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Phillip Markley (second from left) with some 2017 MIT graduates, friends and family.
April 14, 2021
By Sabrina Spannagel Bradley An excellent career choice for graduates who major in Spanish is to become a world language teacher. The Masters In Teaching (MIT) program provides a path to teacher certification. I asked colleague Phillip Markley, PhD, about the role he plays in preparing hopeful world language teachers for the classroom. What is the MIT program? PM: The Master in Teaching (MIT) program is an advanced degree that will prepare you to be a public school teacher in grades 6-... Read more
Promotional Image from the Film "Leva"
March 31, 2021
By Isabella Yasameen-Azar Undergraduate Student in Political Science During the winter quarter, Luso-Brazilian Cinema class (PORT 365/ JSIS A 365) had the pleasure of hosting two prominent Afro-Brazilian filmmakers. Students were able to enjoy the visits of several experts in film and Brazilian culture, including two of the directors of the assigned films: Vinicius Silva on January 19th, 2021, and Juliana Vicente on January 28th, 2021.  As Afro-Brazilian artists, both Vinicius... Read more
Some of the Attendees via Zoom at Crossroads Bilingual Poetry Reading
March 22, 2021
To wrap up Winter Quarter, on March 11, 2021, Professor Tony Geist and his Spanish Translation Workshop class, SPAN 408, held a virtual Bilingual Poetry Reading as a part of the series Crossroads: A Dialogue Between the Global South and the Global North. This poetry reading was the third Crossroads event held by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Present at this event, along with Professor Tony Geist and the 26 Spanish students, were poets Marisa Martinez Pérsico from Argentina,... Read more
Tének people walking in their community
February 10, 2021
On Thursday, February 4, 2021, the UW Spanish and Portuguese Studies department hosted the second event within the series Crossroads: A Dialogue Between the Global South and Global North. While the first event encompassed anti-racism and racial literacy in Brazil, this second event was focused on the linguistic and cultural history of Tének, an indigenous language in Mexico spoken in the states of San Luis de Potosi and Veracruz. The event, titled “Tének: Imágenes de una lengua y su cultura” [... Read more
E-Book Cover Hyakunin Isshu. Cien poetas, cien poemas
February 10, 2021
Juan Felipe Arroyave, a 2019 MA and PhD graduate of the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Washington (UW), has published his translation Cien poetas, cien poemas in e-book format. The original anthology of classical Japanese poetry Hyakunin Issuhu crossed Juan Felipe´s scholarly path while he was studying at the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UW where he took Japanese and Japanese literature classes simultaneously. A successful intersection of spaces... Read more
Gaudí’ s Casa Vicens in Barcelona, Spain
January 26, 2021
Leigh Mercer, Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Comparative Literature Cinema and Media Studies, has obtained for the second time in her career the 2021 Society of Scholars fellowship through the Simpson Center for the Humanities. Her book project, Identity by Design: ... Read more
Casa Latina
December 22, 2020
For twenty years, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies has maintained a tradition of giving to a local community charity connected to our mission and core values.  According to Emily Gaggia, education coordinator at Casa Latina, “the Day Workers program has a membership of over one thousand workers."  Before the COVID 19 pandemic, there were about 150 workers actively seeking employment through Casa Latina. Each year, SPS faculty, staff and graduate students have purchased gifts for... Read more
December 18, 2020
 Article written by Isabella-Yasameen Azar, undergraduate student in Political Science On Thursday October 29th, 2020 the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and the Center for Global Studies hosted the event Crossroads: A Dialogue Between the Global North and Global South which in its first meeting examined the issues of race through a conversation about anti-racism and racial literacy in Brazil. The event featured two speakers: Henry M. Jackson School of... Read more
November 17, 2020
COVID-19 is preventing us from having in-person classes, meetings, and conferences. However, our SPS faculty keeps actively engaged in promoting and sharing their knowledge within our community in different ways. The Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) was held virtually this year, and three of our SPS faculty members collaborated to deliver a joint presentation at the October 2020 Conference: ¨Apart, But Together.¨ Jorge González... Read more