Starting this fall semester, Modern Greek will once again be taught at the University of Utah. One of the beginner Modern Greek classes will be taught by Pagona Tsoutsounis. Tsoutsounis has been teaching adult Greek classes at the Greek Orthodox church for several years and is excited to start teaching students at the U.
Zuri Vasquez Bedolla is this year's winner of the ISA Global Opportunity Scholarship, which she will use to study abroad at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid this fall. Zuri is a double major in Spanish and Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Congratulations, Zuri!
As one of the largest language departments in the country, the Department of World Languages & Cultures at the University of Utah offers 21 languages, eight majors and 12 minors. Now, after a groundbreaking restructuring and expansion of their Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies degree, the department will introduce seven new options to better meet the needs and interests of more students in Fall 2022.
There’s a street in downtown Salt Lake City serving as an urban archive with generations of stories written in brick and concrete. Near the Salt Palace Convention Center and the Vivint Arena, it stretches from Second to Third West on 100 South, bookended by the Japanese Church of Christ and the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple—the remnants of a once-thriving Japantown chronicling the Japanese American community’s 100+-year fight to save the celebrated space and preserve their history.
Yunwen Su has received the Business Language Research and Teaching Award from the Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). She was recognized for her research with Yingling Bao from Indiana University for their research on “Gift Giving Interactions and the Chinese Concept of Politeness.”
"One of the main reasons I love studying foreign languages is that it allows you to see the world through different lenses. It has given me the ability to understand different cultures in a more nuanced way and help bridge cultural gaps when interacting with foreigners. In my experience I have found that speaking to someone in their native language creates a safe and comfortable environment where meaningful relationships can bloom. Learning languages has inspired me to pursue a career in international affairs to help build peaceful and constructive relationships between the US and other countries."
Katharina Gerstenberger, a professor of German in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, has been selected as the 2022 Distinguished Scholar in the Humanities. Dr. Gerstenberger served as Chair of World Languages and Cultures from 2012 to 2018 and was also interim director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program from 2020 to 2021. She has authored numerous books and articles on topics of 20th and 21st German literary culture, and she currently serves as editor of German Studies Review.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures is delighted that Connor Brown, a German major (class of ’22), is the recipient of a Fulbright Award! Connor was also recognized by the German faculty as the 2022 Outstanding Senior in German.
Ashton Lazarus has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Award for his project “Sensation and Renunciation in The Tale of Genji,” which focuses on the tension between the allure of sensory experience and Buddhist distrust of the senses.
Anne Lair, whose presentation at the Utah Foreign Language Association’s conference a few weeks ago was selected as “Best of Utah.” She will represent both UFLA and the state at the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) later this month.
Students in the Department of World Languages & Cultures recently partnered with Great Basin National Park to translate brochures and signage into different languages. This work was piloted by park guides alongside WLC academic advisors in an effort to make the park more accessible and to create meaningful, language-oriented service opportunities for students.
The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its thirty-sixth Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize to Daria Mizza, assistant professor of educational studies at the American University in Cairo and head of language instructional technology at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Fernando Rubio, professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Utah, for their book Creating Effective Blended Language Learning Courses: A Research-Based Guide from Planning to Evaluation.
The College of Humanities has recognized Margaret Wan for significant scholarly accomplishments as a senior faculty member. She is a Professor of Chinese Literature and Cultural History, the author of several books and articles, and an editor for CHINOPERL.
On Wednesday, July 28th, Consul-General Midori Takeuchi presented Dr. Shoji Azuma, Professor of Linguistics at Utah University with the Consul-General's Award in commendation for his contributions toward mutual understanding, friendship and goodwill between Japan and the U.S.
Congratulations to French Assistant Professor Vanessa Brutsche, who just won this year's Malcolm Bowie prize for the most outstanding article published by an early career researcher in French Studies. She received this prestigious award from the International Society for French Studies for her article, “Duras’s Aurélia Steiner and the Ethics of Cinematic Form,” which appeared in French Studies 74.3 (July 2020).
Each year, the Career & Professional Development Center receives nominations for individuals who have made a substantial impact on students' career development at the University of Utah - we are excited to recognize your incredible work!
Congratulations, Natalya! We are so honored to have you in our department.
Professor Talía Dajes article “Crímenes íntimos: incesto y violencia política en el cine peruano contemporáneo" (published in A Contracorriente, 2020) received the Best Essay Award from the Latin American Studies Association's (LASA) Film Studies Section.
Dr. Anne Lair received the Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award – Post-Secondary from the American Association of Teachers of French. She is the French Bridge Curriculum Director and French Coordinator for the State of Utah.
Lucy Arredondo, a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the French MA program is the recipient of a FUTURE IMMERSION TEACHER (FIT) FELLOWSHIP. She will receive a $10,000 scholarship to pursue a graduate degree and certification programs to prepare for a roles as a French immersion teacher. This is the second time a MA student in French has received a FIT grant.
Christopher T. Lewis, assistant professor of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, has been awarded the University of Utah’s Early Career Teaching Award, which recognizes significant contributions to teaching at the university through new and innovative teaching methods.
Deberniere Torrey, Assistant Professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, explores early Korean Catholic texts as indicators of identity, cultural hybridity, and epistemic shift in Korea prior to its opening to the modern world.
This co-edited volume explores the complex interactions between culture and politics in post-independence Paraguay, situating Paraguayan cultural, intellectual, and political history within the broader field of Latin American Studies.
Christopher T. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, is the winner of the 2018 Ramona W. Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.
Students in a new course, “Coming to America,” taught by a German and a Spanish professor are learning about immigration. The course combines this timely topic with cutting-edge research in the digital humanities in a hands-on way.
Jerry Root, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, has published The Theophilus Legend in Medieval Text and Image with Boydell & Brewer.
Alison Shimko, Spanish B.A., May 2017, received a highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2017-2018 academic year.
This year, community leaders representing important local organizations that promote human rights and support refugees and migrants will participate in a panel on "Local Perspectives on the Global Refugee Challenge".
Lily Alavi has received an award from the Salt Lake County Aging Services "In Appreciation of the Collaborative Partnership with Salt Lake County Aging Services, Senior Companions & Foster Grandparents Programs."