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(Pictured is student Alisa Salame with her father)

Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Pablo Zavala created a website of his students' final Latinx projects this spring, which could be poems, short stories, paintings, podcasts, or drawings made to reflect their own identity and/or issues related to Latinx experiences such as immigration and discrimination. The final result is an amazing compilation of touchingly personal, heartfelt projects. 

See the projects here.


German instructor Jennifer Hammatt gave her beginning German students an assignment - to think of their lives as a book or a film in a particular genre. The results were fairly hilarious! 

Eleanor Bashem-Kelly created a tragedy - "Allergie Tragodie" - depicting the story of an allergy to her own cat. See the video here.

Elizabeth Maria DeVoto depicted her life as an opera

Latin American Studies and Spanish seniors presented their final, culminating projects in a series of short, snappy, 7-minute presentations at the Capstone event held on April 21. Thirteen seniors gave their presentations ranging in topics from the exploration of Latine and Indigenous events and identities to a decolonial perspective on Chagas Disease prevention in Central America. LAS Senior Abby Trahant had her final project, the play "Rabinal Achi: Xajoj Tun," (pictured) performed in its entirety earlier in the month at Loyola University's outdoor theater.

Latin American Studies and sociology major Sasha Solano-McDaniel knew her final research project for her History of Food in America class last fall would be uploaded on Loyola University’s Documentary and Oral History Studio website, but she didn’t know it would be so well received by Loyola’s Languages and Cultures Department.  Says Solano-McDaniel of the project, “Our task was to create an article stemming from a historical menu in 1930’s America.” The result was an historical look at the formation of Mexican-American cuisine.

Alumna Allison Belcher (Environmental Studies and Classical Studies, '20) did a nine-month internship focused on underwater archaeology with the Sint Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (SECAR).

LAS alumna Shoshana Shattenkirk is writing the music for her musical, "Fever Dreams," which is about pandemics and started as part of an invitation from the New York Public Library to create musicals based on materials in its archives. Shattenkirk collaborated with a lyricist and book writer to create the musical based on the correspondence of a doctor during the Yellow Fever pandemic of 1798. A draft of the first portion of the musical was performed virtually and is on The New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center website.

In January 2021, Dr. Eileen Doll was awarded the University Senate Award for Community Service.

A student in Dr. Doll's Immigration class (SPAN A404) said:

"(In) Dr. Doll’s Immigration class, she gave us the opportunity to participate in Service Learning within our local New Orleans community by teaching English as a second language to ‘latine/latinx’ immigrants.

Dr. Doll exceeded the limits, for she taught us how to understand and respect different cultural values while also teaching our students a new language."

Courtney Graves, 2018 graduate with a double major in Latin American Studies and Strategic Communications/Public Relations, was awarded a prestigious Fulbright research grant to Brazil. Her research will study women's networking. Congratulations, Courtney! We are so proud of you!


More information in the summer edition of Loyno Magazine, p. 6


Dr. Jean X. Brager gave a presentation with students from his First-Year Seminar (Fall 2018, Performance & Performativity) on 1/25/19 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., week.

Here is a list of the 6 students that were initiated in February 2019 into the Mu Kappa Chapter of the national Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi:


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