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Angel Werth receives the Award for Excellence in Spanish

Angel Werth receives the Award for Excellence in Spanish
On April 17, 2020 the Spanish faculty presented a certificate to recognize outstanding achievement in the study of Spanish language and literature.   Angel Werth: I had always wanted to achieve fluency in Spanish, so when I arrived at Clemson, I chose to add Modern Languages-Spanish as a major in order to become intimately familiar with the Hispanic language through classes and internships abroad. My Spanish classes have been enjoyable and enriching with the opportunity to familiarize myself with aspects of Hispanic culture, film, history, linguistics, and literature. The Spanish program at Clemson was an invaluable and rewarding experience. 

Jamie Plummer presents research at national conference
Jamie Plummer, a Psychology major and Spanish minor, completed her research in SPAN 4970 (Creative Inquiry Project: The Hispanic World through Film, Literature, and Media) offered by Dr. Graciela Tissera in the spring 2019 semester. Jamie presented her research paper “Machismo, Poverty, Gender, and Violence in City of God (2002) by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund” at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Kennesaw State University, April 10-13, 2019. Her presentation discussed the impact of machismo, poverty, and gender violence on the lives of people portrayed in the film City of God (Cidade de Deus), directed by Meirelles and Lund (Brazil, 2002). Based on the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins, the film portrays life in a favela in Rio de Janeiro and the realities of urban poverty. Examples of these realities include juvenile delinquency, gang violence, gender violence, drug trafficking, and power corruption. Jamie’s research explored characters, conflicts, themes, symbols, and techniques in the context of the social environment, connections among diverse groups of people, levels of education, and economic resources. Her presentation at the national conference was made possible through a travel grant awarded by the Creative Inquiry Program.

Jamie Plummer presents research at national conferenceJamie Plummer presents research at national conference

Jesse Bynum and Hannah Cheeks present research at the Creative Inquiry Poster Forum and national conference
Jesse Bynum (Modern Languages-Spanish major with English minor) and Hannah Cheeks (Psychology and Modern Languages-Spanish major) participated in the Creative Inquiry project offered by Dr. Graciela Tissera: The Hispanic World through Film, Literature and Media. Jesse and Hannah presented their research at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum at Clemson (April 3, 2018) and also participated in the session “Individuals versus Systems in Cinema” at the SouthEast Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures (April 5-6, 2018) organized by Georgia Southern University. The analyses focused on the complex relationships portrayed inside and outside systems in multicultural environments and relate to a wide diversity of topics. Jesse Bynum’s research paper “Systematic Defensive Memory and Psychological Trauma in David Carreras’ Hipnos (2004)” discussed dissociative identity disorders as coping mechanisms and experimental treatments for severely emotionally disturbed patients. Hannah Cheeks’s research paper “Exploring the Treacherous Systems of the Mind: Sergi Vizcaíno’s Paranormal Xperience (2011)” centered on altered perceptions and symbols created by the unconscious mind as representations of systems influencing human behavior. The professional presentations were made possible through the Creative Inquiry Program and the Department of Languages travel grants.

Jesse Bynum and Hannah Cheeks present research at the Creative Inquiry Poster Forum and national conferenceJesse Bynum and Hannah Cheeks present research at the Creative Inquiry Poster Forum and national conference

Students present research at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum
Robert Campos, Megan Courage, Elouise Cram, Michelle Fuentes, Hannah Gilliam, Danielle Haight, Colin Jones, Rebecca McConnell, and Rachel Rogers presented their research on The Fantastic in Hispanic Film at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum (Clemson University, April 5, 2017). The project mentored by Dr. Graciela Tissera, focused on the genre of science fiction and fantasy through films by world renowned Hispanic film directors. The analysis explored uncanny and marvelous elements related to parallel worlds, urban legends, the Lazarus syndrome, extrasensory perception, and dissociative identity, among other topics, as well as cinematic conventions and themes in fantastic films. With historical, cultural, political, and scientific contexts, the project analyzed supernatural phenomena as presented in films to determine the line between reality and unreality and the gateways between alternate worlds in order to forge an understanding of the unknown.

Spanish students present research at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum
Students present research at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum

Elouise Cram and Rebecca McConnell present research at national conference
Elouise Cram and Rebecca McConnell attended the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association’s 38th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico (February 15-18, 2017) to present their research and participate in the panel organized by Dr. Graciela Tissera: Adapting Philosophers to Film. Elouise Cram discussed the film adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez’s short story “The Saint” and Rebecca presented the cinematic interpretation of the novel Aura by Carlos Fuentes. The professional presentations were made possible through the Creative Inquiry Program and the Department of Languages travel grants.

Elouise Cram and Rebecca McConnell present research at national conference
Elouise Cram and Rebecca McConnell present research at national conference