Lee’s Spanish Program Hosts International Guests Virtually

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - by Merritt Jenkins, Lee University
Moisés Medrano presenting on Zoom
Moisés Medrano presenting on Zoom

Throughout the fall semester, Lee University’s Spanish program welcomed various international guest speakers over Zoom to meet and talk with students in Dr. Alexander Steffanell’s SPAN 400 Advanced Conversation class along with other interested guests from Guatemala, Spain, and Colombia.

From their work as researchers and professors in prestigious universities, travel agencies, and indigenous/African American communities, the speakers brought their knowledge and first-hand experience to bear on issues such as culture, global citizenship, while sharing how their personal faith impacts their work.

“The class gives us opportunities to not only use our Spanish skills and enhance them, but also to become more well-rounded students of the language through a better comprehension of the history and cultures of various Hispanic regions and countries,” said Megan Rogers, a junior Spanish and TESOL double major.

In September, Lee hosted Moisés Medrano, an African descent culturalist and researcher completing his doctorate at the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia, for a discussion on indigenous women pursing higher education.

In October, the class welcomed AfroColombian speaker Cristina Isabel De La Hoz Marquez (Colombia) and Dr. Sonia Sierra (Spain). De la Hoz Marquez traced the strategies employed by women of African descent in Colombia to escape from slavery. Sierra, a Parliament deputy, spoke about the language conflicts and struggle for independence in Catalonia, Spain. She addressed the language conflicts and the independence issues in the country and relayed how Spain navigates through language hardship.

Delia Pocon, a Mayan indigenous leader from Guatemala, spoke about Mayan languages and culture for the November session. She addressed culture, indigenous conflicts with the government, and the importance of being bilingual in a country that has 22 Mayan languages currently spoken.

“Needless to say, their presence on our campus reflects the mission and the vision of our Lee University core values and will impact a wide range of students from our department and other disciplines as well,” said Dr. Steffanell, associate professor of Spanish. “These speakers share their vast experience on such topics and awaken students’ calling and vocation toward foreign language learning and intercultural competence, which is a target of our foreign language program.”

For more information about Lee’s Spanish program, contact the Department of Language and Literature at 614-8210 or email languageliterature@leeuniversity.edu.

 

Sonia Sierra presenting on Zoom
Sonia Sierra presenting on Zoom

Cleveland State Awarded SERS And OER Grants

4 UTC Professors Selected For UT Alumni Association Faculty Awards

Girls In Engineering STEAM Camps At CSCC Going On This Week


Cleveland State Community College has received three new grants. The college was awarded two Student Engagement Retention and Success Grants and one Open Ed Resources and Digital Engagement Grant ... (click for more)

Four professors from UTC have been announced as 2021 Faculty Award winners by the UT Alumni Association. One is the only winner selected for the Alumni Distinguished Service Professor Award. ... (click for more)

The Girls in Engineering camp started this week on Cleveland State Community College’s campus. The camp explores a different engineering field each day: Electrical, Civil, Mechanical, and ... (click for more)



Student Scene

Cleveland State Awarded SERS And OER Grants

Cleveland State Community College has received three new grants. The college was awarded two Student Engagement Retention and Success Grants and one Open Ed Resources and Digital Engagement Grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents. In total, these three projects bring over $75,000 in new funding to the college. The first SERS grant awarded is for The Expansion and Diversification ... (click for more)

4 UTC Professors Selected For UT Alumni Association Faculty Awards

Four professors from UTC have been announced as 2021 Faculty Award winners by the UT Alumni Association. One is the only winner selected for the Alumni Distinguished Service Professor Award. Another is one of only two faculty members chosen in the Alumni Public Service Award. Two others were selected as Outstanding Teachers. All four professors are from the UTC College of ... (click for more)

Breaking News

1 Dies After 2-Vehicle Crash Early Thursday Morning At Hixson Pike And Thrasher Pike

One person died in a crash involving two vehicles on Hixson Pike early Thursday morning. At approximately 6:30 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Hixson Pike and Thrasher Pike intersection for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, deputies and emergency services personnel located a crash involving two vehicles. There has been ... (click for more)

Historic Zoning Panel Allows 1 New Hillside Home In St. Elmo, Rejects One Beside It

The Chattanooga Historic Zoning Commission, after hours of discussion on Thursday, approved one new home on a steep hillside in St. Elmo, but rejected a similar one that was to have gone in beside it. Watchtower Investments initially wanted three identical large new homes clustered together between Tennessee Avenue and Seneca Avenue near Forest Hill Cemetery. The Community ... (click for more)

Opinion

Senator Blackburn: Open Border Policies Will Bring Chaos To Tennessee Communities

The Democrats' promises of free healthcare, education, and citizenship have thrust our southern border into chaos. Even after illegal crossings reached their highest rate in two decades, border czar and Vice President Kamala Harris still refuses to visit the U.S.-Mexico border. The Biden administration's deliberate inaction on this surge in illegal entry has turned every state into ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Mississippi’s Lee Sanderlin finished dead-last in his fantasy football pool with his buddies and, per the rules, had to spent 24 straight hours inside a neighborhood Waffle House to discipline his mind for the 2021 season. However, there was a proviso – for every waffle that Lee ate an hour would be deducted from the 24-hours at the restaurant. He ate two waffles when he got ... (click for more)