Program for 3rd Annual
Modern Languages & Literatures Symposium

April 28, 2017; 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Symposium ushers will be available in the Second Floor Vestibule of Combs
throughout the majority of the event. They will have copies of the symposium
program with them and are here to help guide you to your session. Thank you,
student ushers, for your help!

Ushers: Gavin Kersellius, Carl Lounsbury, Kevin McCarthy, Kelsey Sheffer,
Christopher Tyson, and Arham Zahid

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Topics in Literature and Culture: Poster and Multimedia Presentations (1:00-1:45)
(Combs 211)
1. Tyler Bugbee and Gail Crunkhorn: “Christopher Columbus” (Arabic)
2. Joseph Cronin and Shannon Haley: “Our ESL Classroom Experience” (Spanish)
3. Zareen Emdad: “School facilities” (Arabic)
4. Kenyon Huber-Wilker: “Weather Journal” (Arabic)
5. Hannah Locher: “The Adventures of a Nomad” (Spanish)
6. Heather Taylor and Josh Boelsche: “Blogueros from Spanish 413” (Spanish)
7. Katelyn Wolfgang: “Family” (Arabic)
Moderator: Dr. Patricia Orozco

1:00-1:45 p.m.
French-Language Panel (1:00-1:45) (214 Combs)
1. Kadie Bennis: “L’Importance du malheur dans les romans des XVIIe et XVIIIe
siècles: La Princesse de Clèves, Lettres d’une Péruvienne et Candide”
2. Allyssa Kagehiro: “François Quesnay et ses oeuvres innovatrices dans les sciences
3. Audrey Livingstone: “D’où vient le Mal? une étude thématique des Liaisons
Moderator: Dr. Marie Wellington

Spanish-Language Panel (1:00-1:45) (215 Combs)
2017 MLL Symposium 2
1. Riska Pérez Castiello: “Nieve: la otra voz de la generación de los Novísimos”
2. Thallya Díaz: “El misticismo como vehículo para el feminismo en la serie La
Habana Oculta por Daína Chaviano”
Moderator: Dr. Marcelo Fajardo-Cárdenas

Advanced Intermediate Chinese Creative Writing (1:00-1:30) (236 Combs)
1. Spencer Anderson: 梅林和家莹的跨文化友谊 (Meilin and Jiaying’s Cross-
Cultural Friendship)
2. Mara DeTrani:柬埔寨医旅 (A Doctor in Cambodia)
3. Rebecca Jacobi:加州到北京的爱情故事 (California to Beijing: A Love Story)
4. Destiny Williams:糟糕的爱 (Bad Love)
Moderator: Dr. Penny Causarano

1:20-1:45 p.m.
Italian Scenettas (Scenes) / Skits (1:20-1:45) (237 Combs)
1. Scenetta: Stephanie Rizzo and Alexandria Riker: “Lavorare in Italia” (Working in
2. Scenetta: Jenifer Kramer, John Kobuchi, and Michelle Roberts: “Un Colloquio di
Lavoro” (A Job Interview)
Moderator: Dr. Federico Schneider

1:45-2:00 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT (2nd Floor Vestibule Combs)
1:45-2:00; or until there is no more food!
(These dishes were prepared or provided by our visiting language instructors and
other faculty members. Please be sure to thank them for their time and efforts!)

1:30-2:00 p.m.
Chinese Study Abroad Presentations (1:30-2:00) (236 Combs)
2017 MLL Symposium 3
1. Kali Chapman: Study Abroad in Hainan
2. Fidel Flores: Study Abroad in Soochow
3. Jeffery Taylor: Study Abroad in Shanghai
4. Cindy Wang: Study Abroad in Beijing
Moderator: Dr. Penny Causarano

2:00-3:00 p.m.
German-Language Panel (2:00-2:30) (213 Combs)
1. Nathan Anderson: “Seeds of Recession”
Moderator: Dr. Marcel Rotter

Cultural Presentations (2:00-3:00) (Combs 211)
Intermediate Language PowerPoint and Video Presentations
1. Ryan Johnson, Amany Redic and Stacy Judge: “Una mirada a Chile”
2. Gabriel Soriano, David McCauley and Fiona Nalepa: “Una mirada a Argentina”
3. Michael Carrion and Ryan Simmerman: “Una mirada a Uruguay”
4. Hollis Pultz, Emily Rudich and Henry Tucker: “Una mirada a Paraguay”
5. Temi Ogungbade and Noemí Alemán: “La salsa cubana: sus raíces y su
6. Mohammed Taractar, Diana Mahmoodi, Mona Amin, Olivia Garner, Jacob
Waterman, and Anna Talcott: “At the Airport”
7. Alec Cameron: “Daily Routine”
8. Anushah Hassan and Lauren Olivia James

Creative Writing II, Literary Analysis, and Cultural Presentations at the 300-level
(Spanish) (2:00-3:30) (Combs 214)
1. Andrea Shek: “Hasta que anochezca”
2. Heather Taylor: “Divergencias en la poesía de José Lezama Lima y Nicanor
3. Kaylea Armstrong: “Ha sido un día largo”
4. Andrea Shek and Daniel Lizarraga: “Una siesta diferente”
5. Benjamin Purdy and Kendra Ganser: “La rebelión de las postmodernistas”
6. Nancy Milroy: “Los Pepenadores: La basura como el futuro del desarrollo
sostenible en Latinoamérica”
7. Daniel Lizarraga: “La tormenta”
8. Heather Taylor and Bridget McCormack: “Nuevos caminos de la poesía de
vanguardia Latinoamericana I”
2017 MLL Symposium 4
Moderator: Dr. Gonzalo Campos-Dintrans

Multilingual Spelling Bee (2:00-3:00) (Combs 237)
Please join our wonderful Visiting Language Instructors for a spelling challenge in
all languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish)!
Moderator: Professor Maysoon Al-Sayed Ahmad

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Latin American Science Fiction Creative Writing Session (3:00-4:00) (Combs 215)
Creative Writing I (Spanish)
1. Heather Banikas: “La humana perfecta”
2. Thallya Díaz: “Una noche con Emily Erlenmeyer”
3. Lauren Meyer: “Mundo nuevo, mundo pequeño”
4. Jasmine Mann: “El diario de Emilio González”
5. Kameron Davis: “El rapto”
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Lewis

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Fashion Show (2nd Floor Vestibule Combs)
1. Sudan: Shamsadean Mirghani
2. Jordan: Catherine Flemming
3. Syria: Lubna Alchtar
4. Tunisia: Izzadeah Mirghani
5. Palestine: Mona Amin
6. Morocco: Amal Hajjami
7. Palestine: Stephanie Cook
Moderator: Professor Maysoon Al-Sayed Ahmad

2017 MLL Symposium 5
4:05-5:00 p.m.
Poetry/Song Recital (4:05) (237 Combs)
1. Khalid Hassem (Arabic): “Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words” (poem by
Mahmoud Darwish)
2. Yoël Kidane (French): “Le parc des princes” (poem)
3. Alina Arnatt-Nestor (Spanish): “Hallelujah” (Translation of Leonard Cohen’s
4. Yoël Kidane (Italian): “Il sole” (poem)
5. Kylie Bean (Spanish): “A la una yo nací” (Sephardic/Ladino song from fifteenthcentury
6. Justin Sevart (Arabic): “The First Time I Fall in Love” (song)
7. Claire Smallwood (French): “Saint-Laurent” (song by Coeur de Pirate)
8. Maggie Magliato (Spanish): “Oda a la alcachofa” (poem by Pablo Neruda)
9. Madison Doehler (Italian): “Italian Disney Medley” (songs from Disney films)
Moderator: Dr. Antonia Delgado-Poust

A Note of Thanks
On behalf of the Symposium Planning Committee, we would like to thank all student
participants/presenters/ushers, professors and Visiting Language Instructors (VLIs), and
our Department Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Lewis, for all their hard work, support, and
contributions to the success of this year’s symposium. Thank you very much