On September 29 – October 1, 2011 the International Symposium: Ongoing Dialogues of Human Rights, Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula will take place at the University of Minnesota. The three-day conference is packed with speakers, workshops and readings and on Saturday, Oct.1 from 11 – 12:30 p.m. Assistant Professor of English Alicia Kozameh will read from Pasos bajo el agua, 259 saltos, uno inmortal, Mano en vuelo, y “Bosquejo de alturas”.

Jennifer Bevan, associate professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College, co-authored an article that was recently published in the psychology journal Computers in Human Behavior. Her co-authors were recently graduated communication studies majors Noelle Hum, Brittany Hambright, Perrin Chamberlin, Anne Portwood, and Amanda Totman Schat. The article, entitled A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: A Content Analysis of Facebook Profile Photographs, reported a study that the students conducted as their senior capstone project under Dr. Bevan’s direction.

Pilar M. Valenzuela, associate professor, Department of Languages, Wilkinson College, recently visited the Department of Linguistics at UCLA to deliver a talk at the colloquium on Amerindian languages led by Prof. Pam Munro. The presentation discussed a series of verb-related mechanisms available in the grammar of Shiwilu, a critically endangered language of Peruvian Amazonia. Dr. Valenzuela’s research is based on the analysis of original data that she gathered from native speakers in the field, thanks to the support of NSF grant BCS-0853285.

Dr. Bob Slayton, Professor of History, recently had his article, “Reenacting Evil” published in the October 2011 issue of Commentary.