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Proficiency and Mastery Language Exam Dates October 7 and November 4

October 7, 2020


Proficiency and Mastery Language exam dates set, they are October7 and November 4.  For more informaiton about the exams and to register please visit,

Only a Click Away

September 24, 2020

Have a question? We are available through Zoom from 10:00am to 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm to 3:00pm every weekday to answer your questions.

Spanish Major Workshop

September 16, 2020

5:00 pm

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Students who want to declare a Spanish major should attend.

The Declaration of Major form and Major Requirements by Concentration & Course Grid  will be provided at the Workshop, but we encourage you to download these forms prior to the workshop and familiarize yourself with them.

To declare a Spanish major, a student must have completed SPAN 3010 (Grammar & Composition I) or the equivalent, with a grade of C or better (C- is insufficient).

Spanish Faculty Advisors will be in attendance and review the highlights of declaring a Spanish major, answer questions from students, assign advisors, and sign major declaration forms. All students are welcome to attend to get more information about the Spanish program.

Contact Linda Newman at or 434-924-7457 for more information.

Black Lives Matter: Department Statement of Solidarity

June 3, 2020

The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia stands united with our students, University colleagues, and Charlottesville community members against racism, police brutality, and the historical oppression of Black and Indigenous people. We join the national call to reject systemic bias and violence against all People of Color. At this moment in particular—amidst anti-Hispanic and Latinx discrimination in the U. S., and the long history of dehumanization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color globally—we commit ourselves to social justice and a pedagogy of compassion. This Department’s mission is to research, teach, and build programs oriented towards intercultural understanding and global education. #BlackLivesMatter

 Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work and Practicing Solidarity
Resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to Engage in Self-Care


Image credit: Black Lives Matter, "Social Media Graphics."

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Thank a Prof, Thank a TA: Student Comments from Spring 2020

May 30, 2020

In response to the extraordinary challenges of moving online in the middle of the semester, the Center for Teaching Excellence organized the Thank A Prof/Thank a TA campaign. Click here to learn about the campaign or to thank your professor/TA.

Reading these notes have brought us joy in a difficult time, and we're excited to share them.

Here are some of our students' comments:

Thank you for being one of the best instructors I've ever had! Your cheerful spirit and patience made the classroom experience all about learning, and loving what we learn. I was genuinely happy to come to your classes and I feel like the material you have taught will be with me for years to come. I have never truly felt genuine care from an instructor towards their students until I was in your class! -- ITAL 1020

Thank you for being such a wonderful professor. Learning Spanish has been the best part of my last year and I hope to build on the foundation you helped me with. -- SPAN 1010

Thank you for teaching me Spanish for both of the past two semesters! You made learning Spanish fun and easier by playing Spanish music for us and the meditation minute was something cool I've never had a teacher do. Those fun activities made getting up early to learn fun and relaxing. -- SPAN 1020

Thank you for a great semester. If there is one class I looked forward to every day, it was your class. Your positive attitude always brightened my day, especially during online classes. Your class made me enjoy learning the Spanish language and helped me become confident in my speaking skills. I hope you forever maintain your joyful spirit; it is inspiring. Thank you once again, and have a great summer! -- SPAN 1060

Professor Young, I just wanted to say thank you for a great semester! Not only did you help me take giant leaps as a spanish student but your class provide a consistent pick-me-up every single day. I know that I may not have always stayed on task haha but your class always put a smile on my face. Thanks for truly caring for your students and being there for us, long live SPAN 1060! -- SPAN 1060

Thank you Profesora Garcia Prados for making this year so enjoyable. Your in-class activities, laid back nature, and constant enthusiasm have made this class one of my favorites so far at UVA. I hope you continue running your class in the same way because you make learning Spanish exciting every day. I very much wish I could have you as a professor next for SPAN 2020. Thank you for all the memories and knowledge, and I wish you the best. -- SPAN 2010

Thank you for such a great semester! As much as I missed coming to your class, you made the online meetings very enjoyable. You were very understanding and helpful throughout the course of the semester. Thank you for being such a great Spanish teacher! -- SPAN 2020

You did a wonderful job supporting and encouraging my learning in and out of the classroom. I hope to see you on grounds in the fall. -- SPAN 2020

Dear Profesora, Thank you for being one of the best and most influential professors I have had at UVA so far and making the transition to online classes much easier and as interactive as possible. Your commitment to helping and connecting with all of your students is something that I feel like makes you stand out as a professor. Without a doubt, I can definitely say that I have grown from your class both academically and personally. Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing you soon! -- SPAN 3010

Overall, I am thankful for you being such an understanding and caring professor and for supporting your students during the switch online. I felt a handwritten note was more personal, so please read my message in the attached photo!! Thank you :) -- SPAN 3010

Thank you for putting so much time and effort into our class! I am so impressed and grateful for how great of a professor you were under such difficult circumstances. I can't even imagine how difficult it would be to have a young child during this time while also having a full time job, but you have done an amazing job. Have a great summer! -- SPAN 3010

Thank you for being so accomodating during the pandemic. You made learning worthwhile and engaging despite the circumstances. Thanks for a great semester! -- SPAN 3010

Dear Profesora, I cannot thank you enough for your course and genuine interest in helping me when I was struggling in the course. I am very grateful for your time and how you devised a strategy that worked for me specifically to succeed in your class. I hope I made you proud in following your advice, putting in the hard work, and succeeding. I believe that the content of your course is the most valuable and applicable I will ever take at UVA. I will take the lessons learned with me throughout my career. You truly believed in me as a student, and I will take that forward even more. Muchisimas gracias. -- SPAN 3050

Querida profesora Rabke, muchas gracias por su flexibilidad y amabilidad durante este tiempo difícil. Ud. ha hecho que todos nuestros vidas sean más fáciles mientras todavía alentando nuestro aprendizaje. ¡GRACIAS! -- SPAN 3300

This class totally changed how I saw my major and what direction I wanted to take. While teaching us about the history, this class also helped me realize the resources we have at our fingertips (Special Collections, UVA Library system, etc.) You went above and beyond what you needed to to make us all feel welcome and safe in your classroom. Regardless of our ability level, all of the students knew you were someone to come to about anything - Spanish related or otherwise. Thank you, Prof. Bigelow! -- SPAN 3420

Dear Professor, Thank you for continually making our health and well being a priority. You were the first professor I received an email from when we first heard we were going to be transitioning to virtual. Your kind works and efforts to support us as students does not go unnoticed. Thank you for reiterating your care for us and for always asking how we are doing. And for making our day with visits from Lily! Thank you. -- SPAN 3420

Thank you so much for your efforts to adjust the course after classes went online. You have shown me and every student in the class that you genuinely care about our wellbeing and that you hope to support us without compromising our academic experience. Your prompt communication and comforting words helped me adjust to quarantine life, and I sincerely appreciate your dedication to us students. I am so thankful for everything that I have learned and for all of your feedback and encouragement throughout the semester. ¡Gracias! -- SPAN 4040

COVID-19 Apoyo e Información para la comunidad de Charlottesville

May 27, 2020

La facultad de castellano, italiano y portugués da sus sinceros agradecimientos a las bibliotecarias Hanni Durand Nabahe de UVA y Ana Corral de la Universidad Tecnológica del Estado de Virginia (Virginia Tech) por la presente guía a los recursos locales y regionales frente al nuevo coronavirus. Esperamos que el documento sirva a la comunidad hispanohablante del pueblo de Charlottesville y la región central del estado de Virginia.

Favor de encontrar la guía aquí:

¡Gracias Hanni y Ana por el gran aporte!

Rachel West Wins University Graduate Teaching Award

PhD Candidate Rachel West Wins University Graduate Teaching Award

May 22, 2020

The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese proudly announces that PhD candidate Rachel West has won one of this year's All-University Graduate Teaching Awards. As Rachel develops her expertise in twentieth-century transatlantic Iberian literatures, she has created a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment where all students are encouraged to learn.

Click here to read the full story in UVA Today, and to celebrate all of the graduate instructors across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Congratulations, Rachel!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!!!

May 14, 2020

The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese extends its sincere congratulations to the Class of 2020. At the BA,MA, and PhD levels, you have faced and overcome challenges inside and outside of the classroom. Especially now, in the time of Coronavirus, you are setting an example for all of us. Even though there is not an in-person graduation ceremony, you are still graduating and we are still celebrating!

We celebrate your many accomplishments here:

To our BA Graduates:

To our MA and PhD Graduates:

Congratulations to all!

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Giulliano Prize in Spanish and Virginia Louise Garth Scholarship

May 7, 2020

The Department is proud to announce that the Giulliano Prize in Spanish was awarded to Javaria Abbasi and Katerina Silis was awarded the Virginia Louise Garth Scholarship

Giulliano Prize in Spanish 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. Javaria Abbasi is a 4th year student who is double majoring in Spanish and Political and Social Thought. Javaria is writing a thesis about European and Indigenous cartographic thinking in sixteenth-century Mexico. Javaria's project has required her to think deeply and creatively around and through archival silences. With a sophisticated methodological approach, Javaria juxtaposes European history and philosophy with classical Nahuatl-language codices and Nahua maps to show how [some of the most celebrated works of Spanish imperial literatures and histories depended on and subsequently erased Nahua cosmologies.  Next year, she will be studying in the Latin American studies program at Oxford University.

Virginia Louis Garth scholarship is awarded 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. This scholarship is offered by the Garth family in honor of their late daughter. Katerina Silis is a third-year student doing a double major in Spanish and Neuroscience.  She lives in the Casa Bolívar and has received one of UVA’s most important grants for researching the therapeutic use of marihuana.  In her free time, Katerina is a volunteer at the hospital.  She is a generous person who is always ready to help the community. She also helped organize the poetry series in the fall of 2019.  Katerina has also organized the music and poetry series in the Casa Bolívar.  Her studies at UVA have combined her equal love for science and the humanities. 

Please join us in congratulating our two outstanding Spanish students!

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Jessie Marroquín (PhD, 2020) publishes podcast with Race, Religion, and Democracy Lab

May 5, 2020

Congratulations to Jessica Marroquín for the publication of her podcast, "la Santa Muerte." The podcast, part of the Sacred and Profane series, was produced as part of the Race, Religion, and Democracy Lab at UVA. Research for the podcast came from Jessie's dissertation project, "Figures of Death: Hybridity and Violence in la Santa Muerte," which she defended earlier this semester.

Click here to listen to the podcast:

¡Felicidades a Jessie!

Will Norton, class of 2020

Will Norton (CLAS 2020) featured in UVA Today

April 28, 2020

Undergraduate student Will Norton, a 2020 graduate of the interdisciplinary program in linguistics and a collaborator of the UVA Multepal Project is part of the Class of 2020 profiles in UVA Today. Click here to read more about his research experiences in Indigenous languages of the Americas, from Alaska to Guatemala. Click here to read the Multepal edition of the Popol Wuj, mentioned in the article.

Congratulations to Will and all of the 2020 graduates!

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Professor Mahler Named 2020 ACLS Fellow

April 9, 2020
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Summer Session Registration starts March 30th

March 30, 2020

Summer session registration starts March 30th, for registartion dates and information, please visit Summer Sesson

Fror information on Spanish courses being offered in the summer, please visit



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Proficiency and Mastery Language Exams -- April 8th

March 26, 2020

Proficiency and Mastery Language exams will be given electrical on April 8th.  The deadline to register is April 2, 2020.

For more information about the exams and to register, please visit,

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Coronavirus updates for students and faculty

March 12, 2020

There is a lot of information and misinformation about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a virus that was delcared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 12, 2020. The university will take every measure to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community members in the face of this pandemic.

As of March 12, classes are suspended until Thursday, March 19. At that point, all classes will move to online modules rather than face-to-face instruction.

The information below was reported on March 13. Please check here for updates. News specific to the College of Arts & Sciences is available here.

Students: you will be contacted by your professors with detailed plans about class meetings, assignments, and assessments. Please contact your professors ASAP if you do not have reliable access to the Internet, a safe place to return to off campus, food security, and other hardship circumstances. All federal work-study students will continue to be paid regardless of hours worked. If you need immediate financial assistance, you should apply to the Student Life and Leadership fund, a rainy day fund distributed by the Student Affairs Office ( A Financial Resource Working Group is also being developed. Details will be posted to the website above. You can also contact our volunteer network.

If you do not have reliable access to the Internet, you should make alternative connectivity arrangements, such as going to another location or procuring a WiFi hotspot from their cellular provider. In cases of financial hardship, students can submit a request for financial support to Student Financial Services to help pay for these technology-related costs. Please visit

If you need to stay on campus, look for an email sent by Housing and Residence life on Wednesday, March 11. Complete the survey requesting to stay on grounds or email immediately to request to stay on grounds. The option to request to stay ends Wednesday, March 18 at noon. 

Faculty: please prepare a memo for undergraduate and graduate students outlining how the remainder of the semester will be organized as we move to online classrooms. You should specify plans for modes of instruction, assignments, and assessments. Instructors in the 1000-2000-level courses will receive specific guidelines from course coordinators and preceptors. If you need help learning Zoom, adapting your teaching style to online platforms, or navigating your choices for instruction, assignment sequences, and assessments (e.g., synchronous or asynchronous instruction), please visit You can book a 30-minute help session with the A&S Instructional Technology Support Team using this link. As you adapt your face-to-face course for online environments, be sure to consider the diverse learning needs and life circumstances of students in your classes.

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members: Si usted necesita fondos, contacte (434) 234-4490 [correct number?] entre 9am-5pm, Lunes-Viernes. Multiples lenguajes serán disponibles. Fondos disponibles para Charlottesville y los condados de Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, y Orange. Más información debajo. La Fundación Comunitaria del Area de Charlottesville (CACF), Apoyo Comunitario de Cville, United Way del Área de Charlottesville, la Ciudad de Charlottesville, y el Condado de Albemarle están entusiasmados en anunciar una nueva colaboración para repartir fondos a hogares pasando por dificultades debido al COVID-19. Esta colaboración hará pagos a hogares en Charlottesville y los condados de Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, y Orange. La colaboración comenzará a recibir solicitudes comenzando lunes 23 de marzo 2020. Cualquier persona pasando por dificultades debido al COVID-19 y sus impactos económicos pueden llamar al (434) 234-4490 [correct number?] entre 9am-5pm, Lunes-Viernes. Multiples lenguajes serán disponibles. (If you are in need of funds, contact (434) 234-4490 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Multiple languages are available.  Eligible to Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange. The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Cville Community Cares, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, City of Charlottesville, and County of Albemarle are pleased to announce a partnership to disburse funds to households experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 virus. This partnership will make financial payments to households in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange. The partnership will begin receiving requests for support today, March 23, 2020. Anyone experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 virus and its economic impacts can call (434) 234-4490 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Multiple languages are available.)

Information about the virus is fast-moving. Please check the university page for updated information, policies, and best practices regarding classroom instruction, graduation, and progress to degree: For information on Coronavirus/COVID-19, including best practices for public and personal safety, please consult the WHO guidelines.

Trevor Dadson

In Memoriam -- Distinguished Visiting Professor Trevor Dadson

January 29, 2020


The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese has a long history of inviting distinguished scholars and artists to campus. During their residences in Charlottesville, these artists and renowned academics have taught graduate seminars, undergraduate courses, creative writing workshops, delivered public lectures, and offered readings of their work, all free and open to the public.

The Department mourns the untimely, sudden death of Professor Trevor Dadson of Queen Mary, University of London, who was scheduled to be our current Distinguished Visiting Professor during the spring semester, 2020.

A scholar well-known to all with an interest in Iberian Studies, Professor Dadson embodied the great traditions of British Hispanism. His passing marks not only the loss of a good friend to many of us in the Department, but a major setback to the world community of scholars. A fuller accounting of his stellar academic career and his contributions to scholarship can be found via the following links: and Professor Dadson's untimely passing was marked by the Real Academia Española.


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Spanish Major Declaration Workshop for New Majors – Feb 6 (5:00PM) GIB 211

January 28, 2020


The Spanish major declaration workshop for the Spring 2020 term will be held on Tuesday, February 6 at 5:00pm in GIB 211. Students who want to declare a major should attend and bring a Declaration of Major form, available in the College Registrar’s Office located in Monroe Hall 101.


In order to declare a major in Spanish, a student must have completed SPAN 3010 (Grammar & Composition I) or the equivalent, with a grade of C or better. A C- is insufficient.


The workshop will be presided over by Spanish Faculty Advisors who will review the highlights of declaring a Spanish major, answer questions from students, assign advisors, and sign major declaration forms during the workshop. All students are welcome to attend to get more information about the Spanish program.


For additional information about majoring in Spanish, please visit Majoring in Spanish



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SPAN 1010 and SPAN 2010 in J-Term 2020

October 23, 2019

SPAN 1010 and SPAN 2010 in J-Term 2020

The Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese will be offering SPAN 1010 and SPAN 2010 in J-Term 2020.  Courses will meet for 5 hours each day for 9 days, January 2-11, 2020, with class on Saturday, January 4 and Saturday, January 11. The tentative hours will be 9:00-12:00 and 1:30-3:30. Full attendance is required for the duration of the term.


For more information:

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Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi

October 15, 2019

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. Please return the completed form and a copy of your unofficial transcript byMonday, October 28, to my office, 418 New Cabell or email the materials to

The application form can also be found on the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese' Forms website.  After the application deadline, Monday, October 28, you will participate in an initiation ceremony on Thursday, November 7 during which you and receive credentials that certify you as a lifetime member of Sigma Delta Pi.


Congratulations, Jack Brake! (CLAS 2018)

October 1, 2019

Please join us in congratulating Spanish major Jack Brake (CLAS 2018) on receiving the Marshall Scholarship to study politics and international relations at the University of Cambridge next year. After defending his thesis on architecture and convivencia in medieval Andalucía, Jack went on to study global affairs at Tsinghua University in China as a Schwartzman scholar.

With his second major fellowship, Jack will now combine his knowledge of Spain, Latin America, and China. To read more about Jack's background and future studies, please click here. You can also read more about Jack's work in the Distinguished Major Program by clicking here.

¡Felicidades, Jack!

Casa Bolívar Fall Events

September 3, 2019

Please Save the dates for the Casa Bolívar Fall Events

Film Series:

9/18 (Una mujer fantástica)

10/16 (Fresa y chocolate

11/13 (Desde allá)

All Screenings are at 8pm in the basement of the Casa.

11/16 Noche Bohemia 6pm

Infromal Tertuila

will be held each Wednesday (through the end of the classes, excluding breaks) at 6pm in the basement over dinner.


Uva in Italy: Take Women, Gender & Sexuality Courses in Siena

August 30, 2019

UVA in Italy: Take Women, Gender & Sexuality Courses in Siena

Earn direct UVA credit. Take WGS 3320 Global Perspectives on Gender & Sport during the summer program with UVA Professor Bonnie Hagerman. Interested in the fall or spring program? Take WGS 3680 Foodscapes in Women’s Writing, Culture and Society.

Immerse in Italy. Complete up to a full year’s worth of Italian language. Go on a Traveling Seminar to Sicily during the fall or spring. Experience the world famous Palio horse race during the summer. Explore all Tuscany has to offer.

Live in the historic city center. Share an apartment with an Italian roommate or live in a homestay. Either way, you’ll be a short walk to classes, restaurants, cafes, and historic sites in this charming city.

2020 Program Dates

Spring: January 22 to May 9

Summer: May 28 to July 25

Fall: September 2 to December 19

For more information, contact:

Francesca Calamita

Program Director: UVA in Siena

Click below for flyer

2019-Course in Siena

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Last Day to Add SPAN and ITAL 1000-2000 Courses

August 26, 2019

Course enrollment in ITAL 1010-2020 closes earlier than the College of Arts & Sciences ADD Deadline

                          ADD Deadline for ITAL 1010 and 2010 Classes: Noon (12:00PM) on Friday, September 6, 2019



Course enrollment in SPAN 1010-2020 closes earlier than the College of Arts & Sciences ADD Deadline

                         ADD Deadline for SPAN 1010, 1060, 2010 and 2020 Classes:  2:00PM on Wednesday, September 4, 2019





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A la luna de Valencia

July 29, 2019

Written by the the students in Valencia Program  A la luna de Valencia

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Congratulations are in order for Professor Eli Carter for LARR-Pitt Best Article Award

May 31, 2019

Congratulations to Eli Carter, who has been named the recipient of the 2019 Latin American Research Review (LARR) Best Article Award for his article “Representing Blackness in Brazil’s Changing Television Landscape: The Cases of Mister Brau and O Grande Gonzalez,” published in LARR Volume 53 (2).

The LARR-Pitt Best Article Award is presented at each LASA International Congress to the best research article published by the Latin American Research Review (LARR) during the past calendar year.  For more information about the award, please visit LARR-Pitt Best Article Award