Recent Publications:

Heather Allen has co-authored an article with Kate Paesani that appeared in Fall 2010 in L2 Journal entitled "Exploring the feasibility of a pedagogy of multiliteracies in introductory foreign language courses." Allen also authored an article published in the most recent issue of the ADFL Bulletin entitled "Moving beyond the language-literature divide: Advanced pedagogy for tomorrow's foreign language professors."

Steve Butterman,  Tracy Devine-Guzman, and Lillian Manzor are featured in the Spring 2011 issue of UM’s ‘Arts and Sciences’ magazine, which contains several articles on the topic “Expanding Knowledge of Latin America."

Anne J. Cruz's co-translation of Chimalpahin’s Conquest: A Nahua Historian’s Rewriting of Francisco López de Gómara’s La conquista de México (Ed. and trans., Susan Schroeder, Anne J. Cruz, Cristián Roa-de-la-Carrera, and David Tavárez) has been published by Stanford University Press. The translation was awarded an NEH collaborative grant for the period 2006 - 2009.

Ralph Heyndels's edited book on LES ECRIVAINS FRANCAIS ET LE MONDE ARABE has been published (Geneva: Droz, 2010). It contains Heyndels's own introduction along with 30 contributions by scholars from France, the United States, Canada, Greece, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, covering all periods of French literature from the Middle Ages until today, and includes an essay on Gide by David Ellison.

Ralph Heyndels' edited book entitled LES PASSIONS DE JEAN GENET / JEAN GENET'S PASSIONS will appear soon (Paris: Alain Baudry & Cie / Fasano: Schena Editore, 2010). It is volume 10 of the series "Transatlantique" co-directed by Heyndels in the prestigious "Biblioteca della Ricerca". It contains an interview with Tahar Ben Jelloun, a text by Abdellah Taia, and essaye in French and in English by scholars from France, the United States, Tunisia, Morocco, and the United Kingdom, including contributions from MLL's David Ellison, Subha Xavier, Arthur Tang, and UM Film program's William Rothman.

Ralph Heyndels' essay "On ne part pas, ou les chats du cafe Hafa: Partir, de Tahar Ben Jelloun" has appeared in Annali della Facolta de Lingue e Letterature Straniere
(Bari: University of Bari Press, 2010). His essay on Abdellah Taia entitled "L'amour evidemment. Ecriture de la scene passionnelle et scene passionnelle de l'ecriture" has appeared in Ridha Boukris, Rhetorique de la passion dans la litterature du Maghreb (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2010). "Variations sur un mirage " and "Image, Imaginaire, Imaginal" have appeared in Les Ecrivaind francais et le monde arabe and in Les Passions de Jean Genet, respectively.

Professor Andrew Lynch’s book El español en contacto con otras lenguas, co-authored with Professor Carol Klee (University of Minnesota), was published by Georgetown University Press in late 2009. This book explores the historical and social factors that have shaped contact varieties of the Spanish language, synthesizing the principle arguments and theories about language contact, and examining linguistic changes in Spanish phonology, morphology and syntax, and pragmatics.

Professor Andrew Lynch recently published two articles on linguistic variation in Miami Cuban Spanish: “A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Final /s/ in Miami Cuban Spanish” ( ) in the journal Language Sciences, Volume 31, and “Expression of Cultural Standing in Miami: Cuban Spanish Discourse about Fidel Castro and Cuba” ( in the Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, Volume 14.

Eduardo Negueruela published an article on English and Spanish thinking-for-speaking patterns and second language communication in one of the leading journal of Spain: Revista de Estudios de Lingüística Inglesa Aplicada, 2010. The article is titled:Huellas del pensamiento verbal en la publicidad de Miami: los verbos de movimiento en inglés y español".

Eduardo Negueruela has recently published an extensive chapter in the volume Hispanismo y Lingüística on metaphorical representations of the human mind for the second language classroom titled: (2010) “Metáforas de la mente y enseñanza de idiomas: Principios básicos para un enfoque conceptual basado en la teoría sociocultural de la mente humana”.

Eduardo Negueruela has an accepted chapter titled:  “Internalization and Second Language Acquisition: Social Perspectives” in the 12 volume article Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics to be published in 2011 by Wiley-Blackwell.

Eduardo Negueruela published a poem in Edited Collection titled:  “Tengo la luna clavada en la garganta”, En Mayor Marsans, M. (eds). Homage to Miguel Hernandez in His Centenial. Coleccion Caminos de la poesía. Baquiana: Miami (2010).

Conferences and Colloquia:

Heather Allen has been invited to deliver plenary presentations at two national conferences during the 2010-2011 school year. At the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference in November 2010, she will deliver a presentation on a plenary panel on the Communities Standard (National Standards for Foreign Language Learning) related to her research on motivation and study abroad. At the International Language Teacher Education Conference in May 2010, she will co-present a plenary lecture with Béatrice Dupuy (University of Arizona) related to their current project funded by the U.S. Department of Education on foreign language teacher development. Both presentations will be posted at

Anne J. Cruz gave an invited keynote speech at the University of Valladolid on "The Many Lives of Luisa de Carvajal" June 15, 2010. She also presented a paper at the Asociacio'n Internacional de Hispanistas, Rome, July 17 - 24, on "Tirso de Molina: Feminista?" She was appointed a member of the AIH's Comite' de seleccio'n de candidatos.

Ralph Heyndels has presented plenary papers at the conference on "Roland Barthes et le Maroc" at Moulay Ismael University, Meknes (May, 2010); at the conference on "Jean Genet: du roman au theatre" at the University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence (June, 2010) and at the Entretiens de Fontevrault on Jean Genet (June, 2010). He has been invited to be the inaugural speaker of the conference on "Jean Genet et les Arts" at the Ecole Normale Superieure and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (November, 2010), and will present a plenary paper at the conference on "Jean Genet et l'Amerique" at New York University (November, 2010).

Ralph Heyndels was the invited speaker of honor at the celebration of the 100d anniversary of the birth of Jean Genet organized at the occasion of Palestine's Day of the Catastrophe, in Larache, Morocco, by the Cultural branch of the P.L.O. and the Embassy of Palestine in Morocco, and hosted by the Association Marocaine de Solidarite avec le Peuple Palestinien (May, 2010). He was also invited lecturer at the University Mohamed V of Rabat, and the universities of Kenitra and El Jedila.

Professor Andrew Lynch gave two different talks on the topic of conceptualizing ‘communities’ in the Spanish-speaking United States at important European sociolinguistics conferences in 2010: in April at the Conference on Preserving the Future: Sustainability of Language, Culture and Nature organized by the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland (Reykjavik), and in September at Sociolinguistics Symposium 18, considered Europe’s premier conference on issues of language in society, held at the University of Southampton, UK.

In Fall 2010, Eduardo Negueruela presented a paper titled: “Transformative Research and the Significance of Time: Forgetting Chronos and Capturing Kairos” at the 2010 meeting of the Sociocultual Theory Meeting organized and sponsored by Columbia University and Barnard College.

Eduardo Negueruela gave an invited talk at Columbia University, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures titled: “From Inception to Conception: Concepts as Psychological Tools of Instruction for the Spanish Foreign Language Classroom”. In this presentation, based on a book chapter of his book: Second Language Development and the Sociocultural Mind, Prof. Negueruela argues for the importance of mindful awareness when teaching communication and culture in the language classroom.

Eduardo Negueruela gave an invited talk sponsored by the Distinguished Visitor Program and the Department of Spanish at Haverford College titled: “Back to the Future: a Sociocultural Representation of the Human Mind for the Foreign Language Classroom”.  In this presentation, Prof. Negueruela sketches a sociocultural representation of the human mind proposing the principle of creative onto-consciousness as central to understanding language learning in formal settings.


Awards and Distinctions:

Heather Allen and Kate Paesani (Wayne State University have received a Research Priorities Grant from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages related to the organization's new initiative to develop a set of research priorities for U.S. foreign language education. Allen and Paesani will conduct a literature review entitled "Merging Language and Content in the Undergraduate Foreign Language Curriculum: Approaches, Findings, and Implications" and will have the review published in Foreign Language Annals.

Heather Allen and Béatrice Dupuy, Associate Professor of French at the University of Arizona, are co-PIs of a grant that has received Title VI funding, as well as additional funding from the American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Foreign Language Programs. The project, Professional Development for College Foreign Language Teachers, will develop a set of topic-based modules for the professional development of FL TAs in a variety of languages and teaching contexts using a multiliteracies approach. At UM, Heather Allen will begin implementing these modules during the grant cycle (2010-14) in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Portuguese.

Established by Dr. Lillian Manzor and the University of Miami Libraries, the University of Miami has received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant to Develop Innovative Scholarly Resource on Cuban Theater. View the following PDF to view the Press Release for this accomplishment.

Christina Civantos was awarded the NEH Fellowship for 2010-2011 (12 months) For Critical Introduction and Translation of a Lebanese novel. It was featured in the Fall 2010 Arts & Sciences Magazine.

David Ellison was awarded "Officier dans l'ordre des Palmes Academiques" by the French government for "Service to French culture" in 2011.

Dr. Lillian Manzor and Kyle Rimkus (University of Miami, College of Arts and Sciences and the Richter Library) were awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for: "Establishing a Sustainable Infrastructure for the Cuban Theater Digital Archive" (2010-2011).