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Is Spanish Gender Fair?

Is Spanish Gender Fair?

Professors Domínguez García (Universidad de Salamanca), Gregori-Signes (Universitat de València), and Román-Mendoza (George Mason University) will discuss the use of inclusive language in Spanish (lenguaje inclusivo) from three perspectives and their implications for the teaching of Spanish as a second language in the 21st century. (Colloquium will be conducted in Spanish on March 19, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 in Merten 1202).

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Life without Writing

Life without Writing

What role does writing play in our lives? Professionals from three different fields (history, journalism, law) discuss the importance of writing in the 21st century. In Spanish and English. Thursday, March 29, from 12:00-1:15 PM

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Professor Román-Mendoza, speaker at Universidad de Salamanca

Professor Román-Mendoza, speaker at Universidad de Salamanca

How can you harness the power of instructional technologies for social change? Professor Román-Mendoza describes the use of instructional technologies in second language teaching and learning from a new perspective incorporating the principles of critical pedagogy.

Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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Meet our new Writing Tutor in Spanish!

Meet our new Writing Tutor in Spanish!

Luz will help students enrolled in 300- and 400-level courses with composing and editing academic essays in Spanish while encouraging them in the writing process. Professor Lisa Rabin will be providing Luz with mentoring. Please stay tuned for more details for the fall semester!

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Apply to become a Writing Tutor in Spanish!

Apply to become a Writing Tutor in Spanish!

The Spanish program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages invites all Spanish majors and Spanish Master’s students to apply for the opportunity to work as a Writing Tutor for Spanish undergraduate students in the fall semester of 2017.

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Martha Paley Francescato Scholarship

Martha Paley Francescato Scholarship

To apply, email your essay (as an attachment) to language@gmu.edu by Thursday February 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Include your full name, class (i.e., junior, senior, etc), degrees being pursued (majors and minors), the study abroad program you plan to attend, and your current GPA.

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Román-Mendoza, keynote speaker at Universidad de Salamanca

Román-Mendoza, keynote speaker at Universidad de Salamanca

Professor Román-Mendoza, visiting scholar at Cátedra de Altos Estudios del Español at Universidad de Salamanca during the fall semester of 2016, will deliver the opening year address to faculty and students in the M.A. Program "Enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera" in Salamanca (Spain).

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Busy Summer

Busy Summer

As in summers past, our students are honing their language and culture skills through various study abroad programs.

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Román-Mendoza, Invited Speaker at the Juan Sebastián de Elcano

Román-Mendoza, Invited Speaker at the Juan Sebastián de Elcano

Román-Mendoza will deliver a talk titled "Tecnología y comunicación a través de la distancia" on May 31 to the crew of the Juan Sebastian de Elcano, the most emblematic training vessel for Spain's navy. The Juan Sebastián de Elcano ranks among the most impressive tall ships in the world and will be docked at the Baltimore Harbor from May 31 to June 5.

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Study Spanish abroad this Winter Break in Quito, Ecuador

Study Spanish abroad this Winter Break in Quito, Ecuador

Study Spanish abroad this Winter Break in beautiful Quito, Ecuador, one of the most culturally fascinating cities in the world! Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on Inca city ruins. It is among the best-preserved historic centers in Latin America. The rich culture and history combined with rainforests, volcanoes, the Galapagos Archipelago, and the year-round spring-like climate makes Quito the perfect city in which to spend two weeks practicing your Spanish! Program Director: Professor Román-Mendoza

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Happiness, The Delight-Tree honors the International Day of Peace

Happiness, The Delight-Tree honors the International Day of Peace

Poets Meena Alexander, Dara Barnat, Rei Berroa, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Sharon Dolin, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, Nilpushpi White join musician Premik Russell Tubbs, singers and friends from the United Nations community with international poems and song on happiness and peace in honour of 21 September, The International Day of Peace.

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Leeman, Keynote Speaker at ASU Havasu

Leeman, Keynote Speaker at ASU Havasu

Leeman presented "Questioning the questions: The interplay of policy, ideology and measurement in the US Census Bureau’s language statistics" at the ASU Havasu Conference on The Shifting Language Borders: Migration, Immigration and Social Demographics.

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Olson Named 2015-16 Fenwick Fellow

Olson Named 2015-16 Fenwick Fellow

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis has announced the 2015-2016 Fenwick Fellow is Dr. Kristina M. Olson, Assistant Professor of Italian and the Coordinator of the Italian Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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First Hispanic Culture Review Award Competition

First Hispanic Culture Review Award Competition

The Hispanic Culture Review is happy to announce their First Hispanic Culture Review Award Competition for the 2015 issue. Writers and graphic artists are welcomed to submit their work. Deadline to submit work is February 15, 2015.

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Spanish and Latin American Film Festival

Spanish and Latin American Film Festival

This Spanish and Latin American film festival features films organized around two related questions: first, how do these Spanish language films reveal new knowledge concerning the lived social and cultural histories of multilingual groups within larger national and transnational contexts; and second, how does the art of these films provide viewers with a critical eye on the connections between language and power, such as the relationship between “national” languages and hegemonic culture and the link of linguistic difference with popular culture “from below.”

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Modern and Classical Languages Launches Job Page

Modern and Classical Languages Launches Job Page

Professors at the Department of Modern and Classical Languages are often contacted by schools, companies, and organizations who need language professionals. We are pleased to announce that we have set up a page in which we will publish all these requests.

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Olson Publishes Book

Olson Publishes Book

Join us for the presentation of "Courtesy Lost: Dante, Boccaccio, and the Literature of History" in the Sally and Alan Merten Hall #1202 on November 19 at 5PM.

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El Cuarteto del Amor: Event this THURSDAY!!

El Cuarteto del Amor: Event this THURSDAY!!

George Mason University, The Department of Modern & Classical Languages, University Life, New Century College, and Latin American Studies invite you to enjoy and join in a conversation with El Cuarteto del Amor, a group of street musicians directly from Montevideo (also active in Buenos Aires) in a journey through the music of the Americas. Come and enjoy their music and joie de vivre, their commitment to share their talent in the streets, hospitals, hospices, markets, and nursing homes of the continent.

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College Prepares for 2014 Convocation Ceremonies

College Prepares for 2014 Convocation Ceremonies

With great anticipation, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is preparing to celebrate the graduating class of 2014. Its two convocation ceremonies, one for its graduates from humanities and interdisciplinary programs, and one for its graduates from the social sciences, will be held on May 14 and 15, 2014.

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Winter Break Study Abroad

Winter Break Study Abroad

Do not miss these fabulous opportunities to hone your language skills. Read about the different possibilities offered during the 2014 Winter Break.

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The 6th Annual Polyglot Performances

The 6th Annual Polyglot Performances

The 2013 Polyglot Performances celebrate linguistic diversity and multicultural understanding. Performances in numerous languages are rendered by language students, under the direction of faculty members in our department.

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El Salvador Today: 20 Years After the Peace

El Salvador Today: 20 Years After the Peace

In February 2012, the Latin American Studies Program at George Mason University organized the event series EL SALVADOR TODAY: 20 YEARS AFTER THE PEACE. 20 years ago, the government of El Salvador signed a peace agreement with leftist rebels, bringing an end to a 12-year civil war that resulted in the loss of over 70,000 lives. The event series commemorated the Peace Accords and reflected on the challenges facing El Salvador today.

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Berroa to Discuss Work of Poet Elytis at Library of Congress

Berroa to Discuss Work of Poet Elytis at Library of Congress

Pedro Serrano, a Mexican poet, and Rei Berroa, a professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University, will host a discussion covering the Nobel Prize-winning Greek poet Odysseas Elytis, who passed away in 1996. The discussion takes place at the Library of Congress.

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New Quarters for Modern and Classical Languages

New Quarters for Modern and Classical Languages

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages has moved to the the Aquia Building located between Thompson Hall and Student Union Building I. The phone number remains the same - 703-993-1220.

College Students Win Global Education Awards

College Students Win Global Education Awards

While many of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' students will travel abroad this winter, 20 of them are headed to places likes Israel, Palestine, London, Switzerland, Greece, and Turkey thanks to awards from Mason's Center for Global Education.

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Greet's Book Published

Greet's Book Published

On Thursday, December 10, 2009, Dr. Michele Greet’s latest book Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art will be launched at the Art Museum of the Americas. This book is being lauded as “an excellent contribution to the literature on Latin American art and culture."

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New Course Encourages Students to Think Critically about Language

New Course Encourages Students to Think Critically about Language

Although English is the only language spoken in the majority of homes in the United States, almost 20 percent of the population five years and older speaks another language at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But what are these languages and who speaks them? Is this similar to or different from other countries and other historical periods? How do multilinguals use the different languages they know, and how is their language use related to their identities?

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Department Activity Chronicled in Newsletter

Department Activity Chronicled in Newsletter

The 2006-2007 department newsletter is dedicated to chair Jeff Chamberlain, whose leadership and wit were missed during his time away. It contains information about the new full-time faculty and updates from each of the language sections.

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Newsletter Tells Story of Active Department

Newsletter Tells Story of Active Department

Recent developments in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages are described in the recently published newsletter for 2005-2006. This edition contains information on the new full-time faculty, a "what's new" section, updates from each of the language programs, and a list of the students recognized in the annual awards ceremony in May 2005.

Department Launches Newsletter

Department Launches Newsletter

Chair Jeff Chamberlain welcomes readers to the department newsletter for 2004-2005. The publication includes information on new full-time faculty, updates from the language sections, congratulations to the talented students who were recognized at the department's annual awards ceremony, and alumni news.