I was a Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago during 2012-2013. Here is the paper I delievered.
The Instituto Cervantes has created a marvellous website where they've uploaded numerous video conferences about various issues related to the teaching of Spanish. My discussion with Dr. Ofelia García about teaching Spanish in the U.S. is available at the link below.
Why do heritage speakers need a separate Spanish course? What are some of the linguistic, affective, and academic considerations that educators should keep in mind? This is the talk I gave at Lake Forest College, IL, in September 2013.
Paria canyon is a remote canyon wilderness area that spans from Southern Utah into Northern Arizona. It is probably the most spectacular slot canyon formation in the world and makes for an incredible 5(ish) day hiking adventure.
There are no facilities along the route, no cell signals, and no established trail in many areas. Access to fresh water is limited to springs encoutered along the way.