Keynote Speakers

Dr. Aline Godfroid

Michigan State University

Friday, Feb. 17, 5:30-7:30 – ICC101 

Dr. Aline Godfroid is an Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Languages at Michigan State University. A cutting- edge scholar in the use of eye-tracking, she began doing eye-movement research during her doctoral studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in Belgium, and is currently the co-director of the Second Language Studies Eye-tracking Lab (with Paula Winke). Dr. Godfroid specializes in cognitive processes in second language acquisition, teaching courses on L2 psycholinguistics, statistics, eye-tracking, vocabulary acquisition and advanced research. In her research, Dr. Godfroid attempts to bridge the gap between psycholinguistics and actual second language learning, especially focusing on (a) attention, awareness and the ‘Noticing Hypothesis’, (b) implicit and explicit learning and memor y, (c) incidental vocabulary acquisition while reading, and (d) automatization.

As a principal investigator, she has received grants from organizations including the National Science Foundation (NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, "Speech perception in bilingual and monolingual speakers under normal and adverse listening conditions"), Language Learning (“Incidental and intentional L2 vocabulary learning: Are they different?”), the Humanities and Arts Research Program (“Recording eye movements in second language research: A methodological guide”), and the Flanders-based research foundation, Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (“Bridging the gap: Linking noticing and the implicit acquisition of grammatical subregularities in L2 German” with Alex Housen), and has published prolifically in peer-edited journals including Language Learning, Applied Psycholinguistics, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition, for which she currently serves as an editorial board member.


Yale University

Saturday, Feb. 18, 11:45-1:15 – ICC101 

Dr. Rolena Adorno is the Sterling Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University. Known for her interdisciplinary and often collaborative scholarship in colonial Spanish American literature and history, she is the most recent recipient of the Modern Language Association’s Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement. Her books include The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative, which won the MLA’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, and Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: His Account, His Life, and the Expedition of Pánfilo de Narváez. Co-authored with Patrick C. Pautz, this three-volume Cabeza de Vaca study was awarded prizes by the American Historical Association, the Western Historical Association, and the New England Council of Latin American Studies. More recently, Adorno wrote, for the Oxford University Press Series, Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction, which will also be published in Spanish. Known for her early scholarly work on Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala’s Nueva crónica y buen gobierno, she has pioneered its modern editions in print and digital formats.

Adorno has been awarded Yale University’s Graduate Mentor Award, and she holds an Honorary Professorship at La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Adorno serves on the National Council on the Humanities. She is a 2016- 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.