Laura Hartmann-Villalta Talked about Incorporating Jesuit Values in her Composition Class and Modernism in the Spanish Civil War at the Northeast Modern Language Association 52nd Annual Convention
Laura Hartmann-Villalta presented two papers during the Northeast Modern Language Association 52nd Annual Convention, which was held online between March 10 and 14, 2021. One of her papers was titled “Incorporating Jesuit Values into the First-year Composition Classroom”, and she presented it on Thursday March 11, 2021, at the Mindfulness in the Writing and Literature Classroom: In-person, Online, in the Moment Roundtable, which was chaired by Matthew Leporati. This roundtable discussed practical strategies for implementing techniques of mindfulness in the writing and literature classroom, considering the advantages and disadvantages of such techniques, particularly addressing how mindfulness techniques can be utilized in online spaces, especially for in-person classes that have suddenly become remotely taught online as of the Spring 2020 semester.
Hartmann-Villalta also presented a paper titled “The (Leftist) Worldly Modernism of the Spanish Civil War” at the Modernism and/in the Anglophone Novel Panel, chaired by Shun Yin Kiang and held on Friday, March 12, 2021. This panel explored the Anglophone novel as a transnational genre long committed to addressing the differences between—and the interconnectedness of—the local, the global, and the in-between, with particular interest in the genre’s engagement with and retooling of modernism. Thus, the panel affirmed that the Anglophone novel is one viable site in which to 1) consider and contest by turns established understandings of modernism and its supposed Anglo-American roots, and 2) to move with the global turn of modernist studies to better understand modernism as a culturally robust phenomenon whose expressions and exchanges of ideas have always already been worldly, with the term being apprehended (necessarily) differently.