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Husky Giving Day is April 2nd
February 26, 2020
April 2nd is Husky Giving Day, the University Washington's annual one-day giving campaign.  Join us in supporting the people, programs and causes you care about most. Together we can change the world. Please support Spanish & Portuguese Studies on April 2nd by making your gift at our Husky Giving Day page. By giving to Spanish & Portuguese Studies, you support scholarships, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research, and the staging... Read more
Dr. Carlos Varón González
February 25, 2020
“Go out there and do things. Some of you are into film; some, into music; some, into video games, etc. Whatever it is, go for it. Find out what’s going on and figure out what you can do.”  This is Carlos Varón González's advice to students. Varón is an Assistant Professor at University of California, Riverside, who completed his MA in Hispanic Studies at University of Washington in 2008 before continuing on to Harvard University to complete his PhD.  Varón’s own decision to pursue a career in... Read more
Campo Sur, Cadiz, Spain
February 20, 2020
We are very excited to confirm the new Summer Cadiz program, which began as a novel idea in Spanish and Portuguese studies but quickly grew to be warmly received by a range of students and faculty from different departments across campus.  By re-envisioning the traditional NW Cadiz experience, this new program offers first year language students and non-Spanish majors the opportunity to live and study in Cadiz for the full summer quarter.  As an exciting introduction to Spain and the “Gaditano... Read more
Cover of the Book Cartographies Of Madrid
February 18, 2020
A group of scholars gathered February 6th in the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities conference room for a roundtable discussion of their recently published volume Cartographies of Madrid: Contesting Urban Space at the Crossroads of the Global South and Global North.  Panelists for the discussion were contributors Susan Larson of Texas Tech, Jill Robbins of UC Merced, Madrid scholar Ed Baker, and contributing editors Silvia Bermúdez of UC Santa Barbara, and Anthony Geist of University... Read more
Dr. Sarah Thomas, Brown University
January 21, 2020
Sarah Thomas, the William A. Dyer, Jr. Assistant Professor of Humanities and Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University, stopped by The University of Washington’s snowy Seattle campus on Monday, January 13 to present “Horror, the Child, and the Political: Killing Children in Spanish Cinema”. Despite the inclement weather, the promise of a fascinating talk on such morbid subject matter was enough to bring out a large group of students and faculty from both the Spanish and... Read more
Dr. Brendan Lanctot
November 20, 2019
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
Maria Gillman with 2019 WAFLT award winners
November 20, 2019
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
Senior Lecturers Marilis Mediavilla and Sabrina Spannagel presented at the 2019 WAFLT Conference
October 28, 2019
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 (... Read more
Sarah Slack in São Paulo
September 30, 2019
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
Student Sarah McKay with SPS Faculty
June 10, 2019
On Thursday, June 6, Sarah McKay, a junior double major in Spanish and Creative Writing, did a public presentation of the ad hoc honors project she did for Spanish 424 Winter Quarter 2019. The class, “Poetry and Music,” concentrated on Spanish peninsular poets and musical versions of their texts. Sarah’s project is a webpage that parallels what we studied in class, but is centered on two Latin American poets (one man, one woman) from each of five different countries, and the musical versions of... Read more