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SPRG - Spanish & Portuguese Research Group

The SpanPort Research Group (SPRG) is a graduate student led organization dedicated to the study and research of Spanish and Lusophone literatures and cultures at the University of Minnesota. SPRG desires to create a forum for graduate students, faculty, and local scholars to present their work and research in a less formal setting, which allows for constructive feedback from peers and colleagues.

We encourage participation from individuals both from within and outside the Department of Spanish & Portuguese as well as from scholars in the greater Twin Cities academic community. We want to be a forum that allows for the presentation of scholarship from multiple levels of academic preparation: from graduate students planning to present a paper at a conference to students, faculty, and community scholars seeking to publish their original research. In regards to the latter, there will be a handful of planned presentations throughout the academic year that showcase exciting research in the area of Spanish and Lusophone literatures and cultures. Contact SPRG by email or check out our official website

Founded in September of 2010, the SpanPort Research Group is a student organization run by the graduate students in the Spanish and Portuguese Studies program at the University of Minnesota. Meeting monthly throughout the academic year, the group seeks:

  • to contribute to the University of Minnesota’s diverse community through the promotion of Hispanic and Lusophone literatures and cultures;
  • to make available an open forum for the presentation of graduate student, faculty and community scholar work;
  • to support the genesis and continuation of a collegial network of graduate students and professors dedicated to professional development and scholarly inquiry concerning Hispanic and Lusophone literatures, cultures, and histories.

Over the last two years we have brought together both distinguished scholars from our field and emerging graduate student voices within our program, producing fruitful critical discussion on diverse research topics ranging from the representation of orphans in the Caribbean, to environmental concerns in contemporary Spain, to the memory work within film in Lusophone Africa.

Our work is dedicated to the memory of one of our founding members, Isabel de Sousa Ramos.

HaLLA - Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Association

HaLLA exists to contribute to the University’s diverse community through the promotion of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian languages and cultures and to make available a forum for the presentation of graduate student work within the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

During our monthly HaLLA meetings, the Hispanic Linguistics students and faculty present their current work, completed or in progress, often in preparation for a conference or to gain feedback on a research project or idea. These meetings provide the presenters with a friendly and encouraging environment in which to problematize aspects of their research and to discuss the future directions and implications of their work with their peers.