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.
Congratulations to Marc and Sabhi!
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!
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.
Image credit: Alfonso Morales, FAMSI
Application deadline is April 21.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
¡Felicidades a todas y todos!
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.
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.
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.
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!