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Associate Professor of Spanish (2002)
- B.A., M.A., University of Northern Iowa
- Ph.D., University of Arizona
Office: Comenius Hall, Room 408
Areas of Research and/or Expertise
Spanish language and culture, Central American Women Writers, Linguistic Varieties/Language in Contact and Changes, Bilingualism and Dialectology, Hispanic World: Culture and Literature.
Dr. Nilsa Lasso-von Lang studied International Relations at the University of Panama (1985-1988). In 1988, she moved to the United States and attended the University of Northern Iowa where she received a BA in Spanish and an MA in Hispanic Literature. In 1999, she successfully completed her doctoral degree at the University of Arizona. Her major area of concentration is 19th and 20th Century Spanish American Literature. She has also received intensive training on Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Pedagogy, and Language and Technology.
Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Moravian College where she teaches Spanish language, culture and literature courses. She has published the following articles: “Lenguas en contacto en México: Español/zapoteco, español/tzeltal y español/tzotzil”; “Feminism and Catholicism in Latin America: A Personal Experience,” published in Reconciling Catholicism and Feminism?: Personal Reflections on Tradition and Change, Notre Dame University Press, 2003; “Lo otro sin amor en Mañana digo basta,” in Grafemas: Publicación de la asociación de literatura femenina hispánica, 4.1 (2000). She co-edited the book Variedades lingüísticas en el mundo hispano: El español en contacto con otras lenguas (2005).
Her most recent book is entitled Bertalicia Peralta: Life and Works was published in October, 2007 by F&G Editores de Guatemala. Her article “Panamanian Poetry in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century” will be published by the prestigious Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs. She devotes some time to creative writing. Her short story “Bus Route” was published in the PMPA Journal. Some of her poems have been published in The Colors of Life, an Internatinal Library of Poetry; Forum: A Poetry Journal (SMSU); MCFL Poetry Journal; Babel; and Letras Femeninas. She has presented papers on Central American literature, language, and culture, such as “Kuna Yala Indians: Past and Present,” “Central American Poetry,” and “Evolution of Panamanian Poetry,” among others. Dr. Lasso is the founder and the co-editor of a Poetry Journal for Moravian Students. She is also a member of the editorial board of several academic journals, such as Scientific Journals International (SJI) – Humanities, and ACTFL- Foreign Language Annals.
Recent Activities of Note
- Nilsa Lasso-von Lang, associate professor of Spanish, was awarded the title "Friend of the Library" at the Ernesto J. Castillero National Library of Panama City, Republic of Panama, for her valuable literary contribution and participation in Promoción de la literatura infantil, January 2009. In addition, her article "Evolution of Panamanian Poetry: 1950s to present" was accepted as one of the chapters in the anthology Studies in Honor of Lanin A. Gyurko, edited by Ken Hall and Ruth Muñoz-Hjelm. The anthology was published by the Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2009.