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Photo of Professor Tony Geist
December 6, 2021
The academic year’s first Translation Studies Colloquium, sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities,  was held on October 29th, 2021 virtually, via Zoom.  In this well-attended talk, Professor Geist contextualized translation as a collaborative process evidenced in his classrooms, offering both theoretical framing and practical strategies for doing and teaching translation. He shared with the audience his experience in teaching contemporary Latin American and Spanish poets and talked... Read more
Logo of The Ninth National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language
November 23, 2021
The National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language (NSSHL) is an intellectual forum for the discussion of both the variable linguistic reality of Spanish heritage bilingualism in the United States (and elsewhere), and the diverse pedagogical needs of students of Spanish as a heritage language. Researchers and educators in K–12 and higher education share theoretical and practical approaches to the study of Spanish as a heritage language from perspectives of various... Read more
Photo of Dr. Concepción Company Company
November 22, 2021
“¿El lenguaje incluyente ayuda a evitar la discriminación sexual, racial, étnica o social? (…) La respuesta es no”. Bajo esa provocadora premisa se presentaba a los estudiantes de UW la conferencia de la Dra. Concepción Company Company, lingüista y escritora, investigadora emérita de la Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) e integrante de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua. Estos planteamientos no eran nuevos. La prestigiada académica ya los había compartido en México, donde se ha posicionado... Read more
Photo of Elizabeth Hochberg
October 20, 2021
Editor’s Note: The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies welcomes three new Assistant Professors in the 2021-2022 academic year. We will be profiling each of these faculty members over the course of the year. Elizabeth Hochberg is the new specialist in contemporary Latin America in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies at the University of Washington. Hochberg, who first began teaching for the department as a Teaching Associate in the summer of 2016, was hired as... Read more
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