2018 Spring Newsletter

For two days in May, students at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School are heading to the movies — without leaving their school. The high school will host a Hispanic film festival featuring films from Mexico, Chile, Spain, and Colombia, all selected specifically for a Chief Sealth audience. University of Washington master’s and PhD students in Hispanic Studies spent months planning the event, which includes panel discussions and curriculum materials in addition to film screenings.     The festival… Read more
Meg McFarland, a graduate of the SPS MA program in Hispanic Studies, has made a career out of her education in Spanish, which has led her to a vineyard on the slopes of the Peruvian Andes.  Owner and operator of Apu Winery, her company, founded with her husband Fernando Gonzales-Lattini. McFarland’s career started out in academia with five years at University of Puget Sound, but moved in another direction: “I loved teaching, but my desire to be an… Read more
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Two SPS Portuguese students have won both Boren Scholarships and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.  Benjamin Kanter and Sarah Rinehart received the awards, announced The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in a release earlier this month. “Benjamin Kantner, a graduate student who is pursuing a M.A. in International Studies with a focus on… Read more
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Senior and Spanish Major Kelsey Early has joined Phi Beta Kappa.  Of the selection, she said “to me, being selected for Phi Beta Kappa means I have achieved one of my highest academic goals. I know I’m being invited into a community of hard-workers that offer a networking and support system when needed.” “Language, but specifically Spanish, is so appealing to me because it means I can communicate to an entire population through their language” said Early.  “I believe that speaking another… Read more
SPS PhD Student Vivian Mills, as part of her appointment as the Richard M. Willner Memorial Scholar and a 2017-2018 Graduate Fellow at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at University of Washington, has published a post to that organization's blog about Sephardic Jews on the Iberian peninsula, circa 400 CE to 1492 CE. … Read more
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Dr. Fernando Miño Garcés, Founder and Director of the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS), and local Director of the UW in Quito Program, has been admitted to the Ecuadorian Academy of Languages, which, along with La Real Española Academia de la Lengua and twenty other organizations, make up La Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española (ASALE). Miño Garcés has over 40 years’ experience as a teacher of languages and linguistics, and served as Dean of the School of Communication… 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