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Our Alums Explore Cultural Horizons

  Suzanne Tierney with Moai statue off of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Our alumni have had extraordinary careers: from CIA personnel to medical translators, their paths have led them in diverse directions, but many have been able to foster or even expand their language and cultural knowledge even after graduation. Below you find the stories of three of our memorable alumni: Michael Curran (BAFLL Ancient Greek and Roman Studies 2008), Lori Goldson (BAFLL Spanish 2007), and Suzanne Tierney (BAFLL Spanish 1989, MAFLL Spanish 1992). Michael Curran, a Classics major, used the skills he developed in our department to pursue a graduate degree in Restoration Ecology. Lori Goldson, a Spanish major, found inspiration in her experiences at UD studying Spanish for her novel on the experiences of “Irene,” a UD college student. Finally, Suzanne Tierney, who both studied at UD and taught as a Spanish instructor here, used her study abroad experience to begin her journey with the Fulbright Association. For more alumni news, please view our “Alumni Updates.”   Michael Curran actively engaged in a horse-staring competition in the Wyoming Mountains Michael Curran My days at the University of Delaware have played an instrumental role in shaping my career goals …

Message from the Chair

Dr. Annette Giesecke and Michael Curran in the Wyoming Mountains The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (DLLC) annual end-of-year convocation is an event that we faculty cherish. It is at this event that we, together with their family and friends, celebrate the achievements of our graduates. It is also …

Student Feature

Our featured graduate and undergraduate students, Kevin Murphy and Kyla Dickens, discuss how study abroad impacted their journeys to language learning, literary and cultural appreciation, and how they have shared their experiences with others.   Kevin Murphy (MAFLL Spanish 2017): My Journey with Languages and Literature Kevin Murphy in Rio …

Faculty Feature

  On January 31, 2017, Dr. Ángel Esteban inaugurated the lecture series “Letras Capitales” with a talk on his recent novel La estirpe de Babel.  “Letras Capitales” is produced by the “Centro Andaluz de Letras” in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture of Granada, Spain. According to the newspaper, “Granada …

Alumni Column

Presently, I am out in St. Louis, Missouri teaching Spanish at MICDS as well as coaching their 7th and 8th grade FTC robotics team. This spring I will be traveling with a group of our high school students to Argentina as part of an exchange program, and I will also …

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Student Awards

Great news for one of our Russian Studies majors!  Rebecca King, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, CO, has received a prestigious Boren Award for the 2017-18 academic year. This is truly a rare accomplishment!       The Boren Award, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provides unique scholarship opportunities for a …

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Alumni Updates

Dr. John Cunicelli (MAFLL Spanish 2005) student of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University, successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Donoso the Humorist: A Case of Entropy.” Congratulations to John!

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Faculty/Staff Notes

Dr. Chungmin Maria Tu was awarded a  CGAS research grant ($1,000) to conduct research at Harvard University libraries during the summer of 2017. Her research project is entitled: “Ethics in Gilles Deleuze and Chinese Philosophy: A Project of Global Disjunctive Synthesis.”

Books Published

Bill Gates enjoying the Analects of Confucius Drs. Jianguo Chen and Chungmin Maria Tu. The Analects of Confucius Revisited (Shandong Province: Shangong Friendship Publishing House China via its international branch-Nishan Press, 2016). The Analects of Confucius, consisting of 20 chapters with a total of more than 15,000 characters, is unique in that …

Special Events

On Wednesday, May 15th the Department hosted a farewell event for Drs. Cynthia Lees and Karen Quandt from the French section. We wish Dr. Lees well in her retirement and congratulate Dr. Quandt on her new position! Below you will find a slideshow of the event prepared by Dr. Asima …

Study Abroad Feature

On Febr. 2, 2016 the Siena, Italy Winter Session group attended to the Rai 1 (Italian National television show): La prova del cuoco. The host mentioned the name of the UD and thanked the students for being there. It was an exceptional experience for the students!


As part of the Student-Faculty Research Workshop organized by Dr. Cristina Guardiola-Griffiths, MA candidates Megan Gaffney and Ginés Collado shared the extraordinary work they did under the exemplary guidance of their MA thesis mentors, Dr. Jesús Botello and Dr. Gladys Ilarregui, respectively. Congratulations to Megan and Ginés!      

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Other News

Area high school teachers gather for a photo On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, four hundred ninety-six high school students, approximately fifteen French students from the Lycée François I Fontainebleau and approximately eighty University of Delaware students participated in a lively Journée de la Francophonie. During this day-long event, students, teachers …

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