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Meet the DLCL 2020-21 Undergraduate Peer Advisory Team


Meet the DLCL 2020-21 Undergraduate Peer Advisory Team

Sep 29, 2020

Office Hours:

Come and talk with peer advisors from the Comparative Literature, French, German Studies, ILAC, and Slavic Languages & Literatures departments!
They are open to discuss course recommendations, funding opportunities, and any DLCL-related questions you may have!

Week 3: Thursday, October 1 at 1:00pm PT with Max, Marco, and Sofia
Week 5: Tuesday, October 13 at 11:00am PT with Faith and Angela
Week 7: Thursday, October 29 at 1:00pm PT with Max, Marco, and Sofia | Zoom
Week 9: Tuesday, November 10 at 11:00am PT with Faith and Angela | Zoom


Comparative Literature:

Angela Black (Fall, Winter)

Pronouns: She/ Her
Major: Comparative Literature
Minor: French
Interests: The intersection of art, literature, and philosophy; Democratic Socialism; Nietzsche; the Existentialists; speaking French; Karl Ove Knausgaard; writing poetry; Mavis my dog; Blondie
Previous/ Current Stanford Extracurricular Activities: Director of Stanford Concert Network, EBF resident <3, KZSU 90.1, Untitled: Stanford's Art History & Film Studies magazine
What I can talk hours about:
1) The greatest major on campus: Comparative Literature
2) Finding funding for your research or cultural experience aspirations
3) Working the system to go overseas on Stanford's dime as much as you can
4) Grad school applications overseas for the humanities! 
5) Being a FLI student in the DLCL 
6) Leaving ~CS~ to fully commit to living my humanities dream.
A transformative course: Comp Lit 122: Literature as Performance / Comp Lit 222A: Myth and Modernity 
Fun Fact: I most associate with tertiary colors. 


Omar El-Sabrout (Spring, Summer)

Pronouns: He/ Him
Major: Comparative Literature
Minor: Art Practice 
Interests: Music, Art, Film, Literature, Video Games, Food and Agriculture
Previous/ Current Stanford Extracurricular Activities: Work for Stanford Educational Farm, Stanford Art Department and the Climbing wall
What I can talk hours about: music: jazz genealogy, hip hop artistry, production aesthetics, etc.
A transformative course: COMPLIT 252B: Great Arabic Prose 
Fun Fact: I have surgical metal in my wrist



Max Smith

Pronouns: He/Him
Major: French & International Relations
Interests: Game design, French Romanticism, cooking, corgis, plays, linguistics, and climate justice.
Previous/ Current Stanford Extracurricular Activities: Stanford Mock Trial, Residential Education, Stanford in Government (SIG) 
What I can talk hours about: The strong influences that “the arts” have on political and justice-oriented social movements!
A transformative course: FRENCH 252: Art and Power: from Royal Spectacle to Revolutionary Ritual
Fun Fact: 
1. I can say the alphabet backwards really quickly
2. The words “male” and “female” don’t have the same etymological origin— we just changed “female” from the French version when we took it into our language. 


German Studies:

Sofia Patino-Duque

Pronouns: She/Her
Major: German Studies & History 
Interests: Global citizenship, Switzerland, travel, comparative law, modern German politics
Previous/ Current Stanford Extracurricular Activities: Stanford Equestrian Team, Stanford in Government, Ravenwood Reads, Peer Advisor for German Studies & History, BOSP Berlin Ambassador 
What I can talk hours about: Study abroad (especially Berlin and Oxford), working abroad at a political think tank, language study, German history & literature, how amazing the DLCL department is, how to apply for a coterm, international grants—especially the UAR Grants (I got to go to Switzerland because of one!), double-majoring
A transformative course: German 343: World War Two: Place, Loss, History co-taught by Prof. Amir Eshel (German Studies) and Prof. Alexander Nemerov (Art History)—my thesis was because I took this class
Fun Fact: The Japanese legal system was inspired by the German civil law legal system


Iberian and Latin American Culture (ILAC):


Marcello "Marco" Merola

Pronouns: He/Him
Major: ILAC and Philosophy
Interests: Music, Sports, Doing Crosswords, Playing Jeopardy and Going to the Beach
Previous/ Current Stanford Extracurricular Activities: KZSU Sports Radio, Stanford 6th Man, Freelance Sports Journalism on TheBootleg
What I can talk hours about: Modern Spanish Politics
A transformative course: ILAC 193- The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar 
Fun Fact: I am colorblind


Slavic Languages & Literatures:

Faith Harron

Pronouns: She/Her
Major: Mechanical Engineering, Slavic Languages & Literatures
Interests: Studying & working abroad, untold stories, writing novels, journalism, STEAM education, building/making things, languages
Previous/ Current Stanford Extracurricular Activities: Current: Adopt a Science Olympiad Team (co-founded), Society of Women Engineers, Peer Learning Consultant Program, Golden Gate Science Olympiad, REEES-CiS
What I can talk hours about: My travels, creative writing, my majors/concentrations & how to choose them, combining interdisciplinary interests, how to be a more effective student, makerspaces & hands-on STEAM activities
A transformative course: St. Petersburg: Imagining a City, Building a City (Bing Overseas Seminar)
Fun Fact: The Atlas Moth has camouflage to look like a snake to avoid being eaten by birds (it's also massive!)