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Raneda, Rueda and Gonzalez Casanova Present at Center for Teaching and Learning Symposium
May 7, 2019
On April 17, The Center for Teaching and Learning hosted the UW’s 15th Annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium. The Symposium highlights research and pedagogy that advance student learning and promote innovation in teaching as well as collaboration among practitioners of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at UW.  It is intended for faculty... Read more
Gregg Blodgett, Class of 1976
March 25, 2019
“The exposure to another culture at a deep enough level to include language studies rounds a person out and helps them think differently when addressing a problem.” Said Gregg Blodgett, ’76. Blodgett, who graduated from University of Washington with a double major in Spanish and Accounting, has led a successful professional life in both technology and philanthropy. Concluding his career with his retirement from Twisted Pair Solutions as CFO in 2011, Blodgett spent the first 14 years of his... Read more
Prof. Marcela T. Garcés
March 19, 2019
On March 7th, 2019, the UW Spanish & Portuguese Studies and UW Nutritional Sciences cosponsored the screening of the gastronomic documentary, The Txoko Experience. The Secret Culinary Space of the Basques. The viewing was paired with a few delicious Spanish tapas, as well as the guest lecture, "Slow Food on Camera: An Introduction to Basque Cuisine" by scriptwriter Professor Marcela T. Garcés of... Read more
Prof. Miquel Bota Burgués
February 27, 2019
El 19 de febrero, el profesor Miquel Bota Burgués dio una charla titulada "Bonifacio el bueno: Masculinidades perturbadoras en Su único hijo", presentada como parte del seminario de posgrado de la profesora Leigh Mercer sobre el género y sexualidad en España en el siglo XIX. En 1890, Leopoldo Alas "Clarín" publicó Su único hijo. Al haber escrito una de las obras maestras de la literatura española moderna, La regenta (1884 y 1885), se consideró de calidad inferior a su... Read more
Husky Giving Day is April 4th
February 27, 2019
April 4th is Husky Giving Day, the University of Washington’s annual event celebrating the power of philanthropy and community engagement through collective action.  We do this for Washington, and for the world. This year’s campaign focuses on championing the study of Language and Literature.  By participating in Husky Giving Day and donating to the Friends of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, you give a gift that will aid in sustaining scholarships, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research... Read more
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