Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Maria Guadalupe Arenillas received her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and spent a year at the University of California, Davis. She finished her dissertation with a pre-doctoral fellowship. During her Ph. D. program, Arenillas researched on topics related to memory in literature, film, and memory spaces. She has taught many years at Notre Dame and also a class at UC Davis.

Arenillas is originally from the city of Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city in Argentina, but she spent part of her childhood in Patagonia and also lived in Madrid, where she majored in English Philology. The cultural life in Buenos Aires is very rich. There’re always lots of things to do. Arenillas loves to go to the movie theaters, and to walk in the city, especially in the warm and humid summer nights.

Currently, Arenillas is teaching SN 101 Elementary Spanish, SN 201 Intermediate Spanish, and SN 312 Latin American Culture at NMU. Her suggestions for Spanish learning students are to open the books and ears. “Let the language become part of your life,” Arenillas says. Students are encouraged to get involved with the language as much as possible, by means of movies, music, books, and using the language lab. Besides teaching, Arenillas loves traveling, hiking, reading books, and watching movies. Her favorite quote is from Roberto Bolaño (2666), “Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.”