2017 Spring Newsletter

Inma Raneda-Cuartero, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, has been awarded a University of Washington 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, a recognition bestowed by the Center for Teaching and Learning. “I am greatly humbled and honored,” said Raneda-Cuartero.  “It is a great honor to have my teaching and pedagogy contributions as well as my service beyond the classroom being recognized by the University of Washington and by my students. [...] For me, teaching is… Read more
Dr. José Francisco Robles, Assistant Professor of Spanish, is the newest addition to the faculty of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Washington.  Robles, who began teaching for the department Autumn Quarter 2016, is originally from Santiago, Chile, and comes to the department as a specialist in Latin-American Colonial Literature. “I specialize in colonial Latin American culture with an emphasis on the relationship between literature, philosophy, and science… Read more
Two Spanish majors, Jannette Gutiérrez, ’18 and Della Norton, ’17 have been selected for the Husky 100 for 2017. Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of the time at the UW,” said the Husky 100 website. “Being selected as one of the Husky 100 is an incredible honor. All 100 of us represent what it means to take full… Read more
Charlene Souriano and Roslyn Cooper are among the most dedicated students in Portuguese at the UW and are life-long language learners. Charlene, who has a Spanish-Portuguese last name, took Portuguese for the first time in 1970 at the UW. The textbook used back then was a 1966 publication from the Modern Language Association (MLA) - featured in the picture. Charlene took two years of Portuguese, spent a summer abroad studying at the Universidade de Lisboa, and acquired a minor in… Read more
During Winter 2017, a group of 23 highly motivated 203, 301 and 302-level students traveled to the city of Quito, Ecuador. They lived with local families, studied the local culture and were immersed in Spanish for a quarter. Here is what they want to share about their experience:  “Studying abroad in Ecuador was my first time studying in another country and it helped me realize my passion for traveling and learning more about my Latin American heritage. On top of that, the service learning… Read more
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT | David William Foster By Irene Panke Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus, David William Foster, is the 2014 recipient of the Victoria Urbano Academic Achievement Award. This lifetime achievement award recognizes Foster’s dedicated work in the field of feminist and gender studies and their impact on Hispanic society and culture. He is the first male recipient in the award’s 30-year history. “On my first day of class at UW in October of 1958,” he said, “when I was 18… Read more
Changing demographics nationally and locally lend a new urgency to our mission to study language, literatures, and cultures. Join us today as we strive to create knowledgeable and compassionate citizens, and foster in them tolerance, respect for cultural diversity, a capacity for critical thinking, and a sense of themselves as responsible members of a global community. The Friends of Spanish and Portuguese Studies Fund is an unrestricted, discretionary resource. These funds are vital in… Read more