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."
Professor Salvador Raggio’s distinctive Spanish studies courses will be thoroughly missed by students and department members alike. His experience and understanding of the transatlantic perspective offers unique insight into the literature and film courses.
This past year, Spanish/Portuguese studies major Dayana Lopez studied abroad in Brazil after receiving a prestigious departmental scholarship. Living in Brazil was the opportunity of a lifetime for Lopez to improve her Portuguese while traveling.
In July of 2010, Catalonia, Spain, became the second Spanish region to place a ban on the tradition of bullfighting. This political rejection of the cultural symbol of the state that Spain’s central government had promoted for decades has helped serve as a stepping stone for Catalonia's vote in early November 2014 in favor of secession from Spain.
Alumnus James Romano finds “...an inextricable connection between a strategic view of the world and a liberal arts education.... The best strategic thinkers are those who come from broad liberal arts backgrounds. The liberal arts experience enables someone sitting in a corporate room to think about ways to communicate with far-reaching customers.”
What can linguistic analysis tell us about ideology, gender, social structures, and beliefs? Luz Hernandez speaks about how linguistic analysis of immigrant workers is helping to interpret their perception of the immigration system that criminalizes so many immigrant women.
Students in fourth-semester Spanish take the reading, listening and writing portions of the LPE during regular class periods, and beginning Fall 2012, they are the first language classes to take the three parts of the LPE online.