AcademicsResha Cardone - Spanish
Raised in an alternative lifestyle in rural Northern California in the midst of back-to-the-land hippies and American Indians, Resha learned from an early age to negotiate intense cultural dichotomies. This ability to live in and traverse cultural borders led her to pursue her calling of teaching Latin American languages and literatures.
Her studies took her from California to Mexico and eventually to Santiago de Chile, where she found a mentor in Chilean intellectual, activist, and short story writer, Pía Barros. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she left Northern California for the Self Fellowship at the University of Kansas. There, while completing her advanced studies in language and literature, Resha channeled her interest in women’s issues and commitment to social change, beginning research and publication in Latin American literary and cultural studies. Her publications deal with feminism and pornography in Spanish short stories and collective memory in contemporary Chilean theater. Currently, her work focuses on collaboration and intellectual activism among twentieth century Chilean women writers.
For Resha, teaching is an intimate interpersonal experience which is indelibly marked by and intertwined with research. "My function as a teacher is to make students world citizens," she says, "to remove them from comfortable, familiar surroundings, and engage them with contexts that prompt intense personal and intellectual development." Resha enjoys tapping into the playful, theatrical nature of language acquisition. "Language learning is an activity that solicits students to rehearse new roles and experiment with being and doing in a different register," she explains. "It is a delicate creative practice that, when properly nurtured, can open up doors to distant lands as well as to the self."
B.A., Humboldt State University, 1999; M.A., University of Kansas, 2001; Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2006.; Marlboro College, 2006 -