Romance Languages

Whether you are currently a student, faculty member, or an MU graduate, odds are you can quickly name your favorite professor. That person might be someone who helped you understand a difficult subject, or steered your research in a new direction, or helped you evaluate your career choices.

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

The Afro-Romance Institute and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures are bringing two prominent speakers to talk about Afro-Cuban issues and racial ideology in Cuba, on Friday, October 23, at 3:30 in the Leadership Auditorium.

Professor Conrad James
Visiting Associate Professor in World Cultures and Literatures
Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Houston

A pioneer of the earth-body art movement of the 1970s, Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta is internationally revered for her silhouettes, performances, and sculptures. This lecture traces her impact on contemporary Caribbean artists.

Reception to follow.

The College of Arts and Science Student Council honored two professors, a graduate instructor, and an adviser with Chalk Awards for the spring 2017 semester. The student council solicits nominations from students for their favorite instructors and advisers, and the council’s executive committee makes the final selections. The student council will host a luncheon for the award winners later this semester.

Purple Chalk Awards

2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many outstanding alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the quality of life for humankind, and in doing so have reflected well on the College of Arts and Science.

Major Garrett
BA ’84 political science, BJ ’84

One or more annual fellowship awards shall be given to doctoral students majoring in romance languages with a preference given to students working in French or Francophone languages and literature. Recipient shall be selected based upon academic merit.

Forty years ago this month, Melodie Powell, BA ’77, JD ’81, received her bachelor’s degree in French during commencement exercises in the Hearnes Center. On Friday, Powell will return to the Hearnes Center to deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2017.

Professor Expedito Leandro Silva

University of Santo Amaro, Brazil

Friday, September 22, 2017

4:00 pm, Arts & Science Room 113

Translation to English will be provided—Reception to follow event

Sponsors: Afro-Romance Institute, Peace Studies, MU Research Council

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has named three professors in the College of Arts and Science as Curators' Professors, the university’s highest and most prestigious rank. These professorships acknowledge outstanding scholars with established reputations from the entire University of Missouri system. The three professors were recognized by Chancellor Alexander Cartwright Tuesday evening at a reception at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Awarded to an outstanding student in any division of the university who has maintained a high scholastic record in a course or courses in Spanish or Portuguese, who will agree to continue the study of the language.

Funds shall be used to support students participating in a practical learning experience or activity in a French-speaking country. Whenever possible, the department will award academic credit for the experience. The experience or activity must be faculty approved.

Professor of French Mary Jo Muratore says her principal objective has always been to focus on innovative scholarship and to share the processes of research and writing with students at all levels.  Muratore’s dedication to her work and her devotion to her students are being recognized by the university—she was recently named the University of Missouri Curators’ Teaching Professor for 2015.

poster for Michael Middleton film

Join us for the premiere of Curators Distinguished Research Professor Juanamaría Cordones-Cook's new film, Only the Educated Are Free: The Journey of Michael A. Middleton.

Admission is free

Professor Conrad James
Visiting Associate Professor in World Cultures and Literatures
Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Houston

A late 19th-century Afro-Cuban writer, Morúa Delgado was a leading political figure during the early Cuban Republic. His  novels, Sofía and La familia Unzúazo, continue the tradition of anti-slavery narrative.

Contributions from alumni and faculty will be used to offer an annual award of $100–150 to an undergraduate major in French with an outstanding scholarly record.

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