Sigma Delta Pi inducts five new members

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The Sigma Delta Pi chapter Beta Omega Initiation Ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 1, and was a real success.

Olin Acquires a Valuable Resource for French Studies

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Thanks to the extensive efforts of Professor Seth Graebner, Daria Carson-Dussan, and Cassie Brand, Olin Library has recently purchased the Pascal Pia Collection of French literature. Named after the pseudonym of poet and literary critic Pierre Durand (1903-1979), this major collection of rare works includes 1000 items in French literature and criticism published between 1800 and 1977 and acquired by Pia. The collection includes, among other works, a significant amount of unique Surrealist ephemera.

Billy Acree receives the GSS Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

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Professor William (Billy) Acree received the Graduate Student Senate’s 2019 Outstanding Faculty Mentor award. The GSS Outstanding Faculty & Staff Awards are given out annually to recognize faculty and staff members who “make significant contributions to the graduate student experience.”

Senior Lecturer Promotions (French, Italian, and Spanish)

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Lecturers from each language section of our department—Erika Conti (Italian), Rebeca Fromm Ayoroa (Spanish), and Vincent Jouane (French)—have all been promoted to Senior Lecturers after many years of outstanding teaching at Washington University.

Congratulations to Javier García-Liendo

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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures congratulates Javier García-Liendo on his promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure.

Two RLL Graduate Students Instrumental in Forming Advocacy Group

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The department recognizes two of our graduate students, Francesca Dennstedt and Emma Merrigan who, along with Erika Rodriguez from Comparative Literature, formed The Association of Gender Minority and Women Graduate Students.

Professor William Acree receives NEH Fellowship for his project on “The Creole Circus”

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The Department congratulates Assistant Professor of Spanish William Acree, who has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for his project, entitled, “The Creole Circus and the Making of a Theatergoing Public in Uruguay and Argentina, 1860-1910.”

Billy Acree receives Humanities Book Award

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Two RLL Alumni Win LASA Awards

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The Department congratulates two alumni of our Spanish Graduate Program, who are recipients of awards at this year’s Latin American Studies Association conference. Iván Eusebio Aguirre Darancou and Alexander Sotelo Eastman were each presented with the following 2018 LASA honors.

Good Gaucho Gone Bad: The Creole Drama

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In the 1880s, a new kind of performance became the craze in Argentina and Uruguay. These wild "Creole dramas" glorified country life and the occasionally violent exploits of gauchos*, or Argentinian cowboys. In addition to being hugely fun to watch, the stories appealed to audiences experiencing rapid modernization and waves of immigration.

Welcome New Colleagues

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Uncovering a Hidden Legacy

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PhD candidate in Spanish Alexander Eastman researches Cuba’s forgotten abolitionist and civil rights journalism.