John RioFrio
Latinos in America

John Riofrio, "Rio," recently published an editorial response to CNN's documentary Latino in America in the Huffington Post

Kate Hibbs, Migrant Health Educator

Kate Hibbs a double major in Hispanic Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies, had an unusual summer internship.

Hispanic Cultural Organization Features Collaborative Project

The Hispanic Cultural Organization’s annual conference, focused on the theme of “Environmentalism in Costa Rica and the Larger Latin America,” recently featured the work of Hispanic Studies research team.

Stephanie Demaree ('09) wins Espadas Prize

A panel of distinguished judges from the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) has selected Stephanie Demaree as this year's Juan Espadas Prize winner.

Hispanic Studies students organize film festival and blog live!

Three Hispanic Studies students, Maritza Alcoreza, Lydia Sinkus, and Jacqueline Stabnow, organized a film festival and blogged live from conference presentations addressing "Latin America and the World: Challenges and Opportunities" at the 30th annual Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies.


The Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies held its 30th annual conference on "Latin America and the World: Challenges and Opportunities" on our campus on March 6-7, 2009.

Regina Root elected President of MACLAS

t the 30th annual conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, also known as MACLAS, Hispanic Studies professor Regina Root was elected President of the organization.

Octavio Kano-Galván on "The New Outcasts"

Modern Languages and Literatures faculty and students had a chance to talk with Mexican photographer Octavio Kano-Galván at a special opening reception of "The New Outcasts/Los nuevos olvidados" on March 7, an art exhibit featuring the photography of Kano-Galván and narratives by Sonia Feigenbaum Karsenti.

Virginia Bouvier reflects on Latin American Studies

Dr. Virginia Bouvier, senior program officer at the United States Institute of Peace, discussed the state of Latin American Studies in a lecture held on our campus on March 6.

Sonia Feigenbaum on Public Programs at the NEH

Sonia Feigenbaum, Deputy Director of the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities, presented a special workshop on the humanities in public programming. The workshop was organized as part of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, a conference that drew over 100 faculty and professionals from throughout the United States.

Film Screening of "The Disappeared"

Peter Sanders, acclaimed film director of "The Disappeared", presented his work and met with faculty, students, and alums during his four-day visit to our campus.

What did Argentines wear to the Revolution?

"Critica," a prominent Argentine newspaper, recently interviewed Hispanic Studies professor Regina Root for her views on revolutionary culture in Argentina on the eve of May 25, 1810, when creole leaders declared their independence and initiated war against Spain... To find out if the revolutionaries wore English, French or Spanish fashion, click on the full story.

Kristin Corcoran wins Espadas Prize

Recent graduate Kristin Corcoran has been awarded the Juan Espadas Prize by the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS).

Students Create Eco-Documentaries

This spring students of Cultural Constructions of the Environment created brief eco-documentaries designed to teach others about the environmental issues facing Latin America today.

Hispanic Studies Alumnus General Manager of Busch Gardens Europe

Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), the family entertainment subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Cos., today announced the promotion of Hispanic Studies alumnus John T. Reilly, Corporate Vice-President of Merchandising, to Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Va.

Laura Novik on Design and Cultural Identity

Laura Novik, the co-founder with Alex Blanch of the Chilean-based NGO Raíz Diseño, visited our campus for a week-long discussion on the ethics behind the aesthetics of Latin American design.

Grants: Language and Culture Assistants in Spain 2007-08

The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain in the U.S.A. has announced the opening of the period for applications for the program of Language and Culture Assistants in Spain 2007-08.

Prof. Francie Cate Arries receives Commonwealth

Francie Cate-Arries, professor of Hispanic studies, and Daniel Cristol, associate professor of biology, were selected as two of the 12 statewide recipients of the 2007 Outstanding Faculty Awards, sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion.

Hispanic Studies major presents at conference

Hispanic Studies major Benjamin Boone recently presented his work on early twentieth century school textbooks at a conference sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies and held in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Cate-Arries's book receives MLA Honorable Mention

The MLA announced on November 30, 2005 that Francie Cate-Arries's book, "Spanish Culture behind Barbed Wire," received the Honorable Mention Award for the fifteenth annual Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book published in English in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures.

Don Quixote at 400

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures celebrated the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote of la Mancha I