May 19, 2017

Finals Weekend 2017 will take place Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21. Finals Exercies for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will be on Saturday, May 20 and the Lawn Ceremony will start promptly at 10 a.m. (tickets are required). Graduates can pick-up tickets for Final Exercises from the U.Va. Bookstore.

The department ceremony for the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese will be in the Culbreth Theatre (the Drama Building) at 12:30 p.m. (The ceremony will be in this location regardless of the weather.) Tickets are required to enter the theatre and the number of tickets each graduate will receive will be determined in early March, 2017. 

Additional Information about Finals Weekend, including parking, can be found at:

Spanish Honor Society Application Deadline (Apr 3)

March 16, 2017

UVa's Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi is now accepting applications for new members. If you are interested in promoting Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, and have met the requirements for membership, 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. 

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017

How to Apply: Submit your completed application form and a copy of your unofficial transcript to Matthew Street's office, 418 New Cabell, or email the materials to

Download SDP Application

After the application deadline you will participate in an initiation ceremony (Friday, April 14) during which you will receive credentials that certify you as a lifetime member of Sigma Delta Pi.

New Course in Spanish: Sí se puede (Fall 2017)

March 14, 2017

Do you seek a career in community organizing, education, health sciences, or legal aid? Does becoming fluent in Spanish play an important role in your academic and professional goals?

Sí se puede: Community Engagement in Spanish‐Speaking Charlottesville is a Spanish conversation course on the history and the experiences of the Spanish‐speaking population in the USA.

This course will connect UVA students with the Hispanic community in the Charlottesville area by working with community organizations in community engagement projects. We will meet TuTh 2-3:15 pm.

In class, we will engage in an exploration of the history and cultural productions of Spanish-speaking communities and individuals in the USA through a variety of documents (written and oral), and through conversations with leaders in our Latino Community.

We will work to answer questions such as why Spanish is considered a “foreign” language in the USA and why the USA has the second largest Spanish speaking population. Throughout the semester, we will also reflect on how language learning is a rewarding and continuous process that allows us to better understand ourselves, to communicate with others, and to construct a more tolerant and fair world around us.

La clase sera en español. ¡Los esperamos!

For more information, contact Esther Poveda-Moreno at

Spanish majors publish new translation of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

February 27, 2017
Please join us in congratulating two Spanish majors, Kate Eagen (3rd year) and Lisa Trinh (3rd year), on the publication of their critical translation of Sor Juana's most famous redondilla, "hombres necios."
Their work, one of the few English translations that preserves the ABBA rhyme scheme of the original poem, includes more than 30 explanatory footnotes and a thoughtful discussion on translation methods.
It is the 5th text translated by UVa students to be published on the Early Americas Digital Archive at the University of Maryland. The EADA is co-sponsored by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, an important collaborator with UVa Scholars' Lab.
To learn more about UVa students' contributions to the EADA, please click here. You can find here more about DH opportunities in Scholars' Lab. Interested in research and creative opportunities in Spanish? Please visit our "student spotlight" and DMP pages.
¡Felicidades, Kate y Lisa!
Retrato de Sor Juana (pintado por Miguel Cabrera, 1750), courtesy of Wiki Commons.

Spanish major receives Harrison Research award

February 24, 2017

Congratulations to Jack Brake (CLAS 2018) on being one of 44 students honored with the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award in 2016! With this support, Jack is engaging in a multi-study of convivencia between and among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in medieval Spain. His study of material records of spaces of worship, especially the architectural elements of Visigoth churches that were constructed between 711 and 1492, engages with long-standing historiographies in Iberian religious life. It offers new insights into the Islamic principles of tolerance that allowed early Christians to develop their own faith communities in a formative moment in the making of the Spanish empire.

Read all about the impressive research of the 2016 recipients here.

To learn more about Jack's research, please visit our "student spotlight" page. You can also find more information on our Distinguished Major Program here.

Information on the Harrison Research award is available here, through the Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

¡Felicidades a todas y todos!

Moratorium on Declaring Spanish Major – Major Advisors Not Assigned (March 20-March 31)

February 10, 2017

The Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese welcomes the opportunity to have new Spanish majors join our department.

However, in order to serve our current Spanish majors we will not assign Spanish major advisors during the Fall 2017 Advising period (Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 31).

Note: This only applies to those who want to declare a major in Spanish. For information on the major, please see our page for majors.

Alumna Tamara Wilkerson Honored in National List of Educators

February 9, 2017

Congratulations to Tamara Wilkerson! Ms. Wilkerson, who majored in Spanish as an undergraduate student and earned her MAT from the Curry School of Education, was recently named to Forbes Magazine's "30 under 30" list of top professionals in Education in the United States.

Ms. Wilkerson, a former Spanish teacher at the Jack Jouett Middle School in Albermarle County, is the Executive Director of the African American Teaching Fellows, a non-profit organization that recruits top African-American students from 15 colleges and universities in the state of Virginia and trains them for careers in public education. To learn more about her studies at UVa and her work now, please visit her alumni profile.

¡Felicidades, Tamara! Desde la facultad de SIP, una fuerte expresión de solidaridad y mucho ánimo.

Junot Díaz Public Lecture

February 2, 2017

Award-winning author Junot Díaz begins his three-week residency on Grounds. Hear the author of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao speak with professor Njelle Hamilton in a conversation about contemporary art and literature of the Caribbean and diasporic communities.

University of Virginia Spanish Theater Presents: El gesticulador

February 3, 2016

Set in the heady times of post-revolutionary Mexico, El gesticulador (1938) invites us to reflect on the interplay between the kinds of things that are often understood in oppositional terms: history and myth, honesty and duplicity, truth and falsehood. Amid debates about "fake news" in our own political discourse, El gesticulador's critical take on the power of language to create, reflect, and, ultimately, subvert reality remains as current today as it was in the 1930s.

For the past 35 years, professor Fernando Operé has led graduate students and faculty in the University of Virginia Theater Group. Don't miss the latest installation!

Performance times: Friday, February 3rd, 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 4, 2 p.m., and 8 p.m.; Sunday, February 5th, 2 P.M.

Tickets are available at the Arts Box Office in Culbreth Theater, Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., or by phone (434.924.3376).

Tickets are $ 5 for students and $15 for non-students. Art dollars not accepted.

¡Nos vemos en el teatro!