Save the Date: Bilingual Play & Acting Workshop

Teatro Milagro is back this fall by popular demand!

Searching for Aztlán, a bilingual play about Mexican-American culture and identity will be performed by Teatro Milagro at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:00 a.m.

The theater company will conduct an acting workshop following their performance from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Location TBA.)

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact or visit 

photo by Silvia Malán-González


Save the Date: Festival de cine


Hosted by World Languages Department
NOVA Alexandria
September 15-23, 2015

All films subtitled and followed by post-screening discussion
Film festival free and open to the public

*Films suitable for high school audiences

Tuesday, September 15 at 2:30 PM in AA160

Las Analfabetas


Drama, Moisés Sepúlveda, 2013, Chile

Wednesday, September 16 at 12:30 PM in AA 196

Un cuento chino*
(Chinese Take-Away)


Comedy, Sebastián Borensztein, 2012, Argentina, Spain

Thursday, September 17 at 12:30 PM in AA196

(The Crow’s Nest)


Drama, Comedy, Arturo Menéndez, 2014, El Salvador

Tuesday, September 22 at 2:30 PM in AA160



Drama, Pedro Pérez Rosado, 2012, Spain

Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 PM in AA196

7 Cajas*
(7 Boxes)


Thriller, Action
Juan Carlos Maneglia & Tana Schémbori, 2013

Made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain and NOVA’s Office of Student Life.


For more information contact Prof. Martha Davis at

Congratulations, S.A.L.S.A.!

The Spanish American Latin Student Association (S.A.L.S.A.) swept the Student Life Awards presented on Thursday, April 30, winning Student Organization of the Year, Student Leader of the Year (Rodney Velasquez) and Student Volunteer of the Year (Moises Davidson). Congratulations!!

President Rodney Velazquez, pictured below, gave a creative, heartwarming and inspirational keynote address at the opening of the awards ceremony.


S.A.L.S.A. handed out a number of club awards on Thursday, too. Pictured below are “LDP” Award winners. Congratulations!



New Humanities Course for Fall 2015

(HUM 295) Hispanic Women Writers (3CR)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Featuring fiction by Laura Esquivel, Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros and Julia Álvarez. Stories, discussion and assignments available in English and Spanish based on student enrollment.

 Questions? Contact Prof. Martha E. Davis at

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¡Nuevo curso de humanidades para el otoño de 2015!

(HUM 295) Escritoras hispanas (3CR)

martes y jueves 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Con ficción de Laura Esquivel, Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros y Julia Álvarez. Cuentos, discusión y tareas estarán disponibles en inglés y español según las habilidades de los estudiantes que se inscriben.

¿Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con la Profa. Martha E. Davis at


Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium

Greetings from the ET4OL Symposium in Dallas, Texas! We are learning exciting things about engaging students in online and face-to-face classes.

Some apps for professors and students alike:
Screen Chomp
Zoho Projects

In the “Women in EdTech” session, a virtual panelist, Prof. Maha Bali from the American University in Cairo, mentioned her “personal learning network.”  Mine are NOVA students and colleagues, professional organizations such as FLAVA, ACTFL and Merlot and former classmates. Where/who is your learning network?


Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference

Patrick Hamm and Marcy Delos, former Spanish 202 honors option students, participated in the Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference last night. They shared their fascinating research, which they originally had presented in Spanish to their classmates last semester, on “A History of Mexican Migration to the United States” and “Heightening Risks of Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Congratulations on a job very well done! ¡Enhorabuena!

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Photos by Martha E. Davis


Photo by Sabine Daly



Student Voices 2015

Save the Date! On April 16 from 5:00-5:30 p.m. in AA196, the Dr. Joe Windham Students Voices Conference will feature two Spanish 202 alumni. Patrick Hamm and Marcy Delos will present their honors research projects on Mexican immigration to the United States. A Q&A session will follow. You won’t want to miss it!




Spanish in Spain and Texas

Looking to practice your Spanish online? Check out these Web sites:

Aveteca from Spain’s renowned Instituto Cervantes provides listening, reading, speaking and writing activities organized by level using the Common European Framework of Reference for Language:

-University of Texas’s Spanish in Texas video clips and its related Grammar in Context exercises provide authentic input of immigrant and heritage speakers in the Lone Star State.



Los empeños de una casa

On Saturday, February 28, Spanish 102 honors students attended GALA Theatre’s production of Los empeños de una casa. The seventeenth-century play was written – in verse! – by Mexican nun, poet and feminist Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. The students enjoyed the music, humor and the twist that GALA gave the original comedy by setting it in 1940s Mexico.


Photo by Martha Davis


“Una sorjuana,” the 200 peso bill, which features Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s portrait.