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The NW CÁDIZ Program released a new video promoting our unique and long-running program. This program provides an authentic study abroad environment for all participants.  Over 1600 students have participated in the NW CÁDIZ program since 1998 and it is one of the most popular study abroad programs run through the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies. 
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Changing demographics nationally and locally lend a new urgency to our mission to study language, literatures, and cultures. Join us today as we strive to create knowledgeable and compassionate citizens, and foster in them tolerance, respect for cultural diversity, a capacity for critical thinking, and a sense of themselves as responsible members of a global community. The Friends of Spanish and Portuguese Studies Fund is an unrestricted, discretionary resource. These funds are vital in sustaining scholarships, undergraduate research, faculty development, and the many cultural events the... Full story
UW Students in Quito
During Winter 2017, a group of 23 highly motivated 203, 301 and 302-level students traveled to the city of Quito, Ecuador. They lived with local families, studied the local culture and were immersed in Spanish for a quarter. Here is what they want to share about their experience:  “Studying abroad in Ecuador was my first time studying in another country and it helped me realize my passion for traveling and learning more about my Latin American heritage. On top of that, the service learning aspect of the program helped me with my future career goal of becoming a pediatric doctor through my... Full story
Cooper and Souriano
Charlene Souriano and Roslyn Cooper are among the most dedicated students in Portuguese at the UW and are life-long language learners. Charlene, who has a Spanish-Portuguese last name, took Portuguese for the first time in 1970 at the UW. The textbook used back then was a 1966 publication from the Modern Language Association (MLA) - featured in the picture. Charlene took two years of Portuguese, spent a summer abroad studying at the Universidade de Lisboa, and acquired a minor in Portuguese at the UW. She has had several Portuguese instructors from our department, including Marília... Full story
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Two Spanish majors, Jannette Gutiérrez, ’18 and Della Norton, ’17 have been selected for the Husky 100 for 2017. Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of the time at the UW,” said the Husky 100 website. “Being selected as one of the Husky 100 is an incredible honor. All 100 of us represent what it means to take full advantage of one's husky experience from academics and on-campus involvement to philanthropic endeavors and extracurricular activities,” said Norton. Gutiérrez... Full story
Inm Raneda-Cuarteroa
Inma Raneda-Cuartero, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, has been awarded a University of Washington 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, a recognition bestowed by the Center for Teaching and Learning. “I am greatly humbled and honored,” said Raneda-Cuartero.  “It is a great honor to have my teaching and pedagogy contributions as well as my service beyond the classroom being recognized by the University of Washington and by my students. [...] For me, teaching is a privilege and a responsibility, and finding myself a recipient of such a prestigious award is an... Full story
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
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Registration for Spring Quarter begins February 10, which means students can enroll in many of the interesting courses offered in the Department of Spanish and 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 Schedule... 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