February 8, 2014  Richard C. Shupp, PhD:  Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Lafayette College, Easton, PA: "Pre-Columbian Engineering in US Films."

    The anticipated Maya apocalypse in 2012 spawned a number of Hollywood films that suggested a broad spectrum of possible outcomes. Some films were intensely sentimental, and others were stunningly gruesome. Most, however, were just amusingly ridiculous. Grossly inaccurate depictions of Pre-Columbian civilizations abound in American movies. For the past several months, a group of Lafayette College students and Professor Shupp have researched the images of Pre-Columbian engineering as it has been portrayed in American film. They illustrated their talk with video clips from the films they have identified and analyzed and shared their observations and conclusions.  Professor Shupp has published two books of poetry: Love, Laughter and Lament, in 1973 and María, in 1981, as well as numerous articles, essays, letters and multimedia presentations. He is presently working on a novel in English entitled Mestizo, and a collection of poetry in Spanish, Lupita.

        Professor Richard C. Shupp received his B.A. degree in Spanish from Lafayette College, and M.A. degrees, in Modern Language and Literature from Lehigh University and in Latin American Civilization from the Universidad Internacional in Saltillo, Mexico. He pursued specialized graduate study at several other colleges in Mexico and the United States, and has traveled to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean more than forty times for study, research, and community service projects. Professor Shupp and his wife have nine children, the youngest of whom will graduate from DeSales University in May. Rich began his teaching career in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Easton Area High School, where he was also the advisor to the Latin American Cultural Association and the Foreign Language Coordinator for the district. In 1992, Lafayette College invited him to return to campus as a member of the faculty, and he has taught there ever since. In 2003, he was asked to teach at Penn State Lehigh Valley, as well, where he taught all levels of Spanish from 2003 to 2007, including a year as a full-time adjunct professor. At Lafayette, Professor Shupp teaches all levels of Spanish and a First Year Seminar about Mexico.  He is the faculty advisor to the Lafayette College Republicans, the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and the Leopard Lair, an athletic department support organization. He serves on the advisory boards of both the Williams Center for the Arts and Skillman Library. At various times in the past, Rich also taught Spanish at Lehigh University and Northampton Community College.

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