Spanish Language and Literature Senior Integrated Projects

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This collection includes Senior Integrated Projects (SIP's, formerly known as Senior Individualized Projects) completed in Spanish Language and Literature. Abstracts are generally available to the public, but PDF files are available only to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff. If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email us at to request access to this material.


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    Transgender People in Healthcare Between Argentina and the United States
    (2024-01-01) Roncoroni, Pilar Quira; Faulkner, Tris
    Lack of research within the LGBTQ+ community, more specifically the transgender community, has allowed for the growth of ignorance, hate, and harm. My project attempts to counter this problem through ethnographic and qualitative research and knowledge. Ethnographic research allows me to enter communities and observe people in their environments in order to document the interactions between the transgender community and the societies that impact it. It is relevant to have conversations with doctors and patients alike to understand the injustice within the system in receiving medical, gender-affirming care. Furthermore, it is important to understand how different countries handle these injustices and to analyze the common narratives the global north continuously places on countries in the global south.
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    La alquimia en arte latinoamericano : Metodo de autotransformacion en lugar de la religion
    (2020-06-01) Mulder, Ryan; Valle, Enid M., 1953-
    In this work, I investigate what alchemy is, how it has influenced the works of some Latin American artists, and how it has been used in these works as a means of self-transformation instead of religion. I am going to focus on the works of the 20th century and across a variety of artistic media, specifically painting, literature, and film. Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington, artists of surrealism, involved alchemy in all parts of their lives and that is why it is present in their works. The movement filmmaker Panico Alejandro Jodorowky portrayed an alchemist as a main character in his film La Montana Sagrada. The two writers with connections to magical realism, Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, represented alchemy in their works. My goal is to study and analyze the different ways in which these artists represented and proposed alchemy as a means of self-transformation.
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    Manzanas Naranjas : Discussing a Heritage Spanish Language Speaker Track in the Spanish Language and Literatures Department
    (2023-03-01) Gonzalez-Martinez, Gustavo E.; Faulkner, Tris
    The present project seeks to examine Heritage Spanish Language Speaker and Spanish Second Language Learner perceptions of and experiences regarding Spanish learning related to the Department of Spanish Language and Literatures at Kalamazoo College. A student survey was created and sent out to students who were declared Spanish majors and minors in the Fall 2021 trimester. Included were questions related to their various backgrounds and how this coincided with their curricular experiences. The results indicate Heritage Spanish Language Speaker experiences differ from those of Spanish Second Language Learners. Español 295H was a course designed for Heritage Spanish Language Speakers previously offered by the department during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. The course is believed to have been discontinued due to low student enrollment, student scheduling conflicts, and other similar-themed courses being offered. However, it benefits the department to consider the perpetual demographic change of the campus community and the growing Latino/ Hispanic student population, which creates a need to revisit an identity-diverse and catered curriculum that cultivates, reinforces, and shares students’ differing ethnolinguistic identities. It is, therefore, critical that the department examines, learns, and applies strategies that fulfill the needs of all its students, thereby creating the opportunity for recruitment and retention of students in the department and college as a whole. As a references, interviews related to how other universities' Spanish departments operate their Spanish heritage track programs systems are provided. Dr. Katie MacLean of Kalamazoo College, Dr. Jocelly Meiners of the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Anel Brandl of Florida State University, and Dr. Mara Luisa Parra-Velasco of Harvard University served as interviewees. With that said, the principal objective of this paper is to create a dialogue with the Spanish Language and Literature department about creating a course for Heritage Spanish Language Speakers. INDEX WORDS: Heritage Spanish Language Speaker (HSLS), Spanish Second Language Learners (SSLL)
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    El Sol: una escuela unica
    (2014-06-01) Hall, Genevieve; Valle, Enid M., 1953-
    The author volunteered at El Sol Elementary School in her sophomore year, and bases her SIP on the El Sol Elementary School model. To study the history and pattern of this school, I would like to begin by investigating the process that leads us to this point in the bilingual education. Why is there so much linguistic diversity in the United States? How has formal education changed over the? Why do some believe it is necessary to change the traditional approach of teaching children who have a limited knowledge of English? Why does El Sol exist in Kalamazoo and what are its goals? Does it have an impact on the community? I had a lot of questions at the beginning of my project that led me to study this topic, in search of a deep understanding of bilingual education in the US and, more specifically, here in Kalamazoo.
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    La·perseverancia de las mujeres en el mundo hist6ricamente sexista del regueton
    (2019-06-01) Beck, Grace; Valle, Enid M., 1953-
    Despite the blatant misogyny that has plagued reggaeton, women have always been a major part of the genre. There is a lot of potential for a more inclusive and equal industry. women already have come so far from a time when there was really only one female reggaeton singer to a new wave of female artists who are continuing and expanding the work from those who came before them. Reggaetoneras have survived sexism, misogyny and the machismo of the industry to follow their passion (or simply to pay the bills in some cases). One thing is clear: given the perseverance of reggaeton artists so far, women they will continue to fight to get their place in reggaeton and they will certainly affect the future of the musical genre.
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