Mary K. Long,PhD examines the role of artists and intellectuals in Mexican nation-building projects. She has published on the intertwining issues of cosmopolitan vs. national identity, the chronicle and Mexico City, sexuality and performance in the poetry and prose of Salvador Novo as well as representation of the United States in Mexican literature and the arts. Her recent work on the tensions between “official” and “marginal” voices and genres in the quest for Mexican national self-expression examines contestatory uses of the internet by Mexican youth. Dr. Long also directs the Spanish for the Professions major. Her publications in this field focus on cross-cultural communication and cultural sustainability and program development. She has received CIBER faculty development grants to attend Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs in Latin America, China, and Eastern Europe as well as short programs focused on the U.S./Mexico border region.
20-21st century Mexican literature and culture, cross-cultural communication and exchange between Latin America and the United States, globalization and cultural identity, ethics in relation to international business, Spanish for professional uses
SPAN 1000 - Cultural Difference through Hispanic Literature
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
For freshmen only. Organized around the general topic of cultural differences. Focuses on a related issue such as gender or history articulated in the literature of Spain, Latin America, and the Hispanic United States. Taught in English; students read selected literary texts in English from the various traditions. Does not count towards the Spanish major.
SPAN 3060 - Spanish for Careers in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development
Provides advanced Spanish language competency and transcultural knowledge of issues pertaining to the environment, energy and sustainable development in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will develop a critical apparatus for analyzing, reading, listening, speaking and writing about the social, cultural and economic parameters of these countries and the U.S.
SPAN 3070 - Spanish 21st Century Media Professions
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Develops advanced Spanish language skills, trans-cultural knowledge and regional and historical understanding necessary for using Spanish in media related professions. Examines the production, representations and cultural meaning of Hispanic and Latino media within the United States and globally drawing on films, videos and readings in political economy, cultural studies, history and sociology. Students create five media products in Spanish.
SPAN 3080 - Spanish Health Professions
Develops advanced Spanish language competency and trans-cultural knowledge and skills for health related contexts both in the United States and abroad in order to develop a critical apparatus for analyzing, reading, listening, speaking and writing about health and understanding health fields in historical and sociocultural contexts of the Spanish speaking world.
SPAN 4070 - Problems of Translation for Professions in Spanish 2
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Presents documents from different professional areas (business, health, media and environmental studies and sustainable development) which are studied, prepared, translated and discussed in context in order to enable students to perform successfully in real translation situations.