Christine E. Harvey Bennett
Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Born in England, Christine Bennett received her early education in Wales and then migrated first to Canada for undergraduate studies in German and Spanish and later to the U.S.A. for her graduate work at Stanford University in Latín American Studies, Spanish and Humanities. Interested in languages and cultures, she lived and traveled widely in Europe and Latin America before returning to California where she has taught during most of her career. She came to NDNU in 1991, taught a variety of courses in Latin American Studies, and Spanish language and was Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures before becoming Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities in 2000. With a strong belief in the value of study abroad and community service, she founded the Guadalajara Project in 1999; for many summers since then NDNU students have designed and run a summer camp for young children in an underserved neighborhood on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara in Mexico Recently on leave, during which time she taught at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Bennett is returning to teach at NDNU in Fall 2009.
- B.A. (Hons.) German and Spanish, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 1964
- Certificate in Interpreting, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Summer 1963
- M.A. Latin American Studies, Stanford University, 1965
- Ph.D. Humanities and Spanish, Stanford University, 1975
- Spanish language
- Spanish for Business
- History and culture of Latin America
- History and Culture of Spain
- Latin American Literature in Translation
- Latin American Literature in Spanish
- Latino Culture and History
- Latin American, Spanish and Latino Theater
- Humanities: First Year Experience
- Spanish for a Bilingual World
- The Hispanic Experience in the U.S.A.
Community Service: The Guadalajara Project
- The cultural encounters between Indian, African and European in the conquest and settlement of the Americas.
- Theatre in Spanish
- Latino and Latin American Literature
- Service Learning Opportunities for Students of Spanish
- 2001 Sister Catherine Julie Cunningham Teaching Project Award, NDNU
- 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 Faculty Development Research Awards
- 2000 Irvine Foundation Curriculum Development Award
- 1999 Fall semester sabbatical in Santiago, Chile, where she attended Business School classes in Spanish at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, researched advertising and culture, and participated in literary and film workshops and reading groups.. She also undertook extensive travel throughout Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru
AATSP: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Main topics were service learning and teaching. The most recent were:
10/02 Service Learning:The Guadalajara Project, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
11/01 Travel in Latin America. Invited lecture for Associated Students of NDNU Lecture Series
9/01. Service Learning: The Guadalajara Project , Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.
- 9/01 Spanish for a Bilingual World, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.
- May-June 1999 CIEE Faculty Development Seminar on NAFTA in Guadalajara, Mexico
- Summer 1993 Completion of Faculty Development Workshop, Teaching Spanish for International Business, Sponsored by the Center for International Business
- Education and Research (CIBER) in Columbia, South Carolina, July 25-August 5, 1993.
- 1987 NEH Summer Institute Fellow, Latin American Literature, Columbia University, New York, NY
- 2003-Present Member of the Board of Peninsula Art Museum, Belmont, Ca.
- 1989 to present, member of Neighbors Abroad, Palo Alto – Oaxaca Sisters Cities Organization
- November 2003-2005 Spearheaded annual involvement of NDNU in the Bay Area International Latino Film Festival.
- 2003 The NDNU Community Based Learning Project in Guadalajara , Mexico. An article in Juntos: Community Partnerships in Spanish and Portuguese edited by Hellerman, Arries, & Verona, AATSP Vol. V 2003,Thomson, Heinle 2004
- 1990 – CADA VEZ MEJOR (Haro, Sigler, Bennett), A second-year university textbook for Spanish, MacMillan Publishing Company.
- 1974 – Ph.D. dissertation, unpublished – Satire and Irony in Two Works by Gabriel García Márquez.
- 1964-1965 – Articles on Ecuador and Netherlands Antilles, Hispanic American Report, Stanford University, Ca. Latin American Studies M.A. Program.