Spanish Lecturer Presented at National and International Conferences

Friday, April 27, 2012

Brenda Swart, Westminster College Spanish lecturer, presented at two conferences in March.

Swart presented "Transnational Activities as Precursors of a (Re)Affirmation of a National Identity in Santitos" at the XVII Congreso de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea March 1-3 at the University of Texas at El Paso.  The paper examined how the reaffirmation of a national identity of the protagonist was presented in Santitos (Little Saints) by the author of the novel and in the film by the director.

She presented "What Vocabulary to Teach in an Introductory Business Spanish Class?" at the annual Centers for International Business Education and Research's Business Language Conference March 21-24 at the University of North Carolina.  The paper presented pilot research about the Spanish business vocabulary available in business textbooks for MBA students at the University of Pittsburgh and was conducted in collaboration with Carlos Ramírez of the University of Pittsburgh.

Swart, who joined the faculty in 2010, earned undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Houston.

Contact Swart at (724) 946-7563 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Brenda Swart