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World Languages and Cultures

Spring 2024 News and Events

FLCI 2024 Speaker: Indigenous languages in the Ryukyu Islands

Save the Date for FLCI 2024 Speaker Dr. Madoka Hammine "What about intersectionality? An Experience of Language Reclamation in the Ryukyus" in TAFL, Room 1180, on March 7, 4:30-6:30 pm. Event registration

Abstract

The silencing of Indigenous languages has been part of assimilative efforts to suppress Indigenous cultures and deny Indigenous knowledge. Colonial and postcolonial language policies have resulted in many people feeling a loss of self-worth and pride. This talk focuses on analyzing current language reclamation and revitalization efforts in different islands in the Ryukyus, an archipelago to the south-west of Japan.

Madoka Hammine headshot

 

Bio

An Associate Professor for the Faculty of International Studies in Meio University, Japan, Dr. Hammine earned her Ph.D. at the University of Lapland in Finland, where she researched minoritized (endangered) language education in two contexts of Indigenous languages in Finland and in Japan. Dr. Hammine is also a member of Ryukyuan Heritage Language Society, works in the content management section for GCLR (Global Coalition for Language Rights) and serves as a member of the General Council for Endangered Language Project. 

 

Globe with spelled out FLCI 2024 featuring various cultural icons

 

Spring 2024 WLC Meet and Greet

The faculty and staff of World Languages and Cultures welcome new and returning major and minor students to attend the Japanese and Spanish Majors Meet and Greet, on Friday, February 2, 2023, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in the CAHSS Building 504, Room 1302.

This is a great opportunity to make new friends, get to know peers, and meet our departmental faculty and staff. We will have icebreakers and activities to get to know each other better. We encourage all students to attend, so they can answer new students' questions.

Refreshments include a baked potato bar, where you can add your favorite toppings. Don't forget a cookie!

We look forward to seeing you here!

Meet and Greet logo Hola Konnichiha

 

WLC Faculty Recognized for Service

Congratulations on reaching 5 and 10-year milestones at CSUMB, and Thank You for your service to our community! Our WLC faculty members (counter-clockwise from top left) An Pham, Ryoko Ohnishi,  Sara Cisneros, Dustin Wright, Rebecca Pozzi, Christine Fernandez (5 years each), and Marco Barbosa (10 years) were recognized at the Annual Employee Appreciation Breakfast for their years of service and contributions to our campus by University President Vanya Quiñones and Provost Andrew Lawson. This excellent bunch has contributed to keeping our OtterRaft afloat by continuing to grow our students’ intercultural and multilingual capacities! We are so grateful to work together in this diverse and engaged department.

7 faculty members headshots with president around text the wlc bunch 5 and 10 years service

 

Levi Mahler ('24) presents at AHA '24

Levi Mahler, majoring in Japanese Language and Culture, presented on 'Gods and Bases: US Military Presence and Its Impacts on Japanese Spiritual Customs' at the 137th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association held in San Francisco, CA January 4-7, 2024. Congratulations, Levi!
Learn more on the AHA website

Fall 2023 News and Events

Writing Waves volume articles from WLC Majors

seascape with rocky ridge and sunset

 

Students in SPAN312 during Fall 2023 published their essays in Writing Waves.
Congratulations to Samantha Camacho on their creative work!
And JLC's Jocelyn Chavez-Diaz wrote about her path as a McNair scholar in the volume. Read more in Writing Waves 

Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos 2023

World Languages and Cultures has long recognized Día de los Muertos (All Souls Day) through poetry, the creation of altares and sugar skulls. This year Dr. Carolyn Gonzales elaborated on the humor that can be found in the cultural expression of calaveras in an interview with the Monterey County Weekly. In 2023 the campus celebrates Dia de los Muertos and offers a variety of events on the calendar

2018 Día de los muertos altar, by Casas-Ruiz, in the WLC Lobby

2018 Día de los muertos altar, by Irene Casas-Ruiz, in the WLC Lobby

The 2018 altar remembered two of our former faculty members, Dr. Jon Strolle and Ms. Ava Willet. 

The Global Base Studies Project Symposium

 

The Tyler Center for Global Studies presents the Global Base Studies Project Symposium. Learn about CSUMB students conducting research in Japan.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023, 2-3:50 pm in CAHSS Building 504, Room 1302, CSUMB Tyler Fellows will present their fieldwork projects and share their experiences researching the complicated history of U.S. military bases in Japan.

See CSUMB Events for more and RSVP for the event.

Study Abroad in Japan Information Session

Join WLC Faculty and Students on October 20, 2023, at 4:00 pm to learn more about study abroad opportunities in Japan. This information session will include presentations from students who have recently returned from studying abroad and can give you advice based on their first-hand experiences. Details about each of our partner universities will also be presented in order to help you find the right school for you. Learn more on CSUMB.edu/events. RSVP here.  

CSUMB's International Programs office will also be there to help answer questions. 

 

HSI Week in the CLC

Members of CSUMB's Spanish Club hosted students, faculty, and staff to play ¡Basta! in the Cooperative Learning Center (CLC) as part of Hispanic Serving Institution Week (HSI) at CSUMB.

Participants from Spanish Club, Faculty and Staff display their score cards after playing rounds of Basta

 

Ready for the Academic Year 2023!

We're ready for the new Academic Year! How about you?
WLC faculty are back to work and classes start Wednesday. We are excited to see new and returning students in just a few short days.
Staff members Gus and David ready for Fall 2023 in lobby of 504/2400 East Wing

 

Fall 2023 Meet and Greet

Please join WLC Faculty and Staff for the WLC Majors' Meet and Greet  student event Friday, September 1, 2023⋅2:00 – 4:00 pm in the CAHSS Building (504), Room 1302RSVP here. This is a great opportunity for new & continuing students to get to know their peers and senior students & meet with departmental faculty and staff. Japanese and Spanish majors and minors are welcome!

Banner for JAPN and SPAN meet and greet event

 

 

Cervantes ‘08 presents DEI work to campus community

WLC’s own Alma Cervantes, class of 2008, returned to campus to take the stage in the University Center Auditorium during the University Day of Welcome for faculty and staff as part of the start to CSUMB’s new academic year.

Alma on stage at University Day of Welcome

 

Alma shared in a dialogue around this year’s topic of  “Building Community in Uncertain Times: Roles and Responsibilities in Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse University” stemming from her work with Action Council & Building Healthy Communities, Monterey County, a nonprofit focused on the work that addresses the many challenges facing communities who are committed to building a more equitable and inclusive future. 

Thanks for helping CSUMB work toward our vision of an inclusive and diverse community, Alma! You’re always welcome back!

Mahler presents at Summer UROC

Levi Mahler presented initial findings at the UROC Summer Research Symposium on their work related to Dr. Dustin Wright's Global Base Studies Project (GBSP). The project included travel to Japan for two weeks that was supported through the Tyler Center for Global Studies. The research will be expanded upon during an October 2023 presentation event.

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FLAMCO to host CLTA 2024

The Monterey Chapter of the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA) will host the 2024 CLTA Annual Conference in March 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Several WLC faculty members are serving as Conference Committee Chairs. A big thanks to Foreign Language Association of Monterey County (FLAMCO) members Dr. Yoshiko Saito-Abbott, Ms. Tomoko Ogaki, and Mr. Gus Leonard for their support of this amazing conference forwarding the study of language and culture in California. 

Spring 2023 News and Events

2023 GBSP Scholar Cohort

In 2023, the first cohort of Global Base Studies Project (GBSP) Fellows will conduct field research in Japan related to the continued presence of military bases. Three students were selected to conduct research and fieldwork in Japan, supported by funding from the Tyler Center for Global Studies. 

Students and faculty pose outside lobby to Department of World Languages and Cultures

 

WLC Alum recognized with Provost Award

Congratulations to Ana Maria Treadwell-Delgado, Class of 2004 B.A. in World Languages and Cultures, Emphasis in Spanish, and 2023 M.S. in Instructional Science and Technology, to be recognized for her academic excellence with the Provost’s Graduate Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement at the 2023 graduation ceremonies. In the CSUMB announcement of the award, Treadwell-Delgado recognizes the impact of her studies with Dr. Maria Zielina, WLC faculty emeritus, as transformative to her understanding of literature. 

Treadwell-Delgado's 2004 Capstone project explored Colombian culture through the work of Fernando Botero, the renowned Colombian artist, painter, and sculptor known for large and exaggerated figures. 

2023 Capstone Festival

Please join the School of World Languages and Cultures faculty for the 2023 Capstone Festival where major students from Japanese Language and Culture and the Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures will present their Capstone projects.  The 2023 WLC Capstone Festival will be held live in Building 504, Friday, May 19, 2023, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live. Please see the event website to RSVP and for schedule and project descriptions. 

2023 Major students in Japanese Language and Culture

2023 Major students in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures

Six Japanese Major and Minor Students Accepted to JET for 2023!

おめでとうございます and Congratulations to six Japanese major and minor students accepted to the Japan Education and Training (JET) program for placements starting as soon as May! The students, including Judy Kim (JLC '23), Alyssa Powell (JLC '23), Steven Hickman (JLC '22), Meghan Morrison (Minor in Japanese Language and Culture '22) and Jeremy Ruiz (JLC '21), worked with Dr. Shigeko Sekine to prepare applications and conduct practice interviews during Fall 2022 with great success. We wish you all the best in your placements and opportunities to work in capacities such as Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA), or Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) across multiple locations in Japan. Read more about other JET successes and opportunities.

WLC's Class of 2023 JET Placements

WLC's Class of 2023 JET Placements

 

 

 

Vila Dieguez publication

Congratulations to Dr. David Vila Dieguez's recent publication in Hispanófila comparing punk to other youth cultures in Spain when the country was transitioning to a democratic state. 

Dr David Vila Dieguez publication in Hispanofila on The Movida Madrileña vs Spanish Punk Culture

Citation: Vila Diéguez, David. "The Movida Madrileña vs Spanish Punk Culture: Disenchantment, Hedonism and the Youth's Political Commitment During the Spanish Transición." Hispanófila, vol. 196, 2022, p. 113-133. Project MUSEdoi:10.1353/hsf.2022.0052.

Global Base Studies Project announcement

Dr. Dustin Wright is accepting applications from CSUMB students to participate in the first research trip for the Global Base Studies Project. This project is supported by the Tyler Center for Global Studies, which allows full funding for approximately three students to join Professor Wright in Japan for two weeks in Summer 2023 to explore and research base town histories. 
Student applicants can see the project description and the application form. Applications due February 28 at 11:59 PM.
Two on-campus information sessions this Friday, February 10:  
  • 2PM: Global Studies Club, OSU Room 208 (MyRaft Link)
  • 3PM: Japan Club, Coast Hall Room 103.

Students do not need to attend one of the information session in order to apply.

Global Base Studies Project, Typer Center for Global Studies provides fully funded 2-week study in Japan. QR codes for project and application

 

KDH 2023

The conference Kantatzen Duten Herriak (People that Sing) is returning for its 6th edition. This time, it will be held on a different date, 22, 23, and 24 of March 2023, at the Biscay campus of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in a mixed format of in-person and virtual attendance. As always, participation is free and open to all.

The conference will approach music and its social impact from diverse academic perspectives. At the same time, it will also provide space for experience and experimentation, with musical proposals also being accepted.

The deadline to submit academic, musical, and experimental proposals (free theme) to the conference is February 17.  You can send your proposal, stating your preferred format (in-person or virtual), to dviladieguez@csumb.edu. For more information, see the Kantatzen Duten Herriak website or download the CFP. Learn about similar events.

Spring 2023: Friday, January 27⋅1:00 – 3:30 pm

Please join us for a WLC Majors' Meet and Greet Friday, January 27⋅1:00 – 3:30 pm in the CAHSS Building (504), Room 1204. RSVP. This is a great opportunity for new & continuing students to get to know their peers and senior students & meet with departmental faculty and staff.

2023 WLC Major Meet and Greet event Jan 27 2023 in CAHSS 1204 1-2:30pm

 

Fall 2022 News and Events

MBWLP celebrates 25 years

The Monterey Bay World Language Project (MBWLP) recently celebrated 25 years of supporting language and culture learning in the tri-county region with a gathering of past participants and supporters. Read more in an article from the CSUMB newsroom. Project Director Dr. Yoshiko Saito-Abbott is a Professor of Japanese in the School of World Languages and Cultures and currently serves as the Professional Development Director of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). 

Chmelicek in Chile

SLHC Major student Kristen Chmelicek is studying abroad for 2022-23 and shares these notes and photos:

"Currently, I am studying at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. I traveled here to complete my B.A. in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures and to practice and improve my spoken Spanish. Since I have been learning Spanish from a young age with no close Spanish-speaking relatives, it has always been a dream of mine to live and study in a country that mainly speaks the language. Therefore, this experience has been a dream come true. At Pontificia Universidad Católica I am taking a few classes related to Chile and my major such as Quechua Language and Culture and Chilean Art. Aside from improving my language skills and learning many things about the beautiful country of Chile, I have made several friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. Together we have traveled around Chile and visited amazing beach cities such as Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. We toured the Atacama desert and have been planning to visit other nearby countries on our long weekends such as Brazil and Argentina. My experience abroad has been life-changing so far, and I can't wait to see and learn more about Chile and South America during the rest of my semester here.”
Study Abroad Students decending stairs in Santiago, Chile

Kristen and other students above Santiago

Study abroad participants on site outside Santiago, Chile

Exploring the geography of Chile

Pozzi presents on language variation

Congratulations to Dr. Becky Pozzi caught in action presenting October 14, 2022 at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) conference at Stanford University.

Dr. Pozzi presenting at conference near microphone with projection screen behind

The presentation was on her new book chapter (2022). Acquiring Sociolinguistic Competence During Study Abroad: U.S. Students in Buenos Aires. In R. Bayley, D. Preston, & X. Li (Eds.), Variation and Second Language Acquisition: Crosslinguistic Perspectives (pp. 199-222). John Benjamins.

CLTA-CWLP WL Summer Seminar

3 Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures major students, Nivardo Martinez Nunez, Guadalupe Zaragoza Montes, and Monica Gonzalez, won support to participate in the 2023 California Language Teacher Association World Language Summer Seminar hosted at UC Santa Barbara.

The CLTA WL Summer Seminar Student Strand introduces college undergraduate language majors and minors to world language education as a viable and meaningful career path. "The workshop empowers participants to become agents of positive change in each student’s life through the teaching of languages, cultures, and global competency. Participants will explore and examine the credentialing processes and support mechanisms, as well as high leverage teaching practices, lesson design, teaching philosophies, standards, and the framework. Guided by the co-facilitators and several inspiring guest speakers, we will learn by actively participating and engaging in group work, role-play, interviews, projects, and presentations as well as by reflecting on our learning experiences. We will also have the opportunity to interact and network with the participants of the summer seminar". One of the Strand Facilitators, Mio Nishimura, is a World Language teacher in Monterey County and an active member of the Monterey Bay World Language Project (MBWLP).

Study Abroad in Japan Information Session

Friday, October 28, 2022, 4-6:30pm
CAHSS Building (504), Room 1302
Questions? Please contact wlc@csumb.edu  

Students posing in front of iconic Japanese locations for Study Abroad in Japan Information Session

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations and おめでとうございます

to Hannah Fulton, awarded the Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship for the 2022-23 Academic year to study at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
Hannah Fulton JLC class of 2023

 

2022 UROC! Spanish Major Student Presents Summer Research Project

UROC mentee Myrna Pacheco-Ramos presented at the Summer 2022 UROC Summer Research Symposium on the project entitled “What’s in a Pronoun? A Heritage Speaker’s Use of Subject Pronouns During a Semester Abroad in Argentina”, conducted in collaboration with Rebecca Pozzi, Ph.D. 

Myrna posing next to presentation poster

Myrna Pacheco-Ramos (SLHC '23)

Learn more about Spanish UROC presentations

Spring 2022 News and Events

New publication on Music and Social Movements in Spain

¡Felicidades and Congratulations to Dr. David Vila Diéguez! A special issue of ALCESXXI. Journal of Contemporary Spanish Literature & Film, edited by Dr. David Vila Diéguez, focusing on Music and Social Movements in Spain has just been published: http://alcesxxi.org/revista4/mobile/index.html
The article is entitled: ¿Vuelta a las trincheras?: El declive del estilo en la música como elemento de movilización política (Back to the trenches?: The decline of style in music as an element of political mobilization) More about Dr. Vila Diéguez at https://csumb.edu/wlc/wlc-faculty--staff/wlc-tt-vila-dieguez-david/

Capstone Festival 2022: Hold the Date

The School of World Languages and Cultures is pleased to announce that the 2022 WLC Capstone Festival will be held in the CAHSS Building (504), Room 1401 on Friday, May 20th, 2022 from 8:30 am - 4:35 pm.

We encourage you to join us for a rich day of student presentations and to celebrate our students’ accomplishments in the Japanese Language and Culture major and the Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures major.

The capstone presentation schedule and program information are available on the Festival Website

As a reminder, masks are currently required in all indoor spaces on campus and parking permits are required. Please RSVP if you plan to join us in person, or find the Zoom and FacebookLive links on the website

Smiling faces spanning the globe. WLC class of 2022

WLC Majors Gather following 2022 Convocation Ceremony

2022 Students gather in front of CAHSS mural

WLC major students in Japanese Language and Culture, and Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures, gather in front of the CAHSS Academic 3 Mural, "Skylight: Transmission of Knowledge/Windows to Justice" following the 2022 CSUMB Honors Convocation Ceremony. Students are wearing cords of recognition that will accompany their graduation regalia during the Commencement Ceremony. More photos of the students can be seen in albums: 2022 Convocation Ceremony-WLC-Japanese Majors: https://photos.app.goo.gl/svR9wWcphFzKLKWZ9 and 2022 Convocation Ceremony-WLC-Spanish Majors: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3sfbCBBFcC2kVkBV9

Fall 2022 Major Meet and Greet Event

Friday, August 26, 2022. 2-3:30pm in CAHSS (Building 504), Room 1302. 

The faculty and staff in the School of World Languages and Cultures invite you to attend the Majors Meet and Greet event! This opportunity allows new students to get to know their peers and senior students, as well as meet with departmental faculty and staff members. Please RSVP.

CSUMB WLC Fall 2022 Japanese and Spanish major meet and greet logo saying konnichiha and hola with QR code

For disability accommodations, please contact wlc@csumb.edu | (831)582-3863 

Japanese Honor Society Induction

Congratulations and おめでとうございます to WLC Major students recently inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society, CSUMB College Chapter. Not all students were able to attend the event.

Students inducted into honor society

2022 UROC Participants

Congratulations to UROC participants Hana Jacinto JLC ’22, (Koret Scholar 2022) and Lucas Bugarín SLHC ’22, (POPPY Grant 2022). 

Hana Lucas cropped

 

Zhu ('21) to MIIS

Congratulations and Happy Studies to Albert Zhu ('21 JLC) on his admission to the Monterey Institute of International Studies Program in Translation and Interpretation!

Dr. Saito-Abbott recognized for contributions to service learning

Dr. Yoshiko Saito-Abbott, Professor of Japanese Language and Cultures, and Ben Bruce, Program Director for the Community Partnership for Youth (CPY), have been recognized through the award of the 2022 Marian Penn Partnership Award. Since 2000, the Marian Penn Partnership Award has been presented annually to one faculty/community organization team that reflects the values of the Service Learning Institute, and has made an exceptional contribution to communities through service learning. Named after Marian Penn, the founding Director of the Service Learning Institute, the Penn Partnership Award recognizes the commitment, communication, trust and reciprocity that is at the heart of service learning. Congratulations, Dr. Saito-Abbott! 

The Service-Learning Institute will be presenting the award at this year's Spotlight on Service, Friday, May 6, 10:00am - 12:00noon. Zoom Link: https://csumb.zoom.us/j/82843818030

WLC's Dr. Fernandez moderates Luis Valdez Book Signing at CSUMB World Theater

WLC colleague and faculty member, Dr. Christine Fernandez, CSUMB Assistant Professor of Spanish, will be facilitating a conversation with Luis Valdez and UC Santa Cruz Professor of Dramatic Literature Michael M. Chemers.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Office of the President, and the Office of Student Affairs are pleased to announce the return to campus of world-renowned playwright and CSUMB founding faculty member Luis Valdez, who will be having a conversation and a book signing of his latest, "Theater of the Sphere: The Vibrant Being." Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the event.
Registration is required.

The event will be April 19, 2022 at 7:00pm in the World Theater (Bldg. 28).

Visit the event website for more information.

Photo: Luis Valdez

CSUMB founding faculty member Luis Valdez

JLC Major recognized with 2022 Alumni Vision Award

Student smiling

Amaris Lopez JLC '22

WLC congratulates Japanese Language and Culture major student Amaris Lopez, who has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Alumni Vision Award. The award will be presented at Honors Convocation, which will be held on Saturday, April 30th at 12:30 p.m. in the Otter Student Union Ballroom. 

Congratulations to WLC Major students for graduate school acceptances

Congratulations to WLC Major students on their graduate school acceptances in 2022!

Hana Jacinto (JLC '22), has been accepted by UCLA’s Department of Asian Languages and Cultures' MA program in Teaching Asian Languages.

Lucas Bugarin, Kassandra Rizo, and Gabriela Murillo (SLHC '22) have been accepted to the CSUMB Master's + Credential Program. Lucas was also accepted to Ohio University's MA in Spanish program.

Jesus Velasquez (SLHC '22) was accepted to SJSU MA in Spanish program. 

Festival of Languages, Cultures, and Ideas Hold the Date

The 2022 WLC Festival of Languages, Cultures, and Ideas was held across various campus venues March 17 and 18, 2022. The 2022 Theme is "Voices Together: Reuniting and Rebuilding Communities" and features musical performances, art workshops, panel discussions, Japanese tea ceremony, lectures, and poetry readings. See the FLCI website for a detailed schedule. 

Globe icon with images of iconic cultural objects

Spring 2022 Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet logo Hola Konnichiha

The faculty and staff of World Languages and Cultures invite you to attend the virtual Majors Meet and Greet Friday, January 28, 2022, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for new and continuing students to get to know their peers and senior students as well as to meet with departmental faculty and staff via Zoom. Registration is now closed. 

Alumni Career Survey

Got 3 minutes for a post-WLC degree and career survey? We'd like to know and the information will help us find new students! Thanks in advance! 

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