Dolores Rivas Bahti in 2001 received her Ph.D. in U.S. History, with a doctoral minor in Art History. She is a 1992 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship recipient and 1998 alumna of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Her research explores a spectrum of Spanish colonial to regional contemporary topics, most recently photo-dynamics in the North by Southwest U.S.-Mexico border region. She also has held consecutive visiting research appointments in 2011 and 2012 at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in North America (CSERA), Brown University, for continuing research on spiritual and political dimensions of Spanish exile and migration in Mexico and immigrant allegories of faith in Arizona. In 2012, she became a member of the Association of Collaborators of the Institutum Historicum Teresianum, in Rome. Dr. Rivas Bahti teaches classes in the Basic Languages Program.
Continuation of Spanish 101, 102, and 201 or by placement exam. As the second semester of the second year Spanish, this course is designed to provide insight into the literature and culture of the Spanish speaking countries. Themes are developed by content-based cultural activities, which provide awareness in the Hispanic culture, and encourage students to formulate opinions on a variety of contemporary issues through authentic readings, discussions and writing. This course reviews the grammatical concepts in a more sophisticated way and analyses more complex syntactic structures considered within a functional whole such as the subjunctive moods, etc. The teaching approach integrates grammar and culture in a functional use through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Classroom activities stress communication across the four skills with a strong aural, oral and written component. Audio, video, and computer materials incorporated.