Undergrads Show Off Their ResearchIn early November, roughly 70 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Baker Hall Coffee Lounge for the third annual Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium (DUC). Since 2013, the colloquium has provided an opportunity for undergraduate students to immerse themselves in a topic of interest and present their research findings in a structured environment.
Van Compernolle Publishes Two Books in as Many YearsR&#233;mi Adam van Compernolle is interested in learning how classroom discourse and pedagogy impact second language learners. Building on this interest, van Compernolle&#8212;assistant professor of second language acquisition and French & Francophone studies&#8212;has written a book that &#8220;addresses the role of communicative interaction in driving various dimensions of second language development.&#8221;
Children Present Their Work at “Cuéntamelo” ShowcaseChildren who participated in El C&#237;rculo Juvenil de Cultura&#8217;s fall workshop, Cu&#233;ntamelo, used Latin American and Hispanic folktales as a springboard for creating their own stories with the help of different types of media and their own imaginations. In early December, the kids gathered to share their work.
El Circulo Gives Spanish-Speaking Kids a Sense of CommunityFriday, December 11, 2015
El Circulo Gives Spanish-Speaking Kids a Sense of CommunityKim Lyons, news editor at Next Pittsburgh, explains why the Department of Modern Languages&#8217; outreach program El C&#237;rculo Juvenil de Cultura is such an asset to the Pittsburgh community.
New Book Focuses on Reading in a Second LanguageFriday, December 11, 2015
New Book Focuses on Reading in a Second LanguageVedran Dronjic, A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Modern Languages, is co-editor of a newly released book called Reading in a Second Language: Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Issues. Published by Routledge, the book is a &#8220;handy reference volume&#8221; for researchers and educators, and is also well-suited as a textbook for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates studying second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and applied psychology.
Language Students Share Their Work in Online JournalTuesday, November 24, 2015
Language Students Share Their Work in Online JournalEach semester the Department of Modern Languages publishes Polyglot, an online journal featuring articles, essays, and other works written by undergraduates taking language courses at Carnegie Mellon. This semester, 68 pieces were submitted in 6 languages: Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. Students explored a range of topics, from &#8220;Music and Identity: The Creation of Countercultures in Latin America&#8221; to &#8220;Nationalism and the Creation of the Other.&#8221;
Tucker Gives Plenary Speech at International Education SymposiumMonday, November 23, 2015
Tucker Gives Plenary Speech at International Education SymposiumDr. Richard Tucker, Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics Emeritus, participated in an International Education Symposium held at Chatham University on November 19. Tucker gave a plenary speech titled &#8220;Preparing for Life in Today&#8217;s Global Knowledge Economy.&#8221;
El Circulo Workshop Focuses on Multimedia StorytellingFriday, November 20, 2015
El Circulo Workshop Focuses on Multimedia StorytellingChildren from Pittsburgh&#8217;s Hispanic and Latino communities have spent their Sunday afternoons this fall drawing comics, creating games and writing plays&#8212;all while improving their Spanish skills&#8212;as part of this semester&#8217;s El C&#237;rculo Juvenil de Cultura workshop.
Brockmann Explores GDR Literary Culture in New BookFriday, November 13, 2015
Brockmann Explores GDR Literary Culture in New BookThere is no shortage of scholarly studies on the history, politics, and cultural legacy of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), and yet the East German literary scene of the 1940s and 50s &#8220;has remained relatively unexamined, particularly among English-language scholars in the last decade or so,&#8221; said Stephen Brockmann.
Young Students Learn About the Day of the DeadWednesday, November 11, 2015
Young Students Learn About the Day of the DeadEl C&#237;rculo Juvenil de Cultura&#8212;an outreach program launched by three faculty members in the Department of Modern Languages&#8212;collaborated with the University of Pittsburgh&#8217;s Falk School to teach young Spanish heritage speakers about the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead. Juan Fern&#225;ndez and Isabel Gordillo led a session in which students sang songs, read books, watched a video, and even wrote their own stories about the holiday. Mariana Achugar, one of the founders of El C&#237;rculo, also participated.
Ibrahim’s Work Featured at International Education SummitFriday, November 06, 2015
Ibrahim’s Work Featured at International Education SummitSome experts in the field of education contend that there is a growing gap between education systems currently in place around the world and the systems needed to prepare future generations for the challenges of tomorrow. Moreover, while sectors including healthcare and technology frequently profit from innovation, the education sector doesn&#8217;t always receive the same attention and therefore doesn&#8217;t keep pace with evolving needs.
Students and Faculty Mingle at Polyglot CaféWednesday, October 28, 2015
Students and Faculty Mingle at Polyglot CaféThe Modern Languages Student Advisory Council (MLSAC) recently hosted Polyglot Caf&#233;, an annual event organized by members of the group. This year, students and faculty from the Modern Languages Department mingled over food and beverages while talking about language learning, majoring or minoring in a language, study abroad, and other topics.
Innovating Foreign Language EducationWednesday, October 21, 2015
Innovating Foreign Language EducationMany people desire to study foreign languages and cultures but can&#8217;t find a way to fit language learning into their busy schedules. Christopher Jones, director of the Modern Languages Resource Center and teaching professor of French and Francophone Studies, is helping to solve this problem through the development of online language courses.
Modern Languages Faculty Members Discuss the Refugee CrisisFriday, October 16, 2015
Modern Languages Faculty Members Discuss the Refugee CrisisOn October 14, Gabriele Eichmanns Maier and Mame-Fatou Niang spoke about the refugee crisis in Europe as part of a series hosted by the Modern Languages Department called Informal Conversations on Research (ICOR). Save
Kenya Dworkin Helps Prepare the Ground for Democracy in CubaWednesday, October 14, 2015
Kenya Dworkin Helps Prepare the Ground for Democracy in CubaKenya Dworkin, associate professor of Hispanic Studies, is helping to prepare the ground for democracy in Cuba. So says Carnegie Mellon alum Nicholas Ducassi in his touching story on meeting his Cuban grandfather for the very first time, at the age of twenty-seven.
Wu Receives Funds to Support “Pioneering” ResearchTuesday, October 13, 2015
Wu Receives Funds to Support “Pioneering” ResearchWhile attending graduate school at Ohio State University, Sue-mei Wu, teaching professor of Chinese Studies, became interested in Chinese folk performance. Since the early 1990s, said Wu, hand puppet theater and Taiwanese Opera have enjoyed &#8220;renewed popularity&#8221; during a time of rapid social, political, and economic change in Taiwan. In a research project Wu is currently working on, titled &#8220;Weathering the Storm: Hand Puppet Theater and Taiwanese Opera Amid Social Change in Taiwan,&#8221; she will study how these performance forms have interacted with the changes taking place in Taiwan, while also exploring how they have &#8220;impacted local culture and people, and become representative symbols of Taiwanese folk and pop culture.&#8221;
Gabriele Eichmanns Maier Pens Groundbreaking TextbookTuesday, October 06, 2015
Gabriele Eichmanns Maier Pens Groundbreaking TextbookWhat better person to write a book on Germany and globalization than Gabriele Eichmanns Maier, associate teaching professor of German, who has lived and studied throughout the world in Germany, Denmark, Japan, and the United States.
Giovanni Puppo Celebrates 40 Years of ServiceFriday, October 02, 2015
Giovanni Puppo Celebrates 40 Years of ServiceThe day Giovanni Puppo completed his application to become a CMU employee, he stepped out of Warner Hall into a blizzard. As the snow swirled around him, Puppo looked towards Forbes Avenue and saw a young woman crossing the street carrying an ice cream cone. In a blizzard! Puppo&#8217;s face still lights up at the memory, all these years later. It was an unforgettable way to start his journey at Carnegie Mellon. At the time, Puppo had no idea how long that journey would last. In September, he was honored at the Andy Awards for 40 years of service. He was one of just three individuals to reach this remarkable milestone in 2015.
Modern Languages Ph.D. Student Named Presidential FellowWednesday, September 09, 2015
Modern Languages Ph.D. Student Named Presidential FellowCongratulations to Stanley Haomin Zhang, who was one of 55 graduate students at Carnegie Mellon to receive a 2015 Presidential Fellowship. Carnegie Mellon&#8217;s Presidential Fellowship and Scholarship program was launched in 2014 &#8220;to provide critical financial support to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students&#8221; across campus.
CMU to Host Hispanic Studies Film FestivalTuesday, September 08, 2015
CMU to Host Hispanic Studies Film FestivalFaculty members in the Hispanic Studies program at Carnegie Mellon received a grant to support the upcoming Hispanic Studies Film Festival, which will take place at Carnegie Mellon from September 20 to October 18, 2015.
Seth Wiener Joins Modern Languages FacultyTuesday, August 25, 2015
Seth Wiener Joins Modern Languages FacultySeth Wiener will join the Department of Modern Languages this semester as an Assistant Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Chinese Studies. Wiener comes to Pittsburgh from Columbus, Ohio, where he recently earned his Ph.D. at Ohio State University.
Training PA’s Chinese TeachersFriday, August 07, 2015
Training PA’s Chinese TeachersLast month Sue-mei Wu, Teaching Professor of Chinese Studies, and her Modern Languages Department colleagues Gang Liu and Haixia Wang participated in the 2015 Chinese Pedagogy Workshop held by the University of Pittsburgh&#8217;s Confucius Institute.
“Mr. Everything” Dick Tucker RetiresTuesday, May 26, 2015
“Mr. Everything” Dick Tucker RetiresIt&#8217;s no wonder he&#8217;s been called &#8220;Mr. Everything.&#8221; Since arriving at Carnegie Mellon in 1992, Richard (Dick) Tucker has served as head of the Department of Modern Languages, interim dean of Student Affairs, associate vice provost for education for Carnegie Mellon Qatar, interim dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar and Title IX Coordinator.
Hats off to the Modern Languages Class of 2015Sunday, May 17, 2015
Hats off to the Modern Languages Class of 2015On Sunday, May 17, students who have been studying languages and cultures in the Department of Modern Languages gathered in the Cohon University Center to receive certificates and diplomas.
Yasufumi Iwasaki Honored at LuncheonFriday, May 15, 2015
Yasufumi Iwasaki Honored at LuncheonA luncheon was held to honor Professor Yasufumi Iwasaki, who was this year&#8217;s recipient of the Elliot Dunlap Smith Award.
Latino Children Get Tech-Savvy with Help from Digital CorpsTuesday, May 12, 2015
Latino Children Get Tech-Savvy with Help from Digital CorpsEl C&#237;rculo Juvenil de Cultura, a bilingual after-school program that teaches Latino kids about their heritage, was looking to add a digital literacy component to its curriculum.
Yasufumi Iwasaki Wins Elliot Dunlap Smith AwardWednesday, April 29, 2015
Yasufumi Iwasaki Wins Elliot Dunlap Smith AwardYasufumi Iwasaki, Associate Teaching Professor of Japanese Studies, won the Dietrich College&#8217;s 2014&#8211;15 Elliot Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service.
Modern Languages Ph.D. Candidate Wins Teaching AwardFriday, April 24, 2015
Modern Languages Ph.D. Candidate Wins Teaching AwardDan Walter, a Ph.D. candidate in second language acquisition in the Department of Modern Languages, was recently awarded the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences&#8217; Graduate Student Teaching Award.
Eight Juniors Named Dietrich College Honors FellowsFriday, April 17, 2015
Eight Juniors Named Dietrich College Honors FellowsEight exceptional juniors have been selected to be 2015-16 Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Fellows. The Honors Fellowship Program &#8211; in its second year &#8211; is part of the college&#8217;s Senior Honors Program and is designed to give students a head start on their thesis development.
Students Win Awards at Japanese Speech ContestTuesday, April 14, 2015
Students Win Awards at Japanese Speech ContestFive students taking Japanese courses in the Department of Modern Languages participated in the first annual Japanese Speech Contest at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) on April 11, and each one took home an award.
Melissa Schneider to Lecture on China’s “Romantic Revolution”Thursday, March 12, 2015
Melissa Schneider to Lecture on China’s “Romantic Revolution”When Melissa Schneider moved to Shenzhen, China, with her husband, she was &#8220;staggeringly unprepared&#8221; for the differences she encountered in local attitudes towards love and marriage. Schneider, who holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University and works as a couples therapist, became curious about Chinese relationships after hearing some eyebrow-raising tales as she was getting settled in.
Modern Languages Students Say “Yes!” to Phi Sigma IotaMonday, March 09, 2015
Modern Languages Students Say “Yes!” to Phi Sigma IotaThis year, twenty-two students from the Department of Modern Languages joined Phi Sigma Iota, a prestigious international honor society that recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding students in academic fields related to foreign languages, literatures, and cultures. On March 19, twelve of the new members participated in an initiation ceremony at Duquesne University. Congratulations to all!
CMUQ Workshop Helps Teachers Hone SkillsFriday, March 06, 2015
CMUQ Workshop Helps Teachers Hone SkillsZeinab Ibrahim, Professor of Arabic Studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, recently led a workshop in Doha about the teaching of Arabic. Ibrahim leads a research team that discovered a &#8220;need to support educators by introducing them to updated teaching methods and recent linguistic theories that deal with language acquisition and learning."
Hispanic Studies Professor Optimistic About Renewed RelationsFriday, February 20, 2015
Hispanic Studies Professor Optimistic About Renewed RelationsAfter more than fifty years of tense dealings, U.S.-Cuban relations are on the mend. This is welcome news for Kenya Dworkin, Professor of Hispanic Studies and a Cuban native. Dworkin spoke to The Piper recently about the positive impact this could have on both countries. &#8220;There&#8217;s a lot to be gained here,&#8221; Dworkin told the paper.
CMU Students Will Lend a Hand in HaitiWednesday, February 18, 2015
CMU Students Will Lend a Hand in HaitiFourteen Carnegie Mellon students looking to make a difference, face a challenge, and move beyond their comfort zones will be heading to the Caribbean nation of Haiti this March over Spring Break. The trip, which is the second of its kind, is sponsored by the student organization CMU in Haiti and will be led by faculty advisor Michael West, Teaching Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Modern Languages.
Mariana Achugar Featured in the Post-GazetteMonday, February 09, 2015
Mariana Achugar Featured in the Post-GazetteThe Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently featured Mariana Achugar in its pages as part of its "Odysseys project." Achugar, a native of Uruguay, is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Second Language Acquisition.
Stephen Brockmann Spends Semester in LeipzigWednesday, February 04, 2015
Stephen Brockmann Spends Semester in LeipzigStephen Brockmann, Professor of German, spent the fall 2014 semester conducting research in Leipzig, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar. The experience was memorable and enriching, as it coincided with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and resulted in new research findings.
Local Children to Sing Spanish-Language CarolsSaturday, December 20, 2014
Local Children to Sing Spanish-Language CarolsOn Saturday, December 20, music will fill the air in Oakland as children aged 6 to 12 gather on stage at the Frick Fine Arts Building to sing carols learned during a workshop they&#8217;ve been participating in at Carnegie Mellon University this semester. A second concert will follow the next day, December 21, in Coraopolis, PA, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School. Both performances are free and open to the public.
In Memoriam: Michel FougèresThursday, November 20, 2014