Kudos: Highlighting Faculty Achievements

Professor Rebecca Biron gave the opening keynote address for the Simposio Internacional Elena Garro. Assistant Professor Noelia Cirnigliaro’s edition is awarded the SSEMW’s prize for the Best Collaborative Project of 2013. Kianny Antigua, writer and Lecturer of Spanish, honored for her work and accomplishments in NYC.

Professor Rebecca Biron gave the opening keynote address for the Simposio Internacional Elena Garro hosted by the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM) in Mexico City, September 24-26, 2014. With over 150 people in attendance, the event honored the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Elena Garro's most widely read novel, Los recuerdos del porvenir. Biron's address drew from her recently published book, Elena Garro and Mexico's Modern Dreams (2013).

Alumnus Was García Márquez’s Renowned Translator

In 1982, the same year that Gabriel García Márquez, who died Thursday, April 17, at the age of 87, received the Nobel Prize in Literature, Gregory Rabassa ’44, his English translator, was given an honorary degree by his alma mater—Dartmouth College.

García Márquez’s praise of Rabassa’s work—that he preferred the English translation of One Hundred Years of Solitude to the original Spanish—is widely reported. Speaking with Dartmouth Now on April 18, Rabassa waved away his own credit for that accolade. “That’s more of a compliment to the English language,” he says.

Rabassa’s translation of the Colombian novelist’s El otoño del patriarca as The Autumn of the Patriarch won the 1976 PEN Translation Prize.

García Márquez says Rabassa “could tell a tale. That’s what he brought back to modern literature: the power of fairy tales, of the epic.”

Language Day Connects Dartmouth & Area High Schools

This week, about a hundred young area students will experience a morning of Dartmouth-style language instruction, blending class work and drills, in nine languages: French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Chinese, Greek, and Arabic.

Based at Dartmouth’s William Jewett Tucker Foundation, Language in Motion (LIM) connects Dartmouth students who have intercultural experience—through language study, world travel, or both—with students at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H.; Rivendell Academy in Orford, N.H.; Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H.; and Windsor High School in Windsor, Vt.

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Dartmouth ‘Intervenes’ in Peruvian Photography Archive

Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature Silvia Spitta and Dartmouth librarian Jill Baron traveled to Cuzco, Peru, in December, to organize and catalogue more than 40,000 glass plate negatives made by the late indigenous Peruvian photographer Martín Chambi.

With financing from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty’s Scholarly Innovation Fund, as well as support from the Dartmouth Library, Spitta and Baron worked with Teo Allain Chambi, the grandson of the photographer and director of the Chambi archive.

Spitta’s exhibition of Chambi’s photos, “Interventions in the Archive,” will be held in Cuzco from September 15 to October 18, 2014. The photographs will be enlarged and hung around the city, “in the very spaces where Chambi took them almost 100 years ago,” says Spitta, the Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences.

These photos document life in Cuzco from 1920-1950, and capture everything from snapshots of street vendors, to formal studio portraits, to photographs of important Incan sites such as Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuaman.

Dartmouth Leads the Ivies in Study Abroad

Dartmouth is the top-ranked Ivy League institution and sixth overall among doctorate-granting institutions for percentage of undergraduates studying abroad, according to a report released this week by the Institute of International Education.

More than 64 percent of Dartmouth’s Class of 2011 studied abroad.

“International perspectives and experiences are integral to the liberal arts and will be invaluable to our graduates. It is gratifying to see this recognition of our study-abroad programs,” says Lynn Higgins, the Frank J. Guarini Associate Dean for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs. “What is more important than rankings, however, is our drive to create and maintain the very best possible international study opportunities for our students.”

Ben Randolph ’15 Makes the Most of Faculty Accessibility

When Ben Randolph ’15 was choosing a college, Dartmouth emerged as a favorite, he says, because of its “excellent study abroad program in Spain, its small size, and the opportunity to work closely with professors.”

What he didn’t anticipate was just how extensive these faculty research opportunities would be. Randolph is now in the midst of his third faculty research project, helping Associate Professor of Spanish Antonio Gómez develop a new comparative literature class.

Since the summer after his first year at Dartmouth, Randolph has helped Department of Spanish and Portuguese Professor Pedro Palou (now at Tufts University) research his book about Mexican biopolitics in the 20th and 21st centuries and worked with Spanish and Portuguese Professor Raúl Bueno Chávez on researching transculturation in Latin America, a project Randolph is still working on.

Obama’s Inauguration Poet to Read at Dartmouth

As part of Dartmouth’s celebration of [email protected] Heritage Month, poet Richard Blanco will give a reading on October 3. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium of Moore Hall.

Blanco became the nation’s fifth inaugural poet when he read One Today at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on January 21, 2013.

The first Latino and first openly gay writer so honored, he joined Robert Frost, who read at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, and Maya Angelou, who read at President Bill Clinton’s.

“Blanco’s poetry offers an intimate portrait of Latino and LGBT experiences,” says Associate Professor of Spanish Israel Reyes. “His visit highlights the great contributions that minority writers and artists are making to our national discourse.”

Blanco, whose memoir, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” will be published in November, will also conduct a creative writing workshop with students on Thursday.

Tweeting Along the Path to Fluency in French and Spanish

Imagine a couple of college students hanging out after class and tweeting about popular music. Now imagine them claiming that they’re working on their foreign language homework. Yeah, right.

But at Dartmouth, such students would be telling the truth. Language instruction has its feet planted firmly in the 21st century, with Twitter and blogs and other Generation Y-friendly pedagogical techniques supplementing traditional drills and textbook exercises.

Tania Convertini, director of the French and Italian Language Program, and Elizabeth Polli, director of the Spanish Language Program, are among Dartmouth faculty members who are leading this effort.

We must “take into account that we work with digital natives,” says Convertini, “with students who use their iPhones and iPads all the time. We have to come to terms with making these digital tools an active part of teaching languages.”

Meet Dartmouth’s New Faculty: Sara Muñoz

Twenty-three scholars—from a variety of disciplines that include biology, Native American studies, and sociology—have joined the ranks of Dartmouth’s Arts & Sciences faculty this academic year. In this weeklong series, Dartmouth Now takes a closer look at some of these scholars, their research, and what brought them to Dartmouth

Sara Muñoz comes to Dartmouth from Princeton University, where she earned her PhD. Muñoz, an assistant professor of Spanish, talks about why she chose to be a teacher, the relationship between research and teaching, and what she likes about Dartmouth.

Starting Out: “Teaching a group of students—either to communicate in Spanish, to listen and enjoy a song in Spanish, or to add light to a text in order to make it more comprehensible—is what I do and enjoy best, so I decided to become a teacher.