A message from Raysa Amador, Chair of Languages, Literature and Culture.

As chair, it is my pleasure to extend my greetings send greetings and thank you for your continued interest in the activities and goings-on of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Adelphi.

There was much to celebrate in 2016 and the early parts of 2017. We began the summer of 2016 with a very well attended alumni reunion, bringing together former students from at least five decades of Adelphi’s languages program. The faculty presented our research projects, the alumni shared their fascinating career and life stories with us, and in all the event was a great success. We look forward to organizing similar events in the future.

Dr. Rudolph was granted a sabbatical during the fall 2016 semester, during which time she worked on her new book project. Dr. Wadhera’s book on Perec and Warhol was published in fall 2016, and Dr. Hiller has submitted the manuscript for his translation into English of a full length novel, to appear later this year.

We conducted two successful searches in Spanish, one for an Assistant Professor and another for a Lecturer position. Dr. Ana Simón-Alegre and Dr. Sara Aponte-Olivieri, two outstanding candidates, have been hired, and will join us in the Fall of 2017 pending final approval by the Board of Trustees.

The Certificate of Translation program graduated its second cohort of students, 10 in total, and 10 new students started the program in fall 2016. On the subject of translation, we are very proud to inform you that Adelphi Languages alumnus Collin Savage has been accepted at New York University’s Master’s in Translation program!

We also now have a new location and hub that we can call our own: Alumnae Hall is our new home, and we are extremely happy to be in this lovely building. Please come and visit us and enjoy our resource room and new facilities!

On a sad note, Dr. Rakhel Villamil-Acera accepted a position at University of San Francisco, and Ellen Andrasick left for a position in the Registrar’s Office. We wish them the best in their new journeys.

As you know, we love to hear from our students and alumni. Please send your updates to, look for us in our blog, The Language Lounge and join us on Facebook!

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Carmen Castellón, our dedicated administrative assistant, for supporting us and tending to every detail!

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, I wish you a wonderful second half of 2017 and hope you will stay connected with us.


Raysa Amador
Chair, Department of Languages, Literature and Culture

For further information, please contact:

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Alumnae Hall
p – 516.877.4050

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