Dr. Chalene Helmuth is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the author of two books on contemporary Latin American literature and culture. Professor Helmuth’s research interests include narrative and identity; developing cultural competencies in study-abroad contexts; and sustainability in tourism. She has designed study abroad programs in several Latin American countries. Professor Helmuth works closely with student leaders to design events that nurture their intellectual, social, and global curiosity. Sutherland’s signature event is the Cafecito with good food, new friends, and stimulating conversation around the family table. Professor Helmuth is married to Dr. Christy Halbert; they live in Sutherland with their daughter, Ella.