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Paola Velasquez, E. Catherine Barclay Recipient

Our heartiest congratulations go to Paola Velasquez, the 2016/17 recipient of the E. Catherine Barclay Scholarship. Paola is one of our best students in French, and the opportunity to study in France represents a fitting continuation of her studies. She is currently pursuing a Major in French and a Minor in Italian Studies. Outside the classroom, Paola is engaged in numerous worthy endeavours, volunteering with organizations such as Inn from the Cold, the YMCA, the Mustard Seed and GlobalFest.
Paola spent her childhood in Colombia and later moved to Canada with her family. Her first encounter with French was in Drummondville, Québec: it was then that she discovered her passion for the language, and for francophone cultures as well.
The scholarship is named after E. Catherine Barclay (1902-1985), an outstanding educator and world citizen. To implement her ideals and goals, the award provides the opportunity for recipients to study in France, to gain experience and an appreciation for living in another culture, and to acquire something of her world view of the family of nations. 


Call for Papers: *Revolution* YRC @ YYC

The department will hold its second Young Researchers’ Conference (YRC @ YYC) on October 28 and 29, 2016. The conference is meant to be a multidisciplinary every-other-year forum, where Graduate Students can exchange their vibrant and innovative research across Arts disciplines. This edition’s topic is Revolution. The Young Researchers invite fellow graduate students from all disciplines to examine, in its various acceptations, the representation and manifestation of the concept of Revolution across the discourse of various fields of study as well as the impact of Revolutions on the life of people in a society across time and space. Abstracts will be accepted until July 15, 2016. For extensive information on the conference please visit

Víctor Bedoya Receives GSA Excellence Award

We are delighted to announce that Víctor Bedoya, a doctoral student of Spanish, has received the 2015/16 Graduate Assistant Excellence Award from the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA).
Every year, GSA presents this award to a graduate assistant who has gone above and beyond contract terms to enhance teaching, learning and/or research. Victor boasts an extreme variety of successful experiences, including: assistant for the Group Study Program to Tours, France; laboratory and tutorial assistant for numerous Spanish courses; assistant for the Congress of the Canadian Association of Hispanists; organizer of the YRC @ YYC graduate conference; Spanish curriculum development; monitor for French and Spanish at the Writing Centre; and volunteer at the Instituto Cervantes and the Language Research Centre. More ...

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