Newsletter | Autumn 2013

Irene Hopkins, editor

Letter from the Chair

The beginning of another school year: bright young faces on campus, eager to learn and to live. 2013-14 is off to a good start for Spanish and Portuguese Studies. In September we greeted the first cohort of students in our innovative new PhD program, which will combine rigorous training in literary history and criticism with a focus on public scholarship, preparing our graduates both for careers in college and university teaching as well as in other, less traditional professions, such as cultural organizations, non-profits, museums, and private industry. We are also recruiting now for next year’s doctoral students, casting our net wide throughout the US, Spain and Latin America, hoping to attract the best and brightest. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight on Katie King

Katie King has come home. A 1983 UW graduate and recent inductee to the Department of Communications Alumni Hall of Fame, King is back in her native Seattle after spending the last thirty years of her impressive journalism career living and working in Europe, South America, Central America and the U.S. Read more...

Faculty Spotlight on Joan Fox

On the second floor of Padelford Hall, Joan Fox, Lecturer and First-Year Language Coordinator, inhabits an office brimming with evidence of a full career and a love of Latin culture: a Mexican mirror adorned with sculpted metal hummingbirds, an old Kuna Yala mola from Panama, and an intricate Peruvian weaving, to name a few. Even the colors of her walls give one a sense of being somewhere other than Seattle. Read more...

Student Spotlight on Matt London

Matt London is not your typical undergraduate student. “I describe myself as a ‘student of a certain age,’” laughed London, 31 years old with salt and pepper hair. But the salt lends wisdom to the choices he has made regarding his studies at UW. A Seattle native, London worked for Amazon for one year before attending S.U.N.Y. Purchase. When tuition costs became prohibitive, London left school but stayed in New York, working a number of jobs including producer’s assistant for the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Read more...

Staff Spotlight on Holly Winters

Holly Winters, 100/200-Level Adviser and Administrative Coordinator, and SPS’s newest staff member, knows how to run an office. Her years of retail and office management have groomed her for this aspect of her position, which she has held since April of 2013. The icing on the cake for SPS is Winters’ passion for and commitment to working in academia, specifically in a department that emphasizes bilingualism and Spanish language education. Read more...

Study Abroad: León Center

Imagine looking out on the spires of a Gothic cathedral from your classroom in a lovingly refurbished royal palace. This is the sight that greeted over 100 UW students last year as they studied at the UW STUDY CENTER in León, Spain. The León Center grew out of a conversation in 2008 between Ana Mari Cauce, (then Dean of Arts & Sciences, now UW Provost), Luis Fernando Esteban, the honorary consul of Spain in Seattle, and Tony Geist, Chair of Spanish and Portuguese. Read more...

Faculty Rave

Congratulations to Professor Ana Gómez-Bravo whose forthcoming book with the University of Toronto Press is titled: Textual Agency: Writing Culture and Social Networks in Fifteenth-Century Spain. In her book, Gómez-Bravo, who specializes in 15th century poetry, focuses on the life of a poem and takes a close look at 15th century writing, culture and social networking. Read more...

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