New Book on Don Quixote Celebrates 400th Anniversary

November 18, 2016

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Carmen García de la Rasilla, associate professor of Spanish, and Jorge Abril Sánchez, lecturer in Spanish have teamed up to edit a new collection of essays on Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the novel’s second part.

“A Novel Without Boundaries: Sensing Don Quixote 400 Years Later,” published by Juan de la Cuesta, includes articles that examine “Don Quixote” in relation to major literary forms and genres such as novels of chivalry, the Alexandrian epic narrative and the genesis of detective fiction. Other articles explore how the novel has been transformed through different mediums and contexts over the centuries. The collection includes two essays by Rasilla.

The idea and content for the book grew out of an April 2015 UNH symposium that commemorated the 400th anniversary of the second part of Cervantes’ famous novel. A diverse group of experts, some of them internationally known for their work, gathered to discuss and share their research on “Don Quixote.”

“The positive, insightful, innovative and unique approaches to the subject brought by participants certainly proved the need and relevance of the conference, which re-opened the Cervantine text to new avenues of research and interpretation in the 21st century,” says Rasilla, who is pleased to be able to share these works widely now through “A Novel Without Boundaries.” Funding from the UNH Center for the Humanities and Class of ‘54 Enrichment Funds made the conference possible and facilitated the publication of the volume.

“A Novel Without Boundaries: Sensing Don Quixote 400 Years Later” is available at major online retailers.


On the Trail of Witches

October 27, 2016

photo of Jorge Abril Sanchez

excerpted/edited from a longer piece by Jennifer Saunders

Goblins, ghosts, werewolves, witches. At this time of year, those words conjure images of Halloween and favorite scary stories.

For one member of the UNH faculty, however, research into the folklore and fears of the past has attracted the attention of Smithsonian.com. Jorge Abril Sánchez, a lecturer in Spanish in the department of languages, literatures, and cultures, was contacted over the summer by a Smithsonian reporter to share his expertise for an article on the Basque country in Spain, the site of the largest witch trial in world history.

In Spain over a five-year period in the early 1600s, more than 7,000 people were accused of witchcraft, at least 2,000 were “examined” — with many of those investigations involving torture — and 11 lost their lives.

Abril Sánchez confirms there are some similarities between what happened in the Salem, Mass. witch trials and what happened in Spain. In both instances, children played a key role, with many manipulated to retaliate against familial enemies. And, in Spain and Salem, anyone who did not fit the mold of the ruling religion or government was at risk for persecution.

There were differences, however.  In Spain, he notes, there were defenders within the church who were skeptical about the accusations. Of the more than 7,000 accused, six were killed while five died in jail before all 11 were eventually pardoned — compared to Salem, where 20 people of the 200 accused were killed.

Read the full story in UNH Today.

 


2016 University Student Award Winners

May 20, 2016

Each spring, university-wide, competitive achievement awards are given to only a dozen or so of the most accomplished and impressive undergraduates at UNH. This year, seven liberal arts students won awards.

An award ceremony to honor these students was held on May 10.

Eden Suoth

The Alumni Meritorious Service Award Association Prize was given to Eden Suoth, a mechanical engineering and philosophy double major from Rochester, N.H. The award is given to a graduate who renders meritorious service to the University or its alumni organizations through faithful and continued effort in maintaining class or other alumni organizations, through active participation in alumni or University affairs, and/or by assisting and expanding the usefulness, influence and prestige of the University. Eden is pictured here with one of his nominators, Professor Willem deVries.


Brittany Marien

The Class of 1899 Prize was awarded to Brittany Marien, a political science and international affairs dual major from Lincoln, N.H. The award recognizes a senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study. Brittany is pictured here with one of her nominators, Professor Chris Reardon.


Madison Lightfoot

The Dean Williamson Award went to Madison Lightfoot, a social work and women’s studies double major from Davisburg, Mich. This award recognizes the senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University. Madison is pictured here with one of her nominators, Rev. Larry Brickner-Wood.


Ariel Pueyo Eninas

The Erskine Mason Award was given to Ariel Natalia Pueyo Encinas, a French and international affairs dual major from Cochambamba, Bolivia. This award recognizes that senior who is distinguished for most consistent progress and achievement. Ariel is pictured here with one of her nominators, Professor Claire-Lise Malarte-Feldman.


Krysta Gingue

The Governor Wesley Powell Award went to Krysta Gingue, a political science and international affairs dual major from Lyndonville, Vt. This award honors that undergraduate student who has an expressed interest in public service as demonstrated through his/her course of study and extra-curricular activities, both on and off campus. Krysta is pictured here with her nominator, Christine Zaimes of the TRIO Program.


Laura Rose Donegan

The UNH Award of Excellence was awarded to Laura Rose Donegan, a political science major from Melbourne, Australia. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Laura Rose is pictured here with two of her nominators, Professor Dante Scala (left) and Principal Lecturer Lionel Ingram (right).


Ross Conroy

The Hood Achievement Prize was awarded to Ross Conroy, a political science major from Berwick, Maine. This award recognizes that senior man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership and usefulness to humanity. Ross could not accept his award in person because he is studying abroad in Rwanda this semester. Professor Chris Reardon accepted it on his behalf.

Congratulations to all!

Photos by Randy Schroeder


Five Students Named 2016 Trout Scholars

April 27, 2016
B. Thomas Trout

B. Thomas Trout

Five New Hampshire students have been awarded B. Thomas Trout Scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts to support their study abroad experiences in the 2016-17 academic year.

The scholarship recipients are Jessica Gero, an English teaching and classics double major from Milton; Jess Hesse, a German major from Derry; Andrew Jablonski, a French major from Newmarket; RoseAlaina Leone, a psychology and anthropology double major from Walpole; and Carlos Martens, an English Journalism major from Newmarket.

The B. Thomas Trout Scholars Fund supports academically outstanding College of Liberal Arts undergraduates, allowing them to participate in UNH-managed study abroad programs in the College.

Learn more about the recipients.


New Volume Explores Genre of Spanish Historical Novel

April 12, 2016

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Associate professor of Spanish Carmen García de la Rasilla has edited a new volume of essays on the modern Spanish historical novel titled “La novela histórica española contemporánea: novedades y transformaciones.” This book deepens knowledge of one of the most popular, successful and less studied genres in modern Spanish literature. Departing from the transformation initiated by Miguel de Unamuno in Peace in War (1897), his novel on the Second Carlist War, the volume aims to illuminate the genre’s major innovations and changes during those special periods affected by political and cultural crises in contemporary Spain, such as the transitions from the 19th to the 20th century and between the 20th century and the new millennium.

Rasilla has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Valladolid, Spain and a Ph.D. in literature from The Johns Hopkins University and researches and publishes in both fields. Author of “Salvador Dalí’s Literary Self-Portrait: Approaches to a Surrealist Autobiography” (2009), her other publications include a study of twentieth century Spanish urban history, and articles and book chapters on these subjects, as well as on comparative literature, women and painting and on Spanish Surrealism.


2016 Liberal Arts Student Fellows Named

March 15, 2016

Murkland Hall column

Each year, the College selects a handful of students to represent the University, the College, and their respective academic departments. Students are nominated by department chairs and chosen by the associate dean of the College. Typically seniors, Student Fellows have dynamic backgrounds and stellar academic records. They serve as student ambassadors during the open houses for prospective students, describing their experiences to and answering questions from students and parents. Other responsibilities include meeting with alumni and donors to the College, and representing the College at special events. The Student Fellows program is intended to recognize fine achievement at UNH and provide a way for students to serve the University in their final year of study.

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce the 2016 Student Fellows: Hannah Drake, an English and International Affairs major from Nashua, N.H.; Ian MacKay, a German and International Affairs major from Peterborough, N.H.; Michael Mignanelli, a classics major from Campton, N.H.; Lauren Percy, a history major from Bow, N.H.; and Stephanie Yee, a psychology major from Concord, N.H.

Click here to read the bios of the student fellows.


New Associate Deans Named in COLA

March 10, 2016

Brett Gibson and Mary Rhiel

Brett Gibson, associate professor of psychology, has been named associate dean of faculty for the College of Liberal Arts, effective July 1, 2016. Current associate dean and professor of geography Alasdair Drysdale will be stepping down from the position at the conclusion of this academic year. Gibson’s responsibilities will include oversight of a number of important faculty areas including faculty appointments, the promotion and tenure process, lecturer promotions, computing, professional development funds, annual faculty and departmental reports, and sponsored research. “As a faculty, we often become insular and necessarily focus on our own scholarship and department. I am looking forward to working with faculty across the diverse programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts,” says Gibson, who brings 13 years of experience to UNH, including service as coordinator of the neuroscience and behavior major as well as acting chair of the Department of Psychology.

Mary Rhiel, interim senior vice provost of academic affairs and associate professor of German, has been named associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts, effective June 1, 2016. John T. Kirkpatrick, named senior vice provost and dean of students earlier this year, had served in the associate dean role, with only a 2-year hiatus, since 1988. Rhiel’s responsibilities will include oversight of key undergraduate and graduate areas including student academic matters, student recruitment, study abroad, student conduct, student scholarship, career advising and curriculum. Rhiel brings many years of service to the University including the current year in Academic Affairs, two years as faculty fellow in the Dean’s Office, and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Rhiel also created the Berlin summer study abroad program, serving as its director since 2009. “I care deeply about students and believe strongly in the value of a liberal arts education. I am excited to assume a position in the College of Liberal Arts in which both are central to the work I’ll be doing,” says Rhiel.

Dean Kenneth Fuld, who himself will be stepping down at the end of the academic year, has invited the newly appointed associate deans to work alongside the Dean’s Office staff this spring, whenever possible, in order to aid with a smooth transition. “Professors Gibson and Rhiel are and will continue to be wonderful assets to the College,” says Fuld. “They will be key figures in supporting the incoming dean, Dr. Heidi Bostic, as she familiarizes herself with the faculty, staff and programs in the College.”


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