Dr. Pilar Alvarez-Rubio

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Dr. Alvarez-Rubio came to California State University, Chico as Assistant Professor after completing her graduate work  at the University of California at Berkeley.  She is currently the Didactic Mentor for all the Spanish Teaching Assistants in the M.A. Program of Teaching International Languages and Cultures.  She has presented and published articles in both the United States and Cuba, and continues to do work on topics as diverse as Chilean poetry and the novel of the Spanish Civil War.  Dr. Alvarez-Rubio taches all levels of courses in Spanish, including language and Spanish culture as well as various senior seminars.  Her Latin American novel course focused on the rewiting of history in fiction.   This summer she will teach a course on the poet Pablo Neruda at UC Berkeley and she is planning a senior course that focuses on the literature of her native Chile.



Dr. Sarah Anderson

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Dr. Antonio Arreguin-Bermudez

ARTS 348

El profesor Antonio Arreguín Bermúdez nació en El Rodeo de San Antonio, Michoacán. En su estado natal cursó la escuela primaria y secundaria. Posteriormente, se trasladó a los Estados Unidos donde trabajó varios años como campesino en los campos del Valle de San Joaquín, en California. Años más tarde, ingresó a la escuela preparatoria Reedley High School, en el pueblito de Reedley, California, donde se graduó en 1990. Ese mismo año ingresó a la universidad. Antonio Arreguín Bermúdez obtuvo su licenciatura (1995) y maestría (1997) en español de la Universidad Estatal de Fresno California. Más tarde, en el año 2002, Antonio Arreguín Bermúdez se graduó con el grado de doctor en letras y filosofía de la Universidad de Arizona, Tucson. El Dr. Arreguín Bermúdez se especializa en literatura hispanoamericana, siglos XIX y XX; literatura peninsular, siglos XIX y XX; y teoría literaria. Actualmente, imparte cursos para el Departamento de Idiomas y para Estudios Latinoamericanos.

El profesor Antonio Arreguín Bermúdez piensa que nuestra existencia fue creada para expresarla a través del arte. Por eso le pide prestadas unas frases a uno de sus personajes de su novela inédita.

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Dr. Hannah Burdette

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Hannah Burdette came to Chico State in 2015 from Pennsylvania, where she earned a PhD in Latin American literary and cultural studies at the University of Pittsburgh (2013) and taught for two years at Lycoming College as Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. She also holds PhD certificates from Pitt in Latin American Studies and Cultural Studies, as well as an MA from Vanderbilt University and a BA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (both in Spanish).

Her teaching and research interests include indigenous literature and social movements, postcolonial and subaltern studies, inter-American studies, migration and mobility, and performance. Her passion for travel and the study of languages have taken her to such places as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to study Portuguese; Nahualá, Guatemala, to study Maya K’iche’; and La Paz, Bolivia, to study social movements and Aymara. She is currently working on her first book manuscript, tentatively titled Insurgent Poetics: Indigeneity and Cultural Activism in Contemporary Abya Yala.

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Dr. Sandra Canepari

ARTS 342

Dr. Sandra Canepari, a Full Professor since 1985, is in her 30th year at Chico State.  She received her B.A. (1968) and M.A. (1969) from the University of Utah and her Ph.D. in 1975 from Indiana University at Bloomington, writing on the 19th Century Spanish Novel.  Her postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin focused on diverse topics such as Shameless Contracts Made with Indigenous Peoples and English Literature.   She has lived and traveled extensively in Mexico and Spain.  Dr. Canepari’s publications include articles in the Sitges newspaper (Spain) and in the Actas of La Chispa and AILC.  She has presented and organized panels at various Annual Conventions of the Modern Language Association, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the North American Catalan Society. Dr. Canepari teaches on a wide range of topics, and is currently specializing in language, conversation, and composition courses.    She is known for her close working relationships with students and faculty in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.


Dr. Sara Cooper

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A native Texan, I spent most of my life in Texas before moving to California in 1996.  Doing graduate work in Austin, TX spoiled me for anywhere but  California, and I appreciate the quality of life here enormously--especially the natural beauty, the environment of tolerance and respect, and the innovative approaches to health and lifestyle.  I love to travel and immerse myself in different cultures, yet I always enjoy the abundance of my home as well. 

Over the last fifteen years I have been to Spain, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Cuba, and various places in Mexico, but more recently I have become mostly interested in the Caribbean.

On several research trips to Cuba, the island of paradox, I have become aware both of the incredible richness of my life and of the strange and partisan vision of democracy that exists here in my country.  I see so much more community solidarity and mutual assistance in Cuba, such a commitment to discussing issues at all levels of society, that I wonder where the sense of involvement and human caring has gone here in the United States. Yet of course, with the economic embargo that has lasted over 40 years, the Cuban people still are living in scarcity. The continuing saga of the Cuban Revolution has prompted a unique series of events in the history of the Americas, a drama that continues to unfold today.

I live in Chico, a small town just barely in Northern California, in an agricultural valley.  It is hot, hot, hot for too many months of the year, but the numerous free swimming holes and lots of air conditioning make it liveable.

The town is small enough that there is no traffic to speak of (unless you have a perspective of a couple decades) and just big enough to sustain two health food stores and an art cinema.  We are growing every year, especially with transplants from Southern California and the Bay Area, just having exceeded 100, 000 inhabitants.

Chico is three hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Ocean, or Lake Tahoe. Since moving here I have tried cross-country skiing and snorkeling. We are a very "green" community, so cycling and hiking are always popular.

Culture and the Arts are big draws here, as befits a University town.  We host performances by international legends like Omara Portuondo of the Buena Vista Social Club, the Moscow Ballet, and the Peking Acrobats. The Art, Theatre and Music Departments are frenetically active, enriching the town with vast numbers of exhibitions and performances each year.

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Obdulia Corona

ARTS 341




Dr. Rony Garrido

ARTS 360

Nací en Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, una ciudad ubicada en la costa del Pacífico en Guatemala.  Pasé buena parte de mi niñez en otra ciudad de la costa sur, llamada Escuintla.  Allí cursé mi escuela primaria y secundaria, y además me gradué de la escuela normal con el título de Maestro de Educación Primaria.  Hice, posteriormente, estudios superiores en la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, en donde me gradué de Profesor de Enseñaza Media con especialización en inglés.  Por algunos años impartí clases en una escuela secundaria pública hasta que recibí una beca para estudiar en el exterior.  Por medio de dicha beca continué mis estudios en la Universidad del Norte de Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona.  Allí obtuve un B.A. en inglés y un M.A. en Teaching English as a Second Language.  Después me trasladé, ya felizmente casado, a la ciudad de Irapuato, México, en donde laboré como profesor de inglés por un año académico en el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.  Posteriormente regresé a los Estados Unidos para continuar mis estudios en la Universidad de Arizona, Tucson, en donde estudié la maestría y doctorado en literatura hispanoamericana.  Actualmente, enseño un curso de nivel básico y dos cursos avanzados de idioma español.  Mis intereses de investigación giran en torno a los siguientes temas: el humor, la literatura y cultura guatemalteca, la literatura y cultura centroamericana y la teoría literaria.

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Dr. María González

ARTS 346

Breve biografía.

María R. González nació en Torreón, México, pero en 1966 se trasladó a los Estados Unidos, país donde realizó sus estudios, obteniendo su Licenciatura y Maestría en Literatura Española por la Universidad de California, Santa Bárbara, en 1978.  Antes de ir a Santa Barbara estudió en el Imperial Valley College donde hizo sus estudios preparatorios de 1972-1975. En 1984, hizo sus estudios doctorales en la Universidad de California, Irvine, donde recibió un doctorado en Español con énfasis en la Literatura Mexicana y Sudamericana, también obtuvo una segunda especialidad en Literatura Chicana en (1991).  Ha trabajado en la enseñanza desde 1980, y desde 1993 se desempeña como profesora de lengua, literatura, cultura y civilización latinoamericanas en la Universidad Estatal de California, Chico.  Ha sido coordinadora del programa de español en tres ocasiones. Además de profesora y crítica, es poeta.


Entre los cursos que dicta la Dra. González , se destacan en particular los siguientes: Español para Hispano-parlantes; Cultura y Civilización Latinoamericana; Literatura Chicana; La Novela de la Revolución Mexicana y El Cuento Hispanoamericano. Pronto enseñará un curso de literatura judíamexicana.


La Profesora González ha participado en varias organizaciones estudiantiles, especialmente MEChA, el Ballet Folklórico México Lindo, y ha instituido los eventos culturales El Día de los Muertos y El Cinco de Mayo.  Es fundadora del club de español, Sociedad Estudiantil de Literatura, Arte y Cultura (SELAC), en 1999.


En estos momentos está iniciando un proyecto titulado Proto feminismo en la cultura hispana: Santa Teresa y Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz , también trabaja en estos momentos el tema de la literatura judíomexicana Su primer libro:Imagen de la prostituta en la novela mexicana contemporánea fue publicado en  España por la Editorial Pliegos en 1996.

Recientemente fue entrevistada por el profesor catedrático de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Manuel Rojas, donde se le menciona en su libro titulado La estrella dividida publicada en Mexicali, B.C. por el  XVII Ayuntamiento de Mexicali, B.C. 2002


Victoria Junco

ARTS 280

Victoria Junco was born in Northern California to the parents of Spanish immigrants.  She studied at CSU, Chico where she completed a B.A. with a double major in Spanish & Latin American Studies. In 1994 she attended La Universidad Complutense de Madrid while participating in the CSU International Programs.  Vicky completed her Masters degree in Teaching International Languages at CSU, Chico in 1999. Currently Vicky teaches Spanish courses at CSU, Chico and is the HFA Labs Director.

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Dr. Denise Minor

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Dr. Minor is from Pocatello, Idaho, but believes that she was supposed to have been born in Veracruz, Buenos Aires, Segovia or anywhere that Spanish is spoken. She began her professional life as a journalist but (in her mid-20s on a whim) moved to San Sebastian, Spain where she taught English in order to pay the bills. It was there that she realized that she loved both Spanish and teaching. Back in the U.S., she earned an MA in Spanish from San Francisco State and then a PhD in Spanish Linguistics from the University of California, Davis. Since 2007 she has been a professor at Chico State teaching some lower division classes as well as courses in linguistics such as Spanish Phonology, Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Teaching Methodology and Bilingualism in North America. As of Fall Semester 2015, she began teaching courses at the graduate level for the MA in Teaching International Languages program which has recently moved to the ILLC Department.

Research interests for Prof. Minor include L2 teaching methodology, sociolinguistics, motivation, Spanish of the United States, code-switching, and language immersion programs. In 2014 she and Norma López-Burton published On Being a Language Teacher: a Personal and Practical Guide to Success with Yale University Press. Later this year (2016), she has an article scheduled to be published in Hispania entitled “Yo pertenezco aquí.” Academic Identities, Formal Spanish, and Feelings of Belonging: The Benefits of a Spanish Language Theater and Poetry Troupe for Latino Students at a University. Also forthcoming is a memoir entitled No Screaming Jelly Beans; Stories of Raising a Son with Autism. Her travels include most of the countries of Europe, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Argentina, Uruguay and Canada.

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Gerardo Mireles

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Dr. Char Prieto

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Dr. Prieto's Website

Dr. Char Prieto is a Professor of Spanish in the Department of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures at California State University, Chico. Her teaching interests are contemporary Hispanic literature, narrative historical constructions, remembering and recuperation of historical memory, and representations of memory after dictatorships. She has a B.S. from Indiana University, a M.E from Purdue University and Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Purdue University, Indiana. Born in Spain. Educated in Paris, London and Barcelona she now lives in the USA. Dr. Prieto loves art, music, reading, travel and experiencing different countries and cultures.

At CSUC she teaches Spanish language, literature, history, and culture. She has authored several books: The Forgotten Holocaust: Spanish Civil War, Massacre, Pact, Obliviousness and Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain (2011) about the Spanish pact of silence, the collective amnesia and all the “disappeared” during the fascist regime, No More the Weaker Sex: Spanish Women Writers in the New Millennium (2006) about twentieth century Spanish women writers, Four Decades Four Female Authors (2003) about the lives and literary works of Spanish women writers under the Franco's dictatorship and Bahktinian theory, and Between Two Worlds (2004), a book of poems and creative works. She also has written Nieve the Snowman, a children’s book to learn Spanish. Professor Prieto has also published numerous scholarly articles and participated in national and international conferences including, Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Dr. Prieto loves to travel, experience and learn from different cultures and ethnicities. She has been to five continents and twenty eight countries.

In 2013 Dr. Prieto has chosen as an honorary Corresponding Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE) in D.C. The Board of Directors of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE) approved her appointment as Corresponding Member of The North American Academy of the Spanish Language, a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to promote Hispanic cultures, languages, and literatures. The mission of ANLE is to study, develop and execute the normative rules of the Spanish of the United States of America as well as to preserve the use of Spanish by establishing, disseminating and promoting the criteria of proper and correct usage of Spanish.http://www.anle.us/?sfl=en

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