From February 15th to 17th at Helms Theatre, the University of Virginia Spanish Theatre Group will be presenting the worldwide premiere in the original language of Spanish playwright Mar Gómez Glez’s Cifras.
An example of ‘fact-inspired drama,’ Cifras is based on the plight of the Francisco y Catalina, a Spanish fishing boat that in July of 2006 rescued fifty-one migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately one hundred miles from the coast of Malta. What followed was a weeklong maritime standstill as diplomatic negotiations got underway regarding possible and willing host countries for the migrants. Meanwhile, hygienic and living conditions rapidly deteriorated on board, and while the politicians negotiated the future of the migrants, the present of those aboard the boat was one of escalating human drama and tension.
Cifras is the latest production by the University of Virginia Spanish Theatre Group and director Fernando Operé, who with the help of graduate students and faculty, has been enriching the UVa and Charlottesville community with performances in Spanish by Spanish-speaking playwrights for 37 years. Don’t miss out on this unique theatre experience in Spanish!
Friday, February 15th at 8pm
Saturday, February 16th at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, February 17th at 2pm
Tickets available through the Arts Box Office (Culbreth Theatre)
Purchase online, call (434) 924–3376, or stop by Monday to Friday, 12–5pm
$5 for students, $15 for non-students, art dollars not accepted
IWL Speaker Series on Languages for Specfic Purpose Presents a talk with Dr. Lourdes Sánchez-López, January 30 at 1:30pm NCH 162
We are happy to announce that the IWL Language for Specific Purposes Group (of which Alicia López-Operé, Paula Sprague and myself are members) in conjunction with the IWL Speaker Series has organized the visit and talk of Dr. Lourdes Sánchez-López (University of Alabama at Birmingham), a recognized scholar on this field and the Director of the Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate program at her institution.
If you would like to learn more about LSP studies, pedagogy, and curriculum design, on Wednesday, January 30th there will be two possibilities to interact with Dr. Sánchez-López:
Ø She will hold andpen meeting with faculty and graduate students from 1:30PM to 2:15P at NCH-162.
Ø In her talk, entitled "Languages for Specific Purposes: Curriculum Development and Program Design in the 21st Century”, Dr. Sánchez-López will present an overview of the evolution of Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) studies in American higher education including its future directions. She will also speak on the sequential development of the various LSP programs established at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the last two decades. 3:30pm to 5:00pm at New Cabell 349 (French Conference Room)
We hope to see you there!
Please join us in congratulating students from SPAN 4500, whose work with colonial archives is featured in the latest issue of the Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy!
Students in professor Allison Bigelow's course on "Colonial Translations" (Interpretando América Latina colonial) transcribed, translated, and annotated portions of rare books and manuscripts from the University of Virginia's Special Collections Library for publication on the Early Americas Digital Archive.
As Bigelow argues in the article, students in SPAN 4500 learned about colonial archives "by approaching them as public-facing, meaning-making sites of translation, interpretation, and textual editing, and by remediating print materials from the archives into annotated translations."
For a list of the 11 projects published on EADA by students at UVa and the College of William & Mary, please click here.
Congratulations to translators Ashleigh K. Ramos, Andreea Cleopatra Washburn, Vanessa Macias, Mawusi Bridges, Shaun Casey, Julia Colopy, Eleanor Daugherty, Taylor Dorr, Mary Catherine Gibbs, Carly Gordon, Rebecca Graham, Alison Haulsee, Brynna Heflin, Kimberly Hursh, Lindsey Jones, Katherine Lara, Nathaniel Menninger, Sierra Prochna, Kyle Reitz, Blake Selph, Alexandra Soroka, Julia Sroba, Nora Zahn, Mary-Rolfe Zeller, Emily Zhang, Patrick Johnson, Sutton White, Matt Troppe, Anthony Correia, Brent Nagel, Hannah Berk, Sarah Schuster, Abby Kamensky, Mae Flato, Molly Hepner, Kayla Pomeranz, Karla Núñez, Danielle Tassara, Emma Merrill, Taneen Maghsoudi, Kimia Nikseresht, Tara Shafiei, and Claire Gillepsie!
If you are interested in promoting Hispanic Literatures and Cultures then Sigma Delta Pi is for you. Some of the most notable benefits are the opportunity for national awards, grants, and scholarships, which can facilitate study abroad programs and provide money for graduate research grants. Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of South Carolina, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and partners with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi is currently accepting applications for membership. Application is due Friday, November 2
Download Sigma Delta Pi Application (PDF document)
SPAN 2010 in J-Term. The Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese will be offering SPAN 2010 in J-Term 2019. This course will meet for 5 hours each day for 10 days, January 2-12, 2019, with class on Saturday, January 5 and Saturday, January 12. The hours will be 9:00-12:00 and 1:30-3:30.
Important: Students enrolled in this course are required to enroll in SPAN 2020 during this Spring 2019. When you register for SPAN 2010 in J-Term, please make sure you also enroll in SPAN 2020 for Spring 2019.
For more information: http://www.virginia.edu/januaryterm/
On Wednesday, October 3, we were pleased to host a professional-development event for graduate students across the humanities with Dr. Daniel Hartnett, Associate Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College. His presentation, “Crafting a Profile for a Liberal Arts Job,” explained how students can plan their graduate study to build a diversified profile that can shine through in their application materials and set them on the path to tenure. He specifically addressed the culture and hiring practices of liberal-arts colleges, and drew on his own experience as a doctoral alum of the University of Virginia to communicate how graduate students can position themselves for success in a changing academic job market. There was ample time for questions and answers from students as well. Click to download the event flyer.
This event was sponsored by the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, the Department of English, the Department of French, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, in association with PhD Plus.
Save the Date: "Between Heaven and Hell: Botticelli’s Lost Drawings and the Discovery of the Renaissance"
Prof. Joseph Luzzi's talk will narrate the story of how one hundred illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy by the legendary Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) went missing for over four hundred years, and how their dramatic discovery by an obscure German art historian named Walter Lippmann in 1882 contributed to the creation of what we now call “the Renaissance.”
The presentation will take place on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5:00pm NCH 236.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
We are excited to announce the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese's second annual film festival (September 27th to September 30th). Please mark your calendars, and make this information available to your students and to other interested parties.
The SIP FilmFest organizing committee has selected “Contemporary Women’s Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America” as the theme for this year’s festival. Building on last year’s success, recent films from Italy, Latin America, and Spain will be screened in venues on grounds and downtown. All films will be free and open to the general public, and they will be screened in their original languages with English subtitles.
Thanks for your renewed support. We hope to see you and your students at the Festival!
SIP FilmFest 2018 Organizing Committee:
Esther Poveda Moreno
Nuria Ballesteros Soria
Esperanza Górriz Jarque
Zaida Villanueva García
SIP FilmFest 2018:
Contemporary Women’s Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America
Women directors have often been neglected by mainstream audiences and by canonical academic syllabi. At a time of renewed uncertainty for women's rights, we would like to continue giving voice to female filmmakers, protagonists and minor characters who question the status quo with their gaze, their stories, and their behaviors, and have gone beyond traditional portrayals of women. Our selection of movies for this year’s Festival encompasses a variety of countries and latitudes, bringing a cross-cultural and global point of view of women’s experiences to the forefront.
Thursday, September 27
5 p.m. La novia del desierto / The Desert Bride
(Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, Argentina/Chile, 2017)
Newcomb Hall Theater, University of Virginia
- 5–6pm Reception
- 6:15pm Opening Remarks
- 6:20–6:30pm Introduction to the film by Dr. Rocío Gordon and Dr. Fernando Operé
- 6:30–8:30pm Film and discussion with Dr. Rocío Gordon and Dr. Fernando Operé
54-year old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the semi-desert region of San Juan. During her first stop at the pilgrimage site of the miraculous “Difunta Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident stalls Teresa’s life long enough to make her reappraise her existence, and the ways in which she could take ownership of it.
Friday, September 28
3:30 p.m. “Representations of the Slum in Argentine Cinema.”
A talk by Dr. Rocío Gordon (Christopher Newport University). Gibson-211.
Since their consolidation as an urban phenomenon in the 1950s, the shantytowns of Buenos Aires have been represented in Argentine visual media, but it wasn’t until the 1990s and early 2000s that they became more permanent in television and cinema. This presentation will focus on a current trend called cine villero (slum dweller cinema) and how through the use of a digital medium and long takes, a new cinematic experience is created in which the villero becomes an open subject whose agency is reaffirmed.
Friday, September 28
8 p.m. Era d'estate / Once in the Summer (Fiorella Infascelli, Italy, 2016)
Charlottesville City Hall Council Chambers
- 8–8:10pm Introduction to the film by Dr. Sarah Annunziato and Dr. Francesca Calamita
- 8:10–10:30pm Film and discussion with Dr. Sarah Annunziato and Dr. Francesca Calamita
In the summer of 1985, two anti-Mafia judges along with their families are transferred to a safe house in a small island north of Sardinia. Sparkling seas and a gorgeous landscape fit for a relaxing holiday are in sharp contrast with the constant threats to their lives from the Mafia and sabotage of their mission from within the Italian government. Based on actual events, this is a story of friendship grounded in a mutual commitment to truth and justice.
Saturday, September 29
2 p.m. Los Adioses / The Eternal Feminine (Natalia Berinstain, Mexico, 2017)
Nau Hall 101
- 2–2:10pm Introduction to the film by Ms. María Esparza
- 2:10–4:30pm Film and discussion with Ms. María Esparza
The film traces an important turning point in the life of Rosario Castellanos, one of the most important feminist authors in Mexican literature. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, Castellanos is fighting to have her voice heard in a society run by men. She is also involved in a tumultuous marriage that brings out her fragility and contradictions. At the peak of her career and her marriage, her struggles ignite a discussion of gender roles that will mark a turning point in her life.
Saturday, September 29
- 8:00–8:10pm Introduction to the film by Ms. Joanne Britland
- 8:10–10:30pm Film and discussion with Ms. Joanne Britland
20-year old Alma works on a chicken farm in Castellón, on the east coast of Spain. She has a profound connection with her dearly beloved grandfather even though he stopped talking years ago. When he begins to refuse to eat, Alma becomes obsessed with an idea: the only way to save her grandfather is to recover the millennial olive tree that the family uprooted and sold against his will 12 years earlier.
Sunday, September 30
2 p.m. Como nossos pais / Just Like Our Parents (Laís Bodanzky, Brazil, 2017)
Nau Hall 101
- 2–2:10pm Introduction to the film by Dr. Lilian Feitosa and Dr. Brian Owensby
- 2:10–4:30pm Film and discussion with Dr. Lilian Feitosa and Dr. Brian Owensby
Rosa decides to break out of her usual obligations when her mother makes a surprising disclosure. Her new direction reveals that life still holds many surprises. This is a story about a woman who confronts the self-imposed and impossible expectations on herself as daughter, mother, wife, and breadwinner.
This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the UVA Arts Fund for Artistic Excellence, the Latin American Studies Program, the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality, the Department of Media Studies, the Institute of World Languages, and the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese.
Save the date for this semester's series on Poetry & Poetics: Poesía at UVa!
Coordinated by professors Fernando Operé (UVa) and Fernando Valverde (Emory), this celebration of lyric, sound, and meaning will feature 12 poets from 7 countries reading their work.
Stay tuned for more information!
Congratulations are in order for PhD students Catherine Addington and Mathilda Shepard, who have been accepted to the 2018-2019 cohort at Scholars' Lab, a hub for researchers from across the disciplines who are working on a variety of digital projects.
The 2018-2019 Praxis cohort includes:
- Catherine Addington (Spanish)
- Cho Jiang (Urban and Environmental Planning)
- Eleanore Neumann (Art and Architectural History)
- Mathilda Shepherd (Spanish)
- Chloe Wells (Art and Architectural History)
- Chris Whitehead (History)
Congratulations to Vicki Reyes Hernández, one of three students to receive this year's Distinguished Undergraduate Award from the Institute of World Languages!
Vicki is a third-year student double majoring in Speech Communication Disorders (Curry School of Education) and Spanish (College of Arts & Sciences). Her passion for language stems from her hard work learning a language (Spanish) that many believe comes naturally to her. Her motivation to study Speech and Speech Pathology comes from a similar source: she understands the frustration that comes when we can't communicate our thoughts and intentions because of factors that are beyond our control.
Vicki writes, "As a result, I've channeled my diligence and frustration into what is now my double major. My studies in language, from classes like Hispanic Women Writers to Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, have pushed me to acquire a global perspective on communication. The flexibility of my interests has allowed me to study Portuguese and learn about the deaf community. This upcoming summer I will be studying abroad in Belgium and the Netherlands to conduct research on the acoustical characteristics of individuals' speech when speaking foreign languages."
Once she completes her undergraduate work, Vicki plans to continue her study of speech pathology in graduate school. But before that, she will work or volunteer in Latin America in order to perfect her Spanish (and maybe Portuguese, too!) in the hope of becoming a better multilingual speech pathologist.
Congratulations, Vicki, on this distinguished award! We are rooting for you!
Please congratulate Eli Carter for Receiving one this year’s All-University Teaching Awards. This highly competitive award recognizes excellence in teaching, and takes into account the professor's research and service accomplishments.
Click through to read the March 2018 edition of La Vendemmia, the newsletter of Italian Studies at UVa.
If you are interested in promoting Hispanic Literatures and Cultures then Sigma Delta Pi is for you. Some of the most notable benefits are the opportunity for national awards, grants, and scholarships, which can facilitate study abroad programs and provide money for graduate research grants. Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of South Carolina, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and partners with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi is currently accepting applications for membership. Application is due Thursday, April 5.
This notice only applies to those who want to declare a major in Spanish.
The Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese welcomes the opportunity to have new Spanish majors join our department, but in order to serve our current Spanish majors, we will not assign Spanish major advisors during the Fall 2018 Advising period (Monday, March 26—Friday, April 6).
Faculty advisors in the Spanish program will only meet with their current advisees between March 26 and April 6. During this time, advisors will not be available to meet with students who want to declare a major in Spanish.
The department will resume accepting Spanish major declarations the week of April 9. This semester, the last day to be assigned to a Spanish major advisor is Tuesday, April 17.
If you have questions, please contact staff member Shawn Harris.
Congratulations are in order for Melanie Turner, a third-year student majoring in Speech Pathology/Audiology and Spanish Linguistics/Philology, who received one of 46 Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards for summer 2018.
In her project, Melanie will study two sets of vocal quality terms commonly used among singers: dark/light and back/front. Previous research suggests that these terms may have similar meanings, possibly making them difficult to internalize and reproduce. This redundancy may be particularly challenging for singers who receive instruction from different teachers, coaches, or speech pathologists. If a singer gets a voice disorder, the ambiguity may also make it difficult to learn new therapeutic voice qualities and retain said vocal qualities upon their return to singing. Melanie's study will attempt to identify if any acoustic, aerodynamic, physiological, and/or perceptual differences exist between productions of these voice qualities, with the end goal of standardizing terminology in order to more effectively assist or treat singers and patients.
Interested in conducting your own research? Click here to learn more about thematic concentrations in the Spanish major; click "Grants & Awards" for a list of fellowships to support undergraduate research. Additional sources of funding from the university, national agencies, and international research centers are listed through the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. Information about the interdisciplinary program in Linguistics is available here.
The Department is delighted to announce that Professor Samuel Amago will be joining the faculty in Fall 2018. Professor Amago is an authority on twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spanish narrative and film, and also has a strong interest in cultural studies. He is the author of two monographs, True Lies: Narrative Self-Consciousness in the Contemporary Spanish Novel (Bucknell UP 2006) and Spanish Cinema in the Global Context: Film on Film (Routledge 2013), and is currently working on a third, provisionally entitled “Basura.” A Cultural Archaeology of Contemporary Spain. He is also the co-editor of two volumes, Unearthing Franco’s Legacy: Mass Graves and the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain, with Carlos Jerez-Farrán (U of Notre Dame P 2010) and a special issue of Hispanófila, called Vademécum del cine iberoamericano: Métodos y teorías, with Eugenia Afinoguénova and Kathryn Everly (2016). A third collaboration will appear shortly, Drawing Nearer: Comics Culture in Contemporary Spain, with Matthew J. Marr.
Professor Amago received his Ph.D. in Spanish literature from the University of Virginia in 2003, and has previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Through Their Gazes: Screening Women and Feminism
Friday March 16, Nau Hall 211, 11am-4pm
Through Their Gazes: Screening Women and Feminism" (Keynote speaker: Prof Bernadette Luciano, University of Auckland, NZ). See the program below and the attached flyer for further information.
Most impt is: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE GORI ART MUSEUM INTERNSHIPS IN ITALY (deadline Feb. 2; see Prof. Ward - aw7h - for info)
From February 9–11th at Helms Theater, the University of Virginia Spanish Theater Group will be presenting its production, in its original language, of Argentine playwright Ramón Mosquera's Las putas de San Julián.
Las putas de San Julián is based on a chapter of Osvaldo Bayer's book Patagonia Rebelde (1972-1977), an indispensable account of the brutal repression of a rural workers’ strike by the Argentine army between 1920 and 1922 in the province of Santa Cruz in Patagonia. The play takes place in February of 1922, and tells the story of five prostitutes in “La Catalana” brothel in Puerto San Julián who become symbols of the resistance to state authoritarianism, violence, and repression when they refuse to have sex with the “assassins” of the workers.
Las putas de San Julián is the latest production by the University of Virginia Spanish Theater Group and director Fernando Operé, who with the help of graduate students and faculty, has been enriching UVa and the Charlottesville community with performances in Spanish by Spanish-speaking playwrights for 36 years. Don't miss out on this unique theater experience!
Performances at Helms Theater (UVa Drama Building)
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Admission is $5 for students and $15 for non-students.
Tickets are available to purchase online, or at the Arts Box Office in Culbreth Theater (Mon–Fri 12–5 p.m., 434-924-3376).
There will also be a talk by the playwright, Rubén Mosquera, at 3pm on February 9 in Minor Hall 125.
Content Warning: This play addresses violent themes, including police violence and sexual violence. Students are encouraged to reach out to CAPS or the Women's Center for resources, and the general public can access professional guidance at RAINN or the Crisis Text Line.
Click here to read the latest issue of La Vendemmia, the magazine of Italian studies at UVa!
Below, Prof. Enrico Cesaretti introduces the issue:
Cari lettori e care lettrici,
As another semester draws to a close, everyone is busily finishing their final assignments, finalizing travel plans, and preparing for the holidays. However, we in the Italian Studies Program are celebrating early because this fall has been an exciting one for us.
In September, we happily partnered with our colleagues in the Spanish and Portuguese programs to produce the first ever SIP Film Festival. We also hosted our annual apericena to welcome new students to the fun and exciting world of Italian Studies.
November was an even busier month that featured two guest speakers: filmmaker Pif, and documentarian Fred Kuwornu. Both artists screened their movies for our students and then took questions after. Meanwhile, in November, the Italian Honor Society also welcomed several new members.
If you would like to know more about these, and all the other goings-on in our program, take a break, make yourself a coffee, and curl up with this new issue of La Vendemmia.
–Enrico Cesaretti, Director, Undergraduate Program in Italian
Below, the editors introduce the issue (in Spanish):
Al final todo llega… y ha llegado el final. Parece que fue ayer cuando llegamos a Valencia, un poco llenos de curiosidad, de ilusión y por qué no decirlo, de miedo… Estábamos en un país extranjero, con nuevas familias, nuevos profesores, nuevas asignaturas, nuevos compañeros. Todo era nuevo y cierta sensación de vértigo en el estómago no podíamos eliminar. Sin lugar a dudas nuestro hogar en los Estados Unidos estaba muy presente.
Pero pasaron los días, las semanas, empezamos a hacer amigos, a convivir y conocer a nuestras familias, a nuestros compañeros, a nuestros profesores y esa sensación de miedo se fue tornando en algo maravilloso. Nos gustaba España, nos gustaban nuestros estudios y sobre todo nos gustaba vivir en Valencia. Y hasta tal punto nos gustaba donde estábamos que casi nos convertimos en españoles, unos españoles que todavía no pronuncian bien, que su gramática parece, en muchas ocasiones, que tenga “vida propia”, que no entienden muy bien ciertas comidas, la manera de conducir por las calles o ciertas modas de la gente. Pero en cierta medida españoles.
Ahora estos medio-españoles regresan a su país. Es triste, pero esta tristeza se sobrelleva mejor cuando empezamos a recordar todas las cosas de este semestre de primavera: nuestros amigos, nuestros viajes, nuestra inmersión en la cultura o nuestras experiencias.
Esta revista que presentamos no ha pretendido otra cosa que poner de forma material todos estos recuerdos que nos llevamos de regreso, recuerdos que, aunque parezca extraño no forman parte de nuestro pasado, sino de nuestro futuro, ya que éste sin duda va a ser diferente después de nuestra experiencia en el programa.
–Los redactores de la revista
Please join us on Oct 30th at 6 pm in Wilson 142 to celebrate the new minor in Latinx Studies!
The celebration begins with a lecture by Professor Lázaro Lima, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts, Professor of Latino Studies and American Studies, and Associate Provost for Faculty at the University of Richmond. (For a preview, you can follow him on Twitter @LázLima or check out his public lecture on "Losing Sonya Sotomayor").
After Professor Lima's lecture, "Latino Studies 2.0: Black Lives, Brown Bodies, and the Ends of the Democratic Commons in the Neoliberal University,” please join us for a reception in Wilson 117. Meet faculty and prospective studies in the newest minor at the University.