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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


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

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

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.

Film screening of Brazilian documentary, 'Elena' by Petra Costa

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Film screening and Q&A with Brazilian director Petra Costa on her 2013 documentary

elena and girl-sm.jpg

This is the most watched Brazilian documentary of 2013!

FREE and open to the Public!

Monday, March 24, 2014
Folwell Hall 108

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.

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.

November 14th is "Give to the Max Day"

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Be a light for the U's Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies on Give to the Max Day. Make a gift here.

Give to the Max Day - Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Spanish & Portuguese Studies Alumni Career Panels

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Folwell Hall (various rooms)

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies will be hosting an alumni career panel on Wednesday, October 30th from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in Folwell Hall. If you are interested in possibly pursuing a Spanish Studies major, Spanish/Portuguese Studies major, Spanish Studies minor, or Portuguese Studies minor, this is a great way to learn more about what our alumni have gone on to pursue!

We will be having two panels focused on government/non-profit and one panel focused on business. Limited seats available. Please RSVP to Maryanne Williams at In the RSVP be sure to include your name, and which panel you wish to attend.

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