Dr. Beverly Richard Cook teaches all levels of Spanish and has participated in a wide variety of interdisciplinary programs, including Gender and Women's Studies and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Her main area of specialization, Peninsular Spanish, informs her courses on Spanish literature, culture, theater, and film. A strong supporter of study abroad, she has served as the Faculty-in-residence for North Central's fall term in Costa Rica, most recently in 2013. She was the faculty leader for the 2015 Breakaway trip to La Florida, Peru, where she joined other North Central participants to build homes for the Fuller Center for Housing. She also accompanied faculty, staff, and students on the 2016 D-term to Spain.
Primary research interests include Hispanic women writers, the Latino experience, and the study of literary representation through film. Jungian Archetypes in Guillermo del Toro's "El laberinto del fauno," appears in the Anales del V Congreso Latinoamericano de Psicologia Junguiana: Eros y poder en la practica clinica, la educacion, y la cultura: Santiago, Chile. Current projects include the translation of a Chilean novel by Banderas Grandela and research on Latin American writers. She chaired a Peninsular drama session at the 2017 Kentucky Language Conference where she presented "Seeing the Invisible: Children and Political Strife in the Dramas of Ripoll and Cunille." Bev has done mission work in Cuba and serves on the board of directors for Pathways to Global Literacy, an NGO that supports library development and reading education in the Dominican Republic and in Heshima, Kenya: http://pathwaystogloballiteracy.wordpress.com/