The following excerpts come from the 2016 Annual Reports submitted by our faculty.
Khaled Al Masaeed revamped the Arabic curriculum and successfully proposed a minor in Arabic Studies, which was approved by Dietrich College and went into effect in Fall 2016.
Mariana Achugar published her book reporting on research done as a Guggenheim Fellow, Discursive processes of intergenerational transmission of recent history:(Re)Making our past, Language and Linguistics Series, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Stephen Brockmann inaugurated a new course, “Germany and the European Union,” in the spring semester, with students in the course engaging in a public debate at the end of the semester about whether German Chancellor Angela Merkel was right or wrong to allow one million refugees into Germany in 2015.
Sébastien Dubreil gave a lecture “L2 Teaching and/in the World: Reconfiguring spaces and purposes” as part of the invited colloquium entitled "Language Learning in the Digital Era: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Universities" at Stellenbosch University, South Africa in November 2016.
Kenya Dworkin taught for the CMU Washington Semester Program and delivered the Keynote address at ¡PRESENTE! Symposium Commemorating Latin@ NJ & NY, Rutgers University.
Tatyana Gershkovich received a Berkman Faculty Development Grant for her Digital Humanities project “Beyond the Ant Brotherhood: A Visualization of Tolstoy’s Intellectual World.”
Felipe Gómez was the guest editor for a special issue of “Revista de Estudios Colombianos” on popular cultures in Colombia, for which he contributed an introduction and pieces on Grupo de Cali filmmakers Carlos Mayolo and Luis Ospina.
Christian Hallstein presented a paper on Johann Gottfried Herder’s concept of the interrelationship between oratory and music at the biennial conference of the Herder Society in Kassel, Germany and translated a series of Herder’s sermons into English.
Yasufumi Iwasaki, in collaboration with the other elementary Japanese instructors, started work on updating the 82-171 Elementary Japanese I course packet.
Keiko Koda delivered the keynote speech, “Reading to Learn as a Framework for an Integrated Approach to FL Instruction and Assessment” at Multimodal Symposium, University of Barcelona, Spain.
Gang Liu's article “Integrating Cultural Content in Language Teaching: Storytelling and Content-based Instruction in Advanced Chinese Classes” was published in the Journal of Chinese Language Teaching and Research in the U.S. (2016):26-35.
Gabriele Maier, through a ProSEED grant, teamed with Francesca Torello of the School of Architecture to teach “Digital Vienna 1900,” a new class that combined readings on literature, philosophy, music and architecture with 3D modelling and website building.
Mame-Fatou Niang was invited by the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille (Lille School of Journalism - France) to present her research on the media construction of the French working-class banlieues.
Susan Polansky published an edition with introduction, notes, and glossary of Benito Pérez Galdós’s novel, Tristana (Newark, Delaware: European Masterpieces. Cervantes and Company Spanish Classics, 2016).
Candace Skibba presented a paper titled “Blended Learning in the Foreign Language and Literature Classroom: Can technology solve the age-old question of seamlessly blending language and content?” at the Collaborative Conference on Language, Literature and Linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.
Naoko Taguchi gave a plenary/key note speech at the Symposium of Research Approaches to L2 Pragmatics (Castellon, Spain), the Symposium of the Teaching and Assessing Interactional Competence (Houston, TX), and the International Conference of Teaching English Language and Literature (Kerman, Iran).
Therese Tardio presented a paper entitled “Between the Left and International Markets: Coffee, Cooperatives and NGOs” at the Latin American Studies Association Conference.
Dick Tucker wrote the “Foreward” for M. P. Lewis & G. F Simons (2016) Sustaining Language Use: Perspectives on Community-Based Language Development. Dallas, TX: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
Remi A. Van Compernolle published a book co-edited with Janice McGregor, Authenticity, language and interaction in second language contexts, (Multilingual Matters).
Seth Weiner published papers in the Journal of Phonetics and Language and Speech.
Michael West gave a paper at the annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of French in Austin, TX, based on the ongoing Alternative Spring Break in Haiti project.
Sue-mei Wu was awarded a Dietrich College Mellon Technology-enhanced Learning seed grant for her project “Intermediate Chinese Online: Bridging Chinese Pedagogy, Research and Technology.”
Yoshihiro Yasuhara presented a paper titled “Proto-Historiography of the Bubble Economy: William Gibson’s Neuromancer and Kenji Nakagami’s Supreme Time at the End of the Earth” that is included in a session “Literature and Culture of Economic Bubble in Global Contexts” (Co-Organizer) at the 2016 American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting (March 17-20, 2016, Harvard University).
Bonnie Youngs taught a new fourth year course on “The French in America” during which students learned about the history of the French in North America but also in and around Pittsburgh. Students interviewed French and francophone company representatives in French and created a French Wikipedia page of their research and experiences.
Yueming Yu worked as a consultant for the Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press in the summer of 2016 and served as a trainer of around 100 foreign language teachers from different universities in China on the theme “Effective Teaching in a Foreign Language Classroom: Theories and Practice.”