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Two SPS Portuguese students have won both Boren Scholarships and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.  Benjamin Kanter and Sarah Rinehart received the awards, announced The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in a release earlier this month. “Benjamin Kantner, a graduate student who is pursuing a M.A. in International Studies with a focus on political ecology in the Brazilian Amazon, will head to Brazil to further his Portuguese language... Full story
Senior and Spanish Major Kelsey Early has joined Phi Beta Kappa.  Of the selection, she said “to me, being selected for Phi Beta Kappa means I have achieved one of my highest academic goals. I know I’m being invited into a community of hard-workers that offer a networking and support system when needed.” “Language, but specifically Spanish, is so appealing to me because it means I can communicate to an entire population through their language” said Early.  “I believe that speaking another language helps you not only in conversations, but in understanding the culture and decision-making... Full story
Professor Leigh Mercer and Graduate Students
For two days in May, students at Seattle's Chief Sealth High School are heading to the movies — without leaving their school. The high school will host a Hispanic film festival featuring films from Mexico, Chile, Spain, and Colombia, all selected specifically for a Chief Sealth audience. University of Washington master’s and PhD students in Hispanic Studies spent months planning the event, which includes panel discussions and curriculum materials in addition to film screenings.     The festival is the brainchild of Leigh Mercer, UW associate professor in Spanish and Portuguese... Full story
Meg McFarland
Meg McFarland, a graduate of the SPS MA program in Hispanic Studies, has made a career out of her education in Spanish, which has led her to a vineyard on the slopes of the Peruvian Andes.  Owner and operator of Apu Winery, her company, founded with her husband Fernando Gonzales-Lattini. McFarland’s career started out in academia with five years at University of Puget Sound, but moved in another direction: “I loved teaching, but my desire to be an entrepreneur was even more compelling, so I decided to leave the university and pursue a career in... Full story
Alfonso X, also known as the Wise, and his Jewish courtiers
SPS PhD Student Vivian Mills, as part of her apppointment as the Richard M. Willner Memorial Scholar and a 2017-2018 Graduate Fellow at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at University of Washington, has published a post to that organization's blog about Sephardic Jews on the Iberian peninsula, circa 400 CE to 1492 CE. Read the post now on the Center for Jewish Studies... Full story
Dr. Fernando Miño Garcés, Founder and Director of the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS), and local Director of the UW in Quito Program, has been admitted to the Ecuadorian Academy of Languages, which, along with La Real Española Academia de la Lengua and twenty other organizations, make up La Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española (ASALE). Miño Garcés has over 40 years’ experience as a teacher of languages and linguistics, and served as Dean of the School of Communication, Linguistics and Literature at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE), says the ACLAS... Full story
La decisión de llevar a cabo este trabajo de campo surgió como resultado de las elecciones presidenciales en los EE.UU., celebradas en noviembre del 2016. Con la amenaza del presidente electo, Donald Trump, de deportar a los inmigrantes indocumentados, existía -aún existe- la posibilidad de repatriar, entre muchos otros, a los estudiantes conocidos como DREAMERS/DACA. El 2017 ha sido uno de altos y bajos para estos jóvenes y la deportación a México se teme, más que nunca, como una circunstancia inevitable. READ MORE... Full story
Food and Culture in the Hispanic World, By Ana Gomez-Bravo
Ana Gómez-Bravo created a class about Spanish food and culture a few years ago as a way to teach the language, but found no appropriate textbook for the material — so she wrote one herself. Gómez-Bravo is a professor in the Spanish & Portuguese Studies Department. Her book “Comida y cultura en el mundo hispánico” — “Food and Culture in the Hispanic World” — was published in October by Equinox Publishing. The book is... Full story
SPS and Instituto Cervantes Grammar Workshop
The Instituto Cervantes and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese jointly organized a workshop entitled Qué, cómo y cuándo enseñar gramática en la clase de ELE, which took place last Saturday, October 21 at the University of Washington.  Throughout six hours, Carmen Blánquez Lozano and Olga Chapado Chorro shared their expertise on the teaching of grammar in the framework of a communicative approach with 20 attendees who came from educational institutions all over the State of Washington.  Susana Martínez and Jorge González, the coordinators of this event, would like to thank the... Full story
The University of Washington College of Education is offering a new bilingual teaching certificate program, starting June 2018.  Through the College of Education scholarship program, Project B.E.C.A. (Bilingual Educator Capacity) applicants may also be elegible for a scholarship which pays 50% of participants' tuition. Required Qualifications: Undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.) Spanish fluency (reading, writing and speaking) Program Details:In this intensive five-quarter graduate teacher education program, candidates will earn amaster’s degree in elementary teaching, and a bilingual... Full story