Ruth Brown

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PhD, Hispanic Studies University of Kentucky MA, Spanish University of Kentucky BA, Spanish Berea College

Currently my teaching emphasis includes Spanish for the professions and service-learning curricular development. I am particularly interested in finding practical and professional ways for students to engage with our local Latino community. Beyond the classroom, my research interests also include creative narratives (films, short stories, novels, and chronicles) about migration in the Spanish-speaking world, in particular Mexico and Central America.

I have many years of experience working and traveling in Mexico and the US-Mexico Border region.  I worked with Lexington's Hispanic community for over seven years as a social services provider, health educator, interpreter/translator, and community organizer. During that time I made many trips to Mexico, visiting the states from which Kentucky's migrants hail and getting to know the Mexican health care system and reasons why people choose to migrate. In 2013-14 I served as Director for Georgetown College's Inmersión en Español Spanish Immersion Program. I currently participate in the Foundation for Latin American and Latin@ Culture and Arts, the Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp, Lexington Latino Festival Health Fair planning committee, and Kentucky Latino Education Alliance.


Selected Publications: 

“Migration Chronicles: Reporting on the Paradoxes of Migrant Visibility.” Textos Híbridos: Revista de estudios sobre la crónica latinoamericana. 2.1 (2012)

“Tensiones heterogéneas: La redefinición de lo subalterno en Sab y Aves sin nido." Retomando la palabra: las pioneras del xix en diálogo con la crítica contemporánea. Claire Martin and Nelly Goswitz, eds. (forthcoming from Iberoamicano in June 2012)

“El activismo local de Maquilapolis: Armonizando la mirada femenina con una política de lugar.” Letras femeninas 36.2 (2010): 199-213.

Review of Woman and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Mobility, Labor, and Activism. Journal of Cultural Geography 26.2 (2009): 248-9.

“Chronicling the Border: Chicano Advocacy in a Mexican Genre in Across the Wire.” Enkidu Magazine 2008 Summer Conference Proceedings. (under review)

SPA 313: Advanced Spanish for Service-Learning

Improve your spoken and written Spanish while getting involved in the local community in Spring 2015

SPA 313: Advanced Spanish through Service-Learning

This course provides students the opportunity to improve their linguistic proficiency in oral and written Spanish while exploring and serving the Latino community of Lexington. Student work will consist of a variety of activities including classroom meetings, oral presentations and interviews, group and individual projects, and active participation in community programs and events, all of which are designed to encourage development of practical, task-based language proficiency. The service-learning component of this class requires a minimum of 25 hours of work and may be completed through regular participation in an after school tutoring program or through active contribution to community events and projects that serve the Latino community of Lexington. The goal of this service is to allow students to explore and respond to the challenges of intercultural communication in a personal context. While this course is conducted primarily in Spanish, students will use both English and Spanish during their service work. Pre-requisites: SPA 210 and 211, or 215, plus one 300-level Spanish course.

Tuesday and Thursday 11am-12:15am

CB 336

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