Winter 2020 Newsletter

“Go out there and do things. Some of you are into film; some, into music; some, into video games, etc. Whatever it is, go for it. Find out what’s going on and figure out what you can do.”  This is Carlos Varón González's advice to students. Varón is an Assistant Professor at University of California, Riverside, who completed his MA in Hispanic Studies at University of Washington in 2008 before continuing on to Harvard University to complete his PhD.  Varón’s own decision to pursue a career in… Read more
We are very excited to confirm the new Summer Cadiz program, which began as a novel idea in Spanish and Portuguese studies but quickly grew to be warmly received by a range of students and faculty from different departments across campus.  By re-envisioning the traditional NW Cadiz experience, this new program offers first year language students and non-Spanish majors the opportunity to live and study in Cadiz for the full summer quarter.  As an exciting introduction to Spain and the “Gaditano… Read more
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
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
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