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Dr. David William Foster (1940-2020)
July 6, 2020
Dr. David William Foster, Faculty Head of Spanish and Portuguese and Regents Professor of Spanish at Arizona State University, and University of Washington Alumni, passed away June 24 at the age of 79. Born September 11, 1940 in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Foster grew up in the Wallingford neighborhood and attended University of Washington from 1958 to 1964, earning a BA in Spanish, a... Read more
Samuel Jaffee
June 4, 2020
By Samuel Jaffee, Spanish & Portuguese Studies This spring quarter I’m teaching Spanish 302 and Spanish 303, both of which guide students in developing writing strategies in Spanish (creative fiction, business letters, reportage, argument and counterargument, and literary and visual analysis). In lieu of a final exam, both classes will enjoy a multi-day “finale.” Students in Spanish 302 are collaborating during Week 10 on... Read more
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June 2, 2020
The current pandemic ravaging the world has been a reminder not only of the fragility of life, but also of the rampant inequity in our society. Today, more than one hundred thousand lives have already been lost to Covid-19 in the United States. Black communities, along with Indigenous and Latinx communities, have been disproportionately affected by this virus, with many working essential jobs without being provided sufficient protection. Meanwhile, another kind of pandemic—that of structural... Read more
Brianna Salinas in Leni K.
June 1, 2020
Brianna Salinas, a Masters student in Spanish & Portuguese Studies, is connected with the new Translation Studies Hub run through the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities. Salinas lived for two years in the autonomous community of Castilla y León in Spain, first studying abroad with SPS and then working as an English language instructor with... Read more
Chiara DeSantis
May 21, 2020
Chiara DeSantis, who graduated this March with a double major in Spanish and Public Health-Global Health, has been named a UW Husky 100 this year. This recognition means the world to Miss DeSantis. Through the love and support from the University of Washington she has had the confidence to not only accept her multiracial identity, but her hair loss... Read more
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May 7, 2020
On March 6th, 2020, in response to the growing Novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic, University of Washington President Ani Mari Cause announced that the remainder of Winter Quarter would be held online.  This declaration expanded to cover all of Spring Quarter and Summer Quarter. The faculty of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies responded by arranging language and content courses to be taught online. “Our main goal has been to minimize the impact on our students”, said Ana... Read more
In Memoriam
April 16, 2020
SPS learned earlier this year of the passing of Dr. Stella Moreno Monroy.  Dr. Moreno was a Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Central Washington University, and earned her PhD at University of Washington in 1991. Born November 20, 1948 in Bogota, Colombia, Dr. Moreno earned her BA from Universidad de los Andes and began her career in journalism and public relations before, starting in 1983, pursuing graduate studies at UW, where she earned her Masters and later her PhD. Dr.... Read more
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