Gabriella Carney ’18 on her Fulbright Year in Vienna

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Living in Vienna was a fantastic experience.  The Austrian-American Educational Commission Fulbright program gave me the unique opportunity to work abroad and teach English at two Bundesgymnasiums (high schools) and five grades (4th form through 8th form).  My students were very eager to learn about American culture and practice for their English oral section of… Read More

Michelle Hermes ’18 stays on in Vienna as USTA!

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Michelle Hermes ’18 has spent the past year as a U.S. Teaching Assistant in Austria (“Fulbright Austria”) in Wieselburg.  She enjoyed her time so much that she decided to renew for a second year, and will be posted in the historical town of Klosterneuburg, right north of Vienna. This summer, she’ll be teaching English to… Read More

Senior Profile: Hayley Snowden (Japanese Studies ’19)

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The highlight of my 4 years at William & Mary was my study abroad at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, which was only possible with the guidance and instruction of the fantastic faculty of the Japanese Studies department. I’ll never forget traveling 5 hours with friends from around the world to see Mount Fuji encircled… Read More

Senior Profile: Sarah Baker (Italian Studies ’19)

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I am so thankful to have been part of the Modern Language Department since I began studying Italian my freshman year. Washington hall has been my home away from home and I am so thankful have gotten to know both the staff and the students that also call it theirs. The Department has shaped my… Read More

Senior Profile: Erin Kitchens (Italian Studies ’19)

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Being a part of the Italian department has been one of my best choices in college. Even though Italian did not come easy to me, the Professor’s have always encouraged and challenged me. I have enjoyed the engaging classes that I have been able to take with the department. Speaking Italian allowed me to study… Read More

Senior Profile: William G. Neely (Hispanic & Arabic Studies ’19)

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My involvement with the Hispanic Studies department at William & Mary has been one of the most gratifying and enlightening journeys of my undergraduate career. From courses on grammar and vocabulary to more intensive seminars on the Francoist regime in Spain, the Hispanic Studies discipline has challenged my abilities and exposed me to new perspectives…. Read More

Senior Profile: Sarah Malks (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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First, I must thank my family, Mom, Dad, and Jonny, for being my inspirations. Thank you also to Brenna, Zoe, and Amelia for your unconditional friendship and love. To my friends that have already graduated, I look up to you, and rightly so. Finally, a special thanks to Professor Carmen Sanchis-Sinisterra who showed me that… Read More

Senior Profile: Riley Wilson (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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Hispanic Studies has exposed me to a variety of cultures that I have never experienced before. Not only did going through this program strengthen my Spanish, but it gave me a better understanding about how shared language and culture coincide. Thanks to this department, I plan on using my knowledge of Hispanic Studies in the… Read More

Senior Profile: Rachel Snyder (Hispanic Studies ’19)

I went into Hispanic Studies wanting to improve my fluency in Spanish, but instead of just that, my eyes were opened to an entirely new world. Hispanic Studies is more than just learning about the language; it’s about learning the different cultures and experiences that come with it. My professors are awesome, and I have… Read More

Senior Profile: Molly Keck (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I beyond grateful to the Hispanic Studies program and faculty for helping me grow tremendously as both a student and person. In addition to developing my language skills, the program has also inspired new passions for me that have motivated my future plans. After taking a wide variety of coursework, I have developed strong interests… Read More

Senior Profile: Miranda Carpenter (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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Many people think “oh you’re fluent in Spanish, so how are you feeling challenged in Hispanic Studies?” Let me tell you. Every class I’ve taken has been a new experience. I like to describe this major as a bunch of different topics, but in Spanish. Hispanic Studies provided me with a vast range of knowledge… Read More

Senior Profile: Margaret Gutmann (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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In Hispanic Studies, I’ve improved my Spanish skills and my ability to think critically. Some of the most meaningful experiences of my college career have been because of Hispanic Studies–studying abroad with the W&M program in La Plata where I got to learn about Human Rights and travel through South America, and a trip to… Read More

Senior Profile: Makena Barron (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I have cherished every moment, every class, and every adventure that I have taken with the Hispanic Studies Department. As a freshman, I could not have fathomed that I would have the opportunity to travel to Cuba to conduct research that would continue throughout my time at the college. As a freshman, I would have… Read More

Senior Profile: Lisette Obando Pardo (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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The Hispanic Studies Department at William and Mary offered me many more opportunities than I could have imagined. Through the program, I was able to study abroad twice in Cádiz and Seville, Spain the summer of 2017 and spring semester 2018 last year. I was not only able to improve my Spanish reading and writing… Read More

Senior Profile: Kathryn Eng (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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As a Marketing major with an Accounting concentration, some of the highlights from my experience in the Mason School of Business included getting to know other students in my major through group projects, listening to professors share personal anecdotes and offer whatever personal and professional guidance they could, and attending several fun dinners.  Some of… Read More

Senior Profile: Julia Inglesby (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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My experience as a Hispanic Studies major has been defined by the people and experiences the department has connected me to. I have loved meeting classmates who share my interest in the culture, history, and language of the Spanish-speaking world and challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone in classes taught by dynamic… Read More

Senior Profile: John Sims (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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Being a Hispanic Studies Major has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and opened my eyes to so many things that I do not think would be possible in any other area of study. Because of my studies in the program, I have had the opportunity to travel to both Argentina and Guatemala. Being… Read More

Senior Profile: Hannah Major (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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Some of my best experiences at William & Mary have been through the Hispanic Studies department, such as studying abroad in Cádiz and Sevilla, and traveling to the Basque region to do research over spring break. Through my classes, I have learned not just about the language, but about the importance of understanding and appreciating… Read More

Senior Profile: Gisela Fuentes-Amaya (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I was struggling concentrating, stuck with writer’s block and a blank page in front of me. So, to ease my mind, I grabbed my favorite blanket, my laptop and my notebook and laid it down by a tree behind my dorm. Being careful of the ants around my feet and soaking in the sun that… Read More

Senior Profile: Francesca Peavey (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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Through my time in the Hispanic Studies program, I’ve gained an appreciation for cultural studies, as well as a new lens through which to understand the world we live in. My favorite experience was studying abroad in Cadiz, Spain last summer because I was able to become immersed in the language and culture I’d spent… Read More

Senior Profile: Elyse Ardaiz (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I came into college with the knowledge that my academic passion lay in communication and information accessibility but without a strong sense of direction. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures has served as a home base for me these past few years, but it also helped me reenvision cross-cultural communication as a valuable tool… Read More

Senior Profile: Elena Gaffney (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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My experience as a Hispanic Studies major at William and Mary has been incredible, and I am so grateful to have taken the courses and had the professors that I believe make this program so special. I have been able to take courses on topics like Francoism in Spain, Latina filmmakers, Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Ban,… Read More

Senior Profile: Claire Williams (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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My time at William and Mary has been invaluable and I truly mean it when I say that I would not trade my liberal arts education for anything. My psychology degree instilled in me the importance of multi-systemic prevention and intervention to combat individual and social issues. My Hispanic Studies major led me to better… Read More

Senior Profile: Claire Hadley (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I have loved every second of my time with the Hispanic Studies department here at William & Mary. Some things I will always cherish are the passionate professors, dedicated students and challenging course loads that have made me the student I am today. Lunches at Marketplace with Profesora Carmen Sanchis-Sinisterra immediately come to mind when… Read More

Senior Profile: Arianna Afsari (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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One of the most incredible opportunities I pursued through Modern Languages was my year studying abroad in Seville. Although I have many cherished memories from Seville, I also treasure the moments and friendships that I have created with fellow students of Modern Languages and my professors at the College. Through the Hispanic Studies program, I… Read More

Senior Profile: Alexandra Sanchez (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I’ve never been one of those people that knew exactly what career path they wanted to follow from an early age. I walked into William and Mary with no particular path but I leave with many possible ones. I was late to the declaring game for my Psychology major and even later when I chose… Read More

Senior Profile: Sebastian Viscuso (German Studies ’19)

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First, I would like to thank Professor Jennifer Gully for being a great professor, an excellent independent study advisor, and an all-around wonderful human being. I think of her as a close advisor and, dare I say, a friend. Further, I would be remiss not to mention Professor Bruce Campbell, who convinced me to major… Read More

Senior Profile: Rui Yin (German Studies ’19)

I began studying German my freshmen year at this college. Thanks to the excellent professors in German department, I was deeply intrigued by the fascinating world of German literature, and was wholeheartedly committed to major in German and German Studies. What fascinates me the most, of all the excellent experience the German department has to… Read More

Senior Profile: Meredith Radel (German Studies ’19)

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The majority of my last four years have been spent in Washington Hall on Old Campus.  I entered William & Mary unsure of how or even if I wanted to continue my German language studies.  As a freshman, I decided to take my first German topics course with Professor Burney and immediately knew that the… Read More

Senior Profile: Lilian Merrill (German Studies ’19)

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I began taking German courses my freshman year simply to maintain language skills acquired in high school, but I quickly found a home within the department. In the summer of 2017, I studied in Potsdam with Professor Burney, completing an independent research project and taking classes at the local university. As a German TA, I… Read More

Senior Profile: Blake Phillips (German Studies ’19)

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Blake has enjoyed every minute of being in the German Studies program at the college. The summer he spent in Potsdam is one of the most eye opening and memorable of his entire life and he will always be grateful not only for the opportunity to live in Germany, but also for the friends he… Read More

Senior Profile: Sarah Lettau (french & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I initially wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue my studies in French at William & Mary, but since taking a French class the spring of my freshman year, I haven’t looked back! From the Montpellier summer program with Professor Fauvel to writing my honors thesis on the Harkis with Professor Leruth, the French program… Read More

Senior Profile: Leah Roemer (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I came to W&M thinking, “I’m just going to take a French class for fun, I probably won’t major in it.” My first semester in Professor Compan’s Cross-Cultural Perspectives class made me fall in love with the French Department and find a home here. I decided to take on a French minor. The more French… Read More

Senior Profile: Kerin Daly (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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From my first class to my last class in the French department, the professors have been intelligent, organized, and compassionate. My professors encouraged me to major in French in addition to my Government major, and they have been there to help in any way they could. I have enjoyed the people in the department, whether… Read More

Senior Profile: Kathryn Ault (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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When I came to William & Mary, I knew I wanted to continue my previous studies of French language and culture. I began with a single class in French & Francophone Studies, and before long, I had met so many supportive and encouraging professors and classmates, and expanded the depth and breadth of my learning… Read More

Senior Profile: Katherine Williams (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I am so grateful for the past four years studying French at William and Mary. C’était une joie! I will always remember analyzing revolutionary cartoons from Professor Pacini’s French Revolution Class, discussing everything from Amélie to Agnes Varda with Professor Brutsche, and listening to Professor Brehm play jazz in our class on French Bohemia. I loved… Read More

Senior Profile: Emily Knoche (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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As a double major in French & Francophone Studies and Global Studies, through the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, I have been able to continue my study of French in addition to learning both Italian and Spanish. During my junior year, I had the pleasure of serving as the resident assistant of the French language… Read More

Senior Profile: Anna Hamel (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I am proud to be graduating with a degree in French and Francophone Studies. What began as simple appreciation of the language itself has blossomed into so much more. Through this program, I have learned about wide swaths of the world. I have been exposed to the rich history of France, which continues to amaze… Read More

Senior Profile: Alexander Hayes (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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Through the French Department, I was able to study abroad in Montpellier during my fall semester of 2017. I traveled all around France to Bordeaux, Lille, Paris, and various cities in the South of France. Through the university, I took engaging courses on French private law and sociology. The best part of the experience was… Read More

Senior Profile: Lydia Funk (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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While I never anticipated pursuing a degree in a foreign language when I arrived at William & Mary, the French Program and the Department of Modern Languages has become my home during my time at the College. I love the richness of the courses offered in Washington Hall, and benefited from both the Italian and… Read More

Senior Profile: Alexandra Cole (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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As an Accounting and French & Francophone Studies double major, French classes have always provided me with an opportunity to engage with culturally stimulating material (and give my brain a break from numbers!). Language and culture study has helped me understand business interactions on a global scale. The highlight of my time with the Modern… Read More

Senior Profile: Arin Atak (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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Over the past four years, Erin has dedicated herself to public service work within the community of WM and the surrounding City. Erin helped co-found the Tribe Attaché, an international relations student run publication, and was involved in several other organizations on campus where she created meaningful friendships. Additionally, Erin has worked with both the… Read More

Senior Profile: Shani Cave (Chinese Studies ’19)

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Shani Cave is graduating with a Chinese Studies major and Marketing minor. She studied abroad her sophomore year in Beijing through the W&M-Tsinghua program, which greatly shaped her education and career goals. She is tremendously grateful to her peers and professors, especially Professor Michael Hill, for encouraging and supporting her quest to be a future… Read More

Senior Profile: Rob Sherman (Chinese Studies ’19)

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I owe a lot to my Chinese education. It’s through learning Chinese that I was paid to travel over my sophomore and junior summers, first to Suzhou and then to Taiwan. Chinese fluency is also the reason I am able to get a job in the State Department as a Consular Fellow. But beyond material… Read More

Senior Profile: Natasha Mortensen (Chinese Studies ’19)

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My experience being in the Chinese program for these past four years has been very rewarding. Since the Chinese department is one of the smaller ones here at William and Mary, it felt like a tight-knit community where I could get to know all the professors and students more personally. I have taken many language… Read More

Senior Profile: Griffin Vasile (Chinese Studies ’19)

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Throughout my time at W&M, my Chinese major has completed a metamorphosis from relatively quirky secondary interest to an active and formative part of my life.  It has influenced not only how I have chosen to spend my time these past four years, but also my outlook on the world moving beyond them.  My journey… Read More

Senior Profile: Giselle Jernigan (Chinese Studies major & Japanese Studies minor ’19)

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Giselle Jernigan has a major in Chinese and a minor Japanese.  She transferred to W&M her junior year and upon entering the Chinese department, quickly felt the encouragement of the language professors, who work so closely with their students to enhance their language skills, and the fellow culture professors, who invoke the connections between Chinese… Read More

Senior Profile: Eleanor Currie (Chinese Studies ’19)

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These past four years at William & Mary in the English and Chinese departments were amazing.  I made friends that will last a lifetime, and my language skills improved through my program here.  This summer, I transition from undergrad to Master’s here at William & Mary, as I am participating in the 5-Year Program for… Read More

Senior Profile: Sarah Harmon (Arabic Studies ’19)

During my time at William and Mary, I studied Arabic for three years and my classes in the Arabic department were some of my absolute favorites. My professors, Driss Cherkaoui and Mona Zaki, pushed me to fall deeply in love with the language and I certainly gained a sense of humility and pride during my… Read More

Senior Profile: Megan Pierce (Arabic Studies ’19)

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I frequently say that studying Arabic has been one of the best decisions I have made at the College. I discovered a passion for the language and the friendships I have formed through Arabic classes and my study abroad program in Morocco completely changed my time at William & Mary. Knowing Arabic has also enriched… Read More

Senior Profile: Hannah Bauman (Arabic Studies ’19)

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Hannah Grace Bauman is graduating with a major in Government and a minor in Arabic. During college, she completed a research internship at National Defense University, led and mentored cadets in Army ROTC, co-led a research team with the Center for African Development, and launched an International Justice Mission college chapter. In the spring of… Read More

A Very Special Guest

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The Spring 2019 semester brought an esteemed visitor to campus, and an opportunity to think more deeply about Japan’s nuclear history and its unique role in shaping our global nuclear future.  Setsuko Thurlow is a hibakusha–a survivor of the 1945 atom bombs. She was a 13-year-old schoolgirl living in Hiroshima when that city was destroyed,… Read More

Give AIU a try: It’ll be an experience you won’t forget!

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Hayden Hubbard, Class of 2019. There’s really no place like AIU. On my way to northern, rural Japan, I’m not sure what I expected, but it was nothing like what I found―a diverse student body, a great group of friends and awesome surroundings.  Probably one of my most rewarding experiences was as a tutor at the… Read More

Senior Profile: Colleen Mulrooney (Chinese Studies, 2019)

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Colleen Mulrooney (’19), Major in Chinese Language & Culture I came to the College of William & Mary with one simple hope—well, one among a few others, but the most important one was gaining a deeper understanding of China. I had been learning Chinese since age 13 and felt really ready to just declare a… Read More

Senior Profile: Alec Sharkey (Chinese Studies, 2019)

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My time in the Chinese department here at William & Mary has been one of unforgettable moments and wonderful experiences. Before coming to William and Mary I had spent time in both middle and high school studying Chinese language and culture, but my studies here at William and Mary truly elevated my previous studies to… Read More

14 Chinese Majors Will Graduate in Spring 2019!

They are: Carleton J. Anderson (CJ) Shani Cave Nicole C. Cook (Nicole) Eleanor K. Currie (Ellie) GyuHui Hwang (GyuHui) Giselle Jernigan (Giselle) Benny Li (Benny) Natasha L. Mortensen (Natasha) Colleen M. Mulrooney (Colleen) Emily J. Pearson-Beck (Emily) Robert A. Rust (Robert) Alec Sharkey (Alec) Robert W. Sherman (Rob) Griffin T. Vasile (Griffin)

Professor Calvin Hui has received a prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship

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Another good news! Professor Calvin Hui has received a highly prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship to finish his book project entitled _Useless: Fashion, Media, and Consumer Culture in Contemporary China_. This book draws on film and fashion to track the emergence of consumer culture in China’s encounter with global capitalism. The first part… Read More

Professor Calvin Hui has received tenure and been promoted to Associate Professor of Chinese Studies

  Good news! Professor Calvin Hui has received tenure! He will be Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at William and Mary beginning in fall 2019! See his faculty profile: https://www.wm.edu/as/modernlanguages/faculty/hui_calvin.php  

Professor Jennifer Rhee’s Book Talk _The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor

Professor Jennifer Rhee from Virginia Comonwealth University gave a book talk entitled The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor (Minnesota University Press, 2018). This talk was held on 17 April 2019, Wednesday, at 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Washington Hall Room 315.  Book: https://www.amazon.com/Robotic-Imaginary-Human-Price-Dehumanized/dp/1517902983/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547854082&sr=8-1&keywords=Jennifer+Rhee Abstract: This talk draws on her book, The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and… Read More

Professor Yiman Wang’s talk on Chinese-American Actress Anna May Wong

The Chinese program was excited to present Professor Yiman Wang’s talk concerning the first Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong. This talk was held on 27 March 2019, Wednesday, at 5:00-6:20 p.m. in Washington Hall 315. Title: Regarding Anna May Wong: An “Oriental Flapper’s” Transnational Stardom Abstract: Anna May Wong (1905-1961), the most well-known pioneering Chinese-American screen-stage-television performer,… Read More

Hispanic Studies Alumni Update: Nathaniel Clemens

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After graduating in 2017, I moved to Madrid, Spain where I have been working as an English Language Assistant in a public primary school. While it took me a few months to get acclimated to the culture and education system, the experiences, coursework and opportunities I was exposed to at William & Mary gave me… Read More

Hispanic Studies Alumni Update: Kyle McQuillan

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As a first year PhD student in Spanish at UNC Chapel Hill, I have been able to apply all of the skills I gained as a Hispanic Studies major to navigate my multifaceted role as a graduate student. More specifically, my roles include reading a list of canonical works of Iberian and Latin American literature… Read More

Hispanic Studies Alumni Updates: Morgan Sehdev

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I am currently in my second year at Harvard Medical School, where my degree in Hispanic Studies has been more useful than one may imagine during a year of clinical rotations. This year, I have been able to apply my knowledge of medical interpretation and real world experience from interpreting on the Eastern Shore that… Read More

Talk: East Asian Cinema’s Occidental Eye: Fair Ophelia and Sweet Hamlet

Speaker: Alexa Alice Joubin (Professor of English, George Washington University)  Talk: East Asian Cinema’s Occidental Eye: Fair Ophelia and Sweet Hamlet Date/Time: 22 October 2018 (Monday), 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Venue: Washington 317 Abstract: East Asian cinema has given us fresh interpretations and visually stunning renditions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Korean and Chinese Ophelias are no longer silent; they gain agency by being seen and heard through… Read More

Post-socialism in Hong Kong: Zone Urbanism, Urban Horror, and Post-1997 Hong Kong Cinema

Talk: Post-socialism in Hong Kong: Zone Urbanism, Urban Horror, and Post-1997 Hong Kong Cinema Speaker: Professor Erin Huang (Princeton University) Date/Time: 28 November 2018 (Wednesday), at 5:00-6:20 p.m. Venue: Washington Hall 219 The film, directed by the Hong Kong director Fruit Chan (陈果), is called The Midnight After (那夜凌晨,我坐上了旺角開往大埔的紅VAN) (2014). Trailer (2 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoooAUiQqy0   Abstract: This talk examines the condition of Chinese “(post-)socialism” in Hong Kong—a city without… Read More

Adventures in Beijing (by Brian Donahue)

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Aventures in Beijing (by Brian Donahue) I remember first looking out the airplane window as my flight began its descent into Beijing Capital International Airport. A smile was plastered on my face as I realized that, after six years of studying Chinese, I was finally in China. Despite the jubilation, anxiety took over as I… Read More

Summer Study Abroad – Beijing, China (by Annecy Daggett)

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By Annecy Daggett When I found out I had been accepted into the William and Mary Summer in Beijing study abroad program, I was filled with pure excitement, but as the program neared, I developed many reservations about studying abroad. In the weeks leading up to my departure, I worried I wasn’t ready to live… Read More

A Dream-like Experience in Japan

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“I had a wonderful time in Japan,” Kenneth Li answered every time someone asked about his time during the summer break. Now when he reflects on that experience, everything seems to be scenes in a dream. Every morning and evening, Kenneth rode a bike along the gorgeous Biwa Lake to commute between school and his… Read More

Maskell, Erin (Class of 2010)

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(BA Hispanic Studies): After graduating, I ended up getting my MSW from the University of Maryland, and did research with a professor throughout my time there regarding trauma and substance use among the Latino immigrant community in Baltimore. My second year, I interned with a community health clinic in the DC suburbs which served mostly Latino… Read More

Cierra Filla (German Studies and European Studies ’18) receives USTA Fulbright to Linz, Austria

Cierra Filla has received a prestigious U.S. Teaching Assistantship (USTA – Fulbright in Austria) to teach at a secondary school in Linz! Cierra is excellently prepared, having been a teaching assistant for German Studies at W&M for more than two years. Congratulations!

Jesse Tanson (French and Francophone Studies, ’18) Receives Highest Honors for Thesis on French Hip Hop

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Throughout his time at W&M, Jesse Tanson has studied a wide range of topics in French and Francophone Studies, including cinema, literature, and creative writing. Jesse studied abroad in Strasbourg through the IFE program and worked in cinema there. He was also the recipient of the French program’s most prestigious award: the McCormack-Reboussin scholarship, which supports significant undergraduate… Read More

Celebration of “la Francophonie”!

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Every year, the month of March features a week dedicated to the French-speaking world: la Francophonie! The diverse cultures and accents of la Francophonie are celebrated throughout the world with art, festivals, and cultural events; and William and Mary is no exception! Prof. Angela Leruth organized a series of fun and engaging events including an… Read More

Stephen Sheehi receives 2018 Plumeri Award

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Stephen Sheehi, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle East Studies, Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has received the 2018 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, celebrating exemplary achievements of William & Mary faculty in teaching, research, and service. Prof. Sheehi’s work meets at the intersection of cultural, visual,… Read More

Maryse Fauvel Lecture Series

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This exciting new lecture series recognizing the distinguished career of Prof. Maryse Fauvel began with a lecture entitled “Screening Racialized France: Immigration, Discrimination, and Citizenship in Contemporary French Cinema”. The thought-provoking lecture was given on Feb. 23 by Prof. Cybelle McFadden (W&M ’97) from University of North Carolina, Greensboro following a screening of Ligne de couleur… Read More

W & M Hispanic Studies from Williamsburg to Santo Domingo.

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This past November 8 – 12, 2017, Professors Carmen Sanchis-Sinisterra and Christina Baker traveled to Santo Domingo to attend the annual conference, Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Professor Sanchis-Sinisterra has attended the conference the previous two years, having even been awarded recognition as a doctoral candidate.This year, Professor Sanchis-Sinisterra presented on Thursday,… Read More

Thomas Bettge (’14) Scores Law Position with Houston Firm

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Thomas Bettge (German Studies, ’14) checked in with us. Here is what he reported: I matriculated at Penn State’s Dickinson Law School in 2014. My background in German Studies enabled me to secure work the following summer with one of my professors, who was completing a dissertation comparing the horizontal dimension of constitutional rights in… Read More

Allison Corbett (HISP ’09) on Multimedia Oral History Project

Allison Corbett (’09) is a Spanish interpreter and oral historian based in New York City. She has worked in Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West as a staff interpreter, and is currently working on The Language of Justice/El lenguaje de la justicia, a multimedia oral history project documenting the stories of language workers and… Read More

Giordano, Kristin (Class of 2014)

(BA Hispanic Studies & Linguistics) Before I graduated in May 2014, I had vague thoughts of traveling the world, or at least having some (any) plans to explain when people inevitably asked what was next for me. When Prof. Terukina mentioned the English Opens Doors Program in Chile to me, I jumped on the opportunity. I… Read More

Boone, Walter (Sam) (Class of 2015)

(BA Hispanic Studies & International Relations) In many ways I have had an interesting career trajectory. At William & Mary, I double majored in Hispanic Relations and International Relations with the idea that I could get involved with policy decisions in Latin America. My experience with the La Plata program in Argentina had a profound… Read More

Fillo, Maisoon (Class of 2015)

(BA Hispanic Studies & Psychology) Soon after graduating from William and Mary, I spent the summer in Vermont studying Spanish at Middlebury Language Schools. This program not only provided an environment of total language immersion, but exposed the linguistic depth of the Spanish language. Shortly following Middlebury, I spent a semester abroad teaching English in… Read More

Fête de la Recherche 2016!

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La Fete de la Recherche is an annual conference that showcases our students’ research projects. It is an opportunity for students to present to their professors and peers the research they are doing for an honor thesis, courses, internships or, projects completed during the summer program in Montpellier. Presenters explain their motivations, research process, discoveries,… Read More

Congratulations to our Chinese Majors!

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MLL Graduation Ceremony (15 May 2016) Picture 1: Marshall Richards, Isabel Perrin, Benjamin Neville, Jacob Keohane, Skyy Eshleman, Gille Cuda (Note: Five other seniors, including Max Lipkin, Charles Kelly, Rachel Johnson, Kathy Shi, and Lauren Leupold, also graduated. They could not attend the MLL graduation ceremony because of other commitments.) Picture 2: Chinese majors and… Read More

Disseminating Research: Sarah Smith-Brady (’05) and the Field of Scholarly Publishing

Sarah Brady ('05)

“After leaving W&M in 2005 with a concentration in Hispanic Studies and certification in secondary education, I moved to Philadelphia to start a PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, I met some amazing people and found the environment wonderfully challenging and intellectually stimulating. However, I was no longer certain I wanted… Read More

Nathan Hoback (’10) shines as a teacher

Nathan Hoback (HISP '10)

Nathan Hoback, a HISP alum (’10) who went on to pursue an M.A. with the School of Education at W&M, has recently been distinguished as Matoaca High School Teacher of the Year 2016. A native of Roanoke, Nathan has been a member of the Matoaca High School faculty for five years, where he currently teaches Spanish 1… Read More

Alumni Video Profile: Kevin Lonabaugh

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Kevin Lonabaugh, W&M Class of 2010 discusses the lessons he learned while a French and Francophone Studies major at William & Mary, and how his experiences here at the college are currently at play in his new life at pharmacy school at the University of Virginia.

“Shun” and Japanese Cuisine

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American chefs and gourmands have recently rediscovered seasonality and locality —eating and celebrating the ingredients specific to the season and region.  In Japan these notions never faded from the cultural imagination. On November 4, the college community was treated to a fascinating lecture on the significance of “shun,” or “seasonality” to Japanese cuisine, and the… Read More

Gotta JET!

Back row, l-r: Andrew, Isabel, Michael. Front row: Mark and Jack

Last summer several graduating seniors jetted off to Japan—in order to become  “JETs.”  The Japan Exchange and Teaching, or JET, Program was established by the Japanese government in 1987 to “promote grass-roots exchange between Japan and other nations.” The Department of Education selects college grads from around the world to teach English in Japan for a… Read More

Jones, Lauren Ila (Class of 2004)

(BA Hispanic Studies & Sociology, 2004): Lauren was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award for the United Kingdom during 2012-2013.  You can read more about her experience here.  (Updated 2012)

Figliuoli, Eleonora (Class of 2012)

(BA History & Hispanic Studies): Eleonora recently started graduate studies at the University of Virginia.  You can read more about her experience here.  (Updated 2012)

Foster, Anne (Class of 2011)

(BA Hispanic Studies & History) recently spent a year in Spain teaching English at a High School in Madrid with the Cultural Ambassadors Program.  You can read more about her experience here.  (Updated 2012)

Mercado, Doug (Class of 1985)

(BA Latin American Studies & History): On Friday, May 14, 2010 Wm & Mary alumnus Doug Mercado was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  Mercado graduated in the class of 1985 with a double major in Latin American Studies and History and extensive work in Spanish; he was also a resident in… Read More

Henriquez, Rafael (Class of 2008)

(BA Hispanic Studies): Before graduation I joined a pharmaceutical consulting company in Williamsburg serving as a translator as part of my practicum. After graduation I was offered a salary and have continued to work as a translator and now an ambassador manager in the global department working with European patients with chronic diseases, as well… Read More

Wergin, Kendra (Class of 2007)

(BA International Relations & Hispanic Studies): Kendra taught high school Spanish with Teach For America in Washington, D.C. for the last two years and found that her Hispanic Studies training was helpful aside from the language skills! She spent a lot of time in her second year working with Hispanic students and helping to make… Read More

Abbott, Charles (Class of 2007)

(BA Hispanic Studies): Work post-WM: 2006-07: Bilingual paralegal at Brown Goldstein Levy, LLP 2007: Interim Project Director with Students Helping Honduras, 501(c)3 2008: Fulbright ETA Grantee, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina 2009: Campaign Assistant, National Immigration Forum. Current status:
In my first year of law school at American University.  Dean’s Fellow at the Academy on… Read More

Smith-Brady, Sarah (Class of 2005)

(BA Hispanic Studies): Hello, dear professors!  I stumbled across this update form a couple weeks ago and wondered if it was too late to share my updates, but decided with Regina’s Facebook reminder today that it’s not!  Please feel free to share anything you wish… I began the University of Pennsylvania’s PhD program in Hispanic… Read More

Brain, Jennifer (Class of 2005)

(BA Hispanic Studies): Graduated in May 2009 from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in Sexuality and Health.  Currently working at International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region in New York City as an Evaluation Coordinator.  (Updated: 2009).

Martin, Mary Catherine (Class of 2004)

(BA Hispanic Studies & English): After college, I spent two years working as an English teacher in Kyoto, Japan.  After that, I traveled around quite a bit – around Japan, then spending time in San Francisco, Australia and D.C..  I then got into journalism, working first as a reporter for The Daily Iberian, a newspaper… Read More

Korp-Edward, Bethany (Class of 2000)

(BA Hispanic Studies) I went on to do an MA in Spanish Translation at Rutgers and became a court interpreter.  After working for several years in state court in New Jersey, I have been working for four years as a staff court interpreter at the Federal District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  (Updated 2009)

Parks, Sarah (Class of 2003)

Sarah Parks received a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies in 2003, and went on to earn a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006.  She has worked in clinical settings including a community health clinic, a low-income housing community center, private adoption agencies, and the Family Reunification program at the… Read More

Mendoza, Maybelline (Class of 2007)

Maybelline Mendoza is a 2007 undergraduate alum that double-majored in Hispanic Studies and Business Marketing.  Maybelline has worked for a higher education magazine, but has spent the majority of her career in the beauty industry, as a part of the MaybellineNY*Garnier products’ division team, where she held increasing responsibilities in Sales and Marketing.  One of… Read More

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