Recent News

Schedule an Appointment with Suzanna Martínez, Graduate Adviser and Academic Counselor for Potential and Current Majors/Minors, and 300+ Level Study Abroad Students Current students and prospective graduate program candidates now have the ability to make an appointment with Suzanna Martínez through the department's new online scheduling calendar! Advising appointments are required for pre-study abroad, major/minor AND GRADUATE STUDENT academic planning. Click HERE to schedule an appointment.  
Spanish and Portuguese Studies is adding two new sections for Summer 2017: SPAN 323 and SPAN 484. The department is adding a section of SPAN 323 for Summer 2017, A-term.  If you have a conflict this spring that prevents you from taking the class, you can take it Summer 2017!   Also:  Prof. Robles will offer SPAN 484 Summer 2017 B-term, replacing SPAN 329.  Enterprising students may now take two Summer quarter 400-level classes; SPAN 479 A-term, and SPAN 484 B-term. If you have friends who are minoring in Spanish, they are also welcome to take SPAN 479 and/or SPAN 484, as long as they’ve met... Full story
Sleep Dealer
Registration for Spring Quarter begins February 10, which means students can enroll in many of the interesting courses offered in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies!   Some of these classes are special topics that may only be offered once, while others are offered by the department on a rotational basis.  The list below is a summary of some the featured classes we will be offering.  For information regarding applicability of a given course for the Spanish major or minor, consult the Spring Quarter 2017 Time... Full story
Leonardo S. B.
The Portuguese word parça loosely translates as “brother.” Parça is the short for the word parceiro (colleague, partner) and that is how the seventeen-year old high school student, Leonardo S. B, referred to his UW online exchange mentor, Marcelo Ramírez, an undergraduate from the Jackson School of International Studies, who plans to attend Law School in the near future. Both Leonardo and Marcelo participated in the “UW-Dux Bridge Mentorship Program.” This initiative involved the online exchange between high school students in Brazil, mostly from public schools, and... Full story
José Francisco Robles
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 during the 18th century.” Robles goes on: “I am also very interested in examining intellectual life... Full story
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies endorses the AES Position Statement on Undocumented Students. We support the steps recommended to address the needs of any students who are feeling angst and experiencing high levels of stress due to the recent presidential election and uncertainties about their future or the future of their families, and we intend to help them get through this critical juncture.  https://aes.washington.edu/news/2016/11/16/aes-position-statement-undocumented-... Full story
Santa María la Blanca
This Winter Quarter a number of interesting courses are offered in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies.  Some of these classes are special topics that may only be offered once, while others are offered by the department on a rotational basis.  The list below is a summary of some the featured classes we will be offering.  For information regarding applicability of a given course for the Spanish major or minor, consult the Winter Quarter 2017 Time Schedule or email the ... Full story
La Furia, Thursdays 2pm on Rainydawg.org
La Furia is a one-hour weekly showcase of artists from Latin America, Spain and Portugal featuring anything from Cumbias and Afro-Cuban songs to Indie Rock and Hip Hop. Anything goes. Todo se vale.  With DJ Kique, visit http://rainydawg.org/#/shows/551 for more. Information from www.rainydawg.org.
SPS graduate student Angela Durán Real has presented findings regarding attitudes towards Study Abroad programs at a two-year college.  She worked with Asha Esterberg Tran, a faculty mentor at South Seattle, to survey students at South Seattle Community College. From the article, which may be read on the website for the University of Washington Simpson Center for the Humanities: Angela shadowed Asha... Full story
Influences of English on Spanish in Seattle
On March 10th the students of Spanish 404: Dialects of World Spanish presented their final projects in the 2nd floor B-wing of Padelford Hall. The presentations, the result of sociolinguistic fieldwork carried out by students, covered subjects such as word choice by Heritage speakers, comparisons between dialects of Spanish, and word choice by Spanish-speakers residing in Seattle. “What it shows is that although Spanish is one language there are many renditions of that language” said Víctor Fernández-Mallat, lecturer and instructor of Spanish 404. “Language is an abstract concept. It’s... Full story