World Languages and Cultures Department to explore global topics this spring

February 25, 2019 | Events, Research, UToday, Alumni, Arts and Letters
By Staff

Three talks are scheduled for the UT Department of World Languages and Culture’s spring colloquium.

The free events will take place at noon in Memorial Field House Room 2420.

“Arab Refugees in Germany Reloaded” will be the first topic presented by Dr. Gaby Semaan, director of Middle East Studies and coordinator of the Arabic program, Wednesday, Feb. 27.

“Between 2015 and 2016, Germany received about one million refugees of whom approximately 40 percent were from Arab countries, the majority of them being from Iraq and Syria,” Semaan said.

The UT associate professor of Arabic will provide snapshots from his ongoing research on Arab refugees in Germany.

“Attendees will get to know more about the challenges, successes and failures of the acculturation process of the Arab refugees in Germany,” Semaan said. “I hope to provide a better understanding of the complexities of identify formation the European countries and the Arab refugees are facing.”

Next month, Dr. Linda M. Rouillard, professor of French and chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department, will discuss “The Sin That Stinks to High Heaven: Disbelief in Gautier de Coinci’s Marian Miracles” Wednesday, March 27.

And on Wednesday, April 17, Dr. Manuel R. Montes, assistant professor of Spanish, will give a presentation titled “The Assassination of Don Quixote by the Coward Sansón Carrasco: A Rereading of Cervantes’ Classic Through a Western Film.”

“The colloquium lecture series the Department of World Languages and Cultures organizes every semester is a space where the department shares the scholarship and research of its faculty, students, alums and others with the University and local community,” Semaan said. “Presenters share their work and address a wide range of topics stretching from cultural aspects of pharmaceutical practices in Europe and Asia to other issues that are of cultural, technological, literary, pedagogical, communicative and linguistic nature.”

For more information, contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures at 419.530.2606 or Semaan at

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