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Volume 1, Winter 1999



    With this inaugural issue of its annual newsletter,
the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Cal State L.A. extends a warm
greeting to all those interested in knowing about the accomplishments and activities of
our students, alumni, and faculty. The Department, like the University, has undergone
numerous changes over the past several decades. It has not changed, however, in the unique
spirit of enthusiasm and camaraderie that students and faculty bring to the study of
languages and cultures on our campus. In that respect, the Department continues to model
not only the diversity of the Cal State L.A. academic community, but the harmony among
people of different backgrounds that it seeks to promote. This newsletter has been created
in that spirit.

    Alumni from years past will note many new faculty
names. Retirements and career opportunities have made room for the addition of colleagues
who bring rich experience and talents to our programs. In four short years, we have
welcomed Professors Kylie Hsu (Chinese), Catherine Ryu (Japanese), Gretchen
and Christophe Lagier (French), and Ignacio López-Calvo

The face of the curriculum in Modern Languages and Literatures is also
changing, as new elementary language programs have been approved in Korean, Thai, Armenian
and Vietnamese, and a new B.A. program in Chinese will soon be offered. Also, thanks to
the generous volunteer service of Dr. Charles Leyba of the Cal State L.A. Bilingual
Center, the Department has been able to offer Latin during the past three years.

    The Department is proud to be the first within the CSU
system to have its Subject Matter programs in French, Japanese and Spanish approved by the
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, a testimony to the quality of its
curriculum and faculty in the context of the preparation of secondary-school teachers. The
publication of a literary journal, Revista Literaria Iberoamericana, the continued
success of Teatro Universitario en Español, cultural events organized by the
Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi's local chapter, an annual poetry reading contest in
Chinese and speech contest in Japanese, are among many learning opportunities available to
students. Computers, linked to the World Wide Web, have been installed in the Language
Laboratory.  The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is proud of what it
contributes to the education of Cal State L.A. students; it is especially proud of the
accomplishments of those of you whose lives and careers have been enriched by the study of
another language and culture.

Joseph Chrzanowski,
Professor of Spanish,
and Chair of the Department of
Modern Languages and Literatures







The Chinese Studies Center

The Chinese Studies Center sponsored its Seventh Annual Chinese Poetry
Recitation Contest on March 9, 1998. Sixty-three contestants from California universities
and colleges participated. Cal State L.A. winners were Michelle Chan, Daniel Hernandez,
Patsy Rahn and Cynthia Aguilar

Mrs. Major Tsai donated $500 to the Center for the establishment of a
lecture series on "Comparative Chinese and Western Cultures" in 1998.

On February 16, 1998, the Chinese Center sponsored a
lecture by Professor Longxi Zhang (UC Riverside) on "The Further One Goes, the less
One Knows: Dialectical Reversal in Religion, Philosophy, and Literature." It also
co-sponsored the annual September 27 celebration of Confucius' birthday on the Cal State
L.A. campus.



Student Highlights

Chunfeng Wu and Steven Tseng are this year's recipients of a
Major Tsai Scholarship for Chinese studies.



"Without knowing the force of
words, it is impossible to know men." (Confucius)



1997-98 Faculty Activities

· Dr. Qingyun Wu, Chinese
Coordinator, made two presentations on women's literature themes: "Changing Faces:
Female Body Confronts Patriarchy in China" and "Same Sex Love Among Chinese
Women." The latter formed the Basis of an article, "Taking Off the Veil of
Chinese Lesbian Mystery," which was published in the Sing Tao Newspaper,
February 24, 1998.

On September 27, 1998, representatives of the local Chinese community
awarded a plaque to Professor Wu in recognition of her service and contributions.

· Dr. Kylie Hsu

In addition to seven talks and conference presentations during the past
year on applied Chinese linguistics, Dr. Hsu published a book, A Discourse Analysis of
Temporal Markers in Mandarin Chinese: The Interaction of Semantics, Syntax, and Pragmatics
New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1998.

Dr. Hsu received a Cal State L.A. Innovative Instruction
Award to create a WebCT Course in Business Chinese.




Japan Club

During Asian Heritage Week in May 1998, The Japan Club
sponsored a Japanese flower arrangement workshop, hands-on lessons in the Art of lkebana
(flower arrangement), a Taiko drum performance, and Origami (paper folding) lessons. The
Japan Club's web site may be

accessed at: /orgs/japan/



Student Highlights

Thomas Prebe was awarded the 1998 Alumni
Certificate of Merit in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement as an

Akike Harumi received a scholarship to attend the
California Language Teachers Association Summer Workshop held on the campus of UC Santa
Barbara, August 1-7, 1998.



1997-98 Faculty Activities

· Dr. Eri Yasuhara, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Letters, received a $50,000 grant from
the Ford Foundation to organize and present a series of symposia on the topic,
"Re-visioning Asian and Asian-American Studies" under the new Ford initiative
"Crossing Borders: Revitalizing Area Studies." The Cal State L.A. grant seeks to
stimulate a fundamental rethinking of traditional Asian and Asian-American studies, on a
new intersectional model.

· Dr. Sachiko
Japanese Coordinator, made eight conference presentations on applied
linguistics topics. She also published two articles, "The relationship between
spatial ability of native speakers of Japanese and their coding strategy when reading
kanji." Computer Assisted Language Learning, 10.4 (1998): 321-338; and
"The linguistic nature of kanji reexamined: Do kanji represent only meanings?" The
Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese,
30.2 (1998): 1-22.

Dr. Matsunaga was the recipient of a Cal State L.A. Research,
Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant Award during the winter quarter, 1998. She also
received a grant from the Japan Foundation to organize the first annual Cal State L.A.
Japanese Speech Contest, which was held on April 11, 1998. The next contest will take
place on February 20, 1999.



· Catherine Y. Ryu



Professor Ryu joined the Cal State L.A. faculty in
September 1998 and will begin teaching during the spring quarter, 1999. A native of Korea,
Professor Ryu received the B.A. in Art/Art History from Pomona College, Claremont. She
also holds M.A. degrees in Asian Art History and Japanese Language and Literature from the
University of Michigan, where she is completing her doctoral studies. The topic of her
dissertation is "Configuring Female Authorship in Japanese Cultural History: The Case
of Ono no Komachi." Professor Ryu has also studied at Gakushûin University in Tokyo,
and at Nanzan University in Nagoya.

"One does not live in a
country, one lives in a language. A fatherland is nothing more than that."






Sigma Delta Pi

    For the sixth time, the Cal State L.A. Chapter of
Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society (Gamma Psi) was awarded a national Certificate of
Honor in recognition of its excellence. Founded in 1947, the Gamma Psi chapter has been
under the direction of Dr. Domnita Dumitrescu, its faculty advisor, since 1989.

    On October 2, 1997 the Gamma Psi chapter sponsored a
lecture by Professor Jacques De Bruyne. A member of the Spanish Royal Academy,
director of the Cátedra Carlos V at the University of Ghent (Belgium), and Director of
the Institute of Hispanic Studies at the University of Antwerp (The Netherlands),
Professor De Bruyne spoke on word formation in Spanish.

    On March 5, 1998, with approximately 100 persons in
attendance, a record number of 28 Cal State L.A. students were initiated into Sigma Delta
Pi. Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo, who was initiated as an honorary
member, delivered the keynote address on "El pensamiento de Paulo Freire en Un
día en la vida
, de Manlio Argueta."

    Cristián Horacio Ricci, 1997-98 Chapter
President, was awarded the Gabriela Mistral Prize in recognition of his outstanding
undergraduate record. The chapter presented certificates of appreciation to Drs. Joseph
and Alfonso González for their support of chapter activities and
Cal State L.A. students. The artistic program featured the Ballet Folklórico "Las
Estrellas" and an inspiring tango performance by professional dancers Jorge and
Mónica Visconti
. Special guests included the Consul General of Spain in Los Angeles,
the Honorable Herminio Morales, and his wife, as well as the Consul for Cultural
Affairs of Mexico.

Chapter officers for 1998-1999 are Edith Rincón,
Fidel Nava,
and Alicia Gómez-Román.



1998 Sigma Delta Pi Initiation:
(l-r) Ms. Herminio Morales, Hon. Herminio Morales,
Dr. Joseph Chrzanowski, and Dr. Dale Carter.

Teatro Universitario en Español

In 1998, Teatro Universitario en Español
presented Fulgor y muerte de Joaquín Murrieta, a play by the Nobel-prize winning
Chilean writer Pablo Neruda. Directed by Pedro Ortiz, and with the assistance of Dr.
Jeanine Gaucher-Morales, Dr. Alfredo Morales (
founders of T.U.E.), Dr. Felipe Díaz,
and Mr. Phil Brocato, it was among the most successful of T.U.E.'s 21 productions.
On May 16, 1998, Teatro Universitario en Español presenteda Symposium on "Art
and History in Fulgor y muerte de Joaquín Murieta." Panelists included: Dr.
Linda Elden
, Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo, Dr. David Maciel, Pedro
J. Ortiz
, Dr. René Aravena, Gema Sandoval, Francesca Wilson,
Phil Brocato.

(Scene from Fulgor y muerte de Joaquín Murrieta)

    Reflecting the growing campus
interest in Hispanic drama, beginning this academic year Teatro Universitario en
will be guided by an Interdepartmental Hispanic Production Committee. Members
are: Dr. Roberto Cantú, (English/Chicano Studies), Chair and T.U.E. Director, Dr.
René Aravena
(Music), Drs. Felipe Díaz and Jeanine Gaucher-Morales
(Modern Languages and Literatures) Gema Sandoval (Director, Danza Floricanto) and Phil
(graduate student, Sociology)

    In 1999, Teatro Universitario en Español will
produce Bodas de sangre by Federico García Lorca to celebrate the birth of the
internationally renowned poet and playwright in 1898. Performances will take place in the
campus' State Playhouse on April 8, 9, 10, 16, and 17.



1997-98 Faculty Activities

· Dr. Joseph Chrzanowski continues to serve as president of the California State University Foreign
Language Council and is on the Board of Directors of the California Language Teachers
Association.  During August, 1998, Professor Chrzanowski served as a visiting
professor at the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (Santa María de la Rábida,
Spain). His participation in the course "Educación de calidad y desarrollo
iberoamericano"included the presentation of a paper, "Retos y respuestas a una
educación de calidad." He also made a presentation, "Getting Started
Professionally," at the Fourteenth Annual Seminar for Foreign Language Teachers,
University of California, Santa Barbara, August 1997. In June 1997, he served as Question
Leader for the Advanced Placement Spanish Literature Examination.

· Dr. Felipe Díaz Jimeno served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of
California, Irvine during the fall quarter, 1998. During 1997-98, he served as Director of
Teatro Universitario en Español and Faculty Advisor for Revista Literaria
Dr. Díaz also served as a Peer Reviewer for the Fulbright Grant

· Dr. Domnita Dumitrescu
In addition to four conference presentations, Dr. Dumitrescu published
four studies on applied linguistics and literature topics, and one book review. She also
co-authored and published two studies with Dr. Mario Saltarelli, University of
Southern California. Professor Dumitrescu organized and chaired the session:
"Rediscovering Benjamin Fondane: A Centennial Celebration" at the 1998 MLA
Convention in San Francisco.  In 1997, Dr. Dumitrescu was awarded the "Orden de
los Descubridores," the highest distinction of the Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta
Pi. She was also a recipient of a National Science Foundation Travel Grant ($1,200), from
the Linguistic Society of America, to participate in the XVI International Congress of
Linguists (Paris, July 1997).

Dr. Dumitrescu holds the following offices in professional

- Associate Editor, Hispania, the journal of theAmerican
Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

- Member, Executive Committee, Division of Language Theory, Modern
Language Association of America.

- Vice-president for the West, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor
Society Sigma Delta Pi.

- Member, Executive Committee, Linguistic Association of the Southwest.

· Dr. Jeanine Gaucher-Morales presented two papers, "De Emilio Carballido a Sabina Berman: la mujer
frente al machismo en el teatro," at the Instituto Cultural Mexicano in Paris; and
"Le surréalisme et la femme chez Frida Kahlo" at the Musée d'Art Moderne et
d'Art Contemporain in Nice, France. She also gave a lecture at the School of the Alliance
Française in Paris. Her book, Miguel N. Lira: Teatro completo, co-authored with
Dr. Alfredo O. Morales, Emeritus Professor of Spanish, is currently in press.

· Dr. Alfonso González
In June, 1998, Dr. González delivered a lecture "The 'Cinco de mayo'
and the Second Mexican Empire" at the Young Presidents Association Inc. in Laredo,
Texas. In addition to two studies on contemporary Mexican literature and a book review,
Dr. González published two books: Cuaderno de Ejercicios: Español para el
Lanham, MD: UP of America, 1998 (co-authored with M. A. González);
and Voces de la posmodernidad: Del Paso, Galindo, Montemayor, Puga, Solares,
México: UNAM, 1998.

Dr. González is completing a two-year term as Regional Representative
to the General Assembly of the Modern Language Association.

· Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo presented ten papers on Spanish-American poetry, fiction, andtheater. In
addition, he published four poems, a book review, an online study on Ariel Dorfman, and
three journal articles. His study, "Los curas nuevos en La cruz invertida: la
obra de Marcos Aguinis a la luz del pensamiento de la liberación," appeared in the
book La gesta literaria de Marcos Aguinis. Ensayos Críticos, Ed., Juana Alcira
Arancibia, Costa Rica: Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico, 1998.

Professor López-Calvo is co-organizer (with Dr. Enrique Ochoa, Latin
American Studies) of the next meeting of the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American
Studies, which will be held on the Cal State L.A. campus. He also created and maintains
the Modern Languages Resources Web Page:

· Dr. Grant MacCurdy presented a paper, "Psychotherapy with AIDS Patients in a Hospice
Setting," at a State-accredited HIV/AIDS workshop held at the Valley Family Center,
San Fernando, October 1998.






By Dr. Hildebrando Villarreal, Associate Chair and Spanish Coordinator.

Last academic year, six Cal State L.A. students participated in the
International Studies Program in Spain. Thomas Chastain, Zu-lin Castro, Alina
and Fidel Nava enrolled at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid,
and John Evenhuis and Celedina Rodríguez at the Universidad de Granada. All
agreed that their experience in Spain was exciting and unique. Although Madrid suffered
severe weather, it did not chill their enthusiasm for one of the best years of their
lives. They enjoyed their classes and they all soaked up as much Spanish culture as
possible by attending a number of plays, lectures and other events, as well as by
traveling. Thomas, Zu-lin, Alina, and Fidel said that their apartment became
a central meeting place for other Cal State University students and that there was never a
dull moment. Celedina and John liked the less hurried feel of Granada and
were impressed with the friendliness of the Spanish people. Everyone said that, if they
had the opportunity, they would return to Spain immediately. Thomas Chastain
described his experience in Spain in the following way: "Last fall I had the
opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to study abroad, in Madrid, Spain, with the help of
the Cal State International Program. I am a Spanish major here at Cal State L.A.; however
I am not a native speaker of the language. Therefore, I looked forward to this as a chance
to immerse myself in a foreign language environment to improve my fluency. At first, I was
fairly nervous for I had never traveled outside of the United States. After my first month
I felt at home in my new surroundings. Through my studies at the Universidad Complutense
de Madrid I increased my knowledge of the language and its literature. I also made new
friends and explored the cultural marvels that Spain has to offer. Above and beyond my
studies, I learned how life outside the U.S. is both similar and different. I feel a new
understanding for this country and the world. The only constructive criticism that I would
offer would be to suggest a more individual study experience. I attended a majority of
classes with other Americans, while others consisted wholly of Spanish students. I feel
that if I had taken only courses in the regular university, I would have learned even
more. Now that I have returned and am preparing to graduate in the spring of 1999, I
cannot help but look forward to more chances to study abroad. In closing, I would like to
express my gratitude to all those who helped make this experience possible: the
International Program, my professors at Cal State L.A., the faculty of the Universidad
Complutense, and the IP Director in Madrid."

"The accent of one's country
dwells in the mind and the heart, as well as on the tongue." (La Rochefoucauld)



Student Highlights

Cristián Horacio Ricci was awarded the 1998 Alumni Certificate
of Merit in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement as an undergraduate

Francesca Wilson was awarded the 1998 Alumni Certificate of
Merit in recognition of her outstanding academic achieve-ment as a graduate student.

Maribel Gutiérrez received a scholarship to attend the
California Language Teachers Association Summer Workshop held on the campus of UC Santa
Barbara, August 1-7, 1998.

Froylan Cabuto and Juan Orlando Ramos won
the first and second place literary prizes, respectively, for their creative work
published in El Cid, a literary journal for Sigma Delta Pi members.



On November 28, 1998, Dr. Lagier brought the Anderson String
Quartet to his French 100A class. Students from other languages and non-language courses
were present to hear the Cal State L.A. artists in residence. The musicians, who worked in
France for a year, played the four movements of the only quartet composed by Maurice
Ravel. They paused to explain their interpretation of each movement of the composition.
With a great sense of humor, they also shared anecdotes about their French stay.

On December 3, 1998, Dr. Christophe Lagier took several members of The
French Club to a French performance of Molière's "Les précieuses ridicules" at
the Globe Theatre.

After a hiatus of several years, the French M.A. program has attracted
several new students, and French faculty are engaged in outreach activities that promise a
revitalization of the program.



· Christophe Lagier



Professor Lagier received his M.A. degree in French from San Diego
State University, and Ph.D. from Princeton University. His area of specialization is
Post-WWII French Theater. Prior to his appointment at Cal State L.A., Dr. Lagier was a
Visiting Professor at Oberlin College in Ohio. He has also served as Linguistic Attaché
for the French Consulate in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Lagier's book, Le
théatre de la parole-spectacle: Jacques Audiberti, René de Obaldia et Jean Tardieu

will be published by Summa Inc. in the fall of 1999. The book explores the nature of the
word play inherent in the work of these authors within the period between World War II and
the 1960's, and offers a reevaluation of their importance to French theater.

"French: an ideal language for
delicately translating ambiguous feelings." (E.M.Cioran)





The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures hosted the Sixth
International AIZEN Conference and Fourth International Film Festival, October 23-25,
1997. (AIZEN is the Association International for Multidisciplinary Approaches and
Comparative Studies related to Émile Zola and his Time, Naturalism, Naturalist Writers
and Artists, Naturalism and the Cinema.) More than 55 participants from North and South
America, Europe and Asia discussed Emile Zola, Naturalism and the influence of Naturalism
in diverse countries. Contributing to AIZEN's goal to develop and expand the study of
Cinematic Naturalism, a special Forum dealt with three examples of the New American
Naturalist Cinema: Casino, Leaving Las Vegas and Under the Sign of Saturn.

Larry Cohen, independent American filmmaker, was a special guest
at the conference. Two of his films were shown as part of the Film Festival: Black
(1973), and Original Gangstas (1996). Also featured in the Film
Festival were: La terre (Antoine, 1921), an extremely rare silent adaptation of
Zola's novel; Call of the Wild (Wellman, 1935); and Caught (Young, 1996).

Professor Tony Williams, author of Larry
Cohen: The Radical Allegories of an Independent Filmmaker
(McFarland & Co.) was
also present. He and Larry Cohen were honored at a reception for conference participants.


During March 1998, the Department of Modern Languages and the Consulate
General of Romania in Los Angeles co-sponsored the visit of Ana Simon, noted Swiss
writer, filmmaker, and member of the Société des Gens de Lettres of France. Ms. Simon
presented four of her most recent films in the newly-inaugurated Maxwell Theatre:
"Epitaphe pour le sculpteur Gh. Anghel;" "Triptyque;" "Les
Simons: Père et Fils;" and "La présence."

In the discussion sessions that followed the screenings, several
members of the audience commented on the artistry of the films, as well as on their
emotional impact. "A part of my life was in these films," said former French
professor Françoise Pasques. "I left enriched." The Honorable Iulian Buga,
Consul General of Romania, also addressed the audience.

Ana Simon has just finished a film on the Romanian poet Benjamin
Fondane, who lived and wrote in France in the first part of this century, and died at
Auschwitz. The film will be shown on the Cal State L.A. campus during the spring quarter,



"A translation is always like
the back of embroidery: all the threads are there, of course, but the subtlety of the
color and design are missing." (Okakura Kazuko)





The Department celebrated the granting of tenure and the promotion to
Associate Professor of Dr. Qingyun Wu (Chinese) and Dr. María Costa
(Spanish) at the home of Dr. Gretchen Angelo, September 13, 1998.

The newest addition to the Department's family are Tyler and Evan
twin sons of Tracy and Sam Iwamoto. A baby shower was held at
the home of Professor Alfonso González on September 19, 1998.

The Department welcomes María Murillo as Department Secretary
in the absence of Tracy Iwamoto. María comes to the Cal State L.A. campus after a lengthy
career in hospital administration.



"I think, therefore I am." (Descartes) 
"I do not think much, therefore I might not be!" (Christophe Lagier)

Professor Christophe Lagier, clad in becoming
rags and trying to pass his French accent as Shakespearean, was spotted playing the third
shepherd in Dean Selkin's recent production of The Second Shepherd, a medieval
farce based on the nativity story.





By Roger Dorrel, Lab Director

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures' main lab, which is
used for independent practice, holds thirty-five Sony 5030 audio units that use standard
cassette tapes, 18 Macintosh computers, and eight Panasonic AG-500R video playback units.
This lab allows the simultaneous use of 35 audio, 18 computer, and 8 separate video

Besides the multiple copies of taped materials used daily, the
Department possesses more than 600 recordings of music and literary works in Chinese,
French, German, Japanese and Spanish. A video library consisting of nearly 500 titles is
also available, as well as a collection of more than 15,000 slides. A growing library of
CD and computer programs round out the Language Laboratory's rich resources.

The classroom lab in KH D1055 is used increasingly by language
instructors, as well as by the Spanish and Chinese Court Interpreters Program. It is also
the site for assessment of new majors and candidates for the Single-Subject Credential in
Languages Other Than English.  Each May, this lab is used to administer the Advanced
Placement Test in French and Spanish to local high school students. In 1998, the
examinations were administered to more than 350 students.  An ad hoc departmental
committee is preparing a proposal for a major upgrade of this facility that will include
new computers and an independent server linked to the World Wide Web. It will allow
students remote 24-hour access to stored materials.



Remembrance of Things Past

by Dr. Dale Carter, Professor of Spanish, Emeritus

(With apologies to Marcel Proust)

Some of you, students and faculty alike, were no doubt surprised (not
shocked, not stunned) to see me appear for duty this fall. Thanks to FERPing, I and others
like me are able to fade gradually away after a long and satisfying career. For most of
us, just to have abruptly walked out of that last class would have been an experience far
too wrenching for our aging hearts. At any rate, I'm glad to be back in front of students
once again.

When I decided to retire, I was not at all certain how I would cope
with ending a career that had lasted nearly 40 years. In fact, it was difficult for me to
believe that so much time had passed. Yet after my retirement party, the best one in my
memory, by the way, I came to realize that everything has to end, and I have been
fortunate enough to be able to postpone my arrival at the end of the road for a little
while longer. For that I am profoundly grateful--but I'm glad I "pulled the
plug" when I did. Free time while one is still young enough to enjoy it, and freedom
from the freeway--which is what ultimately caused my departure, are treasures that slip
through our hands all to quickly.

While it is always great to see old friends, I am especially delighted
to see all the new faculty who arrived after my departure and proud that all those I was
instrumental in hiring have been promoted and have earned their tenure. The strength of
this department has always been its faculty, faculty who work long, hard hours for
inadequate compensation and for little recognition from the public. I hate to admit it,
but I have to agree in part with former Governor Jerry Brown's "psychic income"
theory. Not that "psychic income" can take the place of pecuniary rewards, but
it certainly does ease the pain to realize that we do make a difference in our students'
lives. It is our good luck that so many are willing to continue "toiling in the
vineyards"--at least that way, we can have a glass of wine now and then.

With any luck, I expect to be around for a while, and I
will look forward each year to my return to campus and to the invigorating experience of
renewing old acquaintances and making new ones among the faculty and students alike.



Dr. Dale Carter making his "farewell address"

at the retirement party held in his honor at the
Castaway Restaurant on January 10, 1998.

"A novel is like a window open to an
infinite landscape where the written word records memories which cannot be blown by the
wind." (Isabel Allende)






· Jorge Marí, M.A. from Cal State
L.A., Ph.D. from Cornell University, currently Assistant Professor at North Carolina State

· Elvira López-Vilches, M.A. from
Cal State L.A., Ph.D. from Cornell University, currently Assistant Professor at the
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

· Lola Proaño-Gómez, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., Ph.D. from UC Irvine, currently full-time faculty at Pasadena City College.

· Javier Galván, B.A. from Cal
State L.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from USC, currently full-time faculty at Santa Ana City

· Rafael Del Valle, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., Ph.D. from USC, currently visiting lecturer at USC.



· Eduardo Cabrera, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., Ph.D. from UC Irvine.

· Marcelo Willcham, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., Ph.D. from Arizona State University.



· Maya Alvarez, B.A. from Cal State
L.A., Ph.D candidate at USC

· Deborah Jean Gill, B.A. from Cal
State L.A., Ph.D candidate at USC

· Paul Fallon, M.A. from Cal State
L.A., Ph.D candidate at the University of Kansas

· Eric Rydman, B.A. from Cal State
L.A., Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley

· Elizabeth Gárrate, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., Ph.D. candidate at UCLA

· Mercedes Limón, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., Ph.D. candidate at UCLA

· Marguerite Cattán, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., doctoral student at Georgetown University

· Gloria Arjona, B.A. from Cal State
L.A., M.A. from USC, doctoral student at USC

· Marcela Piérola, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., doctoral student at UC Riverside



· Cristián Horacio Ricci, B.A. from
Cal State L.A., began his graduate studies at UC Santa Barbara in Fall 1998.





· Dr. Alejando Morales , M.A.
from Cal State L.A., is currently Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC

· Dr. April Dale Koike, M.A.
from Cal State L.A., is on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

· Dr. María Antonieta
, M.A. from Cal State L.A., is on the faculty at Cal State San

· Dr. Héctor Calderón, M.A.
from Cal State L.A., is on the faculty at UCLA.

· Dr. Renee Cardenas, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., is on the faculty at Mount San Antonio College.

· Renata Buscaglia, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., is currently Chair of the Foreign Language Department  at East L.A.

· Elva Hernández, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., graduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook, is currently on the faculty at East L.A.

· Othón Olivas, M.A. from Cal State
L.A., graduate studies at the University of Kansas, is currently on the faculty of Lincoln
High School.

· Diana Muñatones, M.A. from Cal
State L.A., is spokesperson for the LAUSD.


"Accent is the soul of a language: it gives feeling and
truth to it." (J.J. Rousseau)

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Services/MLL, Cal State L.A.  Mailing address: Department of Modern Languages and
Literatures, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032.
Contributions are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Cal State L.A.  For
information,please call Larry Horne at (323) 343-4001.



The editors of The Language Mirror
welcome comments and suggestions:

Dr. Joseph Chrzanowski (

Dr. Domnita Dumitrescu (

Dr. Christophe Lagier (

Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo (

Department phone: (323) 343-4230