News and Events 2022-2023

Cultural Events

Cultural Events

World Languages and Cultures Open House

Have you ever wondered how learning a language can help you personally or professionally? Would you like to learn more about what it would take to add a language major or minor to your current degree? Or are you wondering what languages are available at the University of Scranton? Students got answers to these questions and more at the World Languages and Cultures Open House! They met WLC faculty, Fulbright Teaching Assistants, and Language Center tutors, enjoyed light refreshments, and learned about the courses and programs in our department on October 4th in the Language Learning Center.


Celebrate Argentina

Students celebrated Argentina on October 26th, where they learned to prepare mate, played traditional Argentinian games, tesed your knowledge through Argentinian trivia, and designed a rosette or guacho hat at this event with the guidance of Spanish FLTA Magali Ferrer.


German Christmas Markets

Join German Fulbright Teaching Assistant Celine Seeger on Monday, December 5th for a taste of German Christmas markets! Enjoy children's punch, and Christmas cookies as you listen to German Christmas songs and learn a bit of history and celebrate the holidays from 4:30-5:30 P.M. in Leahy 235. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required.

Faculty Scholarship

Dr. Marzia Caporale

Book reviews of: 

a) African Filmmaking : Five Formations. Kenneth Harrow. East Lansing : Michigan State UP, 2017 Nouvelles études francophones (2022).

 b) La langue qu’elles habitent. Écritures de femmes, frontières, territoires. Edité par María Carmen Molina Romero et Montserrat Serrano Mañes. Bruxelles, Peter Lang éditeur, 2020. Etudes francophones (2022).

Conference presentation: 

March 10-13 2022, NeMLA, (Northeastern Modern Language Association conference) Baltimore. “For a New Poetics of Gender in banlieue Cinema: From La haine to Today.” 

Journal article:  

“Popular Culture as Pedagogy: Teaching ‘Il Canto di Ulisse’ from Dante to Jovanotti in the American College Classroom.” Special volume of Perspectives Médievales, Fall 2022-Winter 2023  

Dr. Caporale also volunteers as a teacher of Italian conversation for the Gathering Place, a non-profit community center in Clarks Summit. 


Dr. Yamile Silva

During Spring 2022, Dr. Silva researched at the Biblioteca de Cataluña in Barcelona. She has been collecting Abigail Mejía’s newspaper articles published during her stay in Barcelona (1909-1925). Abigail Mejía (1895-1941) was one of Latin America’s prolific writers during the first part of the 20th century.  

Also, during Spring 2022, Silva contributed to the digital projectUnlocking the Colonial Archiveorganized byLLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections (LLILAS Benson) at the University of Texas at Austin (United States); the Digital Humanities
Hub at Lancaster University; and Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom):      

Since Spring 2022, Silva has completed the following scholarships: 

Invited Co-Editor for a Thematic Dossier in a Refereed Journal

"‘Yo llana estoy’: jerarquías, transgresiones y despliegues de género en América hispana colonial (1492- 1898)” Co-edited with Ana María Díaz (Oberlin College). Thematic Dossier. Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades/Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies (Michigan State University Press) Vol. 48.1 (July 2022), Introduction, 5 essays, 2 academic interviews. 50,000 words. 

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Silva, Yamile. "Narrativas de lo gótico en «La extraña» (1922) de Abigail Mejía" Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. (Forthcoming 2022). 

Academic Interviews

1) Díaz, Ana María and Silva, Yamile. “Recuperación de las voces silenciadas de los archivos en la escritura de Tatiana Lobo Wiehoff.” Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades/Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies (Michigan State University Press) Vol. 48.1 (July 2022).  

2) Díaz, Ana María and Silva, Yamile. “Divulgación de escritoras y artistas dominicanas en la voz de la poeta Ylonka Nacidit-Perdomo.” Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades/Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies (Michigan State University Press) Vol. 48.1 (July 2022). 

Archival transcriptions

1) Martos de Bohorques, Gonzalo; Peralta, Alonso de; Bernardo de Quirós, Gutierre; Paraya, Juan de la; Mañozca, Pedro de, 2022, "Segundo proceso contra Francisco Hernández, mulato esclavo de Pedro López Hidalgo, curtidor, vecino de esta Ciudad de Mexico, 1602”,, Texas Data Repository, V1 

2) Palóu, Francisco, 1723-1789 (autor / author), 2022, "Carta a Fray Junípero Serra sobre el estado de las misiones de Alta California, 1774 enero 14",, Texas Data  Repository, V1 

Scholarly Talks, Chair and Panel Organizer and Public Presentations

1) Discussant for the Panel “Locuacidad escandalosa: cuerpo, habla y performance femeninos en los archivos inquisitoriales de Lima y Cartagena de Indias” Congreso Internacional “Iglesia e Inquisición en el contexto global, siglos XVI-XVIII. Nuevos problemas, enfoques y metodologías.” CEPYL, Lima, Perú. 15-18 de noviembre, 2022 

2) Talk ”Narrativas de lo gótico en ‘La extraña’, de Abigail Mejía” III Congreso Internacional CreadorAS en la Educación Literaria e Intercultural (CICELI), Universitat de Valencia, Spain. July 14-16, 2022.   

3) Chair and Panel Organizer Colonial Section, “Representaciones del espacio en el período colonial latinoamericano (1492-1898)” Congreso virtual LASA2022: Polarización socioambiental y rivalidad entre grandes potencias, May 8-10, 2022. 

4) Keynote Speaker, invited by the Doctoral Program in Gender Studies at Universidad de Oviedo in Spain, “Archives as a Feminist Tool” on April 26, 2022.  

Silva continues serving as a member of the Executive Committee Board of the Colonial Section in the Professional Organization LASA (Latin American Studies Association). On March 26, 2022, Silva co-organized with Caroline Egan (Northwestern University) a virtual seminar for the LASA Colonial Section titled “La Inquisición de México y las Islas Filipinas: vigilancia y comunicación a través del Pacífico” by Dr. Miguel Rodrigues Lourenço from the Universidad NOVA de Lisboa. In April 2022, she was a peer-reviewer for the academic journal Cuadernos de Literaturaof the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. Finally, Silva was invited to teach a graduate seminar on Archives as a feminist Tool at the Doctoral Program in Gender Studies at Universidad de Oviedo in Spain on April 26, 2022. During Summer 2022, she served as peer-reviewer for the academic journal Chasqui. Finally, Silva served as the Chair for the 2022 Maureen Ahern Doctoral Dissertation Award in Colonial Latin American Studies (LASA). 

Dr. Habib Zanzana

 Dr. Zanzana published two peer-reviewed articles. The first focused on Don Quixote and Dulcinea and appeared in a book on Spanish Golden Age literature. The second article was published in Milan, Italy, and examined migration, multiculturalism, and identity in contemporary Italian literature.

1) “Don Quixote and the Construction of Dulcinea, in Cosmic Wit: Essays in Honor of Edward H. Friedman.” Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, March 2021.

2) “The Kaleidoscope of Cultures in Contemporary Italy in Amara Lakhous’s Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio,” CROCEVIA, Edizioni Universitarie di Lettere Economia Diritto, Milan, Italy, June 2022, 141-163.

Dr. Virginia Picchietti

 Dr. Virginia Picchietti, Professor of Italian, organized and chaired two sessions, "Texts in Their Times" at the online conference of the American Association for Italian Studies in May 2022.  She is also chair of the committee for the annual Distinguished Service Award of the American Association of Teachers of Italian and contributor to the association's newsletter.

Dr. Roxana Curiel

In Spring 2022, Dr. Roxana Curiel finished a paper for the Faculty Success Program of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). Her work, "De Roma a Juchitán: Intimacies and Colonial Gaze in Alfonso Cuarón's Roma and Graciela Iturbide's Photography," will be submitted to the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. She also wrote a critique piece with her SPAN 315 “Migrations Across the Americas” students. They went to see the play A Good Farmer offered by the Academic Theatre Program/University Players and felt compelled to speak about it. Their piece unpacked the play's shortcomings and promoted an informed understanding of citizenship and the criminalization of Latinx migrants in the U.S. Dr. Curiel was awarded the University of Scranton Faculty Development Grant (Summer 2022) for the project “De muxe a muxeMeuxeidad and the Third Gender in Zapotec Culture.” She spent the summer performing an ethnography of two muxe artists, Elvis Guerra and Luka Avedaño, which is part of her book manuscript, Machorras: Embodying Identity Against Mexicanidad.

She also created “Robles,” a drag performance piece with fellow dragtivist Nancy Cázares and musician Gabriel Tepichín. They were invited to perform it at the Archivo de la Ciudad de México as part of the talk series, “Disidencia, resistencia y movilización. La diversidad sexual en la Ciudad de México a través de sus archivos.” In the performance, they told the story of Colonel Amelio Robles and their transition during the Mexican Revolution (1910), along with current stories of violencia machista against trans women in Latin America. The piece's success has led to several invitations to perform at festivals and LGBTQIA+ events.

In Fall 2022, Dr. Curiel was invited to write a chapter on queer theory by scholars from Harvard and the Universidad Autónoma de México collaborating in an edited book, Teoría Queer en México: Disidencias, Diversidades y Diferencias, under contract with Editorial Signos. She will present a performative version of that chapter, “White Bunny: latinidad, racialización y estética cuir en la música de Bad Bunny,” at the American Studies Association 2022 Annual Meeting. Latinx students also invited her to be a faculty advisor in creating an ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) chapter at the University of Scranton. 

Finally, during the celebration and commemoration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, Dr. Curiel designed a series of workshops on “Latinidad, Art, and Identity” for the Marywood University program STARS (Students Together Achieving Remarkable Success), dedicated to Latinx Youth in 7th-12th grade. She also was part of the panel discussion “Building DEI Partnerships for Students Leaning Inside and Outside the Classroom” at the University of Scranton DEI Faculty Workshop, "Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Classroom." She will also have a panel conversation on how the Latino/x/e communities navigate various labels and their identity, organized by the Multicultural Center.