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Regis College Hosts Regional Conference for Spanish and Portuguese Educators

October 6, 2009

WESTON, MA – While most New Englanders will be going to parades or viewing the fall foliage during the Columbus Day weekend, Regis College will be abuzz with activity surrounding the 11th Biennial Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Hosted in conjunction with Wellesley College, the conference will bring over 70 scholars and artists to the Regis campus for a three day program of research presentations, literary readings, art exhibits, film panels, and social events.

Conference participants will travel from as far as Costa Rica, Texas, Mississippi, and San Diego to share academic and educational research. Special features of the conference include presentations by a number of Latino/a writers residing in New England, including Norberto James, Beth Wellington, Marjorie Agosin, Ricardo Calleja, and Francisco Stork. Panel topics range from interpreting Spanish art to foreign language research and pedagogy to exploring literary traditions of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking cultures.

Co-chairing the conference are Dr. Mary-Anne Vettering and Dr. Lucia Ortiz, both Professors of Spanish at Regis, and Dr. Joy Renjilian-Burgy, Associate Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College.

"The title of the meeting – ‘Connections and Transformations for the Future’ – really speaks volumes about the scope of the program and the visionary nature of the conference activities. We are honored to host this important event, and we are grateful to Drs. Vetterling, Ortiz, and Renjilian-Burgy for organizing it," said Dr. Russ >Pottle, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Regis College.

The AATSPis a national organization that fosters study and instruction in Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related languages. Founded in 1917, the AATSP has over 70 chapters in the United States and Canada.

For information about the conference contact Professor Vetterling at or (781) 768-7458.

Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs in education, communication, leadership and service, health product regulation, public administration and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.  Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a full-service health benefits company serving members throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and beyond.; CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617) 969-2707,

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