Published on April 6, 2022 by Sean Flynt  
WLAC Conference
Samford faculty and students on the campus of conference host Lee University

Samford University world languages and cultures professors Sara Ortega-Higgs and Joanna Bradley and five of their Spanish language students participated in the IX Annual Conference on Latin-American and Iberian Studies at Lee University March 26. The trip was co-sponsored by Samford’s Department of World Languages and Customs and the University Fellows program.
The students presented original research they completed for the Spanish Literature course Ortega-Higgs taught last fall. Their presentation topics included:

“The Function of the ‘Town’s Fool’ in La casa de Bernarda Alba”–Erica Bradley

"Adela’s Suicide from a Psychological Perspective and its Symbolic Dimension”–Michayla Hebert

“Desesperación y desesperanza en La casa de Bernarda Alba”– Ashlee Priest

“Lorca and Liberation: Re-imagining Religion to Respond to Repression in La casa de Bernarda Alba”–Lacey Spear

“Las matemáticas y la poesía”– Sarah Westmoreland

Bradley participated in a discussion panel at the conference. Ortega-Higgs was the event’s keynote speaker, with a presentation on "Lily's Binder: Connecting Students with Purpose in the Foreign Language Classroom".

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.