Dr. Nilsa Lasso-von Lang
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Ph.D. Spanish, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1999
Major area of concentration: 19th and 20th Century Spanish American Literature and Culture
Minors: Pre-Columbian Epoch to Independence and Contemporary Peninsular Literature
Others: Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition Theory and Literary Theory and Criticism
MA Spanish, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1994
Program Concentration: Hispanic Literature and Culture
BA Spanish, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1992
University of Panama, 1985-1988
Area of concentration: International Affairs
Chair, Foreign Language Department, Moravian College, 2008-Present. Responsibilities: Preparing of proposed department course offerings; developing of department budgets and library acquisition requests; managing the department budget; preparing the annual departmental reports; updating/revising of materials for the College catalog; attending regularly scheduled department and chair meetings; reevaluating departmental offerings and instituting the necessary changes through the proper channels; establishing departmental learning outcomes/goals and assessing the success of the department in achieving these goals; initiating the search and arranging interview schedules for candidates for positions in the department; orienting new department members; maintaining professional contacts for a supply of candidates; annually reviewing the performance of department members and making appropriate recommendations; advising student majors/minors and providing assistance with career planning; placement, study abroad, graduate study; and other responsibilities listed on the Faculty Handbook.
Associate Professor of Spanish, Moravian College, 2002-Present
SPAN 394: Linguistic Varieties/Language Contact and Changes in the Hispanic World.
SPAN 386: Field Study: Business Spanish
SPAN 386: Field Study: English/Second Language
SPAN 358: Latin American Popular Culture and Tradition
SPAN 381: Independent Study Courses: Latin American Literature
SPAN 348: Central American Literature: A Rebirth through Contemporary Voices
SPAN 248: Latin American Contemporary Culture
SPAN 241: Introduction to Literature of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 230: Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPAN 190: Spanish for Medical Personnel
SPAN 155: Reading and Culture
SPAN 150: Conversation and Contemporary Life
SPAN 110: Introductory Spanish III
SPAN 105: Introductory Spanish II
SPAN 100: Introductory Spanish I
WRIT 100: Introduction to College Writing. Topic: “Latino/a Literature in the U.S.”
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Southwest Missouri State University, 1999-2002:
SPAN 498: Contemporary Central American Female Writers
SPAN 457: Modern Spanish Essay and Poetry
SPAN 410: Translation and Interpretation
SPAN 326: Civilizations of Spanish America
SPAN 315: Spanish for the Professionals
SPAN 312: Business Spanish/Translation and Composition
SPAN 297: Spanish in the U.S.: Communication and Culture
SPAN 210: Spanish for Native Speakers
LLT 180: Language and Literature Teaching (General Education Course)
UHC 110: Freshman Honors Seminar
SPAN 101. 750: (long distance) – Course Info Student Web Site (Blackboard)
SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish I
“Evolución de la lírica en Panamá: Segunda mitad el siglo XX.” 61st Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington,
“Poesía centroamericana contemporánea: Guatemala, El Salvador y Nicaragua.” Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS), XXVIII, Albright College, PA, March 31, 2007.
“Conversations: Promoting Panamanian Culture and Literature.” Panama City, Panama, December, 2006.
“Service-Learning in Higher Education: Critical Issues and Directions.” Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, October 1, 2005.
"Círculo de Lecturas - Panamanian Writers." Biblioteca Rogelio Sinán and Latino University of Panama, Panama City, Panama, June-July, 2005.
"Cuadros pintados y morales de Rafael Pombo." Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS), XXVI Annual Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, April 7-10, 2005.
“Bertalicia Peralta: Su obra en un contexto histórico.” Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS), XXV Annual Conference, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, February 20-21, 2004.
"Kuna Yala Indians: Past and Present." Latin American Indigenous Literature and Art (LAILA) Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 9-14, 2003.
"Spanish in Contact with Indigenous Languages in Guatemala." Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies, XXIV Annual Conference, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA, February 21-22, 2003.
Full attendee, The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 36th Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 21-24, 2002
Guest at the 4th Annual LatinoExpo, New York, October 27, 2002.
"La mujer como única tónica temática en la obra de Peralta y Lars." The 54th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April, 2001
“El humor en el teatro centroamericano contemporáneo.” The Annual Conference of the International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies. McGill University,Montreal, Canada, September, 2000.
“The Otherness without Love in Mañana digo basta.” The 53rd Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April, 2000.
“A Sociopolitical Approach to Bertalicia Peralta’s Narrative.” The IX Annual Symposium on Latin American Literature. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, March, 1999.
"Segmentos de Letras y Artes." Las Musas, Panama City, Panama, November, 2010.
“Taller sobre humor gráfico, la caricatura personal y las técnicas del dibujo humorístico en general.” Sponsored by the Instituto Superior de Artes de Cuba and Biblioteca Nacional Ernesto J. Castillero de Panamá, Rep. of Panama, May 21-22, 2010.
"Teaching, Learning and Assessing with Technology." NEALLT, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, April 3-5, 2009.
"Promoción de la literatura infantil." Ernesto Castillero National Library of Panama City, Panama, January, 2009.
The Seventh Annual LVAIC SSAO Professional Development Workshop, Moravian College, November 2008.
The Teagle Foundation Assessment Workshop, Moravian College, October, 2008.
The Sixth Annual LVAIC SSAO Development Workshop. “Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle: A Day with George Kuh." Muhlenberg College, November 2, 2007.
"Teaching that Promotes Learning." by invited guest Dr. Maryellen Weimer. Moravian College, October 31, 2007.
“Shifting the Geography of Reason: Black Studies from a Philosophical Perspective” by Temple University’s Professor Lewis R. Gordon. Moravian College, October, 2007.
Exploring Our Students Learning - "The Millennial Generation." Organized by the Committee for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), Moravian College, March 13, 2007.
Open Meeting/Workshop for Junior Faculty. LinC, Moravian College, September 28, 2005
Assessment within LinC Strategies for a Learning Centered Institution. Presented by Dr. Mary Allen. Moravian College, October 20, 2004.
“Muralismo.” Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA), Puebla, México, June 14, 2004.
“Expresiones de la cultura popular de México.” Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA), Puebla, México, June 7, 2004.
“Artesanía popular.” Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA), Puebla, México, May 31, 2004.
“México mesoamericano y sus sitios arqueológicos más importantes.” Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA), Puebla, México, May 24, 2004.
“Foreign Languages: Teaching with Technology.” Faculty Development Programs, Houghton Mefflin in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT), September 26-27, 2003.
"Summer Workshop for Writing Teachers." LinC, Moravian College, June 3-4, 2003.
"Mindful Teaching in Hostile Times." LinC Committee, Moravian College, May 23, 2003.
"Bilingual Professionals and Job Opportunities in the USA Government." Department of Foreign Languages, Moravian College, March 20, 2003.
"Legal Update on Topics in Higher Education." Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, Moravian College, February 28, 2003.
Professional Education Unit (PEU) and Ozarks Partnership Teacher Enhancement Initiative, Southwest Missouri State University, September, 2001.
Research and Publications
Research (in progress):
Central American Popular Culture
"Evolution of Panamanian Poetry: 1950s to Present.” Anthology Studies in Honor of Dr. Lanin A. Gyurko. Ed. Ken Hall and Ruth Muñoz-Hjelm. Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2009.
“Lenguas en contacto en México: Español/zapoteco, español/tzeltal y español/tzotzil.” Variedades lingüísticas en el mundo hispano: El español en contacto con otras lenguas. Ed. Ferrero and Lasso-von Lang. 2nd ed. AuthorHouse, 2011.
“Feminism and Catholicism in Latin America: A Personal Experience.” Reconciling Catholicism and Feminism?: Personal Reflections on Tradition and Change. Ed. Sally Barr Ebest and Ron Ebest; foreword by Sandra M. Gilbert. Notre Dame University Press, 2003.
“Lo otro sin amor en Mañana digo basta.” Grafemas: Publicación de la asociación de literatura femenina hispánica, 4.1 (2000).
Books and Anthologies:
Flavors of Panama. PublishAmerica, September, 2012.
Co-editor, Variedades lingüísticas en el mundo hispano: El español en contacto con otras lenguas, Second Edition, AuthorHouse, 2011.
Bertalicia Peralta: Life and Works. F&G Editores/F&G Libros de Guatemala, October, 2007
Selected Additional Publication:
“A Sociopolitical Approach to Peralta’s Narrative.” Proceedings of the IX Annual Symposium on Latin American Literature. University of Arizona, 1999.
“Interview with Panamanian writer Bertalicia Peralta, June 1, 1998.” GraFemas: Publicación de la asociación de literatura femenina hispánica, 4.2 (1998).
“The Portrait in Sueño de Venecia: The Unifying Element.” Cuadernos de Aldeeu. 1996.
Poems and Short Stories:
“Edad…muerte.” Babel: A Poetry Journal, Moravian College, 2007
“My Dear Aslin.” The Colors of Life. Ed. Howard Ely. The International Library of Poetry, 2004.
"Así comienzo..." Poetry Journal, Modern and Classical Languages, SMSU, Spring 2002.
“Bus Route.” The Missouri Philological Association Journal, PMPA. Central Missouri State University, Spring 2001.
“Demencia.” Forum: Poetry Journal, Modern and Classical Languages, SMSU, Spring, 2000.
“My General,” “A Gift for You,” “Tiemblo” Letras Femeninas, 24.1-2 (1998): 234-236
“Divina Aceptación” and “El milagro de vivir” published by Culturadoor, June/July, 1997.
Awards/Grants and Honors
"Friend of the Library," E. J. Castillero National Library of Panama City, Panama, January 2009.
Arts and Lectures Committee Grant for an International Art Exhibition, 2006-2007
Faculty Development Research (FDRC), Summer Stipend, Moravian College, 2005.
Faculty Development Research Grant, Moravian College, 2003
Research/Travel Grant, Southwest Missouri State University, 2001
Teaching Summer Grant, Continuing Education, 2000
Master Advisor Certificate, Academic Affairs, Southwest Missouri State University, 1999
Director/Coordinator, Study Abroad in Panama City, Panama, 2010
Co-Director, Honors Project, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
Chair, Internal Review Committee, 2009-2010
Member, Council for Diversity and Inclusion, 2009-present
Member, Strategic Planning Diversity Sub-Committee, 2008-2009
Chair/Coordinator, International Art Exhibition Committee, 2006-
Faculty Coordinator, Field Study Project, 2006-2007 and 2008-2009
Member, German Search Committee, 2007-2008
Fund Raiser, International Art Exhibition- Arte! Beaux-Arts! Kunst! 2006-2007
Coordinator, ESL SOAR Project, 2006
Reviewer, Perspectivas,7th Edition. Thomson-Heinle Publisher, August 2006
Member, Editorial Board Scientific Journals International – Humanities (SJI), 2005-
Member, Honors Committee (Director and Liaison) 2005-2006
Member, Spanish Search Committee, 2005-2006
Participant, Faculty Discussion with Dr. Tobie van der Vorm- Presidential Search Process, 2005
Member, Arts and Lecture Committee, 2003-2006
Member, Spanish Search Committee, 2004-2005
Director, Study Abroad Program in Puebla, Mexico, 2004
Coordinator, Student Project "Language Contact" in Mexico - SOAR, 2004
Editor, Babel: Poetry Journal for Moravian Students, 2003-Present
Member/reviewer, ACTFL- Foreign Language Annals, 2002-2008
Member, Moravian College Diversity Council, 2002-2006
Member, Faculty Development Research Committee, 2002-2003
Advisor, Moravian College Spanish Club, 2002-2004
Founder, Poetry Journal Committee, 2001-2002
Chair, ARTSRAVE- Celebration of Arts Committee, SMSU, 2001-2002
Member, Alumni and Outreach Committee/Missouri Migrant Education, 2001-2002
Member, Scholastic Action Committee, 2000-2001
Member, College of Arts and Letters Leadership Program, 2000-2001
Member, University Degrees Committee, 2000-2001
Advisor, The Hispanic-American Leadership Organization (H.A.L.O), 2000-2001
Member, Technology Planning/Advisory Committee, 2000-2001
Member, Professional Education Advisory Committee, 2000-2001
Member, Language Fair Committee, 2000-2001
Member, Recruitment Committee, 2000-2001
Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS), 2003-
Latin American Indigenous Literature and Art (LAILA), 2004-2005
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 2002
International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor, 2000-2002
Missouri Philological Association, 2000-2002
Feministas Unidas Association, 2000-
Modern Language Association (MLA), 1999-
Interests and Activities
Active participant, International Culture, Food and Poetry, Moravian College, 2009-2010
Coordinator, ARTSRAVE Celebrations: Latino Art, Food and Dance, SMSU, 2001-2002
Member, Latino Women Club: Food Preparation and Presentation, Arizona, 1999
Spanish: Native Speaker
English: Near-native Proficiency
Portuguese: Reading and writing proficiency (Bilingual-Portuguese Program Certificate, The University of Northern Iowa)