Scholars Lab

Congratulations, Catherine Addington and Mathilda Shepard!

June 18, 2018

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) 

To learn more about graduate fellowships in Scholars' Lab, or DH projects more broadly, please visit the Graduate Fellowships and Opportunities page or DH@UVA.

SIP FilmFest 2018

SIP FilmFest 2018: Contemporary Women’s Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America

June 7, 2018

Join us for the second annual SIP FilmFest from September 27–30, 2018! The theme for this year's FilmFest is "Contemporary Women's Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America" and it was organized by Sarah AnnunziatoEsther Poveda Moreno, Paula Sprague, Matthew Street, Lilian Feitosa, David Florez-Murillo, Alicia López-OperéEsperanza Górriz Jarque, Francesca Calamita, Nuria Ballesteros Soria, and Zaida Villanueva García.

See the program of events below and watch this space for more updates on how to participate.

Thursday, September 27: La novia del desierto / The Desert Bride

Directed by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, Argentina / Chile, 2017. Drama. 85 min. (trailer / details)
Organized by Sigma Delta Pi
Newcomb Hall Theater, University of Virginia

  • 5–6pm Reception
  • 6:15pm Opening Remarks
  • 6:20–6:30pm Introduction to the film
  • 6:30–8:30pm Film and discussion

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 distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman, the only one who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.

Awards and nominations:

  • Cannes, 2017: nominated for A Certain Regard & Caméra D’Or
  • Festival de La Habana, 2017: Best First Feature
  • Festival de Lima, 2017: Mejor Ópera Prima
  • Huelva Latin American Film Festival, 2017: Best Movie, Best Actress (Paulina García), Best Actor (Claudio Rissi)
  • Icaro-Festival de Cine y Video en Centroamérica, 2017: Best International Fiction Feature

Friday, September 28: Era d'estate / Once in the Summer

Directed by Fiorella Infascelli, Italy, 2016. Drama. 100 min. (trailer / details)
Charlottesville City Hall Council Chambers

  • 8–8:10pm Introduction to the film
  • 8:10–10:30pm Film and discussion

Fiorella Infascelli’s engrossing drama depicts the remarkable friendship between two men, Judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who were on opposite sides of the political spectrum but united in an effort to bring down the Cosa Nostra. When the duo learn that their families may be in danger, they travel together to an island in Sardinia for a summer that is somewhere between a forced vacation and witness protection.

Awards and nominations:

  • David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay

Saturday, September 29: Los Adioses / The Eternal Feminine

Directed by Natalia Berinstain, Mexico, 2017. Drama / biographical film. 85 min. (trailer / details)
Nau Hall 101, University of Virginia

  • 2–2:10pm Introduction to the film
  • 2:10–4:30pm Film and discussion

Rosario Castellanos is an introverted university student who doesn't seem to belong to her time. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, she is fighting to have her voice heard in a society run by men. She is about to become one of the biggest female writers in Mexican literature, but her tumultuous love story with Ricardo Guerra will manifest her fragility and contradictions. At the peak of her career and her marriage, she will ignite a discussion that will mark a turning point in her life.

Awards and nominations:

  • Morelia International Film Festival, 2017: Audience Award for Mexican Fiction Feature Film and Special Mention for an Actress in a Mexican Feature Film (Karina Gidi)
  • Málaga Film Festival, 2018: Official Selection
  • Ariel Awards, 2017: 8 nominations, including Best Director and Cinematography.

Sunday, September 30: Como nossos pais / Just Like Our Parents

Directed by Laís Bodanzky, Brazil, 2017. Drama. 102 min. (trailer / details)
Nau Hall 101, University of Virginia

  • 2–2:10pm Introduction to the film
  • 2:10–4:30pm Film and discussion

When Rosa's mother makes a surprising disclosure to her one day, Rosa decides to break out of her usual obligations. In so doing, she discovers that life holds many surprises in store for her. "A story of universality and warmth about a woman feeling crushed by the impossible expectations she places on herself as a wife, mother, daughter, and breadwinner." (Variety)

Awards and nominations:

  • Festival de Cinema Brasileiro de Paris, 2017: Best Movie
  • Festival de Gramado, 2017: Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actress (Maria Ribeiro), Best Actor (Paulo Vilhena), and other technical awards

This festival is supported by

The UVA Arts Fund for Artistic Excellence

Latin American Studies

The Institute of World Languages

The Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese

The Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality


IWL Distinguished Undergraduate Award: Vicki Reyes Hernández

May 1, 2018

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!



Eli 2018

Professor Eli Carter Receives All-University Teaching Award (Spring 2018)

April 27, 2018

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.

Congrats Eli!!!!



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UVa in Valencia Students Meet the Prime Minister of Spain

April 18, 2018

¡Felicidades a los alumnos de Valencia!

El día de ayer, 17 de abril, nuestros estudiantes estuvieron con el presidente del gobierno, Mariano Rajoy #presidente #uvavalencia

Para mayores informaciones en cuanto al programa de Valencia, haz clic en nuestra página o síguenos en Facebook e Insta.

La Vendemmia di marzo 2018

La Vendemmia di marzo 2018

March 27, 2018

Click through to read the March 2018 edition of La Vendemmia, the newsletter of Italian Studies at UVa.

UVa's National Spanish Honor Society's Honor Seal

Join UVa's National Spanish Honor Society

March 22, 2018

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.

Click here to download the application. Please return to Matthew Street, 418 New Cabell.

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Moratorium on Declaring Spanish Major (March 26–April 6)

March 13, 2018

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.

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Presenting our New Faculty Member Samuel Amago

March 8, 2018

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.

Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards: Melanie Turner

Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards: Congratulations to Melanie Turner!

March 8, 2018

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.

¡Felicidades, Melanie!

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.


Symposium "Through Their Gazes: Screening Women and Feminism"

Through Their Gazes: Screening Women and Feminism Friday March 16, Nau Hall 211, 11am-4pm

March 1, 2018

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.

Summer Intership In Italy: Gori Intership Announcement

Summer Intership In Italy: Gori Intership Announcement

January 22, 2018

Most impt is: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE GORI ART MUSEUM INTERNSHIPS IN ITALY (deadline Feb. 2; see Prof. Ward - aw7h - for info)



UVa Spanish Theater Group presents "Las putas de San Julián"

UVa Spanish Theater Group presents "Las putas de San Julián"

January 6, 2018

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.

La Vendemmia di Dicembre 2017

La Vendemmia di Dicembre 2017

December 18, 2017

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


"A la luna de Valencia"

December 8, 2017

Click here to read the latest issue of A la luna de Valencia, the magazine of the UVa in Valencia program!

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

New minor in Latinx Studies: Lecture and Celebration

New minor in Latinx Studies: Lecture and Celebration

October 30, 2017

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.

Sponsored by the Americas Center/Centro de las Américas and the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures

Help for the People of Mexico and Puerto Rico: UVa Multicultural Services

Help for the People of Mexico and Puerto Rico: UVa Multicultural Services

September 29, 2017

This semester, we have witnessed ecological disasters throughout the Americas. If you want to help the people of Mexico and Puerto Rico recover from the recent earthquake and hurricanes, the Office of Multicultural Services has prepared a list of recommended agencies to support. It also links to student-led efforts like #HoosforPuertoRico.

Students who have been affected or have ties to those in Mexico and Puerto Rico have been contacted by the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office in case they require assistance. If you need assistance due to the impact of the storm on you, your family, or loved ones, please get in touch with ODOS by calling 434-924-7133 or emailing We can also help facilitate connections with staff in Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Financial Services, and other University offices.

From Miguel Valladares-Llata

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La Vendemmia Settembre 2017

September 13, 2017
SIPFilmFest 2017: Female Voices from the South

SIPFilmFest 2017: Female Voices from the South

September 7, 2017

Join us September 21–24 at SIPFilmFest 2017!

Women directors have often been neglected by mainstream audiences and canonical academic syllabi. At a time of uncertainty for women's rights, we would like to give voice to female filmmakers, protagonists, and minor characters who have questioned the status quo with their gaze, their stories, and their behaviors, and have gone beyond the traditional portrayal of women as saints or sinners. Our selections of movies 'from the South' encompasses a variety of countries and latitudes to bring women's experiences from a cross-cultural and global point of view to the forefront.

SIPFilmFest 2017 is open to the public and all films will be shown in their original languages with English subtitles.

How can students participate in SIPFilmFest 2017?

  • La Vendemmia is looking for student journalists to cover the SIP FilmFest 2017! Submit pieces of 250 words or less in Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese to the editor.
  • Get your Passport to SIP FilmFest 2017 stamped with each movie you watch. If you watch at least three movies, you'll have a chance to win great prizes! Keep an eye out for the raffle box at the last three showings. Update: congratulations to the student winners!

Rachel Unkefer
Dan Doernberg
Alexander Hypes
Alejandro Corral
Kennedy Castillo
Joshua Allen
Joyce Hillstrom​

Click to download the SIPFilmFest2017 poster!

All are invited for the Opening Reception on Thursday 9/21 at 7pm in Minor hall Lobby.

Thursday, 9/21 at 8 p.m. in Minor Hall 125, University of Virginia
Que horas ela volta? (Anna Muylaert, Brazil) Presented by Lilian Feitosa

The longtime housekeeper for a wealthy São Paulo family, Val is committed to loyalty and respect. But her values, and the dynamic of the whole household, are challenged when her teenage daughter visits in this astute, socially conscious comedy.

Friday, 9/22 at 8 p.m. in Charlottesville City Hall Council Chambers
La puerta abierta (Marina Seresesky, Spain) Presented by Alicia Lopez Operé

Q&A with Mabel Richart Marsé, Ph.D. Visiting Professor at the Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Department follows film.

Rosa is a prostitute who inherited the profession from her mother, Antonia. Antonia now believes she is the famous actress and singer Sara Montiel, making Rosa’s life extremely difficult. Rosa does not know how to be happy, or something keeps her from achieving happiness. The arrival of an unexpected new member to her absurd and awkward family will provide her with a new opportunity to give happiness another chance.  

Saturday, 9/23 at 2 p.m. in Nau Hall 101, University of Virginia
Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala) Presented by Esther Poveda

Q&A with David Burt, M.D. Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

and Director of the UVA-Guatemala Initiative follows film.

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents. But María wants to migrate to the United States.

Saturday, 9/23 at 8 p.m. in Charlottesville City Hall Auditorium
Incompresa (Asia Argento, Italy) Presented by Francesca calamita & Sarah Annunziato

Rome, 1984. Aria is a nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to any of Aria's needs. While her two older sisters are pampered, Aria is treated with cold indifference. Yet she yearns to love and to be loved.

Sunday, 9/24 at 2 p.m. in Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Sueño de una noche de San Juan (Ángel de la Cruz, Manolo Gómez, Spain) Presented by Zaida Villanueva & Sara Gastón

This animated film is a free adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. According to legend, on the night of Saint John (the Summer Solstice), humans can reach the world of fairies and elves, where all dreams come true. Theseus, father of Elena and Grand Duke, is ill. Even though Elena does not believe in fairies she goes in search of Titania, the queen of all fairies, the only one that can help her father.

SIPFilmFest 2017 is possible thanks to the generous support of the Provost’s Office; the Institute of World Languages; the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality; and the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

The event was organized by Sarah Annunziato, Nuria Ballesteros Soria, Francesca Calamita, Marina Escamez Ballesta, Lilian Feitosa, Sara Gastón Echevarría, Esperanza Gorriz Jarque, Alicia López-Operé, Esther Poveda Moreno, Paula Sprague, and Zaida Villanueva García.

Marc Blatt and Sabhi Singh

Spanish Majors Design New Course for First Responders

June 9, 2017

Recent graduates Marc Blatt (CLAS 2017) and Sabhi Singh (CLAS 2017), both Jefferson Scholars and Spanish majors, spent their final year at UVa determining how to give back to the community and improve the world around them.

Click here to read about the innovative Spanish-language modules they developed for first responders in Charlottesville, Albermarle County, and the surrounding communities.

For more information, please contact Jane Kelly, Media Contact at the University News Associate Office of University Communications, by email or phone: 434.243.9935.

Congratulations to Marc and Sabhi!

Garth and Giuliano Awards for Spanish majors, 2017

Garth and Giuliano Awards for Spanish majors, 2017

May 4, 2017

Please join us in congratulating Savannah Artusi, Kate Eagen, and Lisa Trinh, this year's recipients of the Marie M. Giuliano Award and the Virginia Louis Garth Scholarship!

The Marie M. Giuliano Award is given to a fourth-year graduating student on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence in Spanish language study and a contribution to the growth and nurturing of Spanish  at the University. For her academic excellence and her contributions to the cultural activities of the Casa Bolívar, the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese recognizes Savannah Artusi (CLAS 2017) with the Giuliano Award.

And for their wonderful translation of Sor Juana’s redondilla “Hombres necios,” published on the Early Americas Digital Archive, we recognize Kate Eagen (CLAS 2018) and Lisa Trinh (CLAS 2018) with the Garth Scholarship. This scholarship is offered to an undergraduate student from Virginia who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and who has contributed to the life and well-being of the Spanish Department. It is offered by the Garth family in honor of their late daughter. For their collaborative work in literary studies, the Department recognizes Kate and Lisa.

Congratulations Savannah, Kate, and Lisa!

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Congratulations, Rachel Gardella!

April 11, 2017

Congratulations to Rachel Gardella, a 3rd year student in the interdisciplinary linguistics major, for receiving this year's Distinguished Undergraduate Award from the Institute of World Languages.

The Distinguished Undergraduate Award is the highest award given by the IWL. It recognizes excellence in world language and cultural studies at the University of Virginia, signaling a student's extraordinary accomplishment in language education and the highest aptitude in cultural awareness and sensitivity as a Global Citizen.

As part of her study of world languages and global citizenship, Rachel has taken coursework in Spanish, the official language of 21 countries, one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and a language spoken by more than 500 million people around the world, as well as Maya K’iche’, a language that is spoken by more than one million people in Guatemala and one it is mutually intelligible with other Mayan languages of the region, including Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil. She has collaborated with students and scholars at the K'iche' Oral History Project at the University of New Mexico, and she is one of two undergraduate students helping to produce a digital critical edition of the Popol Wuj, the Maya K'iche' book of creation, through the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese's Multepal Project (SPAN 7559/4993).

For her broad and creative work in multiple languages and across disciplines, UVa is honored to recognize Rachel with the Distinguished Undergraduate Award.

Congratulations, Rachel!

Image credit: Alfonso Morales, FAMSI

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Job Announcement: In-Residence Director, Casa Bolívar

April 10, 2017
La Casa Bolívar is seeking an In-Residence Director/Language Assistant for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Click here to send your statement of purpose, including qualifications and interests, to the current Spanish House Faculty Liaison, Laura Aguilar Garcia.

Application deadline is April 21.

The post of in-Residence Director is generally assigned to a graduate student of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. However, graduate students from other departments are also eligible to apply as long as they speak Spanish fluently and demonstrate a proven record of dedication to and interest in Latino, Latin American and Spanish Peninsular culture. The duration of the term is one academic year. The in-Residence Director lives at the Casa Bolívar (Room 118) and has the following primary duties:
• Attend to the Language House Workshop Saturday, August 26.
• Serve as a liaison between (a) the House and the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, as well as between (b) the House and Housing.
• Enforce the Spanish-Only Rule at all times.
• Keep every bed occupied for the duration of the academic year by conducting interviews and reviewing all applications. Interviews are to be conducted solely by the in-residence director, who turns recommendations to Housing and Residence Life for their final approval. This applies to all new and prospective residents.
• Oversee the programming of cultural events through the committee system in which all residents of the Casa Bolívar actively participate.
• Turn in grades for SPAN 4800-Language House. This course can only be taken on a pass/no pass basis.
• Train the incoming in-Residence Director on the Casa Bolívar’s administration procedures.
The University of Virginia pays for your housing and meal plan fees. The meal plan you will receive is the “Semester 80”—as the name indicates, the plan includes 80 meals per semester. These include dinner at the House Monday through Thursday in addition to any other meals you may wish to consume at any of the Dining Halls on grounds. In addition, the meal plan includes 175 Plus Dollars, which can be used at any UVA cash dining location for food purchases, such as the Alderman Café.
Immersion offers the best possible means of mastering a language. Common living areas provide residents with the chance to chat casually, while nightly dinners provide for a more structured gathering. Daily interaction, periodic meetings, and a wide range of planned activities enable students to explore their common interests in the culturally diverse Spanish-speaking world, and to provide a place for residents to exchange stories about their personal experiences in Latin America or Spain. The Casa Bolívar welcomes native speakers; non-native students who have lived, traveled extensively, or studied abroad; and students currently enrolled in Spanish courses.
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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.