Conectando el Ambiente Universitario con la Comunidad
December 28, 2015
Por primera vez en la historia del Departamento de Lenguas Modernas y Literaturas de la universidad, se ha desarrollado un curso de pregrado que congrega estudiantes de los programas de español, italiano y alemán.
CulturePlex Lab shows Paris attacks may be remembered by One Direction tweet
December 3, 2015
A CulturePlex Lab study led by Juan Luis Suárez charted approximately 4.3 million tweets in the wake of the Paris attacks on November 13 and found that one tweeted by Tomlinson at 6:47 a.m. on November 14 was the most active and widely shared Twitter message related to the event with more than 173,000 retweets and 208,000 likes
PhD candidate using video games to teach Italian Renaissance Epic poetry
November 11, 2015
Andrea Privitera, a PhD candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, is using role-playing video games to teach Italian Renaissance Epic poetry
Cultureplex measures beauty in art using 'big data'June 29, 2015
A recent study by Western's Cultureplex lab, published in International Journal for Digital Art History, concludes that the representation of facial beauty has varied over time and that these variations can be measured and tracked throughout the history of painting.
2015 Pearl Seferian Award
April 21, 2015
The Pearl Seferian Award is given to a first year Comparative Literature and Culture 1020 student for their best essay. This year on April 21st, 2015, the award was given to first year student Leah Berson-Weinberg in a small reception held in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Leah was enrolled in Professor Laurence De Looze's CLC 1020 course, From Homer to Picasso and Ramanpreet Kaur Grewal was her Teaching Assistant for this course. Congratulations to Leah on this academic achievement.
3M National Student Fellowship Award Recipient
April 1, 2015
Italian Language and Culture student, Nicola Paviglianiti, is named among 10 3M National Student Fellowship Award Recipients. Introduced in 2012, the 3M National Sudent Fellowship Award honours undergraduate students in Canada who have demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and who embrace a vision where the quality of their educational experience can be enhanced in academia and beyond.
Each winner receives a $5,000 award, registration at the STLHE conference, participation in a day-long retreat held in Vancouver, B.C., as well as accommodation and funds toward travel to the conference.
Snapshots of experience tapped as winners
March 19, 2015
Three Western students nabbed top honours in the 2014 Modern Languages and Literatures Photo Contest for snapshots of their varied international experiences.
Student takes Korean language prize
March 14, 2015
Modern Languages student Sana Nawab won the Grand Prize in the Korean Speech Contest recently held in Toronto. Nawab receives a trip to Korea, along with a summer language course. Another Modern Languages student, Michelle Alacron C. took second place in the beginners category. This annual competition features contestants from various other universities and colleges in the province.
Portrait pilferer returns to scene decades later
November 6, 2014
It was the perfect crime- until it became the perfect mystery.
"It was really surprising, like something out of a novel. Why would you steal this picture- of all pictures," laughed Joyce Bruhn de Garavito, professor and chair of Modern Languages and Literatures. "Think of this picture, and then think of it 'decorating' someone's dorm room.
The mystery began May 21, when a package arrived at the University College offices of Modern Languages and Literatures.
25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall
October 30, 2014
On Aug. 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected, thereby dividing overnight a city, families, and dueling ideologies for the next 28 years. On Nov. 9, 1989, the world watched as jubilant crowds gathered on both sides of that Wall to celebrate the opening of its crossings. Germany's postwar division was over.
Next month, we mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate that event, Western News asked five scholars to reflect on its meaning a quarter century out.
Class opens eyes - and minds- to Guatemala
October 23, 2104
Community Service Learning in the Hispanic World: Guatemala- History, Culture and People in Context is an interdisciplinary community service learning (CSL) course on- and in- Guatemala taught by Modern Languages and Literatures professor Alena Robin. The course includes a three-week community-service trip to Guatemala, where students experience first-hand the lives of the people and communities studies. The class partners with Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, located in the city of Quetzaltenango. Western News asked two students from that class- Dilani Logan and Madison Price- to reflect on that trip.
Domina: Ukraine at War: When history becomes personal
September 24, 2014
Natalya Domina is a second-year PhD student in Comparative Literature at Western. Her research interests include utopian studies, Soviet experimental fiction and Ukrainian and Russian contemporary literature.
The Russian invasion into the eastern part of Ukraine was highly predictable. But the four months I spent at home in Mariupol, a densely populated city in southeastern Ukraine, was the time when this very history became personal and rather painful.
Grad students take second place in provincial competition
Congratulations goes out to two of our Hispanic Studies PhD Students, David Brown and Javier de la Rosa. They teamed up and entered the Communitech Data.Base Challenge. Out of a few hundred teams that applied, David and Javier's project was selected to be one of the five finalists to come to Waterloo last weekend and present their project to a panel of judges. Their project DATA.CARE: Data for a Healthier Ontario, won second place.