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Cover of the Book Cartographies Of Madrid
February 18, 2020
A group of scholars gathered February 6th in the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities conference room for a roundtable discussion of their recently published volume Cartographies of Madrid: Contesting Urban Space at the Crossroads of the Global South and Global North.  Panelists for the discussion were contributors Susan Larson of Texas Tech, Jill Robbins of UC Merced, Madrid scholar Ed Baker, and contributing editors Silvia Bermúdez of UC Santa Barbara, and Anthony Geist of University... Read more
Dr. Sarah Thomas, Brown University
January 21, 2020
Sarah Thomas, the William A. Dyer, Jr. Assistant Professor of Humanities and Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University, stopped by The University of Washington’s snowy Seattle campus on Monday, January 13 to present “Horror, the Child, and the Political: Killing Children in Spanish Cinema”. Despite the inclement weather, the promise of a fascinating talk on such morbid subject matter was enough to bring out a large group of students and faculty from both the Spanish and... Read more
Dr. Brendan Lanctot
November 20, 2019
Dr. Brendan Lanctot, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Puget Sound and a recipient of the 2019 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship presented “From La ciudad letrada to la ciudad dibujada: Visual Culture and Politics in 19th Century Latin America” Thursday, November 14. The lecture was given in front of a well-attended audience of university faculty and students. The presentation, given as part of his fellowship, was, as Lanctot put it, a discussion of material... Read more
Maria Gillman with 2019 WAFLT award winners
November 20, 2019
Principal Lecturer María Gillman received the Inspirational Leadership Certificate at the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) Conference this autumn in Spokane, Washington. The Inspirational Leadership Certificate “is presented to a person or persons selected by the WAFLT board who has demonstrated leadership and inspiration to others in the world language fields. This certificate recognizes important contributions in promoting, organizing, supporting, defending, lobbying, or... Read more
Senior Lecturers Marilis Mediavilla and Sabrina Spannagel presented at the 2019 WAFLT Conference
October 28, 2019
This autumn several SPS faculty presented their research and other work nationally and internationally at colleges, universities and language conferences. Senior Lecturers Marilis Mediavilla and Sabrina Spannagel presented at the 2019 WAFLT Conference “Where World Language Educators Connect!” on October 12th “The Secret to Student Engagement in the Foreign Language Classroom.” In the session, they used current principles of ACTFL (... Read more
Sarah Slack in São Paulo
September 30, 2019
Sarah Slack, senior in Bioengineering and member of the 2019 Husky 100, is one of our first minors in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies.  Slack’s study of the language enabled her to earn the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship and study abroad in São Paulo, Brazil. Slack’s interest first came from personal experience. “My initial motivation for choosing Portuguese was the uniquely welcoming culture I had experienced while traveling with my father as an eighth... Read more
Student Sarah McKay with SPS Faculty
June 10, 2019
On Thursday, June 6, Sarah McKay, a junior double major in Spanish and Creative Writing, did a public presentation of the ad hoc honors project she did for Spanish 424 Winter Quarter 2019. The class, “Poetry and Music,” concentrated on Spanish peninsular poets and musical versions of their texts. Sarah’s project is a webpage that parallels what we studied in class, but is centered on two Latin American poets (one man, one woman) from each of five different countries, and the musical versions of... Read more
Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
May 30, 2019
The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies teaches some of the world’s most essential languages: Portuguese is spoken by 220 million people worldwide and Spanish is spoken by 480 million, including one in six people in the United States. Undergraduate students in our department not only acquire linguistic proficiency in foreign languages, they also develop critical thinking and communication skills, as well as a deeper awareness of cultural diversity.  For their part, faculty and... Read more
PhD Recipents Katherine M. King and Juan Felipe Arroyave
May 30, 2019
Spanish & Portuguese Studies is pleased to announce that Katherine M. King and Juan Felipe Arroyave completed their dissertations and doctoral defenses, and each received their PhD in Hispanic Studies in the Spring of 2019. “As the first two graduates for our new doctoral program, their accomplishments mark a significant milestone in the development of the department’s graduate program,” said Donald Gilbert-Santamaría, Associate Professor and department Chair. Arroyave’s dissertation,... Read more
Dr. Elizabeth Hochberg
May 30, 2019
On May 22, Dr. Elizabeth Hochberg, Teaching Associate in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, offered a talk entitled “Mass Media Reflections During Chile's Popular Unity”. Prof. Hochberg analyzed the way diverse cultural projects and artists in Chile engaged with “popular power” during Salvador Allende’s Popular Unity government (1970-1973). In this period, Chilean workers and left-wing intellectuals engaged with the idea of “popular power”, a form of a direct democracy led by working-class... Read more

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