Thursday, February 8, 2007

Dr. Susan Berk-Seligson discusses Costa Rica, Peace Corps at Charlemos Spanish tonight

Former volunteer is Director for Graduate Studies at Vanderbilt's Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies

Dr. Susan Berk-Seligson will give a talk, in Spanish, on “The Experiences of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica: A Retrospective View” at the next meeting of Charlemos Spanish on Thursday 8 February. Charlemos meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Palette Gallery and Cafe at 2119 Belcourt Avenue in Hillsboro Village. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Berk-Seligson is Director for Graduate Studies in the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Vanderbilt University, as well as, Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Before coming to Nashville she was a professor of Hispanic linguistics in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh for nineteen years. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor at Purdue University.

“Susan has a fascinating background”, said Charlemos president, Elizabeth Worrell Braswell. “She is author of The Bilingual Courtroom: Court Interpreters in the Judicial Process, published by The University of Chicago Press”, added Braswell.

Charlemos Spanish is a social conversation group, for all levels of Spanish-speakers, created in December 2006 by the Spanish Committee of Sister Cities of Nashville, a nonprofit organization, founded in 1990, dedicated to the promotion of global understanding through educational, professional and cultural exchanges.

Mayor Bill Purcell is the Honorary Chair for Sister Cities of Nashville.

Charlemos Spanish is for persons who wish to:

* Speak Spanish on a regular basis
* Make bilingual friends
* Learn more about Hispanic culture.

Founding members of Charlemos Spanish include—

* Claudia Villavicencio, Spanish teacher at MBA, Montgomery Bell Academy
* Kim Sorensen, Online Producer at CMT, Country Music Television
* Diana Holland, President of Tango Nashville, and a Hispanic cross-cultural consultant
* Elizabeth Worrell Braswell, online Spanish instructor for Austin Peay State University, president of Charlemos Spanish.

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