Department: Modern Language
Born and educated in Uruguay, Cristina Miguez Cruz completed a B.A. in Letters in 1999, an M.A. in Literary Studies in 2002 in Venezuela and a doctorate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a focus on 20th Century Latin American Crime Narrative and Cinema in 2009.
Lunden MacDonald, Ph.D., is a professor of modern languages at Metropolitan State University of Denver. MacDonald started teaching Spanish at MSU Denver in 1998 and has since held the positions of instructor, assistant professor, full professor, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and director of First Year Success program. She speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and Galician. Her areas of expertise are in Spanish language, literature, teaching, contemporary trends in foreign language study, translation, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood), Investigative trends in SIDS and SUDC research.
MacDonald has published several articles including “The Virtual Language Lab: Virtually Painless, Simply Real” in the International Association for Language Learning Technology Journal in 2009 and Spanish Translation of “La próxima etapa en Panamá: la subcontratación de pensiones” in La Prensa, Journal of Honduras, in 2007. Her research topics include Joseph Blanco White, European Enlightenment, Enlightenment (or lack thereof) in Spain, paradigms of Enlightenment in the Spanish-speaking world, Spanish language learning and teaching methods; and technology and technological applications in the teaching and learning of Spanish language, literature and culture.
MacDonald received her Ph.D. and master’s in Spanish language and literature from Princeton University in 2006 and 1997. Additionally, she also received a master’s and bachelor’s in Spanish language and literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1995 and 1993.
Ibon Izurieta, Ph.D., is from Bilbao, in the Basque region of Spain. He speaks Basque, Spanish and English. His research includes historical, political, sociological, cultural, artistic and literary aspects of the coexistence of Basque and Spanish languages and cultures in the Basque Country, but also contemporary aspects of Spanish literature, film and society focused primarily in Spain rather than Latin America, the only exception being Mexico. He organizes trips for students every summer and during the academic year. He is currently working on establishing a program in Oaxaca.
He has several articles published in professional journals covering different aspects of Spanish and Basque literature and Film, Literary Theory and Criticism and is currently finishing a manuscript on the philosopher, writer, cultural critic Miguel de Unamuno who was born in Bilbao and bridged the cultural divide of Spanish and Basque perspectives in literature, culture, history and philosophy. He earned his M.A. in Comparative Literature and his Ph.D. in Spanish, from the University of Iowa.
Lawrence Glatz, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Modern Languages at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He teaches elementary German, intermediate German, German civilization and German phonetics – theory and practice.
Glatz has been teaching at MSU Denver for nearly 25 years. Previously, he taught German language at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University. Glatz also volunteered as a German-language instructor at the Waldsee German Language Immersion Camp in Bemidji, Minnesota, for two summers. Glatz has been awarded the Excellence in Academic Advising Award, the Award for Outstanding Service to Students and the Bright Ideas/Best Practices Award during his time at MSU Denver.
Glatz has published over 10 academic works independently and across many topics, including “Teacher Training Involving Technology” and “The Curious Rebels of Heinrich Böll: Witnesses, Felons and Nonconformists.” He has given presentations at the Annual Conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Annual Conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Glatz also teaches workshops for other educators. His current research focuses on the writings of Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Heinrich Böll.
Glatz received his doctorate and master’s in German literature from Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and 1988, respectively, and a bachelor’s with honors in German from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. During his master’s program, Glatz studied in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin.
Roberto Forns-Broggi, Ph.D., is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was born in Lima, Peru and speaks Spanish fluently.
Forns-Broggi has been teaching at MSU Denver since 1998. He is the faculty chair for the Modern Language Department Committee. Forns-Broggi also taught at Universidad Nacionla de Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina for 13 years.
His research interests include Latin American and Spanish literature, popular cultures, environmental philosophy, environmental spiritualties, film studies, world cinema, environmental literature, film media literacy, critical thinking and creativity. He has taught classes about intercultural communication through literature and film; literary and cultural theory; creative writing and children’s literature.
Forns-Broggi received his doctorate in Spanish language and literature from Arizona State University in 1995.