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Hispanic-Americans: some familiar names, and perhaps some who are not so well known
Check out this collection of brief profiles of individuals who emigrated from many different countries in Spanish-speaking America, showing the diverse fields in which Hispanic-American migrants have excelled.
(The list is representative, not complete, and there are many others who could be included.)

Music: Lalo Schifrin (Argentina)
Education: Jaime Escalanta (Bolivia)
Science: Franklin Chang-Diaz (Costa Rica)
Entertainment: John Leguizamo (Colombia)
Business: Roberto Goizuetta (Cuba)
Fashion: Oscar de la Renta (Dominican Republic)
Medicine: Hermann Mendez (Guatemala)
Art: Julian Touceda (Honduras)
Business: Romana Banuelos (Mexico)
Education: Horacio Peña (Nicaragua)
Medicine: Antonia Novello (Puerto Rico)
Medicine: Baruj Benacerraf (Venezuela)

Sincere congratulations to all of our Romance Studies majors and minors graduated on Sunday, May 18, 2014 and special congratulations to:

Kara Lynn Faktor, winner of the Eli D. and Mollie Goodstein Prize in Spanish;

Charlotte Rose Erb, winner of the Murray Sachs Prize for Outstanding Work and Dedication in French and Francophone Studies;

Matthew D. Jasinski, winner of the Anna S. Aronson Memorial Award given to a student with outstanding promise in French and Francophone Studies.

In addition, congratulations to rising sophomore, Jade Lara, recipient of the J.V. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Writing in the category of Foreign Language and to rising junior, Samantha Chin, recipient of the Brandeis Achievement Award for her outstanding scholarship and academic achievements.

Martine Voiret and Sue Lanser's Close Looking event on French Revolution pamphlets is featured in the Brandeis Hoot! Check it out if you missed the event!

Oscar JPG

This year's Brandeis International Video Competition took place on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Attendees watched the finalists for the coveted Best Picture Award! To watch some of the video finalists or to see photos from the event, check out our Video Competition Page.

The reborn French and Francophone Club is featured in the Brandeis Hoot! Leslie Kamel, Samantha Way and Breanna Vizlakh have decided to revive it to celebrate and promote awareness of French and Francophone culture. For more information, see the full article: French and Francophone Club revitalized in the Brandeis community.

Masks in Motion photo

The Italian Studies Program’s Masks in Motion event was a success and fun for all! To see more photos, view our Event Slideshow.

Red Hill Blues book coverProfessor Emerita of French and Francophone Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Erica Harth, has recently published a mystery novel called Red Hill Blues. It is set in the 1950s Red Scare in a small New York village.  It's available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Harth, Erica L. Red Hill Blues. North Charleston: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

The Intercultural Center's "All Around the World" event successfully showcased diversity on campus and celebrated multiculturalism in our community! (co-hosted by WOCA, JSA, BASO, SEAC, ¡AHORA!, TSA, BBSO, KSA, BAASA, SASA, I-CLUB, German Club, Project Nur and TRISK) Learn more about this event in The Brandeis HOOT

Students at ICC's All Around the World Event

Pictures in The Brandeis HOOT from CARNEVALE sponsored by Italian Studies !!!
Carnevale pictures in the hoot.

Please visit our Upcoming Events page for more information!