Faculty News Spring 2022

Isabel Alvarez Sancho (Spanish) published the article "Engaging the Ethics of the Future: The Aftertimes as Emotional, Material and Temporal Accumulation in the Spanish Animation Film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children" in the journal Humanities. She presented: "Asturian Music and the Use of Asturian Language in Social Networks" at the 1st International Conference on the Asturian Language: Distinctiveness, Identity and Officiality, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, April 27th. She has received a HAD Research Grant to research the use of the Asturian language by musicians in Asturias and she is one of the founders and Vice President of the academic working group, Asturian Studies: www.asturianstudies.com

Claudia Cavallín (Spanish) published “Elena Poniatowska: El testimonio como impureza creativa de la memoria” in Cuadernos Fronterizos. She presented “Venezuela: The biographical writing of migrant subalterns” as part of the panel: "Venezuela, Dispersed: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Venezuelan Migration and the Diaspora", University of Exeter. She also presented “Crónicas multinacionales, apertura identitaria y movimientos sociales/intelectuales alternativos en la escritura venezolana” as part of the panel: “La literatura es conflicto: Venezuela y Colombia” at the Latin American Studies Association conference.

Rachael Cullick (Classics) presented "Death over the sea: A mournful echo of Sappho in Catullus" at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).

Erik Ekman (Spanish) Presented “Ire as a Virtue in Claros varones de Castilla” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. He was also elected to the Executive Council for the South Central MLA.

Perry Gethner (French) published Volume 3 of the French women playwrights anthology with Classiques Garnier, a leading academic press in Paris. He is part of a 3-person editorial team for this five-volume project, featuring works of women authors in the period 1540-1820. For this volume he wrote the general introduction and edited two of the plays. This volume will be the first-ever edition of the complete plays of Pierre Du Ryer, active between 1625 and 1655. Prof. Gethner has edited three plays in that volume; two of these are on Biblical subjects and are the first Biblical plays ever performed publicly by professional troupes in Paris. He also presented papers in two conferences, one national and one international, both involving works by the French women playwrights. 

Jonathan Z. Ludwig (Russian) attended Virtual Language Advocacy Day in February, meeting with the staffs of Senators Inhofe and Lankford and Representatives Cole and Lucas about the importance of federal funding for language study, especially for the critical and less commonly taught languages. After Russia launched its war on Ukraine later that same month, he appeared twice on KFOR (24 February 2022) to talk about the potential effect of the war on Oklahoma’s economy. This came two days after he appeared on O’Colly TV news, speaking about the likelihood of the war commencing. He was interviewed about the historical reasons for the war by the Stillwater News Press for the 25 February 2022 edition. Since then, he has given three presentations on Ukraine: “The War in Ukraine: How did we get here, and what can we expect?” in an event co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and School of Global Studies and Partnerships, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, in February; “Great Decisions: Russia,” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, in March; and “What is Justice for Ukraine?” Niles West High School, Skokie, Illinois, in May. The latter was a virtual event, organized by a former student, Olga Shafran, who currently teaches math there. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair for ACTFL’s Less Commonly Taught Languages Special Interest Group. 

Carol Ready (Spanish) presented Religion and Language Maintenance in Arabic-Spanish Bilinguals at the XXIX Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also delivered the keynote address at the ESL Educator Community Day in Tulsa.

David Reher (Spanish) presented “Crossing Constantinople: Antiquity and Conquest in the Iberian Imagination” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. He also received the John K. Walsh Prize for his article, “Envy and Orientalism in Embajada a Tamorlán,” La corónica, vol. 49 no. 2, 2021, pp. 191-219. This award is given annually to the author of an outstanding article published in the previous volume of La corónica. The selection of the recipient of this award is made by the Executive Committee of the MLA Forum, LLC Medieval Iberian, in memory of the distinguished hispano-medievalist John K. Walsh (1939-1990). 

Jessica Resvick (German) published a book review: Kaminski, Nicola, Jens Ruchatz et al. Das Pfennig-Magazin zur Journalliteratur. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2017-. Goethe Yearbook 29 (2022): 316–18.

Carolina Sitya-Nin (Spanish) presented "Diálogos de identidad entre la "sedimentación" de Juan José Saer y la "intemperie" de Pedro Mairal". SCOLAS (Virtual). April 7-9, 2022.

Donald Wood (Spanish). Organized a panel entitled “Alter(n)ative Alphabets in the Iberian Middle Ages” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.

Taylor and Janice Resize    Taylor Woodall-Greene (ASL) and Janice Woods (ASL) won the Richard Mullins Award from the Oklahoma Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf for their work on the BA in American Sign Language at OSU.