PeaceSm.jpgHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Meghann Peace will present her doctoral dissertation research "That was the goal, for her to understand": Spanish anaphora in L2 speech on June 3rd. Meghann's dissertation analyzes how second language speakers of Spanish use direct object nominal and pronominal expressions in communication, as well as how they vary these expressions in accordance with the status of the direct object referent, the pragmatic conditions under which it is being expressed and the speakers' own assumptions of their listeners' abilities and knowledge. This public presentation will be part of Meghann's doctoral final exam.

Tuesday, June 3rd
1:00 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Corbin.1cr.jpgSpanish American Literatures & Cultures Ph.D. Candidate Megan Corbin will present her doctoral dissertation research Haunted Objects: Spectral Testimony in the Southern Cone Post-Dictatorship on May 9th. Megan's dissertation examines the role of the everyday, common object in relation to the human experience and capacity to give testimony--to communicate experiences of trauma, torture and suffering. In her research, she seeks to bring together a number of subfields: theoretical interpretation of testimonial narratives, trauma theory, memory studies, spectral theory, and object-oriented philosophy, in order to "think with things" in her analysis of narratives emerging in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile in what is called the "Post-Dictatorship" period. This public presentation will be part of Megan's doctoral final exam.

Friday, May 9th
2:00 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Rebecca-Atencio-1_1.jpgLecture by Rebecca Atencio, from Tulane​ University's Spanish and Portuguese Department

Thursday, May 1, 2014
1:00-2:15pm
10 Folwell Hall

Rebecca Atencio is an Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literary​ and Cultural Studies. Her main area of research is Brazil's ​ post-dictatorial literary and cultural production.

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Review of the documentary "Elena"

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elena and girl-sm.jpg"As Dores Viram Agua"
Review of Elena, by Craig Foster

Acclaimed Brazilian director Petra Costa previewed her first feature-length film, Elena, to students, professors and visitors at the University of Minnesota on Monday, March 24. The most-watched documentary in Brazil of 2013, the film pulled attendees into a streaming current of reminisces in the director's search for her sister, the titular Elena, twenty years after they last saw each other.

Elena moved to New York City from Minas Gerais, Brazil when Petra was just seven years old. After early success starring in stage performance with the theater group Boi Voador, Elena saw what little opportunity remained in Brazil quickly disappearing under the strict austerity measures of then-president Fernando Collor. Disappointed with

The Talle Family Scholarship's purpose is to inspire, reward, and support academic excellence by awarding full tuition scholarships to exceptional students during their senior year in CLA. This prestigious award to outstanding undergraduate students is made possible through the generosity of Kenneth Talle. Margaret and Kenneth Talle graduated in 1966 from the University of Minnesota in the College of Liberal Arts. As one of ten scholarship recipients from across the college, you should be very proud of your success.

JuliaPotach.jpgJulia Potach is a Spanish and Global Studies major in her third year at the University of Minnesota. Last fall, Julia studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador through the Minnesota Studies in International Development Program. During her study abroad experience, she interned with the pro-environment Yasunidos campaign and helped organize the collection of signatures for a national referendum on the issue of drilling in Yasuní National Park. Julia's academic interests include social movements, indigenous rights, and alternative development proposals in Latin America. She is also passionate about immigrant rights in the U.S. and hopes to practice immigration law in the future.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

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UIClogo2014-smallest.jpgFaculty, staff, and students are invited to join us for the Second Annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC), The UIC will take place on April 17th and April 18th and will include presentations in a variety of languages. The conference starts at 10:00am on both days in Coffman Memorial Union room 303.

Featuring Keynote Speaker
Taylor Krauss, Executive Director of Voices of Rwanda
Thursday, April 17, 12:30-1:30pm
Theater, Coffman Memorial Union

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Musical Performances
Friday, April 18, 11:45a,-1:15pm
303 Coffman Memorial Union

Argetina study abroad studentsHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Phil Thornberry will present his doctoral dissertation research The acquisition of Buenos Aires Spanish intonation during a study abroad semester on April 25th. Phil's dissertation analyzes the changes in second language Spanish intonation of 11 learners studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while also accounting for these changes via an examination of relevant extralinguistic factors, such as contact with native speakers and attitudes towards the host culture and language variety. This public presentation will be part of Phil's doctoral final exam.

Friday, April 25th
10:00 a.m.
112 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

PPP LogoThe graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies are proud to announce their first graduate conference entitled "Power, Prestige and the Periphery." The event will take place on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus on April 11 and 12, 2014. The event is open and free to attend.

For more information please visit our webpage

Foreign Word-Learning by Preschoolers

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classifiers-sm.jpgLecture with Professor Maria Sera, Institute of Child Development

Friday, April 25, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
106 Folwell Hall

Rothwell.jpgA Lecture by Professor
Phillip Rothwell
King John II Chair in Portuguese at
Oxford University

Thursday, April 3, 2014
2:30-4:00 p.m.
28 Folwell Hall