French Language Instructors
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Learn More about Candide Carrasco
Mireille Le Breton
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German Language Instructors
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Learn More about Birgit Deir
Professor Deir teaches German language. A native speaker of German, she received her Master of Science in 2004 from the Rochester Institute of Technology with concentrations in programming and databases. Professor Deir is also currently the Director of the College's Emerson Language Lab, specializing in technology and language acquisition.
Italian Language Instructors
Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander
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- film screenings
Recent teaching awards include:
- The 1999 Ruth E. Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award from the NYS Association of Foreign Language.
- Citation from New York State Senator James S. Alesi for Dedication to Profession and Community in 1998.
- The 1998 Woman of the Year Award for outstanding Leadership, Devotion and Enthusiasm in Developing International Programs.
- Teaching Excellency Award from Nazareth College 1997
- F.L.A.T.R.A. Teacher Recognition Award for outstanding contributions in the teaching of Foreign Languages and Culture, 1996.
Dr. Stella Plutino-Calabrese
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A native speaker of Italian, she earned a bachelor of science in economics, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Rochester, a masters of science in information technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Modern Languages in Italian and Spanish from Middlebury College, having written her thesis on Italian writer and holocaust survivor Primo Levi and the internment camps in Italy.
Dr. Plutino teaches Italian at Nazareth College and is the Director of the Casa Italiana of Nazareth College, a center for Italian language and culture, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2008. Under Dr. Plutino's leadership, the Casa has expanded its educational programs and attracted a growing population to enjoy the Casa's offerings. Her focus for the Casa—to encourage young people to learn about Italian culture—has resulted in a vibrant, lively environment enriched by dozens of classes, seminars, workshops, exhibits, and other events each year. Her primary area of research has been on contemporary Italian literature and Italian cinema. Her current scholarly work focuses on immigration, the Italian American experience, women's studies, and the Holocaust.
Dr. Plutino has taught Italian at Monroe Community College and has served as the Coordinator of MCC's Rome Study Abroad Program and Dual Credit Program, for students transferring Italian credits from area high schools to MCC. In 2007, Dr. Plutino was awarded Italian American Cultural Heritage Ambassador of the Year by the Sons of Italy and Educator of the Year by the Rochester Columbus Day Committee. She is very active in several committees in the community which promote the Italian language and culture.
Spanish Language Instructors
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Learn More about Hilda Chacón
Her first career is as a journalist and she worked on radio, TV, and press media in Costa Rica, her native country during the decade of 1980's. She obtained her Ph.D. in Contemporary and Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of Latin America at The Ohio State University (1999), with a dissertation on urban chronicles in Mexico post-NAFTA.
She has published in CiberLetras (online-USA), DataGramaZero (online-Brazil), Letras Femeninas (USA), LASA FORUM (USA), Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea (UTEP), Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura (University of Northern Colorado), Con-textos: Revista de Semiótica Literaria (Universidad de Medellín, Colombia). She has also published as a contributor to One Wound for Another: Testimonios Latinos in the US, 11 September 2001- 11 January 2002 (UNAM-CISAN), as well as to the second volume of this publication Speaking desde las heridas. Testimonios transfronterizos/ Transborder testimonios through Cyberspace (11 de septiembre de 2001-11 de marzo de 2007) (UNAM-CISAN, in print). She also wrote a book chapter, "Political Cartoons in Cyberspace: Rearticulating Mexican and US Cultural Identity in the Global Era", for the book Mexico Reading the US (Vanderbilt UP, in print).
Her areas of research interest are: testimonial narratives: facts and fiction; the Internet and contestatory cyberspace; mass media and cultural re-appropriations in the margins of postmodernity – including equivalent debates in Latin America; articulation of gender identities in the global era; Latina/o-Chicana/o literatures.
She also has some acknowledged creative writing and has been editor for Grafemas, the electronic bulletin of the Asociación Internacional de Letras y Culturas Femeninas Hispánicas, AILCFH (2004).
Visiting Assistant Professor
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