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Fifth Annual Conference on Hispanic and Latin American Topics

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Western Colorado University’s CALL Department and Spanish program are excited to host the fifth annual Conference on Hispanic and Latin American Topics. Students and guest speakers will present research to help inform and engage the public on timely and important Hispanic and Latin American social, political and cultural topics. All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join us on November 16.

Additional Information

This conference brings together undergraduate students and professors at Western who are interested in Hispanic and Latin American topics. It focuses primarily on the languages, literatures, and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Interdisciplinary submissions will also be accepted from related areas including service learning, cross-cultural experiences, foreign language methodology, and others.

We invite students, faculty and staff at Western to submit an abstract to Dr. Lorena Gómez (lgomez@western.edu). Please send a one-page abstract of approximately 100 words as a Microsoft Word document that clearly identifies the aim(s) of the paper, the rationale of the study and finding (if applicable). Since we recognize that not all papers will be completed when submitting the proposal, “works in progress” will be accepted.

Send the proposal/abstract via email to Lorena Gómez at lgomez@western.edu by Oct. 27, 2022. Include your name, institutional affiliation, and email address, as well as a brief biography
and any kind of technology needed. All presentations will have a 10-minute limit.

Abstracts and papers may be submitted in Spanish and English. There is no fee to register, but you will have to buy your own lunch. For questions, please contact Lorena Gómez, Ph.D. at lgomez@western.edu or 970.943.2306.


Time South Ballroom. Amor, educación y cambio climático. Dr. Lorena Gómez
10-10:10 a.m. Emma Berg: Recursos para los estudiantes bilingües.
10:10-10:20 a.m. Choying Obrien: Amor ahora y en el pasado.
10:20-10:30 a.m. Marley Sommers: La importancia de las abejas
10:30-10:40 a.m. Zoe Bole: Cambio climático
10:40-10:50 a.m Caileen Sienknecht: La salud mental de los atletas.
10:50-11 a.m. Conversación

Time South Ballroom. Actualidad. Marketa Zubkova
11-11:10 a.m. Aileen Duarte: Los desafíos de las empresas pequeñas en los E.E.U.U.
11:10-11:20 a.m. Yamilet Chavez: Inmigración
11:20-11:30 a.m. Canyon Jarbo: La historia de la música española.
11:30-11:40 a.m. Ashlyn Robinson: La importancia de aprender una segunda lengua
11:40-11:50 a.m. Isabella Heinmiller: La historia de los perros.
11:50 a.m. – 12 p.m. Conversación

Almuerzo: 12 – 1 p.m.

Time South Ballroom.  Educación, lengua y cultura. Dr. Lorena Gómez
1-1:10 p.m. Caroline Benney: La biodiversidad de México
1:10-1:20 p.m. Daniel Carr: Los beneficios de aprender las culturas al aprender una segunda lengua
1:20-1:30 p.m. Makenna McIntosh: La guerra en Palestina
1:30-1:40 p.m. Audrey Peeples: Costa Rica
1:40-1:50 p.m. Lauren Linneman: ¿Qué significa lenguaje?
1:50-2 p.m. Conversación

Keynote South Ballroom from 2-3 p.m. Professor Jack Lucido and Marketa Zubkova
2-3 p.m. Gustau Alegret: Keynote Address Title: Challenges Reporting for Latinos in the US.

Keynote Speaker

Gustau Alegret Gustau Alegret is an international journalist who works in Washington DC (USA) for the international news channel NTN24. He is the managing editor and anchor of Club de Prensa and Cuestión de Poder, two daily broadcast shows which sets up the daily news with interviews. He is an Emmy award-winning journalist, expert on political and corporate communications, and a World Economic Forum’s Media Leader.


Gustau Alegret’ presentation will be available to join via a webinar for those who cannot attend in person. To join this webinar, click here

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