Horacio Castellanos Moya, one of six University of Iowa faculty members to receive AHI grant for creative endeavors

From bringing veterans’ experiences to the stage with the help of augmented reality to exploring the art of Indian printmaking, six University of Iowa faculty members will cultivate a wide range of scholarly and creative projects with the support of the Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI). Horacio will address the long periods of his life spent living in exile through a non-fiction project.
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Ana Rodríguez-Rodríguez, 1 of 3 faculty members honored with the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service

Established in memory of Professor Michael J. Brody, president of the Faculty Senate from 1986 to 1987, this award recognizes outstanding faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the university and the community. This year’s recipients were announced at the March 2024 UI Faculty Senate meeting and each will receive $1,000 and a commemorative piece of artwork designed by a graduate art student.
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Mariana Mazer, PhD Candidate in Spanish, 1 of 15 CLAS graduate students awarded prestigious fellowships to support their research and creative work

A total of 15 graduate students have been named prestigious fellows by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with five receiving 2024-25 Marcus Bach Fellowships and ten receiving 2024 CLAS Dissertation Writing Fellowships. Congratulations to these deserving students!

Martín-Estudillo named new director of Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Luis Martín-Estudillo, professor and collegiate scholar in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will serve as the next director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies (OCAS). His appointment will begin July 1.
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New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Student Success: Dr. Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, PhD, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named associate dean for academic affairs and graduate student success in the Graduate College at the University of Iowa. Her appointment will begin July 1, 2024.

From language learner to language educator: how study abroad ignited a global career spanning three decades

Three decades ago, Melissa Ferrin (BA political science and Spanish ’95) participated in a study abroad program in Chile offered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) as a language learner. She currently teaches English at a small engineering school in Mexico called Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca (UTM). Here, she reflects on her international experience and gives valuable advice to students aspiring to enhance their education with global experiences.

Cultures of Spain

When I arrived in Spain, it was like nothing I had experienced before. I thought I had an idea of what I was getting myself into, but I was quickly proven wrong. Never did I think this trip was going to be filled with surprises and memories that will be told and remembered for years to come.
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How four months abroad made me appreciate my disabilities and become a better advocate for myself

I am originally from a small Iowa town of 1,000 people, so I enjoyed every moment I had exploring [Valparaíso] - trying out every cafe (and returning to many of them), visiting each bookstore and library, and carefully cataloging photos of the street art in my phone. My wonderful host mom took me to many birthday parties, bingo days, and girls-night-in dinner parties. Being so graciously accepted into her home and family allowed me to truly experience Chilean culture, an experience I am still so grateful to her for.

Embracing the new and the unfamiliar: reflections from my summer in Spain

In Spain, I was markedly different from most of the people there, and I stuck out. However, I stuck out in Spain not for being Asian-American, but simply for being American. Everyone seemed to know right away that I was American or else just assumed that I was Spanish and spoke to me in Spanish. Some of my favorite moments in Spain were when I was able to have conversations with local storeowners around Spain—including a man at a bakery in Madrid, a woman at a clothing store in Valladolid, and a woman at an art store in Córdoba. I even had a chance to get to know some of the local students, either through the conversation hour, after which we would go to a café on campus and share a heaping plate of fries, or just around campus.

Día de los Muertos

Thursday, November 2, 2023
Graduate students María Márquez Ponce and María Marroquín Pérez recently hosted a Día de los Muertos celebration and movie viewing event for university students in the Spanish GEP program. Students engaged with the tradition through an interactive exploration of the ofrenda that's set up in the CLCL.