Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Languages

News

 

2014-2015

Anthropology, Sociology and Languages Newsletter May 2014

2013-2014

Anthropology, Sociology and Languages Newsletter May 2013

Foreign Language Week Brings a Taste of Global Cuisine to UMSL

Dr. Deborah Baldini, Associate Dean and Teaching Professor was recently recognized by the Missouri Governor's Council on Disability for the establishment of the UMSL Succeed Program.

Marité Balogh, Associate Teaching Professor of Spanish, was a guest speaker on September 2nd on 88.1 KDHX.

Denise Mussman, Associate Teaching Professor, English for Academic Purposes, just completed her work as editor and contributor to New Ways in Teaching Writing.  Also contributing to this TESOL publication are colleagues Shenika Harris, Jessica Saigh, Jerome Bollato and Nancy Mayer.

Jessica Saigh, Adjunct Instructor of English for Academic Purposes, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence for Part-Time Faculty Members

Dr. Jeanne Zarucchi, Professor of French, and Anne Sophie Blank, Associate Teaching Professor of French, recently completed a collaboration between The St. Louis Art Museum and The University of Missouri-St. Louis to develop a new learning resource French Art/L'Art Francais for teachers.  This was created with the support of the Cultural Service at the Consulate of France in Chicago.  

 

2012-2013

 

Anthropology, Sociology and Languages Newsletter May 2012

 

Marité Balogh, Associate Teaching Professor of Spanish, has signed a contract to publish in July, 2012, a collection of her poetry in Spanish called Bailar Caribeño (“Caribbean Dancing”).  It will be published by Ediciones Torremosas of Madrid, Spain, in their series called "Jacarandá" - they considered Marité’s poetry appropriate for this series due to "the colorfulness of her poetry,” and the possibilities for including art work or photography, at least for the cover.  The poems deal with Marité’s usual themes of cross-culturalism, femininity, and social issues.  Many of them, such as the title poem, are odes to folkloric dancing and music.  The publisher, Torremosas Edition, is well known in Spain and Latin America for their collections of poetry, so the fact that they wanted to publish Marité’s work represents a big advance in her career.  They specialize in women poets, including the classic works in Latin American poetry by Alfonsina Storni, and also more modern poets like Laura Basan and Liliana Castelbondo.  Readers can either subscribe to the collections, or buy the books in bookstores and through their website.

Peter Marina, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, has just received the copy of his first book, Getting the Holy Ghost: Urban Ethnography in a Brooklyn Pentecostal Tongue-Speaking Church.  It is rare for faculty to publish a book only two years after their dissertation.  To mark this event Peter has given Dean Ron Yasbin, College of Arts and Sciences, a signed copy of his book.

Chikako Usui, Associate Professor of Sociology, was featured in the Friday, February 15, UMSL Daily for the exchange program she has created between St. Louis and tsunami-devastated Ishinomaki, Japan (http://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2013/02/13/japan-stl/).  Her initial $30,000 grant from the National Association of Japan-America Societies and Tomodachi was just extended with a second grant of $30,000 for 2014.  As President of the Japan America Society, Chikako Usui oversaw the initial application for a $30,000 grant to support the St. Louis/Ishinomaki Friendship Program in 2013.

This program is funded by  TOMODACHI, a public-private partnership led by the United States Government and the U.S.-Japan Council (a tax-exempt non-profit organization), supported by the Government of Japan, corporations, organizations and individuals from the United States and Japan.  It supports Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.  The proposed St. Louis/Ishinomaki Friendship Program 2013 is a one-week program that will bring five youths (middle school and high school students) and four adults from August 28 to September 4, 2013.

Patti Wright, Associate Professor of Anthropology, was nominated to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award by student members of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi, UMSL Chapter.  Jessica Thornton, Leadership & Training Coordinator of the Office of Student Life, explained to Patti, “Students were asked to nominate a professor who teaches with heart and passion and who has motivated them in their pursuit of education. You were heartily commended to me as meeting this distinction.”  The award will be presented at the Society induction and awards ceremony on Monday, May 6th, 4-6pm in the Millennium Student Center Century Rooms. If you would like to attend to support Patti, please RSVP to Jessica at thorntonje@umsl.edu, 314.516.5217. Patti has always been an outstanding teacher in the anthropology program, with the rare ability to teach the full range of courses - from large lecture courses of over 200 students, to small hands-on archaeology labs, to online courses (she was among the first faculty on campus to develop online courses).