Nicaragua trip with Dartmouth Students

A group of 19 Dartmouth undergraduate students, three medical professionals, and two Geisel medical students recently traveled to the northern Atlantic autonomous region (RAAN) of Nicaragua and spent two weeks on a experiential learning international service trip working as volunteers in a medical clinic and on a construction team. Participants in the program engaged in thoughtful reflection, learned many aspects about Nicaraguan culture and history from the communities in Nicaragua, and experienced deep personal growth, as well as practiced their Spanish with their Nicaraguan hosts and the patients, who came to the medical clinic. For more information about the Nicaragua trip, please contact the Dartmouth Center for Service or Prof. Douglas Moody.

Dartmouth College Nicaragua Programs

"Jauja" Movie Screening Jan 15th



Followed by an in-depth Q&A post screening with Director Lisandro Alonso

Lisandro Alonso is a key figure of the New Argentine Cinema, a loosely connected new generation of filmmakers that has emerged since the late 1990s. The most radical, controversial, and arguably original representative of this new wave, Alonso is the director of La libertad/Freedom (2001), Los muertos/The Dead (2004), Fantasma (2006), Liverpool (2008) and, most recently, Jauja (2014).

With Jauja, the film we plan to screen at Dartmouth, Alonso has turned towards a somewhat traditional narrative cinema. Co-written with the poet Fabían Casas, photographed by Finnish cinematographer Timo Salminen, and starring Viggo Mortensen, the film is a colonial adventure that focuses on the period of the "conquest of the desert" during the late 1870s. A quasi-Western, it has been compared John Ford's The Searchers but also Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness. Alonso's film has garnered wide-spread acclaim at international film festivals, particularly Cannes, where most of his films were premiered.

Lecture by Luis Castellvi on El rapto de San Ignacio- Jan 19th

“This paper will address the epic poem San Ignacio (Madrid, 1666) by the Jesuit Hernando Domínguez Camargo (Viceroyalty of Peru, 1606-1659), paying particular attention to the depiction of the saint’s rapture at Manresa (book II, canto V). This passage shows how the poetic description of an ecstatic vision is a subgenre of ekphrasis, based on the assumption that the imagination of the poet may go beyond the testimony of the mystic. The paper will look at how Camargo reads and responds to his two main models – religious epics (Belmonte Bermúdez, Escobar y Mendoza, Oña) and Góngora – blending them into something new. I will focus on ekphrasis in order to argue that we should complement this reading/re-writing process with seeing/looking at visual art portraying religious ecstasy. A final reflection will be devoted to how readers might respond to Camargo’s mixture of orthodox doctrinal content and an aestheticized sense of the world.”

Congratulations, Spanish 80 Presenters!

¡Qué grupo más distinguido! Students in this term’s SPAN80 present their independent research at the Seminar Symposium on May 21. Topics included: el cine revolucionario cubano; la leyenda mexicana de "La Llorona”; la representación fílmica de la trata de personas; el curanderismo y la medicina narrativa; y el voluntarismo en América latina

Kathleen S. Chung '14 awarded the Jonathan B. Rintels Thesis Prize

Kathleen wrote a bilingual Spanish and French thesis on Women of La Española, (The Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Diaspora), directed by Professors Israel Reyes and Keith L. Walker, ninety pages in Spanish and ninety pages in French.

Dean of Faculty,  Michael Mastanduno congratulated Kathleen on her accomplishment.

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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