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Department of World Languages and Cultures News

With its emphasis on linguistic, cultural and critical skills, the foreign language curriculum provides students the essential skills needed to understand other cultures and to pursue careers in an increasingly global environment.

Current World Languages and Cultures News

Graduates seated in red caps and gown during a previous UNLV commencement
People | May 10, 2021

An enduring commencement tradition continues this spring as UNLV president honors seven outstanding students who exemplify the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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People | May 28, 2020

Professor Elena Gandía García created a service-learning class to address the need for medical interpretation services for the Lied Pediatric Clinic and served as a mentor to colleagues.

People | May 28, 2020

UNLV Spanish professor Deborah Arteaga volunteers to provide valuable medical interpretation services to under-served patients.

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Business and Community | May 27, 2020

The university recognizes faculty and student for their work to improve the wellbeing of Southern Nevadans.

UNLV graduate seated with decorated cap
Campus News | May 14, 2020

An enduring UNLV end-of-semester tradition is to highlight exceptional students who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

gallery reception
Arts and Culture | March 6, 2020

UNLV Honors College student Nathalie Martinez reflects on the stories and impact of Latinex artists.

World Languages and Cultures In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 1, 2021

It’s a celebration that involves wearing costumes, visiting cemeteries, honoring departed loved ones and thinking about death on an occasion when, some believe, the boundary that separates our world from the next weakens.

Las Vegas Sun
September 8, 2021

Las Vegas is now the fastest-warming city in the United States.

El Tiempo
June 1, 2021

José Iván Cervantes came to Las Vegas as a freshman in high school, amazed to be in “one of the most important cities in the United States,” and he hardly speaks English. Now ready to graduate, he also advocates for his school, which has faced uncertainty as the Clark County School District considers changes to the way English Learners are taught.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 21, 2021

Jose Ivan Cervantes arrived in Las Vegas as a high school freshman, speaking almost no English. Now poised to graduate, he’s also advocating for his school, which has faced uncertainty as the Clark County School District considers changes to how English learner students are taught.

Las Vegas Sun
May 18, 2021

Last week, readers of the Sun got a treat in being introduced to Adugna “Adu” Siweya, one of the Las Vegas Valley’s outstanding college graduates this spring. Inspirational stories Siweya's make college graduation season a special time in Las Vegas, an annual reminder of the remarkable minds in our community, and the commitment of students to academic achievement.

College of Liberal Arts Newsletter
May 14, 2019

A handful of UNLV master's students in Hispanic Studies have been accepted to top doctoral programs over the past two years, including the University of Virginia, UCLA, University of Alabama, University of Chicago, and the University of Kansas.

Recent World Languages and Cultures Accomplishments

September 28, 2022
Merci Silva-Acosta (World Languages and Cultures) published an article: "Voces feministas que trascienden épocas y continentes: 'Lección de cocina' de Rosario Castellanos y 'Carne quemada' de Rosa Montero" in El Cid: La revista estudiantil del Capítulo Tau Iota de Sigma Delta Pi, la Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica.  
September 27, 2022
Margarita Jara (World Languages and Cultures) gave her Presidential Address at the 2022 Linguistic Association of the Southwest annual meeting at Cleveland State University on September 24. Her paper was titled, "Northwestern Amazonian Spanish as a macro-region: The roles of the (socio)-linguist."  Spanish has coexisted with many indigenous…
September 12, 2022
Marina Garber-Colacicchi (World Languages and Cultures) participated in a poetry readings series hosted by The Boston Readings project and presented her latest book, The Landlessness (Bezothechestvo) published in Kiev, Ukraine, in June 2022.
September 1, 2022
Deborah Arteaga (World Languages and Cultures) achieved recertification as a Spanish-English medical interpreter from The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, the two national organizations that certify medical interpreters. 
July 20, 2022
Sergio Guzman (World Languages and Cultures) recently presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The session  How is My New OER Textbook Working Out? was based on SPAN 126, a course Guzman developed specially for UNLV. 
July 19, 2022
Marina Garber-Colacicchi (World Languages and Cultures) published a book of poetry, Homelandless, (Publishing House of Oleg Fedorov, Kiev, Ukraine, June 2022). She also published a selection of poetry about war in Ukraine in The New World  magazine (Toronto, Canada). Additionally, she participated in the No War: Poets Against the War project and…