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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.

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.

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.

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

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

Sons of the Clouds poster - small.jpgApril 4, 2014
6:15 p.m.
St. Anthony Main Theater, Minneapolis

Academy Award winner Javier Bardem stars in this compelling documentary that shines a light on the political and human rights issues facing the people of the Western Sahara. This documentary brings awareness to the conflict in the region and encourages leaders to pursue a resolution. Watch the Trailer.

Visit the Film Society's website for more information.

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