Bilingualism and Translation with guests Dr. Justine Pas, Dr. Maite Nunez-Betelu, and Dr. Shenika Harris



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Episode 6

Guests: Dr. Shenika Harris, Dr. Maite Núñez-Betel and Dr. Justine Pas discuss the value and importance of Bilingualism and Translation in understanding the world.

Dr. Shenika Harris has been at Lindenwood since 2014, and she primarily teaches courses about Spanish language, Spanish culture, and bilingualism/multilingualism. She has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Spanish from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a MA in Spanish from St. Louis University, and a PhD in Second Language Acquisition with a minor in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys teaching others to communicate in Spanish, helping them explore the diverse cultures of the world, and helping them understand what it means to be a bilingual/multilingual individual.

Dr. Maite Núñez-Betelu earned an M.A. In Comparative Literature from West Virginia University and a Ph. D. in Romance Languages from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a Professor of Spanish and teaches courses in Spanish language, culture, history, and literature. She specializes in contemporary Basque women writers, but her research interests include Basque and Hispanic culture as well as contemporary women writers of Spain and Latin America. Other areas of interest are children's literature and crime fiction.

Dr. Justine Pas earned a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include American ethnic literature, literature of the Holocaust, and translation studies. She has been published in domestic and international scholarly journals as well as in scholarly volumes dedicated to translation theory and practice. She has also earned awards for teaching, including the 2014-2015 President’s Scholar-Teacher Award at Lindenwood University. Her most recent publications include "The Politics of Relay Translation and Language Hierarchies: The Case of Stanisław Lem’s Solaris" and the "Foreword" to a memoir about surviving the Holocaust by Hava Ben-Zvi titled We Who Lived: Two Teenagers in World War II Poland.

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Lindenwood University


Bilingual Education, Cognitive Agility, Idioms, Translate, Sense and Meaning, Executive Processing, Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Awareness, Competitive Advantage, Interpreter, Literature, Career Readiness


Language Interpretation and Translation


Host Donald E Heidenreich, Jr (PhD, University of Missouri) has been a professor of history at Lindenwood University since August 2000 and teaches courses in the history, political science and international relations programs. His course load has included the international relations capstone class, IR 40100 Intelligence, Military and National Policy, impact of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, American military History, and a class on the origins of World War One. In addition to his Ph.D. He has a Masters in history from the University of Arizona and a Bachelors in international relations and history from San Francisco State University.

Dr. Heidenreich has had published numerous pieces including: “Federalist Diplomacy and Military Activity, 1789-1801,“ The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History: The Colonial Period to 1877, “The Power to Regulate Land and Naval Forces.” The Powers of the U.S. Congress, “U.S. National Security and Party Politics: The Consensus on Louisiana, 1789-1803.” The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. He has also written numerous pieces on wars and treaties for various encyclopedia.

Dr. Heidenreich also served 22 years in the US Army Reserve and National Guard as an intelligence officer, an artillery officer, and finally as a historian before retiring as a Major in 2002. He was trained in counter intelligence in 1982 and then served in a number of tactical intelligence positions until 1994 when he took commanded of “C” Battery 1/128th Field Artillery from 1994-1996 and finally took command of the 135th Military History Detachment.

Bilingualism and Translation with guests Dr. Justine Pas, Dr. Maite Nunez-Betelu, and Dr. Shenika Harris