Two PhD students in the Spanish and Portuguese department are looking at sociolinguistics of two communities in Spain. Carol Ready conducts ethnographic research in Granada, Spain on Moroccan immigrants, and Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias examines language variation in the Spanish spoken in Galicia.
Kathleen Ganley started teaching service-learning classes with the Latino community in 1996. This January, she took a class to the US/Mexico border. Her students returned with an acute understanding of the reality that migrants face when attempting to immigrate to the US.
Sandra Rellier and Ana Claudia Dos Santos São Bernardo are both recipients of the doctoral dissertation fellowship (DDF). With personal connections to and passion for their work, six years of graduate school have prepared them for a professional life in the world of academia.
College in the Schools is a program that provides highly motivated high school students the opportunity to take college courses in a high school setting—with the chance to earn college credit, too. Cristina Castro, who coordinates the CIS Spanish program, explains the program’s impact on students and how it engages Minnesota’s high schools with the University.
After the far-right government executed more than 3,000 young civilians, many Colombian mothers have become dedicated social activists. As part of a Grand Challenge Research Initiative grant and the CLA Dean’s First-Year Research & Creative Scholars Program, a trio of undergraduate students traveled to Soacha, Colombia to interview some of these women. Olivia Nortwen, Sydney Provinzino, and Kylie Sievers explore how mothers are transforming the Colombian social landscape. Their research received the award for “Best Scholarly Presentation” at the 2018 Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference.
The annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference provides a platform for students to share their academic work in a professional setting. It’s an experience that co-chairs of the event, Maryanne Williams Smoczyk and Danielle Dadras, believe allows for students to grow academically and professionally: “The College is placing emphasis on professionalization and readiness as a way to help students understand their potential in the work world.”
Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias and José Aguirre co-chaired a conference that bridged the gap between Spanish and Lusophone disciplines and provided new approaches as how to best address different kinds of emptiness in research. Read more about how the Graduate Student Conference filled voids in research.
Assistant Professor Mandy Menke connected the research and teaching of second languages to define the term "advanced" through a conference she hosted called Evolving Perspectives on Advancedness: A Symposium on Second Language Spanish. Read the full article.
Associate Professor Sophia Beal, a recent Talle Research Award recipient, is determined to tell the untold story of how different cultural groups are shifting the way public space is utilized in Brasília, Brazil.
Spanish Professor Frances Matos-Schultz and her colleague Adolfo Carrillo Cabello are conducting research on how a new online coaching program is improving students’ Spanish speaking skills and increasing their confidence speaking the language in and outside the classroom.
Senior Joseph Rojas discusses his passion for learning languages through his triple major, studying abroad, being the new peer advisor for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, and plans for the future.
Professor Ana Forcinito has experienced firsthand the effects of a post-dictatorship society and made it her life’s work to study and research these effects in a Latin American context. As Ohanessian Chair, she is conducting groundbreaking research on human rights violations in the Southern cone.
At a time when divisive rhetoric around immigration abounds, bringing a group of students to the US/Mexico border might intimidate some. Not Spanish Instructor Kathleen Ganley. Ganley and her students share about their time volunteering at the border, and the impact it has had on them since returning.
Who would have thought that a childhood love for Harry Potter could spark an entire doctoral dissertation? Veronica Menaldi brought her fondness for the magic and intrigue in Harry Potter to her passion for the Spanish language, inspiring her to study magic, miracles, and medicine in the context of medieval Spain.
When Owen Murray decided to study Spanish and Portuguese in college, he had no idea the kinds of possibilities these languages would bring him. "There are a lot of incredible things you can learn from studying languages; it’s a door opener for so many experiences and relationships. It’s powerful."