Category Archives: FLL Faculty

Greg Dawes Named to Distinguished Professor Rank

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Dr. Greg Dawes (right) receives the CHASS Alumni Distinguished Research Award from CHASS Dean Jeff Braden (April 29, 2010).

Dr. Greg Dawes, professor of Latin American Studies and faculty member of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has recently been appointed to the ranks of distinguished professors.

Dawes is a scholar of Latin American literature and culture and past recipient of the CHASS Alumni Distinguished Research Award (2010). He attended the University of Northern Iowa (BA and MA) and completed his PhD at the University of Washington (1990).

As a child, he spent his formative years in Córdova, Argentina, where his parents were working as missionaries. He and his wife Marcia have two daughters, Amanda and Giuliana.

The author of several books on Latin American poets such as Pablo Neruda, Mario Benedetti, Vicente Huidobro, among others, Greg Dawes has been visiting professor at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and at the Universidad de Chile. In 2003, he co-founded A Contracorriente, a refereed journal on Latin American studies, and has served as its editor ever since. He is also founder and managing editor of Editorial A Contracorriente, a press associated to the journal.

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Army Accords Dwight Stephens Commander’s Award for Public Service

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Dr. Dwight Stephens, Director of the Integrated Learning Research Initiative

Special Forces Colonel Donald D. Franklin awarded FLL Dwight Stephens the US Department of Army Commander’s Award for Public Service in a ceremony at Ft. Bragg last May 20. According to the Army’s Institute of Heraldry, the Commander’s Award for Public Service is the fourth highest honor the United States Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian. The award consists of a bronze medal, lapel button and certificate.

Dr. Stephens currently serves as Director of the Integrated Learning Research Initiative at NC State University as well as Program Director of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures’ Critical Language Institute.

Congratulations Dwight!!

Posted by Samuel F. Sotillo (Lecturer/Webmaster)

Virtual Symposium Marks Milestone for NC State’s Latin American Studies Journal


A Contracorriente’s Editor Dr. Greg Dawes (center) converses with FLL Head Dr. Ruth Gross and distinguished guest and keynote speaker Dr. John Beverley (University of Pittsburgh). Photo courtesy of S. F. Sotillo.

When NC State’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures founded a journal on Latin American studies in 2003, it was one of the first online, open access scholarly publications of its kind. A Contracorriente recently marked its tenth anniversary in a similarly technologically advanced style.

Faculty associated with the journal hosted a virtual symposium on Latin American studies using advanced videoconferencing technology to gather scholars from locations across the United States and Latin America. They covered topics related to Latin American and Spanish literature, cultural studies, history, politics and indigenous people, among others.

Two distinguished keynote speakers were also on hand: the University of Oregon’s social historian Carlos Aguirre and the University of Pittsburgh’s cultural critic John Beverley.

Aguirre talked about the circumstances surrounding the violent war between the Peruvian government and the Maoist guerrilla organization Shining Path during the mid-1980s. Beverley addressed the relationship between the humanities and the concept of equality from Rousseau to the present day. Both keynote lectures were broadcast live through NC State’s Youtube channel.

A Contracorriente editor and NC State Professor Greg Dawes and Ruth Gross, professor and head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures addressed the virtually assembled group to share the journal’s history and the role the publication plays in the department and around the globe. Here’s to the next ten years!

Original story by Samuel Sotillo (FLL Lecturer/Webmaster). Lauren Kirkpatrick (CHASS Director of Communication) contributed to this story.