Recent News

Prof. Marcela T. Garcés
On March 7th, 2019, the UW Spanish & Portuguese Studies and UW Nutritional Sciences cosponsored the screening of the gastronomic documentary, The Txoko Experience. The Secret Culinary Space of the Basques. The viewing was paired with a few delicious Spanish tapas, as well as the guest lecture, "Slow Food on Camera: An Introduction to Basque Cuisine" by scriptwriter Professor Marcela T. Garcés of Siena College. In addition to the recent production of her documentary, Professor Garcés continues... Full story
Prof. Miquel Bota Burgués
El 19 de febrero, el profesor Miquel Bota Burgués dio una charla titulada "Bonifacio el bueno: Masculinidades perturbadoras en Su único hijo", presentada como parte del seminario de posgrado de la profesora Leigh Mercer sobre el género y sexualidad en España en el siglo XIX. En 1890, Leopoldo Alas "Clarín" publicó Su único hijo. Al haber escrito una de las obras maestras de la literatura española moderna, La regenta (1884 y 1885), se consideró de calidad inferior a su predecesora. Sin embargo, para el profesor Bota Burgués, este no es que sea un caso carecer de... Full story
Husky Giving Day is April 4th
April 4th is Husky Giving Day, the University of Washington’s annual event celebrating the power of philanthropy and community engagement through collective action.  We do this for Washington, and for the world. This year’s campaign focuses on championing the study of Language and Literature.  By participating in Husky Giving Day and donating to the Friends of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, you give a gift that will aid in sustaining scholarships, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research, and the staging of the department’s many cultural and literary events. Your gift to the Friends of... Full story
Students in Quito, Ecuador, Winter 2019
The year 2019 marks the 10th iteration of the UW Winter Quarter Quito program.  This immersion program is hosted by the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS).  Quito, or San Francisco de Quito, as it was formerly called, is the capital and the most populous city in Ecuador.  It sits on a geologically rugged plateau at an altitude of 2,850 meters (9,350 ft.), which can be a challenge for visitors not used to such elevations.  In 1978, the UNESCO declared Quito’s well-preserved historical center a World Cultural Heritage site. This year, 13 students came on board.  One of them, Emma... Full story
Palacio del Conde Luna, León, Spain
When the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies led the first group of SPAN 103 students to Leon in the spring of 2006, no one could have anticipated that the program would be the start of an important international collaboration not only for the department itself, but for the greater University of Washington community.  Just two years later, however, Anthony Geist, Professor of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, joined the then Dean of Arts & Sciences, Ana Mari Cauce, and the Honorary Consul of Spain in Seattle, Luis Fernando Esteban, on a trip to Spain to find a place for the UW... Full story
Minor in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies
Beginning in Winter Quarter 2019, Spanish & Portuguese Studies offers a Minor in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies.  This Minor combines Portuguese language classes and elective courses offered through the department and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. The minor consists of 15 credits of Portuguese language classes at the intermediate level (PORT 202 and 203) and higher (PORT 301) and 10 credits of elective classes with a focus in the Portuguese-speaking world. Elective classes are mostly offered in English. Elective courses cover subjects throughout the... Full story
Michael P. Predmore
The Michael P. Predmore Endowed Fund for Books from Spain supports the purchase of books and materials published in Spain, in any language. Edward Baker and Bridget A. Aldaraca created this endowment in memory of their friend and colleague, Michael P. Predmore, Stanford professor emeritus of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and former chairman of his department. Before joining Stanford in 1986, Predmore served on the faculty at the University of Washington for 21 years. As a scholar of Spanish lyric poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries, Predmore is best known for his expertise on the work... Full story
Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain
UW Students explore Spain’s economy from the inside. In Spain, the most profitable bank is also one of the smallest. There is a department store where you can buy everything from a can of olive oil to a Chanel purse. There is also a mysterious winery that decorates its cellars with expensive paintings and discards its wine when the quality of the harvest doesn’t match their standards. For three weeks, thirteen UW students visited these and many other Spanish companies as participants of Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain, an exploration seminar offered by the Department of... Full story
Principal Lecturer María Gillman
Principal Lecturer María Gillman has had a scholarship named in her honor at Auburn Riverside High School.  The Maria Gillman/Bryan Robinson Scholarship will be awarded to native Spanish speakers who have been accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college or university.  The scholarship, which is granted on an annual basis, awards between $250 and $500 to the recipient. Tom Adams, Principal at Curtis High School in University Place, Washington, explained the decision to name the scholarship in honor of María Gillman, and another instructor of his, Bryan Robinson: “Sra Gillman and Bryan Robinson, a... Full story
Director Antonio Morales
By Katie King As Humphrey Bogart said to Claude Rains in the closing scene of Casablanca, “…I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” The Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF) teamed up with the UW Department Spanish and Portuguese Studies (SPS) on October 11, 2018 to offer an on-campus screening of the award-winning Spanish indie film Marisa en los bosques, the story of a young Spanish playwright in Madrid searching for her own identity amid joblessness and personal loss. Writer, director and producer Antonio Morales was on hand to introduce his film to... Full story