Listee Features — Language


With a longstanding interest in Spanish and Chicano culture, Ernestina “Tina” N. Eger, PhD, began her studies with coursework at Muhlenberg College in 1963 followed by further coursework at Emory University in 1965 and has cultivated significant expertise in the field of Chicano literature. In 1965, she joined Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she was a professor in the department of modern languages, teaching Spanish and Chicano literature, for 25 years. During this time, she furthered her education by obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy from the Universidad Jaime Balmes in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1975 and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1987. In 1989, Dr. Eger’s career took a turn following the

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Ahlam Shenouda


Ahlam Habib G. Shenouda was inspired to a career in interpretation and translation in the 1960s, as the field became increasingly global and necessary for work with other countries. Born in Egypt, she studied at St. Mary’s English School in Cairo, obtaining a general education certificate, which was administered by the University of Oxford in England. She then joined the American University in Cairo, earning a bachelor’s degree in literature with a minor in economics. Embarking on her career with the Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organization in Cairo, she garnered considerable experience in Arab, Afro-Asian and international affairs. As a conference translator, Ms. Shenouda’s work involved extensive travel, which was a highly informative and rewarding experience, and she was also responsible

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Domna C. Stanton, PhD, is an internationally recognized scholar of French language, history and culture with a focus on gender and class dynamics in the early modern period and the 17th century. Dr. Stanton’s work is considered foundational to the contemporary application of feminist theory to French history, and her research interests have spanned from in-depth study and critique of early female authors, issues of attribution and perspective in historiography and national identity, and early modern attitudes on race and slavery. She has been extensively published, with several seminal books in print, and has contributed articles and essays to numerous academic journals. Dr. Stanton is perhaps best-known as the author of the 1980 classic “The Aristocrat as Art: A Study

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Born in Vietnam, Anh Ha Thi Ho spent 16 years in France as a child, where she received her elementary and secondary education. She returned to Vietnam with her family so that her father could for president and remained in Vietnam following the Vietnam War despite her family’s best efforts to leave the country and escape the oppressive regime there. During this time, she earned certification in teaching French as a second language and in literature and arts from the College of Literature and Arts in Vietnam. In 1983, Ms. Ho and her husband were sponsored by her brother, a Canadian citizen, to move to Canada and become permanent residents. Ms. Ho stayed in Canada for the next two years

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Holding considerable expertise in interpreting and translating in Spanish, Elna de la Bandera embarked on her career with studies at Colby College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, with honors, in 1958. She then joined the U.S. Foreign Service as a secretary and translator in Argentina and Uruguay from 1959 to 1963 and the Inter-American Council of Commerce and Production in Uruguay as a translator from 1966 to 1967. In 1968, she began work as a freelance interpreter and translator in the United States and Peru, roles she held until 1986. During this time, she contributed her skills as the senior editor of the Princeton International Translations from 1980 to 1984 and as a secretary for Wysoker,

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Nancy Boyer


Inspired to be a teacher by her aunt, who taught American history and government, Nancy G. Boyer, PhD, retired as an English as a second language (ESL) instructor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, in 2020. First joining the college in 1991, she also spent over two decades as chair of her department. She previously taught ESL at Pasadena City College from 1990 to 1991, Kuwait University from 1984 to 1990, Arkansas State University from 1983 to 1984 and Brigham Young University from 1979 to 1983. Earlier in her career, she was an ESL instructor with Church College of Western Samoa and the Briam Institute of the American Cultural Center in Madrid. Embarking on her studies with a

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Peggy Edwards


A consummate educator, author and illustrator, Peggy P. Edwards taught at all levels, university through preschool, focusing on language — thus her fascination for storytelling and writing. She authored “Alfabeto Crossover Alphabet” and “Lalalandia” in addition to organizing the publication of six volumes of “Village Stories.” Her teaching career was launched at 7 in Mexico, teaching English to eager Spanish speakers. They, in turn, told her their stories. After graduating from a bilingual high school in Mexico City, her father, an American businessman, enrolled her at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Latin American affairs. Upon graduating, she flew for Braniff Airlines as a stewardess and met her first husband. They travelled north

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Rhoda Kayakjuak


Rhoda Kayakjuak is one of Canada’s most prominent Inuktitut interpreters and translators, and has earned distinction as an ambassador for Canadian Aboriginal culture. Growing up facing the tension of navigating both a traditional and a colonized lifestyle, she found that her language skills were a bridge between the two and a vessel to share her culture. In 1984, Ms. Kayakjuak completed coursework at Thebacha Campus, NWT, and has pursued additional study in translation and localization through Lionbridge. In 1990, Ms. Kayakjuak was welcomed to the Canadian government’s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, where she served as a communications officer and public engagement team leader until 1994. Between 1995 and 1999, she worked directly with the Nunavut Planning Commission as an

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Alicia Eller


Growing up, Alicia Suárez Eller’s parents taught in the fields of music and agriculture in Chile. Eventually, she made the decision to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a teacher. Upon relocating to North Carolina during the early 1960s, she attended Louisburg College and earned an Associate of Arts in 1965. Soon thereafter, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish teaching, cum laude, from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1970. Ms. Eller began her career as a fourth grade teacher at Gold Sand Elementary School in Louisburg, North Carolina, between 1970 and 1974. She further assumed employment with Louisburg High School as a Spanish teacher from 1975 until her retirement in 2001. After retiring as a

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Josephine Hendin


Josephine Gattuso Hendin, PhD, is a tenured professor at New York University (NYU), who has been teaching on campus since 1979. An expert in American literature, American modernism, and contemporary and postmodern literature, her areas of interest also include psychology and literature, ethnicity and literature, and creative writing. During her tenure at NYU, she served as the Tiro A. Segno professor of Italian American studies between 2001 and 2010, chaired the English department between 1995 and 1999, and was director of the expository writing program during 1983. Considering her chairman role to be one of her greatest accomplishments, Dr. Hendin was able to create a curriculum for students, which was an honor. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, she was

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