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Long, Mary K

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research overview

  • 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, Language for Specific Purposes.


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courses taught

  • SPAN 1000 - Cultural Difference through Hispanic Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    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 3002 - Advanced Spanish Conversation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Focuses on refining fluency in both informal and formal discourse through group discussions, class work and individual and group presentations in order to prepare students for communication in professional settings. To that end, the materials used in the course will emphasize themes and problems relevant to the contemporary Hispanic world. Degree credit not granted for this course and SPAN 3001.
  • SPAN 3030 - Professional Spanish for Business 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Includes the study of business vocabulary, business concepts, geographic context, and cultural context.
  • SPAN 3060 - Spanish for Careers in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    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
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    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
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    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 4060 - Problems of Translation for Professions in Spanish 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Develops skills in English-Spanish and Spanish-English translation and interpretation.
  • SPAN 4070 - Problems of Translation for Professions in Spanish 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    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.
  • SPAN 4930 - Languages Internship for Professions
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Participants interested in public service or management-oriented careers in government or business are able to work as interns in public sector agencies or in private industry, on campus, or abroad. Recommended prerequisites: SPAN 3200 and an additional course above SPAN 3000.
  • SPAN 4990 - Spanish Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Recommended restriction: 18 hours of upper-division Spanish, 3.00 GPA overall, and 3.50 GPA in Spanish.


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