Assistant Professor Osiris Aníbal Gómez joins us from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he completed his PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures in 2020, with an expertise in contemporary Mexican indigenous poetry.
Emilce Lopez passed away on June 11, 2020. She was an outstanding teacher, a highly respected colleague, a generous mentor, and a wonderful friend. She had a huge impact on our lives and the lives of the community.
For Julia, pursuing a degree in another language provided her with a life of constant learning, growth, and discovery. She reflects on how her Spanish major prepared her for medical school and helped her "to connect with the world around [her] in a meaningful way.”
Instructors from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies (SPPT) and the Department of History explain how integrating Story Maps technology into their courses has helped their students develop cultural competency and spatial thinking. “These projects situated those cultural products and practices in their specific places in a way that was completely understandable to their classmates because of the map,” says Cecily Brown.
Studying another language cultivates new, unique ways of thinking. Carolyn Sakstrup (BA ‘99, Spanish, minors in Latin American studies and Studio Art) is a senior vice president in marketing at Target. Her path all began with language studies and a desire to continue learning.
Evolving culture means evolving language. Students in the Spanish and Portuguese graduate program are thinking about how to create inclusive classroom environments for all students, not only those with binary gender identities.
The graduate students from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities are pleased to host our 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference, titled “Dualities: Hybrid States and Liminal Identities.” The conference will be taking place at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on March 20 & 21, 2020.
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Tripp Strawbridge who was the runner-up in the collegiate 3-Minute Thesis Competition! Tripp presented his research: "The Social Networks: How to understand second language learning abroad". He was one of eight presenters from across the College of Liberal Arts.
Olga Salazar worked in Monterrey, Mexico over the summer interviewing journalists to better understand the correlation between the politics of information and accountability in cases of disappearances. Her research is helping to identify best practices in journalism that lead to better outcomes for the families in a country in which over 40,000 persons have disappeared.
Michelle Hamilton offers a new perspective in the field of medieval studies in her new book The Study of al-Andalus: the Scholarship and Legacy of James T. Monroe. This volume brings scholarship on Andalusi culture to an English-speaking audience and casts Monroe’s work into greater relief as part of—and as a foil to—current debates about Muslims and the cultures and traditions of the Arabic-speaking world.