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Kelly Arispe gives a keynote presentation at the Colloquium on Latin American and Iberian Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Kelly Arispe, assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, was invited to give a keynote presentation at the eighth annual Colloquium on Latin American and Iberian Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Oct. 26 at the University of California Davis. The presentation was titled, “The paradox of lexical acquisition/ La paradoja de la adquisición léxica,” and addressed advanced vocabulary learning and the potential benefit of Computer Assisted Language Learning.

Arispe also recently co-authored an article in System with Robert Blake titled “Individual factors and successful learning in a hybrid course.”  This is one of the few articles that considers intelligence and personality factors and their relationship to the success in a hybrid language learning course.

BSU Alumna chosen to be commencement speaker at Virginia Tech

Annie Hesp earned a BA in Spanish, Secondary Education from Boise State in 1999.
MA Portland State 2001
PhD University of Michigan 2010
Currently, she is an Instructor of Spanish at Virginia Tech
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Maria Alicia Garza presents at the Western Literature Association Conference

Maria Alicia Garza, associate professor of Spanish in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures, presented a paper at the 47th annual Western Literature Association Conference held in Lubbock, Texas, Nov. 7-10.  The title of her paper was “‘No Dogs, No Mexicans’: Violence and Erasure in Helena María Viramontes’ Their Dogs Came with Them.”

International Programs Fellowship

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Fellowship is a full-time position lasting for two years and will begin in summer 2013. The Fellowship is sponsored and managed by PRB and funded through PRB’s IDEA Project (Informing Decisionmakers to Act), a cooperative agreement between PRB and USAID. The Fellow will work within USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health in Washington, D.C., which works to advance and support voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. The Fellowship is intended for recent graduates with a B.A. or B.S.; candidates with advanced degrees are ineligible.


  • Support the Senior Policy Advisor and members of office management.
  • Respond to external and internal requests for information on U.S. family planning requirements and agency family planning activities.
  • Support efforts to improve compliance monitoring of family planning requirements within the USAID program.
  • Complete administrative duties as assigned.

Other duties and activities will be determined by the interests of the selected Fellow and the needs of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health.


  • B.A., B.S., or other undergraduate degree by June 2013.
  • Education and/or work experience related to international population/reproductive health policy or public health.
  • Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills; ability to effectively manage time and work with diverse personalities.
  • Skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Dedication to advancing family planning and reproductive health issues and programs in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly assume additional responsibilities and complete tasks with limited oversight.

In addition, experience living outside of the United States and foreign-language facility (especially French) is highly desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold an appropriate work visa and will need to get a security clearance.

 The PRB International Programs Fellowship pays a stipend of $35,000-$40,000 per year plus benefits. The position is subject to the availability of funds. The Fellowship may involve foreign travel.


Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume directly to the address below. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s professional goals, her or his interest in the field of population and international development, and why she or he is suited for the Fellowship. In addition, the candidate must arrange for two letters of recommendation from employers or professors to be sent by email to the same address.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed to PRB no later than Feb. 25, 2013.

Selection of the PRB International Programs Fellow will occur by late spring 2013. All candidates will be notified of the selection decision by email.


Applications should be emailed to:

“Performing Cannibalism: Werner Schwab’s ‘ÜBERGEWICHT, unwichtig: UNFORM’”

Heike Henderson, Associate Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, published an article entitled “Performing Cannibalism: Werner Schwab’s ‘ÜBERGEWICHT, unwichtig: UNFORM’” in the Journal of Austrian Studies (the flagship publication of the Austrian Studies Association). This article focuses on the role of cannibalism, both within the context of Schwab’s controversial play and as a reflection of modern Austrian society. Performativity, anthropological studies of cannibalism, and Artaud’s theater of cruelty provide the framework for her analysis.

Beret Norman co-organized the visit of guest author from Germany


Beret Norman, associate professor of German, recently co-organized the visit of guest author from Germany, Antje Ravic Strubel, to the annual Women in German Conference Oct. 25-28 in Shawnee, Penn. Strubel attended conference panels and gave a reading. Norman also presented a paper at the conference, “GDR [German Democratic Republic] Sediment in Antje Ravic Strubel’s 2011 Novel Sturz der Tage in die Nacht (When the days plunge into night).” In the paper, Norman discusses the novel’s image of a Klapperstein (rattle stone) as a metaphor for the narrator, in whom fossils of the GDR exist.

German Club Recognizes Fall of Berlin Wall


German Club - Berlin WallThe Boise State German Club has built a large wall on the Quad for students and passersby to paint a message on. The wall is a symbolic gesture of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, which started the reunification of Germany.

“Many students on campus weren’t alive, or are too young to remember when the Berlin wall came down, and what an impact it had around the world,” said Brice Froschhauser, German Club president.

Froschhauser hopes the wall on the Quad will raise awareness about German heritage, the Cold War, and the Berlin Wall’s important and demonstrative part in world history.

To illustrate what the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc was like, the club will tear down the wall at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9.

More information about the Boise State German Club can be found on their Facebook

Swahili Lessons starting December 3rd

New class starting December 3rd!!

This is a great opportunity to learn the Swahili language as no other classes are offered in the Boise area! Classes will be taught by Makambo Dimathas, a refugee and teacher from Congo.

Location: 6712 W. Fairview Ave, Boise
Start date: December 3, 2012
Duration: 12 weeks
Days: Monday and Wednesday
Time: 6pm to 730pm
Cost: $10 per class ($240 paid in full)

*flexible payment plans available-we just ask that you commit for the full 3 months

Please contact Lynn Hyneman to join the class, or if you have any questions about the class schedule, payment details, etc.

Phone:   887-4821 (evenings)

This will be an exciting class ~ don’t miss out!

International Learning Grant Funds Spring Lecture


The Office of International Learning Opportunities has awarded an International Activity mini-grant to Jason Herbeck, associate professor of French, to help support a spring lecture.

Raymond Gay-Crosier, professor emeritus at the University of Florida, will give a public keynote lecture titled “Exiled in a Spiritual Geography: Albert Camus’s Road to Values” on April 19. The lecture will be the culminating event of a two-day international colloquium that will take place in Boise to commemorate the 100-year anniversary the birth of Camus, a French-Algerian Nobel Prize for Literature laureate.

Gay-Crosier’s lecture is open to the campus community and general public and will include a 30-minute question period. The theme of the two-day colloquium, “Topography and Toponymy,” addresses the role of physical space (topography) and place names (toponymy) in Camus’ works and will bring together Camus scholars from around the world, including Algeria, Canada, China, France, Lebanon and the United States.

Faculty and staff interested in applying for a mini grant to support an activity of an international nature may obtain application materials at Awards are made on a rolling basis; when funds are expended no further awards will be made for academic year 2012-13.

Fàtima Cornwall presents at the 2012 Idaho Mediation Association conference


Fátima María Cornwall, Spanish language coordinator in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, co-presented a session titled “Interpreters and the Art of Mediation” at the 2012 Idaho Mediation Association conference in Boise. Each spring Cornwall teaches Spanish 381 Introduction to Court Interpretation, and four of her former students — Estrella Ayala, Guadalupe Ayala, Janet Hobdey and Sandé Katana — were present at the conference to consecutively interpret during role plays among the mediators and Spanish-speaking clients.