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Since 2000, the Language and Culture Resource Center in cooperation with the Communication Department and the Department of Literature and Language, has published seventeen annual editions of El Nuevo Tennessean, a bilingual newspaper (see below for a history of those publications).
Students from the Communication Department taking classes with Mary Alice Basconi are responsible for interacting directly with community to seek out stories and articles, and conduct interviews. While students who work for the LCRC translate the articles written in English into Spanish. The purpose of the project is two-fold: First, to inform the Spanish speaking community about the services, and resources available to them in the area. Secondly, to inform the resident population about the culture and contributions of the Hispanic population.
This bilingual newspaper project provides an opportunity for students from various fields of study to enhance their communication ability and research skills. It has been a great resource for partnerships between the university and the community, and many other programs have been developed in association with El Nuevo Tennessean, including the development of Applied Spanish Minor academic program, which institutionalized community outreach.
For more information, contact Basconi at 439-6552 or the LCRC at 439-8342.