Recent Achievements


Peter Boesch Awards:

  • Leslie Becerra (French) 2005-06 academic year
  • Amy Dobras (Spanish) 2005-06 academic year
  • Cándido Fombona (Spanish) 2005-06 academic year
  • Nancy Robles (Spanish) 2005-06 academic year

Annual university-level French essay competition, Northern California Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, 2006-07:

  • Charlene Yu, First Prize
  • Rebecca Dardenne, Third Prize
  • Lauren Hanzel, Honorable Mention
  • Ibula Katakanga, Honorable Mention
  • Vinilta Sagran, Honorable Mention


  • Jesús Díaz-Caballero presented two lectures at the following international conferences: “El incaísmo como imaginario residual en la invención de Argentina.” XXVI International Congress, Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Puerto Rico. March 2006. “La genealogía del patriotismo criollo en José Martí: la tradición indígena y el mestizaje” Coloquio Internacional. Literaturas Mestizas en América Latina. Estética e Ideología. Poitiers (France). 17-19 de octubre de 2007.
  • Monique Manopoulos published, “La Dimension épique d’Abdelkrim ou la déconstruction du Don Quichotte,” in Ahmed Beroho. Ed. Najib Redouane & Yvette Bénayoun-Szmidt. Paris: L’Harmattan, June 2010; “Entre-deux marseillo-maghrébin dans Méchamment berbère de Minna Sif.” in Les Cahiers du Grelcef (Groupe de Recherche et d’Études sur les Littératures et de l’Espace Francophone), Ed. Mariana Ionescu. Number 1. London (Ontario), May 2010; and, “L’Inspecteur Ali, enquêtes et stéréotypes”, published in Revue Celaan/Celaan Review (Revue du Centre d’Études des Littératures d’Afrique du Nord). Special Issue, Arrêt sur Image. Vol. 8, Number 1&2, April 2010.
  • Marcelo Paz is a member of the Editorial Board of the Cincinnati Romance Review (1999-2005) and has recently worked on independent film projects in Ohio, Argentina, and Honduras.
  • L. Iliana Underwood-Holbrook received a $170,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for her project: “’Dialogues in the Americas: Mexican Literature and Culture in Context” (2010-2011); presented, “New Historical Novel in Mexico: Llanto, novelas imposibles by Carmen Boullosa”: University of Cambridge, Fifth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, August 2010; Pre-Colombian Mytholog y in ‘Piedra de sol’” by Octavio Paz. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and the Humanities, January 2009; and organized and hosted the Foreign Language Council Forum on World Languages at CSUEB, 2009.
  • Meiling Wu published an essay, “Postsadness Taiwan New Cinema: Eat Drink, Everyman, Everywoman,” Chinese Language Film, Historiography, Poetics, Politics. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005.


Many of our Spanish majors are successfully working in teaching positions; many have entered postgraduate programs:

  • Nélida Mendoza, ‘05, (Spanish graduate) is Executive Director of Centro Cultural Hispanomericano in Washington State
  • Manuel A. Pérez, Amy Marie Starcher, and Banny Wilson, all ‘04, are in the M.A. program at San Francisco State University
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