero, MLLI, Receives NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

Baltimore Ravens fans were treated to a special event during the September 28 game: Ana Maria Schwartz Caballero, modern languages, linguistics and intercultural communication, received the 2014 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. Schwartz Caballero received the honor for her work with the Latino community, which includes serving as chair of Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s Hispanic Commission, member of the Legislative Task Force on the Preservation of Heritage Language Skills, president of UMBC’s Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association, faculty advisor for UMBC’s Hispanic/Latino Student Union, advocate with CASA de Maryland, and much more. “I share this award with the members of our Latino community who … Continue reading Ana Maria Schwartz Caballero, MLLI, Receives NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

MLLI Faculty Accomplishments

MLLI Associate Professor Sara Poggio, as the co-chair of the International Immigration Section of the Latin American Studies Association, will organize a pre-conference for the Latin American Studies Association Congress titled, “International Migration,” at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, May 21. This complete day event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost at UMBC. Additional information can be found here. Denis Provencher, an associate professor of MLLI, gave the keynote address at an event series, “Rethinking Homosexuality in Islam”, organized by the College of Arts and Science at Boston University on April 21. Provencher is currently finishing a new book based on language, sexuality, Islam, and Maghrebi … Continue reading MLLI Faculty Accomplishments

Anna Shields, MLLI, Awarded Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Grant

Anna Shields, an associate professor of modern languages, linguistics and intercultural communication, is part of a three-person team that has been awarded a Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) grant for a collaborative reading workshop in 2015. Shields, along with two colleagues at Cornell University and the University at Albany, were co-organizers of the grant, which was submitted in November. They were awarded $10,000 for the reading workshop, at which they will be studying the historical development of what “literary competence” meant in the Tang dynasty, looking at historical and literary texts from the 7th-9th centuries. The goal will be to produce a set of articles that … Continue reading Anna Shields, MLLI, Awarded Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Grant

Vivian Ekey ’11 Chosen as Rangel Fellow

Vivian Ekey ’11, political science and modern languages and linguistics, was recently chosen to be a Rangel Fellow. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. Each year, the Rangel Program selects 20 outstanding Rangel Fellows in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. Ekey will be earning an M.A in Latin American Studies and International … Continue reading Vivian Ekey ’11 Chosen as Rangel Fellow

Alex Onischuk ’07, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Named Director of Texas Tech Chess Program

Alex Onischuk ’07, modern languages and linguistics, was named the director of Texas Tech University’s chess program on July 30, according to an article in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The Ukraine-born grandmaster was captain of UMBC’s chess team, during a period in which the team won four consecutive national championships from 2002 to 2006. Texas Tech’s team are also champions, winning the President’s Cup for the second consecutive year this year. Onischuk, currently ranked third in the country among chess players, released a statement saying, ““I am thrilled to be selected as head coach of the defending national collegiate championship chess team at Texas Tech, … Continue reading Alex Onischuk ’07, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Named Director of Texas Tech Chess Program