Sigma Delta Pi’s History Panel at the 102nd Annual AATSP Conference in Puerto Rico, July 2020: Recorded and Available Now Online!


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This panel was originally accepted and scheduled for presentation at the AATSP’s 102nd Annual Conference in Puerto Rico in July 2020.
Because of the conference’s postponement due to COVID-19, in early June 2020 participates recorded their planned presentations (click to access).

Sigma Delta Pi’s Latest History: Special Offer for Month of May

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Published in hard cover on April 28, 2020 by Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic MonographsSigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century, 1919-2019 is now available at Amazon (click here).

During the entire month of May to commemorate Sigma Delta Pi Day on May 1, complimentary copies of T. Earle Hamilton’s 1995 Sigma Delta Pi: A Brief History, 1919-1994 (218 pp) and LaPrade and Del Mastro’s 2005 Recounting a Decade, 1995-2004 (37 pp) will be included with each purchased, signed copy of Del Mastro’s 2020 book, available at Sigma Delta Pi’s national website (click here).

If you missed the May 1 Facebook Live reading of select chapters from this book, the recording is found at “Reading of Sigma Delta Pi’s New History (click here).”

“Sigma Delta Pi Day” on May 1, 2020: RSVP for a Live FB Reading of the Society’s New History

“Día de Sigma Delta Pi”/“Sigma Delta Pi Day”: Friday, May 1, 2020

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Miriam Burt, founding member of Sigma Delta Pi.

To celebrate the centennial of the Society’s first formal induction ceremony on Saturday, May 1, 1920 at founding member Miriam Burt’s home on 1629 Walnut Street in Berkeley, CA, Sigma Delta Pi will host a special live event on Facebook:

Rediscovering a Century

Sigma Delta Pi’s 239-page history will be published next month
by Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs.
At 7:30pm (EDST) on Friday, May 1, via Facebook Live (click here to RSVP) the author will read select passages from his book and answer questions from members about the Society’s 100-year history.   Sigma Delta Pi’s members and friends are invited.

Sigma Delta Pi: Latest Historical Note Published in _MIFLC Review_


Anticipating the publication of the book
Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century (1919-2019) in summer 2020,
we are pleased to share the latest historical note published in
volume 19, fall 2018-19 of the MIFLC Review:

Reflections on a Common Past: MIFLA and Sigma Delta Pi”
by Mark P. Del Mastro


Sigma Delta Pi’s Centennial Celebration at the 102nd Annual Conference of the AATSP: July 9-12, 2020: Deadline for CFP is November 1!

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Plan now to join Sigma Delta Pi in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 9-12, 2020 for the AATSP’s 102nd Annual Conference.

This will be Sigma Delta Pi’s concluding event for its centennial celebration (2019-2020) with special programming to include:

Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices and Informative Session
Book Signing for Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century, 1919-2019
(a history of the Society’s 100 years)
Special Panel on Sigma Delta Pi’s History
Reception for Members and Guests

Visit the AATSP’s page for conference details and the CFP:

Sigma Delta Pi Mourns the Loss of Dr. James Ray Chatham, Sigma Delta Pi Honorary President

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Dr. James Ray Chatham (1931-2019)

On August 12, 2019, Dr. James Ray Chatham, Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi, passed away at the age of 87.  Dr. Chatham was an accomplished academic leader who served as Head of his Department of Foreign Languages at Mississippi State University from 1964-1983, and Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) from 1984-1993. A long-time advocate of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Dr. Chatham worked with Sigma Delta Pi’s National President, Dr. Richard E. Chandler, in October 1984 to secure the regular scheduling of Sigma Delta Pi’s triennial convention at the AATSP annual meeting. It was at Sigma Delta Pi’s triennial convention in August 1989 during the AATSP’s annual conference in San Antonio, TX, when President Chandler inducted Chatham into the Order of Don Quijote, one of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society’s highest recognitions.  Upon his initiation, Chatham simply responded with a quote from Baltasar Gracián: “Lo bueno, si breve, dos veces bueno.” On August 2, 1998 during Sigma Delta Pi’s 21st triennial convention at the AATSP’s 80th annual meeting in Madrid, Spain, SDP’s National President John H. LaPrade appointed James Ray Chatham as Honorary President along with Donald W. Bleznick of the University of Cincinnati and James Agustín Castañeda of Rice University.  Dr. Chatham served in this honorary role until his death this past August 12.  Sigma Delta Pi remembers Dr. Chatham with gratitude for his loyal advocacy and service, and we extend condolences to his family.

_Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century, 1919-2019_ to be published by Sabio Books

The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society is very pleased to announce that

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will publish the history

Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century, 1919-2019
By Mark P. Del Mastro

in spring 2020 to commemorate the Society’s centennial.

More information forthcoming in the months ahead…