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.
By using the communication techniques unique to theatrical and visual artistic expressions, professor of Spanish and Portuguese studies Luis Ramos-Garcia helps to illuminate human rights issues and connect the University of Minnesota with communities around the world.
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."