Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Association Meeting (HaLLA)

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HALLAFriday, October 17th
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall

Please join us as Hispanic Linguistics graduate students discuss their research. This month's speakers are Ana Anderson, and Brandon Rogers.

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group Forum (SPRG)

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sprg-sm.jpgFriday, October 10, 2014
317 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Two graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Amy Cosimini and Ana Cláudia Dos Santos São Bernardo, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!

Spanish and Portuguese Study Abroad Panel

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Friday, October 3rd
1-2:15 p.m.
Room 112 Folwell Hall

If you are interested in studying abroad in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country, come hear from Spanish Studies majors, Spanish Studies minors, and Spanish/Portuguese Studies majors who studied in Spanish or Portuguese speaking areas. Students on the panel have studied in Toledo, Spain; Sevilla, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Merida, Venezuela; Quito, Ecuador; Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and Uruguay.

This is a great way to learn about experiences of other students and for you to ask questions. Spanish and Portuguese Studies advisors will also be available for questions.

Lecture with Professor Ronald Sousa

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"He's Whispering Revolution to Me": Reading the Reader of Saramago's 'Historical' Novels

Sousa Book-sm.jpgLecture with Professor Ronald Sousa
University of North Carolina, Asheville

Friday, October 3, 2014
12:30-1:30pm
113 Folwell Hall

Ronald Sousa's new book On Emerging from Hyper-Nation (Purdue UP, scheduled for November release) explores the relationship that 1998 Nobel Laureate José Saramago's novels about Portuguese history seek to set up with their reader. Starting with his own reception of the novels, his study moves from analysis of reader liberation to re-induction of historical trauma to subject re-construction. Sousa will review the main lines of his exploration and then pose some of his own questions about it.

Dr. Cecily Brown receives 2014 Access Achievement Award

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The Disability Resource Center, as part of the Office for Equity and Diversity, is acknowledging the efforts of University of Minnesota faculty and staff who make significant contributions to improving access on campus for students, faculty, staff, and guests with disabilities.
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Cecily Brown, coordinator of SPAN 1001, has received a 2014 Access Achievement Award. She, along with other University colleagues, is being recognized for advancing access on campus.

Congratulations, Cecily, on this noteworthy recognition!

LHBook.jpgJoin us for a panel and discussion about the reality of immigration raids and deportations, from the U.S.-Mexico border to Minnesota.

Luz Hernandez will share testimonies from people directly affected by the massive immigration raid at a meat packing plant in nearby Postville, Iowa on May 12, 2008.

We'll also hear from a historical perspective about mass deportations of Mexicans and Central Americans. And we'll hear from activists from MIRAC's No More Deportations campaign about what we can do now to try to stop raids and deportations that separate families and devastate communities.

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group Forum (SPRG)

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sprg-sm.jpgYou are invited you to this year's first SPRG forum on Friday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Folwell 105.

There will have two presenters:


  • Visiting Assistant Professor Salvador Raggio, "Irrupciones de la pornotemática: Nuevas facetas de lo obsceno en la narrativa hispánica actual"

  • Visiting Assistant Professor Luis Anchondo, "El código secreto del Esopete ystotriado en el contexto de la exégesis literaria y su evolución hacia un método científico tardomedieval"

Weissberg MESDA 2014.jpgAssociate Professor Emeritus Barbara Weissberger was invited to give the Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni lecture at her alma mater, Indiana University. The talk is September 12, and the title is "The Queen's Dreams: Lope de Vega's Representation of Queen Isabel I." A brief abstract follows:

Susana Perez CastillejoHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Susana Pérez Castillejo will present her doctoral dissertation research "La entonación del español de Galicia desde una perspectiva sociofonética" on September 15th. Susana's areas of expertise are sociolinguistics and phonology, in particular Spanish phonology in dialect and language contact situations.

Her dissertation describes the intonational patterns of broad focus declaratives and absolute interrogatives in Galician Spanish, a poorly documented variety of Northwestern Spain in which intonation is perceived as a dialectal marker. A sociolinguistic analysis reveals five suprasegmental aspects of Galician Spanish that bear a relationship to the speakers' domain of exposure to Galician, the vernacular Romance language of the region. It also discovers two features that are subject to stylistic variation rooted in the unequal status of Galician and Spanish during the history of their contact. The status of these as contact-induced features or as changes brought about by language-internal causes is discussed, as well as other findings that contribute to our understanding of how language contact may affect intonation. This public presentation will be part of Susana's doctoral final exam.

Monday, September 15
2:30 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Remembering Professor Hernán Vidal

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The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies is saddened to report the unexpected passing of Professor Hernán Vidal. He died at home on August 15, 2014 at the age of seventy-seven. He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

Professor Vidal, who taught at the University of Minnesota from 1972 until his retirement in 2003, is widely known as an innovative, original, and productive scholar in the field of Latin American studies. The collective impact of his work and influence opened up new fields of intellectual inquiry to which he contributed through his high intellectual standards, independent spirit of inquiry, and unwavering commitment to human rights.

Professor Vidal was also a prolific writer. One of his early books, Literatura hispanoamericana e ideología liberal: surgimiento y crisis [Spanish American Literature and Liberal Ideology: Emergence and Crisis] (1976), soon became one of the classics of Latin American literary studies, providing a penetrating critique of the Latin American literary boom and contributing to the establishment of a new approach to the integration of literary study with social history.