About the Author
María Concepción Lucas Murillo, Black Hawk College - Moline, Illinois: Born in Spain, María Concepción or "Conchita", moved to the US in 1981. She attended the University of Iowa, and has been working at Black Hawk College since 1987. At Black Hawk College, Conchita has taught a variety of languages at different levels while also participating as advisor to international students, organizer of international events like the annual Fall Foreign Film Festival; the Hispanic Month; The Foreign Language Awareness Day; and to contribute to Black Hawk College’s International Festival.
Laila Dawson, University of Richmond (Emeritus): Laila Dawson was born in Buenos Aires, lived in Mexico City and has shared her love for travel and service-learning with students by developing and leading programs in Spain, Venezuela, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Honduras. Dawson received her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Wilson College and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dawson received the University of Richmond "Distinguished Educator" award in 1992 and was named to the "best professor" list 1998. Dawson has been writing Spanish textbooks for over a quarter of a century.