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Flyer For Cybersecurity + Portuguese Language Summer Camp
June 7, 2021
The Language Learning Center in collaboration with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies is offering a Portuguese Cybersecurity Summer Camp Program at the UW for high school students. This is an opportunity for high school students in the United States to become familiarized with the principles of Cybersecurity, while learning and/or improving their Portuguese Language Skills. We are offering two online programs: an asynchronous 3-week program (July 12-30th, 2021) or a combination of... Read more
Picture of Deb Raftus
May 19, 2021
Deb Raftus, an Associate Librarian at UW Libraries, serves as department librarian and liaison between UW Libraries and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies. She describes her role as “serv[ing] as a point of contact to a department, to send updates about library services and news, to provide research and teaching help, to purchase library materials, and to keep abreast of departmental needs.”  In an interview over email, it becomes readily apparent that this only begins to cover... Read more
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May 18, 2021
With the end of the Spring quarter, we mark an entire year of online instruction and learning, a difficult period to be sure, but also one in which we have learned new ways of communicating with our students and our community.  I first want to thank all of my colleagues—faculty and staff—whose unwavering dedication to our shared educational mission has been critical to the success of our programs in the face of major challenges, both personal and professional. Like many of you, I look forward... Read more
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