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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Levi Mahler ('24) presents at AHA '24
Fall 2023 News and Events
Writing Waves volume articles from WLC Majors
Students in SPAN312 during Fall 2023 published their essays 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.
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.
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.
Ready for the Academic Year 2023!
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 1302. RSVP 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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Vila Dieguez publication
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 MUSE, doi:10.1353/hsf.2022.0052.
Global Base Studies Project announcement
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
Kristen and other students above Santiago
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 Pacheco-Ramos (SLHC '23)
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.
WLC Majors Gather following 2022 Convocation Ceremony
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/
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.
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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.
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.
JLC Major recognized with 2022 Alumni Vision Award
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.
Spring 2022 Meet and Greet
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.
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