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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!

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.

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.

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