Three Spanish professors from the Department of English & Foreign Languages presented research findings at the annual Modern Language Association National Convention on Jan. 7-8. The meeting is the most important professional conference in the field of languages and literatures.
Isabel Bustamante-Lopez organized and chaired a special session on linguistics, in which she read a paper titled “Heritage Speakers’ Narratives: Spanish Language Maintenance and Loss.” During the same session, Amalia Llombart presented research on “Discovering the Written Language: The Acquisition of Spelling.” Both papers were well received, generating vibrant discussion among session participants. Kent Dickson presented a paper in a special session on “Primitivism and Modernity in Latin American Literature,” chaired by Professor Mabel E. Morana from Washington University in St. Louis.
Participation in the Modern Language Association National Convention is highly competitive. It serves to publicize programs at the participants’ home institutions by demonstrating that faculty are actively engaged in relevant research and respected by professional colleagues throughout the United States.