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Students in Quito, Ecuador, Winter 2019
February 19, 2019
The year 2019 marks the 10th iteration of the UW Winter Quarter Quito program.  This immersion program is hosted by the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS).  Quito, or San Francisco de Quito, as it was formerly called, is the capital and the most populous city in Ecuador.  It sits on a geologically rugged plateau at an altitude of 2,850 meters (9,350 ft.), which can be a challenge for visitors not used to such elevations.  In 1978, the UNESCO declared Quito’s well-preserved... Read more
Palacio del Conde Luna, León, Spain
February 7, 2019
When the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies led the first group of SPAN 103 students to Leon in the spring of 2006, no one could have anticipated that the program would be the start of an important international collaboration not only for the department itself, but for the greater University of Washington community.  Just two years later, however, Anthony Geist, Professor of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, joined the then Dean of Arts & Sciences, Ana Mari Cauce, and the... Read more
Minor in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies
January 14, 2019
Beginning in Winter Quarter 2019, Spanish & Portuguese Studies offers a Minor in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies.  This Minor combines Portuguese language classes and elective courses offered through the department and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. The minor consists of 15 credits of Portuguese language classes at the intermediate level (PORT 202 and 203) and higher (PORT 301) and 10 credits of elective classes with a focus in the Portuguese-speaking... Read more
Michael P. Predmore
December 28, 2018
The Michael P. Predmore Endowed Fund for Books from Spain supports the purchase of books and materials published in Spain, in any language. Edward Baker and Bridget A. Aldaraca created this endowment in memory of their friend and colleague, Michael P. Predmore, Stanford professor emeritus of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and former chairman of his department. Before joining Stanford in 1986, Predmore served on the faculty at the University of Washington for 21 years. As a scholar of... Read more
Business and Cultural Dynamics in Spain
November 6, 2018
UW Students explore Spain’s economy from the inside. In Spain, the most profitable bank is also one of the smallest. There is a department store where you can buy everything from a can of olive oil to a Chanel purse. There is also a mysterious winery that decorates its cellars with expensive paintings and discards its wine when the quality of the harvest doesn’t match their standards. For three weeks, thirteen UW students visited these and many other Spanish companies as participants of ... Read more
Principal Lecturer María Gillman
October 29, 2018
Principal Lecturer María Gillman has had a scholarship named in her honor at Auburn Riverside High School.  The Maria Gillman/Bryan Robinson Scholarship will be awarded to native Spanish speakers who have been accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college or university.  The scholarship, which is granted on an annual basis, awards between $250 and $500 to the recipient. Tom Adams, Principal at Curtis High School in University Place, Washington, explained the decision to name the scholarship in honor... Read more
Director Antonio Morales
October 22, 2018
By Katie King As Humphrey Bogart said to Claude Rains in the closing scene of Casablanca, “…I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” The Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF) teamed up with the UW Department Spanish and Portuguese Studies (SPS) on October 11, 2018 to offer an on-campus screening of the award-winning Spanish indie film Marisa en los bosques, the story of a young Spanish playwright in Madrid searching for her own identity amid joblessness and... Read more
Chilean Protesters
October 19, 2018
On October 8, Universidad de Chile’s professor Grínor Rojo offered a talk entitled “La dictadura y la postdicatdura y la contrarrevolución,” an event organized by the University of Washington Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies. In a room full of members of University of Washington’s community, including SPS Department professors and graduate students, Prof. Rojo presented some excerpts from the second volume of his Historia crítica de la literatura chilena, a three-volume... Read more
Jewish scribes depicted in the famous Libro de los juegos (“Book of games”)
October 1, 2018
SPS PhD Student Vivian Mills, as part of her appointment as the Richard M. Willner Memorial Scholar and a 2017-2018 Graduate Fellow at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at University of Washington, published over the summer a post to that organization's blog about fourteenth century Jewish Castilian poet Shem Tov of Carrión.  ... Read more
UW bilingual teacher certificate program
October 1, 2018
The University of Washington College of Education offers a bilingual teaching certificate program, starting June 2019.  Through the College of Education scholarship program, Project B.E.C.A. (Bilingual Educator Capacity) applicants may also be eligible for a scholarship which pays 50% of participants' tuition. Required Qualifications: Undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.) Spanish or Vietnamese fluency (reading, writing and speaking) Basic skills test (WEST-B, SAT or ACT) TOFEL score of 92 for... Read more