Autumn 2019 Newsletter

Principal Lecturer María Gillman received the Inspirational Leadership Certificate at the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) Conference this autumn in Spokane, Washington. The Inspirational Leadership Certificate “is presented to a person or persons selected by the WAFLT board who has demonstrated leadership and inspiration to others in the world language fields. This certificate recognizes important contributions in promoting, organizing, supporting, defending, lobbying, or… Read more
Dr. Brendan Lanctot, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Puget Sound and a recipient of the 2019 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship presented “From La ciudad letrada to la ciudad dibujada: Visual Culture and Politics in 19th Century Latin America” Thursday, November 14. The lecture was given in front of a well-attended audience of university faculty and students. The presentation, given as part of his fellowship, was, as Lanctot put it, a discussion of material… Read more
Sarah Slack, senior in Bioengineering and member of the 2019 Husky 100, is one of our first minors in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies.  Slack’s study of the language enabled her to earn the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship and study abroad in São Paulo, Brazil. Slack’s interest first came from personal experience. “My initial motivation for choosing Portuguese was the uniquely welcoming culture I had experienced while traveling with my father as an eighth… Read more
This autumn several SPS faculty presented their research and other work nationally and internationally at colleges, universities and language conferences. Senior Lecturers Marilis Mediavilla and Sabrina Spannagel presented at the 2019 WAFLT Conference “Where World Language Educators Connect!” on October 12th “The Secret to Student Engagement in the Foreign Language Classroom.” In the session, they used current principles of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)… Read more
The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies teaches some of the world’s most essential languages: Portuguese is spoken by 220 million people worldwide and Spanish is spoken by 480 million, including one in six people in the United States. Undergraduate students in our department not only acquire linguistic proficiency in foreign languages, they also develop critical thinking and communication skills, as well as a deeper awareness of cultural diversity.  For their part, faculty and… Read more