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Achievements

Professor and Co-Chair of the Languages and Cultures Department, Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos, had a tremendous idea that came to fruition on March 17, 2022. She created a traveling exhibition titled, “Anne Frank: A History for Today,” consisting of 30 panels that tell Anne Frank’s story, the history of World War II, and the Holocaust.

In April, Sasha Solano-McDaniel ('21) was awarded the Fulbright-Casten Family Foundation Award to attend the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) for the academic year 2022-23. During this yearlong program she will earn a Master of Gastronomy: World Food Cultures and Mobility while studying in Pollenzo, Italy. This is an interdisciplinary program encompassing all aspects of food culture and includes various study trips as well as a two-month internship or research project requirement. 
 

 

At the President's Convocation in February 2022, Dr. Naomi Yavneh-Klos was awarded the University Faculty Senate Award for Outstanding Teaching 2021-2022 as well as a Marquette Fellowship to complete her book, "In Quarantine with Anne Frank: Lessons of Compassion in a Time of Anxiety, Uncertainty, and Hate."

Gabriela Brewer (graduated Spring '21), a double major in Biological Sciences and Spanish, received a Language Assistant position to teach English in Madrid, Spain, through Coversa Spain. She will start in November 2021, and will work with students 18 years and younger in Madrid schools.

(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.

 

Three Latin American Studies and Spanish seniors presented their final, culminating projects together with the three French seniors who gave their Capstone presentations on April 28. Pictured here are the six senior presenters: (left to right) Roux Fernandez, Kimberly Diaz, Sabah Bashi, Christophe Cogerino, Ella Cogerino, and Catherine Boudreaux flanked by Spanish/LAS professor Dr. Pablo Zavala (left) and French professor, Dr. Stacey Battis (right).

Here is the complete Capstone program listing the six students who participated this year and the titles of their projects.

Seven new members of the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, were inducted into the honor society on April 26. Several Spanish and Latin American Studies professors were on hand at the ceremony as well.

Pictured from left to right are: 

Dr. Pablo Zavala, Dr. Andrea Gaytan (initiate), Prof. Angela Ramirez, Sabah Bashi, Christopher Bowlin, Dr. Isabel Durocher (Chapter Advisor), Nicholas Burtchaell, Kaliah Rodgers, Sierra O’Brien, Alanna Olsen, and officers Vairleene Einstein and Kimberly Diaz.

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.

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."

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