Lee Students Present At Latin American Studies Symposium

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Student presenters, from left, Michael McGrath, Stephen Halstead, Emigly Bricker and Hannah White.
Student presenters, from left, Michael McGrath, Stephen Halstead, Emigly Bricker and Hannah White.

Four Lee University students presented papers at the 22nd Annual Latin American Studies Symposium at Birmingham-Southern College. 

In addition to BSC and Lee, the conference hosted students and faculty from colleges and universities all over the United States, such as Baylor (Texas), Samford (Ala.), Tulane (La.), Vanderbilt (Tenn.), Vassar (N.Y.) and Yale (Conn.), among others.

The students went through a long research and writing process throughout the semester in order to present at the conference, according to Dr. Alexander Steffanell, assistant professor of Spanish at Lee and faculty sponsor for the trip. 

“The students not only presented in Spanish,” said Dr. Steffanell, “but they also discussed their topics intelligently with peers and faculty representatives from some very prestigious programs, showing their ability to think critically about current topics and world views. I’m proud of how well they represented Lee, not just as Spanish speakers, but as thinkers and learners.”

Lee presenters included Spanish majors Emily Bricker, Stephen Halstead, Michael McGrath and Hannah White. 

Ms. Bricker’s presentation was titled “La ‘misión integral’ y la teología de la liberación en Latinoamérica.” (“The ‘Integral Mission’ and the Liberation Theology in Latin America.”)

Mr. Halstead presented on “La mitificación de Eva Perón: religiosa retórica epidíctica en el discurso mediático.” (“The myth of Eva Peron: Epidictica Religious Rhetoric in the Media Discourse.”)

Mr. McGrath spoke on “Antifeminismo: la opresión de la mujer hispana en los Estados Unidos.” (“Anti-feminism: The Oppression of Hispanic Women in the United States.”)

Ms. White’s topic was “Una mirada a la educación latinoamericana.” (“A Look at Latin American Education.”)

“This is a great opportunity for our students,” continued Dr. Steffanell. “It not only allows them the chance to show what they’ve learned, but it also motivates them to continue with graduate school in Spanish or Latin American Studies.”

This was Dr. Steffanell’s fifth trip taking students to the symposium.

For more information about Spanish or Latin American Studies at Lee, contact the Department of Language and Literature at 614-8210 or email Steffanell at asteffanell@leeuniversity.edu.



Red Bank HS Art Sculpture For Downtown

Red Bank High School Art students are installing a large sculpture in downtown Chattanooga. This project was produced and funded by the Open Spaces project and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The purpose of this installation is to use compelling art to attract merchants to several open business sites downtown. The installation that the students created represents diversity and ... (click for more)

New UTC Student Apartment Development Breaks Ground On Thursday

Community and UTC leaders will join Riverside Development on Thursday at 4 p.m., at the official groundbreaking of Douglas Heights at the corner of Douglas and 10 th   Street.  Upon completion of Phase 1, the new student apartment development will have 691 beds. The project will feature a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, workout facility, poo l,   secured ... (click for more)

Sewell Says City, EPB "Close" On Amount Owed By Utility To City On Street Light Overbilling

City Internal Auditor Stan Sewell told City Council members on Tuesday that EPB and the city are "close" on the amount owed by the utility to the city on street light overbilling. Mr. Sewell said the city computed the amount at about $1.2 million, while he said EPB's auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins, has it at $1.5 million for an 89-month period that was audited. Mr. Sewell ... (click for more)

City Council Votes 5-4 On New Process For Naming IDB Members

The City Council voted Tuesday night 5-4 to set up a new process for naming members to the Industrial Development Board (IDB), which currently has four vacancies. The process includes three City Council panels: A (Districts 1, 2, 3), B (Districts 4, 5, 6), and C (Districts 7, 8, 9). Group A will fill two of the vacancies and Groups B and C one each. Agreement ... (click for more)

Why So Much For A Rail Study?

From the things that make you go hmm department. Ok, so the feds are giving us $400k and the city is kicking in another $300k for a total of $700k to do a study on having in town rail service. Why so much for a study? Don't get me wrong, I'm totally down with Chattanooga having some passenger trains running around. I get that. It's awesome. We've needed it for a long time. I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I’m Certainly No Expert

Sometime on Monday night, after I had written a piece on getting swatted with a switch as a kid, I got an email from ESPN Canada asking if I would be a televised guest on “Off the Record,” the most watched daily sports show in Canada. The subject: corporal punishment in America. Are you kidding me? I am hardly an expert. All weekend my world of sports and its excitement was warped ... (click for more)