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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

Local interfaith leaders gather to discuss how Medieval Spain's Jewish, Muslim and Christian Cultural Cooperation holds relevance for our Metro area.

- Thursday, March 27, 2014
- Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Margolis Hall
- Free and open to the public

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum

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Thumbnail image for sprg-sm.jpgFriday, March 7th
113 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Two graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Catalina Ahumada and Xiaoxi Zhang, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum

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sprg-sm.jpgFriday, February 7th
106 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Two Ph.D. graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Carla Manzoni and Ross Sandell, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!

Opening Reception: Eloisa Ibarra's "The Seed of Babel"

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Thumbnail image for Seed of BabelOpening reception for the one-person exhibition by the Uruguayan artist, Eloisa Ibarra

Thursday, November 21st
6:00 - 7:00 public lecture by the artist
7:00 - 9:00 public reception with the artist
Free and open to the public
Regis Center for Art

Uruguayan artist Eloisa Ibarra has combined traditional printmaking techniques with digital technologies to explore what she terms "the depletion of language" in contemporary society. The Seed of Babel consists of 20 prints in the etching and engraving mediums, as well as audio recordings accessed through digital QR codes incorporated into the artworks and the gallery.

Thumbnail image for Lynch, Andrew.Monday, November 11th
2:30 to 4:00pm
12 Folwell Hall

"Imagination is a key concept of cultural studies and theories of nationalism (Benedict Anderson, 1983) and postmodernity (Arjun Appadurai, 1996). However, contemporary scholars of language and linguistics have given little attention to the potential role of imagination in phenomena of language use and, in multilingual settings, language choice. This talk explores the ways in which language is imagined in the postmodern context of Miami, tracing the relationship between imagination and sociolinguistic reality. Evidence from sociolinguistic surveys, perceptual experimentation, and personal interviews is presented, as well as critical textual analyses of news coverage and popular television series set in South Florida."

HALLAFriday, November 15th
10:00am to 11:00am
317 Folwell Hall

Please join us as Hispanic Linguistics graduate students discuss their research. This month's speakers are Meghann Peace, Luz Hernandez and Brandon Rogers.

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