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K-State Today

April 17, 2014



Students in modern languages, international, area studies present their research Friday

By Melinda A. Cro

The modern languages department is hosting Initials: Modern Languages Student Research Forum from 4-5 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the Hemisphere Room in Hale Library.

Undergraduate and graduate students in both modern languages and international and area studies will be sharing their research projects in a poster presentation format. Modeled after the department's faculty research forum series, Signatures, the student forum provides students each semester the opportunity to delve into original research and share what they are doing in literature, cultural studies and linguistics with the department and campus. Each student works with a faculty mentor to develop their topic. The presenters this semester are:

Undergraduate students, their presentation, area of study and mentor are:

  • Sophia Bachman, "La tiranía de la imagen y el cuerpo femenino en Malena, una vida hervida," modern languages — Spanish, Rossana Fialdini Zambrano
  • Graciela Berumen, "Decencia, moralidad, honor y otros mitos en Fortunata y Jacinta de Benito Pérez Galdós," modern languages — Spanish, Salvador Oropesa
  • Eleanor Dickens, "The Barrios of Peru," international and area studies, Robert Clark
  • Melvin Fatimehin, "The Development of the Most Peaceful Nation on Earth: Costa Rica," international and area studies, Robert Clark
  • Michael Kelley, "The Assimilation of Immigrants into French Society," international and area studies, Robert Clark
  • Rory Prine, "What is a man?: Homosexuality and Masculinities in Kutluğ Ataman's Lola and Billy the Kid and Yüksel Yavuz's A Little Bit of Freedom," modern languages — German, Necia Chronister
  • Joseph Sheppard, "Hybridities of Identity in Turkish-German Literature," modern languages — German, Necia Chronister

Graduate students, their presentation, area of study and adviser are:

  • Carlos Barron, "Le Sport au Moyen Age" graduate student in literature, Robert Clark
  • Ariana Guerin, "Peut-on vaincre sa destinée? Le Cid, Dom Juan, Phèdre​ et le pouvoir du destin," graduate student in modern languages — French, Melinda Cro
  • Alexander Hutchins, "Rousseau et Molière," graduate student in literature, Melinda Cro

The Research Forum began in 2012 and is open to all. The organizers are Laura Kanost, associate professor of Spanish, and Melinda Cro, assistant professor of French. Please contact Kanost at lakanost@k-state.edu or Cro at macro@k-state.edu for further information.