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RAYSA AMADOR

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LANGUAGES LITERATURES AND CULTURES

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Diplomas/Degrees

Certificate-Data Processing Programer, New YorK University (1979)
PhD, New York University (1978)
MA, New York University (1973)
BA Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, New York University (1973)

Recent Courses

Level I Spanish
Level III Spanish
Spanish Cross-Cultural Concepts

Personal Statement

I define myself, always, as a teacher and researcher. I firmly believe that in order to be in the teaching profession one needs more than love. Every teacher must understand the context of their world and they must profoundly value learning, ideas, artistic expression as well as the caring dimension. I practice what I believe in the hope that my students will restructure their thinking and professional outlook with broader intellectual implications and pass along a renewed awareness and love of learning.

I work in the world of languages, cultures and literatures in the area of Spanish and Portuguese. I teach my students the art of communication in a foreign language, both verbally and in writing. I take them through the first steps of such learning carefully reminding them that learning Spanish involves more than the ability to communicate. I introduce them to the cultural particulars of Spanish civilization. I achieve this level of learning through the active participation of the student and through the target language. At a more advanced level, it is a reward to see how the students begin to explore the world of literature. I am proud to say that the students learn to evaluate the profound values and ideals of Hispanic culture as well as develop a deeper understanding of the language and analysis of literature. One of my goals is for the students to become culturally literate. This means having knowledge based not only on information possessed by them but also an awareness of the world and of Hispanic culture.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

In the last five years, I have devoted time to the area of second language acquisition and pedagogy. I am currently working on a textbook manuscript for intermediate Spanish.

My scholarly work has been directed also to the investigation and study of Latina writers and artists in the United States and in Latin America and Spain.

Prior to this research I undertook a programmatic investigation of a series of questions pertaining to the Chronicle of Indies and the law. The first question that this research addressed was the important ways in which the law fulfills its legitimizing function. More specifically how cultural narratives/rhetoric grant the law its authority. These issues were addressed through interdisciplinary research. Investigation on the field of law, literature, rhetoric, anthropology and history made this research an original one.

Grants/Sponsored Research

Selected speaker for Speakers for the Humanities Program of the New York Council for the Humanities 2003-2005, topic: Narrative and Power: Latina Artists in the United States.
Certificate of Appreciation presented by the Office of Student Activities and Organization, 2002.
President’s Faculty Development Award, 2001-2002.
Certificate of Award for Contribution to the Advancing the Awareness of Women's History, present by the Student Association at Adelphi University, April 2000.
President’s Faculty Development Award, 2000-2001.
Certificate of Award for the Advancing the Awareness of Women's History, present by the Student Association at Adelphi University, March 1999.
“Septima Clark Distinguished Faculty Award,” presented by C.A.L.I.B.E.R., Adelphi University, April 16, 1999.
Selected participant at the International Gender Seminar sponsored by a Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, held at Marymount College, New York from October 1992 to December 1992.
Selected Participant at the Latin American Literature Seminar sponsored by the Westchester Consortium with a Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Spring 1991.
Selected speaker for the 1990-93 and selected again for the 1992-96 in the Speakers in the Humanities Program, sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, theme: “Chronicling the New World: Spanish Explorers and the Literature of Discovery.”
Mini-grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, 1983.
Penfield Research Fellowship, New York University, 1976-77.
Scholarship at Radcliffe-Harvard University, 1972.
Citation of Merit presented by the Department of Physics, Manhattan Community College, 1970.

Books

Dominicis Maria and Amador Raysa (2015). Así es la via.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

Amador, Raysa (2007, October). Re-Presenting the Self: Frida Kahlo. SUNY Old Westbury.

Amador, Raysa (2006, October). " In Times of the Butterflies". Adelphi University, Literature and the Human Condition.

Amador, Raysa (2005, October). Narrative and Power: Latina Artists and Writers in the USA Speakers of the Humanities Program. B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library.

Amador Raysa (2005, September). Narrative and Power: Latina Artists and Writers in the USA Speakers of the Humanities Program. Great Neck Publick Library.


Conference Presentations/Papers

Raysa E. Amador (2012). The Law and discourse of conquest in the Chronicles of Indies. In “Rethinking Law and Legality: Critical Approaches to Law and Lawlessness in Latin America” Conference. John Hopkins University.

Raysa E. Amador (2008). “ Bridges that connect; Latino and Latina writers in the USA”. In Education Department. Albany, NY.

Raysa E. Amador (2008). Body (Re)-presentations and the self: Ana Mendieta,. In SUNY Old Westbury. Old Westbury, NY.

Raysa E. Amador (2008). “Bridges that Connect”. In SUNY Orange Community College. Harriman, NY.

Raysa E. Amador (2006). "Latinas/os Writers in the United States,". In National Weather Service Eastern Region Headquaters celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Long Island, New York, NY.


Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

1. Books, Textbooks, Monographs:

Amador, Raysa E. and Mireya Perez-Erdelyi. The Female Body: Perspectives of Latin American Artists. Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Una aproximación histórica a Los Comentarios Reales, Madrid: Editorial Pliegos, 1985. (A historical analysis of the works of Peruvian writer, Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega).



2. Articles:


Amador, Raysa E. and Mireya Perez-Erdelyi, “Latina's Self Narrative,”in Hispanic Women in the World: Accomplishments and Challenges (Madrid: Orbis Press, S.P.A. Publishing Co., 2001).

“Reconstruction of the Self: the Visual as the Text in Querido Diego.” Reading a Woman’s Perspective. Studies of Gender in Literary Texts. Ellen S. Silber, Nora Glickman, and Virginia Skord-Waters, eds. New York: Unites States Department of Education, Undergraduate Foreign Language and International Studies Program, 1995. 35-38.

“The Papal bulls of the XVI and XVII century: Inter Caetera, Altitudo Divini Consiili, Dudum Siquidem, Eximiae Devotionis, Exponi Nobis Fecisti 1522, Exponis Nobis Fecisti 1567, Illius Fulciti Praesidio, Orthodox Fidei Propagationem, Sollicitudo Ecclesiarum, Sublimis Deaus, Universalis Ecclesiae Regimini, Veritas Ipsa.” A Historical Dictionary of the Spanish Empire. James Olson, ed. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1992. 468-473


“Legalidad y discurso: la Crónica de las Indias.” Proceedings Rediscovering America 1492-1992. National, Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries Re-examined. February 1992. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1992. 6-19

“Life and Works of Gertrudiz Gomez de Avellaneda,” Women Writers of Spanish America: An Annotated Biographical Guide. Diana Marting,ed. Westport: Greenwood Press, Inc., 1987.

Books Reviewed

Voces de España New York: Thomson Publishing Co., Fall 2003.

Reviewer for the National Hispanic Book Award, for the Latino Literacy Now, Spring 2004: The Lost Apple by Maria de los Angeles Torres, Beacon Press.
A Law for the Lion: A Tale of Crime and Injustice in the Boderlands by Beatriz de la Garza, The University of Texas Press.
Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History by Teresa Palomo Acosta and Ruthe Winegarten- The University of Texas Press.
Homegirls in the Public Sphere by Marie “Keta” Miranda, The University of Press.
The Hacienda in Mexico by Daniel Nierman and Ernesto H. Vallejo, The University of Texas Press.
Countering the Counterculture by Manuel Luis Martinez, The University of Wisconsin Press.
New Face of Baseball by Tim Wendel, Rayo.
Magical Christmas in Oaxaca by Mary J. Andrade, La Oferta Review, Inc.
Through the Eyes of the Soul/Yucatan by Mary J. Andrade, La Oferta Review, Inc.
No siempre gana la muerte by Benigno Dou Machin (translator) Purplay Press.
El Paraiso en al otra esquina by Mario Vargas Llosa, Santillana Publishing Co. A pesar del amor by Alma Flor Ada, Santillana Publishing Co.






Professional Papers Presented

Invited Speaker to the Session "Literatura y cuerpo en la narrative
latinoamericana contemporanea," at the XXV International Congress of the
Latin American Association, October 7-9, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Invited, Keynote speaker "Narrative and Power; Latina Artists in the
United States," at Inwood Branch of New York PublicLibrary, April 17, 2004. This event is part of the New York Councilfor the Humanities' Speakers in the Humanities Program.

Invited, Key note speaker, "Narrative and Power: Latina Artists in
the United States," as part of the Women History Month 2004at SUNY
Rockland Community College. This event is part of the New York Council
for the Humanities' Speakers in the Humanities Program.

"Viewer from Within: Crisitna Garcia, Julia Alvarez and Judith Ortiz
Cofer" presented at The Third Annual New England Conference on Foreign
Languages and Literature at the University of Hartford, October 2-4,
2003.

"The Female Body Perspectives of Latin American Artists," at the
conference 'Bodies, Theories and Cultures in the Post Millenium Era" at
the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, May 15 to May 18,
2003.

"Narrative and Power: Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Cristina
Garcia and Edwidge Dandicat," 2003 National Conference of the National
Association of African American Studies and Hispanic and Latino Studies
in Houston Texas, February 17-22, 2003.

Guest speaker at QPTV, Queens Public Television, two programs 1/2
hour each: 1sr "Latin American Writers" and " Latina Writers and Artists
in the United States" to be broadcasted in Queens the first week of May
and the first week of June. In Nassau County it will be broadcasted
later in the summer.

Hispanic Month Celebration, co-organizer. Guests speakers Dolores Prida “Writing in Two Worlds,” November 14, 2001, and Michelle Wucker “Cruel Cane: Migration, Poverty and Health in the Dominican Republic and Haiti,” at Adelphi University November 7th, 2001.

“Sonic/Optics: Works by Latino Women Artists” at the IV Congreso Creación Femenina held at the Universidad Central de Bayamón, Puerto Rico from November 15 to November 20, 1998.

“Contesting the Borders” at the 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Studies, “Crossing Boundaries: The Caribbean As Center,” held in Cartagena, Colombia from July 26 to July 31, 1998.

“Re-Configuring the Self: Angeline Beloff Memoirs and Frida Kahlo's Diary” at the Ninth Annual Conference of the Department of Romance Languages, “Re-Covering the Past,” held at Binghamton University State University of New York from April 17-18, 1998.

“Parallels and Influences: Langston Hughes and Nicolas Guillén” at the Conference “The Hispanic Connection” held at Hofstra University form October 16 to 17, 1997.

“Re-Membering the Self: Latin Women Artists Unearthing the Body” paper accepted by the Association of Caribbena Studies, 19th Annual Conference "Postcolonial Realities and the Caribbean" to held in Castries, St. Lucia from July 25 to July 31, 1997.

Student Guided Reasearch

2004, “Love and Solitude: Neruda and Almodovar,” Katilynn Oswald, accepted at the 2004 NCUR , Perdue University, Indiana. March 2004.

2004, “Human Rights, Dictatorship, and social criticism in Majorie Agosin, Pablo Neruda and “The Official Story,” accepted and published, Noren de la Rosa, at the 2004 NCUR, Perdue University, Indiana, March 2004.

2004, “Exile and Immigration in the Works of Sandra Cisneros and Perez Firmat,” accepted, Edward Wikstrom, at the 2004 NCUR, Perdue University, Indiana, March 2004.

2003, “Death and Honor in Garcia Lorca’s Triology: Bodas de Sangfre, Yerma and La casa de Bernarda Alba” David Mulvey accepted at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, University of Utah.

2002, “The Power of Dreams and Memory in Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban” Jennifer Puk presented and published by the National Conference on Undergraduate Reseach, Wisconsin, April.

1998, “The Aguirre Papers,” Angela Murcia, accepted by the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

1997, “A Profound Cultural Exchange: The Mexican Muralist Movement and the Harlem Renaissance,” Ms. Audrey Olthoff and Alice Psirakis, presented and accepted for publication at the 11th National Conference on Undergraduate Research to be held at the University of Texas, Austin, April 24 to 26, 1997.

1996, “The search for Truthful Meaning in ‘Heights of Macchu Pichu,’” Mr. Adrian Gonzalez, accepted and published by National Conference on Undergaduate Research at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, April 17-10, 1996.

1996, “The Letters of Hernán Cortés,” Ms. Alice Psirakis and Jennifer Aroz, accepted and published at National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, April 17-10, 1996.

1995, “La existencia angustiosa de San Manuel Bueno Martir,” Andrea Milano, National Undergraduate Academic Conference, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y. , April 20-22, 1995.

1995, “El problema de la fe en la obra de Miguel de Unamuno,” Jessica Vasquez, National Undergraduate Academic Conference, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y. , April 20-22, 1995.

1994, “La poesía revolucionaria de Nicolás Guillén,” Michele Gibney, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Western Michigan University, April 14-16, 1994.

1994, “Narrative of XVI Century Latin American Women in Defiance of Machismo” Lois B. Chakmakian, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Western Michigan University, April 14-16, 1994.

Honors Thesis:

Honor Thesis, reader, Shalinthia Miles, “Argentina: Culture of Monetary Crisis. A Real Causes of the Argentinean Crisis,” 2004, for International Studies Thesis requirement.

Honors Thesis Director, David Mulvey, Topic: “Death and Honor in Garcia Lorca’s Triology: Bodas de Sangre, Yerma and La casa de Bernarda Alb,a” 2003.

“The Science of Face Perception,” Marie Alzie, 1999, Reader.
“Insights into Emergent Care, Stabilization and Transport of a Pediatric Patient,” Brian A. Lipari, May 1999, Reader.
“ The Return of the Gray Wolf to Yellowstone Park,” Shay McAtamney, Reader, May 1999.

“Nicolas Guillén in the Caribbean,” Michelle Gibney, Thesis Director, 1995.

“Machismo in Latin American,” Ms. Lois Chakmakian, Thesis Director, 1994.

Honors and Accomplishments

Selected speaker for Speakers for the Humanities Program of the New York Council for the Humanities 2003-2010, topic: Narrative and Power: Latina Artists in the United States.

Certificate of Appreciation presented by the Office of Student Activities and Organization, 2002

President’s Faculty Development Award, 2001-2002.

Certificate of Award for Contribution to the Advancing the Awareness of Women's History, presented by the Student Association at Adelphi University, April 2000.

President’s Faculty Development Award, 2000.

Member of the National Foreign Languages Honor Society Phi Sigma Iota, Epsilon Kappa Chapter at C.W. Post University, 2002.

Certificate of Award for the Advancing the Awareness of Women's History, presented by the Student Association at Adelphi University, March 1999.

“Septima Clark Distinguished Faculty Award,” presented by C.A.L.I.B.E.R., Adelphi University, April 16, 1999.

Selected participant to the International Gender Seminar sponsored by the Westchester Consortium with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, (theme: Latin America) Spring 1991 and (theme: Japanese, French and Latin American) Fall 1992.

Selected speaker for the 1990-93 and selected again for the 1993-96 Speakers in the Humanities Program: "Chronicling the New World: Spanish Explorers and the Literature of Discovery". Program sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities.

Honorary membership in Lantern, Adelphi University Honorary Society, 1986.

Mini-grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, 1983.

Penfield Research Fellowship, New York University, 1976-77.

Member of the Phi Beta Kappa, New York, 1973.

Member of the Beta Theta Chapter of the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, 1972

Member of the Honor list of the Danforth Fellowship Foundation, 1972.

Member of the National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa, 1970.

Scholarship at Radcliffe-Harvard University, 1972.

Professional Activities

ADFL Workshops at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. in June 2012.
ACTFL WEB workshop, “Moving Students from Novice to Intermediate” in March 23, 2012.
“Reducing Administrative Burn: How Connect Spanish …Achieve Common Learning Goals Objectives Across Multiple Sections and Course Formats” WEB Seminar in February 21, 2012.
“Engaging and Motivating Online Students” WEB Seminar in February 22, 2012.
“Redesigning Introductory Spanish: A Blended Approach”, World Languages Strategies Workshop, New York in March 2.
ADFL Seminar East, June 2010.
ACTFL, Modified Workshop, Adelphi University, May 2010.
ADFL, Seminar East, June 2007.
ADFL, Seminar East 2004.

Member of Lantern, Adelphi University Honorary Society, 1986.

Member of the National Honor Society Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Chapter of New York University, 1973.

Member of the Honor List of the Danforth Fellowship Foundation, 1972.

Member of the Beta Theta Chapter of the Spanish Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, 1972.

Member of the National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa, 1970

Member of the Modern Language Association.

Member of the American Association of University Professors.

Member of the American Association of Spanish and Portuguese Teachers.

Member of the Board of Directors, Hispanic Counseling Services, 1983-85.

Member of the Association of Caribbean Studies.