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.