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Casa Latina
December 22, 2020
For twenty years, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies has maintained a tradition of giving to a local community charity connected to our mission and core values.  According to Emily Gaggia, education coordinator at Casa Latina, “the Day Workers program has a membership of over one thousand workers."  Before the COVID 19 pandemic, there were about 150 workers actively seeking employment through Casa Latina. Each year, SPS faculty, staff and graduate students have purchased gifts for... Read more
December 18, 2020
 Article written by Isabella-Yasameen Azar, undergraduate student in Political Science On Thursday October 29th, 2020 the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and the Center for Global Studies hosted the event Crossroads: A Dialogue Between the Global North and Global South which in its first meeting examined the issues of race through a conversation about anti-racism and racial literacy in Brazil. The event featured two speakers: Henry M. Jackson School of... Read more
November 17, 2020
COVID-19 is preventing us from having in-person classes, meetings, and conferences. However, our SPS faculty keeps actively engaged in promoting and sharing their knowledge within our community in different ways. The Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) was held virtually this year, and three of our SPS faculty members collaborated to deliver a joint presentation at the October 2020 Conference: ¨Apart, But Together.¨ Jorge González... Read more
Farris Anderson
November 12, 2020
Farris Anderson was a professor in the Spanish and Portuguese Department from 1966 until his retirement in 1999. He served as chair from 1995-1999. He gained emeritus Professor status in 2000 and worked as a part-time retiree until 2005, both teaching classes and acting as a consultant for the Cádiz program. He passed away October 7, 2020. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family. You can find... Read more
Eduardo da Silva
October 30, 2020
Eduardo Viana da Silva, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the UW, has received the 2020 Teacher of the Year Award from the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT). This award recognizes the work of language teachers in the State of Washington for their excellence in the teaching of world languages.  The WAFLT Association highlights on its website that this award "celebrates the promotion of cultural awareness, intercultural... Read more
UW Students
October 23, 2020
A broad definition of a heritage speaker, according to Fishman (1981, 2006), “is anyone who has an ethnic, cultural, or other connection with a language, regardless of whether that person learned the heritage language as a child” (In: Benmamoun, Montrul, and Polinsky, 2013). This definition applies in different degrees to the UW Indigenous students: Elsa Vásquez, Karol Janet Cruz Escamilla, and Nancy Mendoza Ruiz, who participated in a panel discussion on February 22nd, 2020, at the Heritage... Read more
Sabrina Spannagel-Bradley
October 9, 2020
Article by Sabrina Spannagel-Bradley During this pandemic, remote teaching is the “new normal” for faculty. A year and a half ago, however, all classes were face-to-face, with first and second-year language classes meeting five days a week in the classroom. This is a convenient routine for students living on or near campus, but not for all students. Last year, I identified an unmet need for some non-traditional students trying to fulfill the language requirement by taking... Read more
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