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Faculty Spotlight

R. Lane Kauffmann

R. Lane Kauffmann joined our faculty in 1976.  He received his Ph.D. in 1981 in Comparative Literature from the University of California (San Diego).

For more information, see his brief bio.

Student Spotlight

Kendall Toarmina spotlight
Kendall Toarmina spotlight
From Kendall Toarmina, Class of 2010:
I'm about half-way done with my Fulbright award here in Argentina, and I wanted to share a quick update! I'm living in Northwest Argentina in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán, which has a population of about 1 million. My main activities are teaching English in a variety of settings. I work at a teacher training college, I visit high schools in the city and interact with students there, and I also help with teacher training for elementary school teachers.

In addition to teaching English, I started a food blog. It's an expression of my love of food, writing, and Argentine culture (but mostly food). :D The web address is http://www.argentinewithatwist.com . It's a collection of original recipes I created myself inspired by my experiences here in Argentina. It's really fun to experiment with new recipes and be able to share a little bit about Argentine culture with friends and family back home. And I'm learning a lot in the process.

I hope everything is going well in the Hispanic Studies Dept at Rice! I should be back in Houston sometime in early 2012, and I'll be sure to stop by!


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Entre Líneas, student magazine (Rice News, Aug 2012)

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Spanish Resource Center, Est. 6/09

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