• Join Spanish and Portuguese Language Tables!

    Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021

    The fall 2021 schedule for our Spanish and Portuguese Language Tables is available on this webpage.

    Language tables are open to students —even those not enrolled in SPO courses, and are a great way to allow students to practice speaking in an informal setting with instructors, peers, and native Spanish and Portuguese speakers. Topics of conversation can range from current events and readings to popular culture and daily life. 

    This semester, language tables meet weekly via Zoom or in-person.

  • Congratulations to Charlie Hankin

    Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021

    On August 23, Charlie Hankin successfully defended his dissertation titled "Break and Flow: Hip Hop Poetics in Brazil, Cuba and Haiti."

    Charlie with be joining the faculty at Colby College as a visiting assistant professor of Spanish on a two-year appointment. 

    "Among other things, it will allow me to teach an exciting course I've designed on the relationship between orality, music, and literature in Latin America," Charlie said.  


  • Congratulations to Mauricio Acuña

    Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021

    On August 17, Mauricio Acuña successfully defended his dissertation titled "Poéticas e Performances de Imaginações Afro-Atlânticas: O primeiro festival mundial de artes negras."

    Beginning at the end of this month, Mauricio will join the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and the Program of Global Studies at the University of Virginia as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate (2021-2023).


  • Summer with SPO: Virtual courses highlight culture, storytelling, and social topics

    Monday, Aug 16, 2021

    By Michelle Tong

    This summer, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offered four virtual courses for students looking to continue their language learning while exploring new topics that spanned from cultural heritage and colonial text to fantastic stories and myths.

    In SPA 107S taught by Professor Iris Hauser, students worked on building and expanding their Spanish language skills while focusing on topics related to the U.S. Latino community.

  • Yangyou Fang awarded 2021 Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones Prize

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    On Monday, May 24, 20201, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese presented graduate student Yangyou Fang with the 2021 Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones Prize in recognition for her contributions and dedication to undergraduate teaching.

  • Daniela Alvarez ’21 awarded 2021 Senior Thesis Prize by the University Center for Human Values

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021

    The University Center for Human Values named SPO concentrator Daniela Alvarez ’21 as a recipient of a 2021 Senior Thesis Prize in recognition of her thesis titled “La Gran Cárcel: Two Militarized Borders, Two Failed Asylum Systems and a Mexico-Wide Prison.”

    This prize awards up to three prize(s) to senior theses that best apply ethical reasoning to advance our understanding of human values. 

    Read more about the prize and prize winners on the University Center for Human Values webpage.


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