Lennie Amores, Ph.D. ’03 is an assistant professor of Spanish and serves on Marian University’s Hispanic Advisory Board. Dr. Amores is a Marian University graduate and earned her doctorate in romance studies at the University of Miami, Florida (2011), where she specialized in nineteenth and twentieth-century Peninsular Spanish cultural studies.
While she grew up in Indianapolis, Dr. Amores has also lived and worked in Spain as a study abroad student at Marian University and after graduating. She continues to travel to Spain every summer to visit family and do research on African and Eastern-European immigration to Spain. Dr. Amores strongly encourages her students to improve their language proficiency through study abroad. In fact, she is planning a Maymester trip (May 16-June 1) to Seville, Spain. Students interested can take any level Spanish course to count toward their language and cross-cultural awareness requirements.
Q & A with Dr. Amores
Q: What courses do you teach at Marian University?
A: I teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced language courses as well as Peninsular Spanish literature and culture courses.
Q: Do you have any special projects?
A: Right now, I am project director of the Latino Americans 500 Years in History Grant sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The team executing this includes: Lynné Colbert (acquisitions librarian), Jenny Ambroise (assistant professor of art and history and Marian University art gallery director), Carla Castaño, Ph.D. (assistant professor of Spanish), and Kristie Johnson (director of grants management).
We’ve been charged with hosting programs on campus that generate dialogue between community members and university students about the contributions of Latinos in American history and in local, Central Indiana communities. We’ve sponsored part of the Indy Jazz Fest, hosted Papel Picado with a Modern Twist, and screened the first episode of the PBS series, Latino Americans.
We have many more events planned in the coming semester and our final project will be an oral histories presentation. In two courses, our students are collecting oral histories from the Latino community, transcribing them, and putting them on the digital archives website of the Marian University Library.
Q: Why do you think it is important students learn a foreign language?
A: When students are able to engage in a foreign language, not only are they learning, but they also understand their own culture and their place in the world.
Q: What is a hobby or interest you have outside of teaching?
A: I love sewing. I just made onesies with words like “Opa” and “I Love Sociology” on them for a fellow professor (Bessie Rigakos, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology).