French Language Instructors
Professor, Department Chair
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Learn More about Candide Carrasco
A native speaker of French and Spanish, he received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Contemporary French Theater with a minor in Contemporary Latin American Literature. Prof. Carrasco has been teaching French and literature for thirty years. Teaching French goes beyond building the language acquisition skills. It includes exposing the students to another world of culture, and allowing them to discover not only the aesthetic values of a literary text but also the universal bridges existing between themselves and the works of art. Among Prof. Carrasco's many interests, he is an accomplished playwright. He has written and produced plays in French, Spanish, and English.
Mireille Le Breton
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Learn More about Mireille Le Breton
Professor Le Breton teaches French literature, francophone and film studies, and cultural trends in contemporary France as well as advanced composition and conversation courses at Nazareth. She also enjoys teaching French language courses, which she did in the past, at all levels of proficiency. Before relocating to the Rochester area, she taught at the University of Delaware, Maryland and Stanford University. She is the Director of the French House and the French Club Advisor. Mireille received her Ph.D. from Stanford University (French and Italian Department, 2008). She also is an alumna of the University of Maryland, at College Park, where she received her MA, and of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d' Ulm, in Paris. Her research interests include immigration, politics and the novel; ethnicity, identity and human rights in contemporary literature and film; images of women in contemporary French and Francophone cinema; literary and film theory.
German Language Instructors
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Learn More about Lisa Cerami
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Learn More about Birgit Deir
Director - Emerson Language Lab
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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Learn More about Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander
A native speaker of Italian, she has been teaching since 1978. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1983, with a thesis on Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello. Prof. Vitti-Alexander believes in closely associating with her students for a fuller appreciation of the language and culture of Italy. The success of the program is due to the high participation of students and faculty in many cultural and social activities:
- film screenings
These events help to create a cordial and collegial atmosphere that is very conducive to learning. In addition, Prof. Vitti-Alexander has accompanied students abroad through the University of Michigan Summer program in Florence for 18 years. She is presently running a summer program for Nazareth in Pescara. Traveling to Pescara provides a unique first-hand experience with the beauty of the Italian culture.
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.
Spanish Language Instructors
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Learn More about Hilda Chacón
An Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at
Nazareth College, she has directed the Women's Studies Program and the
Emerson Language Lab – after leading the writing of a grant that allowed
Nazareth College to receive $300,000 for the creation of this
pedagogical tool. She participates in the Honors Program, the Women's
Studies Program, and the Fulbright Program of Nazareth College.
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).
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).
Chinese Language Instructors
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Learn More about Zhansui Yu
A native speaker of Chinese, he received his PhD in modern Chinese
literature and culture from the University of British Columbia. He
worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Asian Research at
UBC and as Visiting Assistant Professor at Lehigh University before
joining Nazareth. His teaching and research interests include twentieth
century Chinese literature and film, modern Chinese intellectual
history, and contemporary Chinese social and intellectual issues. He
has published extensively in both Chinese and English on issues in
modern Chinese literature, culture, and history. He is currently
working on a book manuscript on contemporary Chinese avant-garde