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Jack Brake

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!

Rotunda

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.

Wilkerson

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.

Diaz

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.

El gesticulador poster

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!

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