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March 23, 2014 - Dr. Luba Iskold, professor of Russian and director of the Language Learning Center, was the featured interview in this week's Morning Call Q&A column about the Ukraine and Russia. Read More - View article in PDF

March 14-17, 2014 - Dr. Luba Iskold, professor of Russian and director of the Language Learning Center, presented "QR Codes: Addressing Language Visibility on Campus" at the NEALLT 2014 Conference "Technology and Language Learning: In the Classroom and Beyond" at Swarthmore College, March 14-17. PowerPoint

December 2, 2013 - Dr. Franz Birgel, professor of German and film studies, had his article "The Only Good Indian is a DEFA Indian: East German Variations on the Most American of all Genres," published in International Westerns: Re-Locating the Frontier, edited by Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper.

November 15-18, 2013
- Mirna Trauger, lecturer in Spanish, attended the International Conference on Caribbean Literature in Panama City, Panama. She read a paper titled "Cancion de Rachel: En el umbral entre modernidad y posmodernidad. Espacio de transito entre dos epistemes." She also chaired a session titled "Identidad panameaen su literatura."

October 24, 2013 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish,  W D I Y F M  TONIGHT 6-7 pm, Erika Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was interviewed on WDIY 88.1 FM. The interview focused on "Young immigrants, immigration reform, and the future of America."

October 17, 2013 - Dr. Eduardo Olid, assistant professor of Spanish, recently published "The Machiavellian In-Betweenness of Cervantes's Elizabeth I" at Cervantes 33.1 (Spring 2013): 45-81.

October 17, 2013 - Dr. Eduardo Olid, assistant professor of Spanish, presented as a keynote speaker in the Symposium "400 Years of Cervantes' Novelas ejemplares" at Montevideo, Uruguay.

October 10, 2013 - W D I Y F M  The College was mentioned and Caitlin Stilin-Rooney '11 was interviewed on WDIY regarding the deportation controversy in the Dominican Republic. The interviewer was former Muhlenberg professor John Pearce.

October 10, 2013 - Dr. Ioanna Chatzidimitriou, visiting assistant professor of French, led a discussion of "Haute Cuisine" at the Civic Theatre Film Talkback on Thursday, October 10th after the 7:30 pm showing.

September 25, 2013 - Flor Maria Buitrago, lecturer in Spanish, participated in a workshop entitled "Learner Identities and Interactions in The Modern Languages Classroom" at East Stroudsburg University.

August 23, 2013 - Dr. Ioanna Chatzidimitriou, visiting assistant professor of French, presented a paper entitled "Quand l’au-delà passe au-delà de la non-réponse: la mort et le langage dans La Langue maternelle, Les mots étrangers et Le Premier Mot de Vassilis Alexakis" at the 20th Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (AILC) which took place July 18-24, 2013, at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in Paris, France.

August 19, 2013 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was highlighted in The Morning Call for her "quote of the week" regarding immigration reform.

August 14, 2013 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was quoted in an article on The Great Bull Run. Read More

July 13, 2013 - Dr. Kathy Wixon, professor of French, presented a paper, "The Provençal Santon: An Artifact of Deep France" at the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) annual convention in Providence, Rhode Island. Read More

July 24, 2013 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, presented "Why Comprehensive immigration Reform? Why Now?" before the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

July 22, 2013 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was quoted in a story in The Express Times about immigration reform. Read More

April 29, 2013
- Dr. Luba Iskold, was promoted to Professor by the Board of Trustees. Congratulations & kudos for her hard work and her dedication to the College and her students! Read More

April 23, 2013
  - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was interviewed by Channel 69 News (WFMZ) about immigration reform. Read More

April 13, 2013
 - Dr. Luba Iskold, associate professor of Russian and director of the Language Learning Center, presented a paper entitled "Facilitating Collaborative Learning in the Cloud" at the NEALLT 2013 Conference at Cornell University, April 12-14. She discussed the use of VoiceThread and presented examples of collaborative multimedia-based assignments conducted by her students at Berg with students at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

April 11, 2013
- Fatma El-Turky, part-time lecturer of Arabic, was awarded a Teacher Initiative Grant through the Qatar Foundation. El-Turky earned the maximum grant, which will enhance the Arabic language program at 'Berg. The grant will help with the purchase of DVDs and other items about the Arabic culture and language.

April 10, 2013
  - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was interviewed by Channel 69 News (WFMZ) on going to a rally for immigration reform in DC with the group she directs, Grupo de Apoyo. Grupo de Apoyo is a support group for Hispanic immigrants. Read More

April 10, 2013
- Dr. Ioanna Chatzidimitriou, part-time lecturer of French, published an article entitled Speaking Silence: Translation in Chahdortt Djavann's La Muette in the 2012 Comparative Literature Issue of Modern Language Notes (MLN). Click the link to see a brief excerpt of the article: Read More

April 5, 2013 - Flor Maria Buitrago, lecturer in Spanish, and her student Kerry McGowan '15 were part of the 10th Annual Social Research Social Justice (SRSJ) conference held on April 5th at Muhlenberg College. Prof. Buitrago was the moderator of the panel "Lessons from Literature" where McGowan presented her paper and slideshow called "Characterization of Poverty and Prejudice in La Siesta del Martes", which she translated from Spanish to English for the conference (originally from Buitrago's class Spanish-304 Conversation & Composation). View Photos

April 6, 2013 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was quoted in a story by The Morning Call newpaper about immigration reform. Read More

April 1, 2013 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was interviewed by Channel 69 News (WFMZ) about immigration legislation in a news report titled "Major Immigration legislation players come to agreement". View More

March 28, 2013 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, was interviewed by Channel 69 News (WFMZ) about views of different Hispanic groups regarding same sex marriages.

March 8, 2013 - Dr. Joan Marx , professor of Spanish and department chair, presented the paper, "Memory as Myth in the Latin American Jewish Diaspora: The Poetry of Angelina Muniz-Huberman, Ruth Behar, and Manuela Fingueret" at the 34th Annual MACLAS (Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies) Conference on "From Xocolatl to Xuxa: Latin America in the World " at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. She also served as the moderator of her panel: "Memory, Ethnicity, and Modernity in Spanish American Poetry.”

March 8, 2013
- Mirna Trauger, lecturer in Spanish, attended the 2013 Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) conference at Lebanon Valley College. In addition to preparing the program for the conference (in collaboration with Cathy Ouellette) she also chaired a session on Latin American film.

February 22, 2013 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, has given a series of lectures and workshops and has received a proclamation from Mayor Pawlowski on issues relating to immigration, especially the new program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Her most recent lecture was an in-service training on DACA for William Allen High School faculty and staff on February 6, 2013, followed that same evening by a community training on deportation at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Allentown. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski recognized the efforts of Dr. Sutherland's Grupo de Apoyo e Integración Hispanoamericano with a proclamation presented on Friday, February 22, 2013 congratulating the area's DACA recipients. View More

February 12, 2013
 - Mirna Trauger, lecturer in Spanish, was interviewed by Channel 69 News (WFMZ) about the College's Latin American Film Festival, taking place on February 10-17, 2013 at Muhlenberg College.

January 16, 2013 - Dr. Luba Iskold, associate professor of Russian and director of the Language Learning Center, published a chapter entitled "Imagined Identities: An Examination of Self-Authorship on Facebook" in "Readings in Language Studies: Language and Identity." For more information, click the link: Read More

November 26, 2012
 - Dr. Luba Iskold, associate professor of Russian and director of the Language Learning Center, is quoted in an article in the Lehigh Valley Marketplace about "Christmas Around the World." Read More

November 16-17, 2012
 - Flor Maria Buitrago and Mirna Trauger, lecturers in Spanish, attended the Annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conference in Philadelphia, PA. where they were invited to participate in a focus group of a new Spanish conversation program "Relacionate."
           
November 8-11, 2012 -
Dr. Eileen McEwan, associate professor of French, presented a paper at the American Council for Québec Studies (ACQS) international conference in Sarasota, Florida. The paper was entitled: "The Politics of French: Speeches made to Franco-American communities in New England during the 20th century."

November 1-6, 2012 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, held on-campus training sessions for students to use their Spanish skills as Poll Interpreters on Election Day. Fourteen Muhlenberg Spanish students, under her direction, served as translators at Allentown polling places during this year's presidential election on November 6th. An excellent opportunity to put their language skills to practical use while providing an important civic service.

October 2, 2012 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, gave a talk at Northampton Community College on recent developments in immigration law. With two immigration attorneys, she gave an overview of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and explained the process for requesting relief for young undocumented immigrants.

September 19-22, 2012 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, led a workshop at the XXIII Congreso Internacional de ASELE conference in Girona, Spain. "Planchado pero no blanqueado: Lecciones para el espanol multicultural (Ironed but not bleached: Lessons in Multicultural Spanish)" offered tools for navigating ethnic and racial issues and terminology in the second language classroom.

June 29, 2012 - Dr. Erika M. Sutherland, associate professor of Spanish, organized and hosted a workshop on the new opportunities for DREAM Act-eligible young people recently announced by President Obama. The event was held St. Luke's Lutheran Church. The English video is here: Read More

                
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