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Asuncion Arnedo

(she/her/hers)Lecturer in Spanish (2010)

Contact Information

Bosler Hall Room 217


Arnedo studied pharmacy at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, where she earned her licenciatura in pharmacology with a minor in Ecology. She earned her Master's degree at the School of Public Health of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. At Dickinson she combines Spanish language teaching with her background in public health. She has embraced teaching Spanish for Specific Purposes. In addition to Spanish for the Health Professions and Spanish for Business, she has also taught a globally integrated course on Sustainability in Hispanic Cultures, which included a trip to Cuba to study urban agriculture. She is currently researching the representation of health among migrant workers in contemporary literature and is also working on creating a sustainability dimension for the Dickinson in Spain Program (Málaga).


  • B.S., M.S., Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), 1981
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1991

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 101. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on speaking. Prerequisite: 101. Upon completion, students go to 201.

SPAN 231 Spanish Composition
This course examines food narratives (literatura gastronómica) in order to learn about culture, eating habits, diet, food trends, and how these factors affect health. Reading materials (all in Spanish) will include novels, poetry, critical essays, documentaries, and gastroblogs to review the ways in which individuals, communities, and society produce, distribute, and consume foods. Sustainable food systems and food security will also be discussed. Students will learn about the basic principles of nutrition by studying key concepts such as digestion, metabolism, and requirements for a healthy diet. In addition to a research paper and short analytic papers, students will have the opportunity to engage in experiential activities at the College Farm and Stern Kitchen, and to do a creative project through contributions with varied content (gastro-multimedia, creation of a tasting menu, cooking demonstrations, food related music, etc.).

Spring 2024

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 102. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on writing and speaking. Prerequisite: 102 or placement by department. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

SPAN 231 Spanish Composition
Part of the Globally Integrated Semester in Spain.