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The Spring 2019 AFTJ Contests have been announced. Several of the best contestants identified at the AFTJ speech contests will participate in AFTJ Wakayama Japanese Video Speech Contest, and the winner will be invited on a free trip to Wakayama, Japan! If you would like to participate in one of the contests, please see the attachments.

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The hiring committee will meet to finalize the candidate list for the position of Permanent Instructor of Spanish at FIU's dual Spanish program at Qingdao University (FIU HR position # 516688). The meeting place will take place on Tuesday, March 5th at 1:30 pm. The location will be in DM 257.

Spanish Ph.D. Program alumna Déborah Gómez has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Spanish at Florida Memorial University as of this semester. Additionally, Déborah's dissertation will be published by Editorial Verbum from Madrid by the end of the month. Congratulations, Déborah!

Alberto Sosa, Doctoral Candidate in the Spanish PhD program has won another grant! Alberto was selected to be among 30 doctoral students that will take part in the Humanities Without Walls 3 week 2019 in-residence workshop. The workshop takes place in Chicago and is organized by the Chicago Humanities Festival—a leading public humanities organization—in consultation with HWW. The National HWW Predoctoral Fellowship that Alberto has won is funded by the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This summer study abroad program provides a wonderful opportunity for immersion not only in Japanese culture but also in other Asian cultures. With almost half of the faculty and student body comprised of foreign nationals, from all over Asia and other parts of the world, Asia Pacific University (Ritsumeikan) has a truly international campus environment of cultural coexistence.

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Japanese Conversation Corner will take place every Friday from 3pm - 4:30pm in GC 289.

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These flyers provide information on Persian I and Turkish II courses being offered in Spring 2019.

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This flyer provides information on Chinese Language and Culture Courses being offered Spring 2019. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Dr. Ma Li at mali@fiu.edu

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FIU linguist Dr. Melissa Baralt has been announced as a recipient of The National Endowment for the Humanities grants for projects in the humanities. Dr. Baralt’s project, “Improving Spanish-language Teacher Training and Retention” has been funded for $100,000 and will allow for the development of Spanish-language course content and teacher training both at FIU and at Florida Memorial University. Dr Baralt's objective is to share this new teacher-training program and Spanish curriculum publicly.

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Dear Colleagues and Students, Please join me in congratulating Gabriela Escobar and Beatriz Muller-Marqués for their awards as the Best Spanish TAs for 2018. Do note that Gabriela and Beatriz were selected blindly by a panel of faculty reviewers. This is quite an achievement and we are very proud of them. Dr. Renée M. Silverman, Graduate Program Director