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French Courses Featured in Boise State Active Learning Video

Today, October 25th, is National Active Learning Day! To celebrate, Boise State compiled a video highlighting various ways in which active learning occurs on our campus on a daily basis. Dr. Devereux Herbeck’s French 376 (French Culture and Civilization) and French 404 (Survey of French Literature) are featured at three different moments: 1:23, 1:36 and 2:00! Thanks so much to her students for participating in this video!


Larraitz Ariznabarreta Contributes to “El Exilio Vasco”

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Larraitz Ariznabarreta

Basque Studies Lecturer
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Larraitz Ariznabarreta has contributed to the book El Exilio Vasco” published by the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and edited by Iker Gonzalez-Allende (University of Nebraska-Lincoln). Ariznaberreta’s article, “La escritura como lugar para vivir en la obra del exilio de Martin Ugalde,” deals with the metonymic and representative nature that the discourse of exiled intellectuals often acquires for the collective with which the authors politically align. Through critical discourse analysis, the article examines the traces that exile left in the work of the Basque writer Martin Ugalde, whose work is analyzed as a metaphor for study. The article concludes that the self-referential identitarian scrutiny into which the Basque writer delves results in a proposal of social dimensions.

Adrian Kane Publishes Book Chapter

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Adrian Kane

Professor of Spanish and Department Chair
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Adrian Kane recently published a book chapter titled “The Nicaragua Canal and the Shifting Currents of Sandinista Environmental Policy” in “Ecological Crisis and Cultural Representation in Latin America: Ecocritical Perspectives on Art, Film, and Literature” (Lexington Books.) In this chapter he contrasts the utopian environmentalist vision of the Sandinista revolution with the apparent collapse of that vision in President Daniel Ortega’s proposal to build the interoceanic canal.

Jason Herbeck Publishes Article in the Journal of the Société des Études Camusiennes

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Jason Herbeck

Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

An article by Jason Herbeck was published in Présence d’Albert Camus, the journal of the Société des Études Camusiennes. In his article titled “Le Lâche des Carnets de Camus” (“The Coward in Camus’s Carnets”), Herbeck examines the various forms, derivations and meanings of the word lâche (coward) that appears over 30 times in the private notebooks that Camus kept for more than 20 years of his life, up until his death in 1960. Given the fact that Camus himself was harshly criticized during the French-Algerian War (1954-1962) for not having chosen a more decisive stance in a conflict that found him torn between two ultimately unsatisfactory positions (Algerian independence or French colonial rule), Camus’s articulation of and response to the notion of cowardice is central to understanding his “fall” under the impetus of postcolonial francophone criticism in the decades following his death.

Close examination of the Carnets reveals that Camus attributed two principle traits to the coward; in short, the coward is neither silent nor resistant. Based on this practical estimation and the literary embodiments of the coward that Herbeck evidences throughout Camus’s fictional works, the coward can be understood as a stark anti-hero with respect to the two emblematic figures at the core of Camus’s philosophical thought—namely, the Absurd man and the Rebel.  In demonstrating how Camus’s own, at times silent stance during the French-Algerian war aligned with the ideals of his philosophical heroes as opposed to the outspoken ways of the coward, Herbeck concludes his study by calling attention to the reasons for which Camus and his works are so often cited today, whether it be in the context of the Arab Spring or catastrophic natural disasters such as the tsunami that struck Japan or the earthquake in Haiti.

Kelly Arispe Co-authors Paper on “The Contribution of CALL to advanced-level foreign/second language instruction”

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Kelly Arispe

Assistant Professor
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
Kelly Arispe recently co-authored a paper with Jack Burston ( titled, “The Contribution of CALL to advanced-level foreign/second language instruction.” Their paper will be published in the 2016 EUROCALL proceedings and stemmed from a larger meta-analysis that Arispe and Burston have conducted on the impact of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), specifically at the advanced level. They summarize the data according to 1) pedagogical focus, 2) student competence levels, and 3) activity level in 47 articles from four prominent journals in the field of CALL, using the Common European Framework as the yardstick in their analysis. This paper was presented at the EUROCALL conference in Limassol, Cyprus, on Aug. 25.

Korean Thanksgiving BBQ

Here is a photo from the annual Korean Thanksgiving BBQ Party took place this past September 18th. Organized by the BSU Korean Club and Korean Program to promote Korean language and culture, this event was open to BSU students, staff and the general public. They had a great turnout and we hope to see you there next year!

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Chat with Amama Director, Asier Altuna on October 5, 2016!

Have you ever wanted the chance to watch a film and chat informally about it with its director? This is your lucky day! Join us at the Basque Center, Boise downtown on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm

The Basque Museum & Cultural Center in conjunction with the Basque Center present a special screening of the drama AMAMA with the director, Asier Altuna, of Bergara Gipuzkoa to present the film and answer questions afterwards.

About AMAMA:

When a Basque family’s eldest son opts not to take over the family farm, sensitive daughter Amaia steps in to convince their controlling father Tomás of the inevitability of change. A film of rare lyricism and visual poetry, writer/director Asier Altuna’s first solo dramatic feature is a sumptuous and deeply felt exploration of the struggle to maintain the customs that form identity against the inevitability of change. Symbolically rich and rooted in tremendous performances by a largely non-professional cast, AMAMA is steeped in Basque tradition but tells a universal tale of ancestry, generational divide, and the demands of progress.

Beret Norman Publishes Two New Publications

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Beret Norman

Associate Professor of German
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Beret Norman has two new publications stemming from her research into contemporary literature by authors who were socialized in East Germany and were young adults during the reunification of East and West Germany.

An article titled “GDR Residue in Works by Julia Schoch and Antje Rávic Strubel” appeared in the peer-reviewed online journal Glossen. In her study, Norman describes how both authors’ texts trace established themes of love, loss and power, while a GDR or East German residue adheres to certain descriptions of experience, place and socialization.

And an expanded version of an earlier article recently appeared as a chapter of a book titled “Antje Rávic Strubel. Schlupfloch: Literatur” (Loop Hole: Literature) (Aisthesis Verlag, 2016). This is the first published volume of criticism dedicated to this prolific author, and it includes chapters by German and American academics.  Norman’s chapter title is “Antje Rávic Strubel’s Disruptive Discourse.”

Chinese Club to Host Mid-Autumn Festival Picnic

Chinese Club will host aMid-Autumn Festival Picnic including refreshments and Chinese moon-cakes.

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 12:00 noon at the Old Time’s Shelter, Morrison Park (within walking distance from BSU).

Everyone is invited.

Boise Elementary Job Opportunity

Boise Elementary Spanish is currently hiring teachers for the 2016 – 2017 school year. This job is perfect for anyone who enjoys working with children, loves speaking Spanish, wants to earn part time income, is looking to do something rewarding, is considering a teaching career, just wants to have fun, or all of the above!

Send us your resume and find out more about our non-profit organization and the programs we bring to young students throughout Boise.

No teaching experience necessary – Boise Elementary Spanish will provide training.

Time: Various morning times:  7:45 am -8:30 am or 8:15 am – 9:00 am; some afternoon time slots available

Days: Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday or MTWTh

Preferred Qualifications

Must be able to attend invaluable Boise Elementary Spanish teacher training on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24.

To apply, send resume to

  • Fluent in reading, writing and speaking Spanish in a native or near-native level. *University students will have completed at least twelve (12) credits of undergraduate classes in Spanish. Students who have studied abroad in a Spanish-speaking country may be exempt based upon experience.
  • Reliable – must be punctual, professional, and cordial
  • Passion for sharing learning with elementary students.
  • Able to manage children of various ages in a classroom setting
  • Strong communication skills
  • Creative, enthusiastic and full of energy
  • Flexible with a set curriculum yet able to create lesson plans independently
  • Not a registered sex-offender.  All registrants will undergo background screening.