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5thBiennial Modern Languages Conference


RLH -- Rowland Hall
SRH --Shearer Hall

Photo Exhibit by Dr. Kim Garris, 12:30-3:00 p.m. RLH 200

The photos were taken by Dr. Garris (Communication/Journalism, Shippensburg University) in Haiti in January 2014.  The photos are on sale for $20.00.  All proceeds to go to the Infirmary Renovation Project of the Shippensburg Friends of Gros Mangles.

8:30-9:30 a.m.

  1. City of Love, Lights, Violence and Terror: Paris, a Multifaceted City—RLH 100
    Chair: Dr. Blandine Mitaut 
    Felicia Franklin (Shippensburg University): “Le maintien de l'ordre de la langue française: l'art de traduire un document juridique haïtien en anglais ”. ff7374@ship.edu  

    Andrew Hutchinson (Shippensburg University): “La Goutte d’Or, ce Paris aux multiples visages” ah4096@ship.edu

    Bryant Snyder (Shippensburg University): “Immigration et répression en France : La Seine était rouge de Leila Sebbar et LaHaine de Mathieu Kassovitz comme témoignages de l’indicible”. bs0339@ship.edu

    Dustin Zeliff (Shippensburg University): "L'impact des révoltes parisiennes sur la transformation de la capitale française sous Haussmann". dz0844@ship.edu

  2. Asuntos Contemporáneos: Educación e Inmigración --RLH 106
    Chair: Dr. Robert Lesman

    Emily Howell (Shippensburg University): “Programas de lenguas en escuelas primarias”.  eh8321@ship.edu

    María Acevedo (Shippensburg University University): “Las aportaciones de los inmigrantes mexicanos indocumentados a la agricultura de los Estados Unidos”.  ma9451@ship.edu

    Karen Hoch (Shippensburg University): “El derecho a la educación en casa”.  kh2097@ship.edu

  3. German Students Panel--RLH 101
    Chair: Dr. David Wildermuth

    Matt Hoffman (Shippensburg University): “Der Vernichtungskrieg im Osten (1941-1945) und der Suchdienst des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes: Heimkehrer, Verschollene, und deutsche Identität.” mh9373@ship.edu

    Ashley Seyler (Shippensburg University): “Ehe in Kinder- und Hausmärchen.” as0005@ship.edu

  4. Tips and Wisdom in Developing Your Own Learner’s Model in Chinese Learning—RLH 209
    Chair: Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy

    Reginald Hefner (Shippensburg University): “How hard is Chinese pronunciation? Personal Reflection on Mastering Chinese Pronunciation” rh5810@ship.edu

    Vincent Rink (Shippensburg University): “Use Rhymic Rap to Conquer Chinese Tones”  vr6191@ship.edu

    Kevin Walters (Shippensburg University): “Strategies of Learning Chinese Characters through Writing for a Beginner”  kw0040@ship.edu

    James Barciz (Shippensburg University): “Where is Melody in Chinese? Some thoughts from a Music Major” jb8268@ship.edu

    David Craig (Shippensburg University): “Study Abroad Assisting Chinese Cultural Immersion and Language Mastery”  dc6300@ship.edu

    9:45-11:00 a.m.

  5. La langue au pouvoir --RLH 100
    Chair: Dr. Blandine Mitaut

    Dr. Sandrine Siméon (Susquehana University): “Plaire pour instruire et instruire pour plaire? Un texte et son contexte: le ‘film-théâtre’ revisite Phèdre de Racine”.  simeon@susqu.edu

    Pr. Sylvia Grove (University of Pittsburgh): “‘Car tous ont péché’: L'éthnographie calviniste de l'égalité de Histoire d’un voyage en la terre du Brésil de Jean de Léry”.  smg104@pitt.edu

    Pr. Paulina Tomkowicz (University of Pittsburgh): “La traduction des énergies dans Défense et illustration de la langue française”.  pat35@pitt.edu

  6. Amores, Engaños y Decepciones--RLH 106
    Chair: Dr. Blas Hernández

    Pr. Joshua Deckman (Pennsylvania State University): “Erotismo y cuerpo femeninos como discursos de liberación nacional en la poesía de Gioconda Belli”.  joshrdeckman@gmail.com

    Dr. Damarys López (Lock Haven University): “¿Y ahora qué?: Los protagonistas de Nunca pasa nada y La invención del amor de José Ovejero ante las situaciones de crisis vital”.  dlopez@lhup.edu

    Dr. Blas Hernández (Radford University): “The Paratext: The Case of Bolaño’s La pista de hielo”.  bhernandez@radford.edu

  7. German Texts and Contexts: Intersections of Literature, Place and Time—RLH 101 
    Chair: Dr. David Wildermuth

    Dr. Donald R. Sunnen (Virginia Military Institute): “Sebastian Haffner and Ernst von Salomon:  Prussian Childhood, Weimar Adolescence and Coming of Age under National Socialism” . sunnendr@vmi.edu 

    Dr. Robert Goebel (JMU): “Powerful Women in Strange Places”. goebelro@jmu.edu  

    Dr. Peter Beicken (University of Maryland, College Park): “Paul Celan Revisited: Intersections of Biography and Poetry”. beic@umd.edu

  8. Competencies of Interculturality: Perception and Communication among Americans of Chinese Ancestry and Origin--RLH 209 
    Chair: Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy

    Dr. Hong Wang (Shippensburg University): “Current Asian-American Communication Status and Outlook” HoWang@ship.edu

    Dr. Han Liu (Shippensburg University): “Global Citizenship Education in the Setting of the United States” hliu@ship.edu

    Dr. Ying Yang (Shippensburg University): “Race, Ethnic, and Gender Identity and Their Wealth Accumulation & Access to Other Opportunities” yyang@ship.edu

    Dr.  Xinan Lu (Shippensburg University): “An Analysis of Differences between Chinese and American Cultures using Hall and Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions.”   xalu@ship.edu

  9. Socio-Cultural Issues around the World—SRH 109
    Chair: Dr. Agnès Ragone

    Dr. María de la Luz Matus-Mendoza (Drexel University): “The Power(less) of the Word: A Critical Discourse Analysis to Questions on Discrimination”.  mm349@drexel.edu

    Pr. Razak Abedalla (Slippery Rock University) and Dr. Robert Skovira (Robert Morris University): “A Search for Meanings of Sub-Cultures : An Ethnography of Arab Tribal Cultural Matrices”. razak.abedalla@gmail.com and skovira@rmu.edu

    Dr. Florence Jurney, Gina Abraham, Joshua Griffiths and Alyssa McNeil (Gettysburg College): “Step Activities as a Way to Debunk Cultural Stereotypes and Reinforce Grammar Structures". fjurney@gettysburg.edu

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER 11:15-12:30 RLH 200:

    Dr. Scott McGinnis, Defense Language Institute, Washington D.C.

    Lunch break 12:30-1:45  RLH 200

    2:00-3:15 p.m.

  10. Reprendre l’Histoire à travers la littérature, voix des contre-pouvoirs—RLH 100
    Chair: Dr. Blandine Mitaut

    Dr. Benjamin Ngong (Dickinson College): “Le Quatrième siècle: le péché original, Édouard Glissant et la mémoire de l’esclavagisme”.  ngongb@dickinson.edu

    Dr. Pascale Dewey (Kutztown University): “Relations de pouvoir dans La Maison Tresler (1984) de Madeleine Ouelette-Michalska”. dewey@kutztown.edu

    Dr. Jean-Claude Vuillemin (Pennsylvania State University): “Textes et hors-textes: Michel Foucault et l’herméneutique du sujet”.  jcvuillemin@psu.edu

  11. Crimea between Russia and Ukraine—RLH 106
    Chair: Dr. Katherine Clay

    Panelists (Shippensburg University):  Jake Davidson(jd6718@ship.edu); Andrew McGinnis (am2463@ship.edu); Patrick McGowan (pm8099@ship.edu); Tim Rockwood (tr2013@ship.edu); Pyotr Ziemkiewicz(pz3841@ship.edu)

  12. Language acquisitionRLH 209
    Chair: Dr. Agnès Ragone

    Dr. Katherine M. Kulick (College of William and Mary): “Experience the World from a New Perspective : TEFL Opportunities for Undergraduates (and Students about to Graduate)”. kmkuli@wm.edu

    Dr. Jennifer Pomeroy (Shippensburg University): “Socio-Cultural Theory: Evaluating Current Chinese Pedagogy at Shippensburg University” JYPomeroy@ship.edu

    Dr. Lucía Osa-Melero: “Impact of inductive teaching on the learning of Spanish pronouns in advanced grammar and composition courses”.  osamelerol@duq.edu 

  13. The Power to Create Alternate Histories: Contemporary Portrayals of a Damning Legacy—RLH 101

    Chair: Dr. David Wildermuth

    Dr. Michael Hutchins (Indiana University Southeast): "Er ist wieder immer noch da: A Humorous Hitler and Changing German Identities". mdhutchi@ius.edu   

    Dr. Leo Gruber (Edinboro University): “Resistance in the Holocaust: A Few Essential Films for the Classroom”. LGRUBER@edinboro.edu   

    Dr. David Wildermuth (Shippensburg University): "Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter: War, Genocide and ‘Condensed Reality’".  DWWildermuth@ship.edu

  14. Cuba and Other Lost Edens—SRH 107
    Chair Dr. Lesman

    Dr. Joan Marx (Muhlenberg College): "There’s No Place Like Home: Exploring the Jewish Diaspora in Ruth Behar’s Una isla llamada hogar".  marx@muhlenberg.edu

    Dr. Patricia Reagan (Randolph-Macon College): "All Hell Breaks Loose : Paradise Lost in Latin American Fiction in the Boom and Beyond". PatriciaReagan@rmc.edu

    Dr. Denis Berenschot (Shepherd University): "El panorama en transición del teatro cubano contemporáneo y su relación con los focos de la cultura y del poder".  dberensc@shepherd.edu

    Dr. Robert Lesman (Shippensburg University): "Rondas virtuales: Resurrecting the cosmopolis in La Habana Elegante".   rslesman@ship.edu

    3:30-4:45 p.m.

  15. Poder de la Palabra--SRH 107
    Chair: Dr. Robert Lesman

    Dr. Nilsa Lasso-von Lang (Moravian College): “Corpus Christi en la Villa de los Santos: Encolpium sagrado, cultural y popular”.  lasso-vonlangn@moravian.edu

    Dr. Marjorie Zambrano-Paff (Indiana University of Pennsylvania): “‘Laughing with’ or ‘Laughing at’ ?  La construcción de una imagen cortés o descortés del juez a través de la interpretación del humor y sarcasmo en la corte de inmigración de los Estados Unidos”. marjorie.zambrano-paff@iup.edu

    Dr. Susana Maiztegui (East Stroudsburg University): “Sin Nombre, metáfora de la política estadounidense en América Latina”.   maiztegui@po-box.esu.edu.edu

    Dr. Carolina Bown (Salisbury University): “El Surgimiento de Nuevos Contextos Culturales y Lingüísticos en los Cursos para Hispanohablantes: Desafíos y Oportunidades”.  CDBOWN@salisbury.edu

  16. Understanding Each Other Better: Franco-American Relations--RLH 101
    Chair : Dr. Blandine Mitaut

    Katie Benedict (Shippensburg University):“A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Nineteenth Century Feminist Literary Figures: Georges Sand and Kate Chopin”. kb5333@ship.edu

    Amanda Sanger (Shippensburg University): “Restricting Creativity in France and America: A Comparative Study of Censorship since the Enlightenment”. as3713@ship.edu

    Grant Innerst (Shippensburg University): “How Much is 1+1 in French? A Cross-Cultural Study of French and American Approaches for the Pedagogy of Mathematics”. gi7584@ship.edu

    Mary Grace Keller (Shippensburg University): “Power in Print: A Comparison Between French and American Standards for Journalistic Excellence”. mk3520@ship.edu

    Tatyana Thomas (Shippensburg University): “The Chalet, Architectural Ideal of 18th-Century Thinkers: A Comparative Study of the Development of Chalets in the United States and in France and Their Relationship to the Enlightenment”. tt3118@ship.edu

  17. Women, Language and Revolution—RLH 106
    Chair: Dr. Catherine Clay

    Dr. Hartzok Justus (Shippensburg University): “Celebrating Soviet Women as Warriors of Revolution: Gender Roles, Commemoration, and the Language of Heroism in the 1930's”.  jghartzok@ship.edu  

    Dr. Catherine Clay (Shippensburg University): “Revolution and Natural History: Bees in Alexandra Kollontai’s Revolutionary Lexicon”.  cbclay@ship.edu

  18. Language in Social Development—SRH 109
    Chair: Dr. Marita Flagler

    Dr. Dorlisa Minnick (Shippensburg University): “Power of Language and Culture in Maya Community Intervention”.  DJMinnick@ship.edu  

    Dr. Michael Lyman (Shippensburg University): “Language as Oppression in South African Social Work Practice and Education Context”.  MJLyma@ship.edu  

    Dr. Marita Flagler (Shippensburg University): “Lost in Translation: The Importance of Speaking the Local Language in International Development”.  MNFlagler@ship.edu

  19. Haiti:  A Lack of Power—RLH 100
    Chair: Dr. Agnès Ragone

    Dr. Kim Garris, Allison Hill (Shippensburg University): “No Power: The Difficulties of Reporting in Rural Haiti” KDGarr@ship.edu and ah8983@ship.edu

    Sarah Raudabaugh (Shippensburg University): “Resources and Conservation in Haiti” sr8618@ship.edu

    Andrew Hutchinson (Shippensburg University): “Foreign Influence on the Educational System in Haiti” ah4096@ship.edu


    Shippen Place Hotel-University Grill: 6 P.M.