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ITTR3685 Italy on Screen: Sex, Gender and Racial Identities in the Glocal Context

May 19, 2022

 

With Prof Francesca Calamita

Fall 2022, Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-13:45

 

This course considers representations of sex, gender and racial identities in Italian films, television, advertisements and other forms of visual culture. With a focus on the contemporary Italian context, students will explore issues of intersectionality from a global perspective. An intersectional feminist approach will frame class discussion, where, Italian society and its culture will be read through a perspective that emphasizes the interconnectedness between gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, social class and immigration status, among other layers of identity. Lectures will offer a close reading of both critically acclaimed and more mainstream works, trying to answer the following question: what can Italian cinema, television and advertising tell us about diversity and inclusion in the worldwide context?

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Graduation

May 9, 2022

The Graduation Ceremony for the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese will follow the Lawn Ceremony on Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will be in the Culbreth Theatre (Drama Building), located at 109 Culbreth Road. (This is also the inclement weather location.)

Ceremonial scrolls will be awarded to students in the Spanish Graduate Program, along with majors in the Italian Studies Program, the Latin American Studies Program and the Spanish Undergraduate Program. Students from these programs who graduated in 2020 and 2021 (during COVID) may participate as well.

Additional information about the ceremony:

  • Length of Time: The ceremony will last no more than an hour.
  • Arrival Time: Graduates should plan to arrive by 2:00 p.m.
  • Ceremony Tickets: All guests, including children, infants, persons in wheelchairs, etc., must have a ticket in-hand to enter the ceremony. (Graduates participating in the ceremony do not need a ticket.)
  • Number of Tickets: Each graduate will receive up to five tickets. Additional tickets may be available after May 12th.
  • Your Diploma: Diplomas will be mailed within 6 weeks of Final Exercises. Diplomas will be mailed to the identified ‘Diploma Mailing Address’ in SIS. Degree candidates should confirm their address under Personal Information in the SIS Student Center.

Link to the Office of the University Registrar: http://www.virginia.edu/registrar/diploma.html

Information about Finals Weekend can be found at: http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents/finals/

Spanish Distinguished Major Thesis Presentation

April 26, 2022

The Spanish Distinguished Major Program

presents 

Major Thesis presentations by graduating Spanish majors

Andrew Fansler
Identidad y visibilidad: el síndrome de Down en el cine español

Sophia Kirmani
Síndromes culturales: el papel de la cultura en la configuración de la enfermedad

Safa Samimi
Bilingüismos y el contacto lingüístico en judeoespañol
 

May 4th, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Language Commons
New Cabell Hall 298
 

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Un acercamiento global al activismo indígena

April 23, 2022

A Global Approach to Indigenous Activism

Saturday, April 23, 2022
10:00 am – 3:00 pm (tentative)
Location: UVA Zehmer Hall, 104 Midmont Ln, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Parking lot available in front of Zehmer Hall.

**Masks will be optional; however, CLA reserves the right to ask everyone to wear a mask if any participant indicates that that is necessary in order for them to attend safely and comfortably. We’d appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 


Lead Organizer
Gustavo Pellón
Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, University of Virginia


Speakers

Daniel Chávez
Associate Professor of Latin American and LatinX studies, University of New Hampshire
“Autonomía y Afirmación Cultural y Material de los Pueblos Originarios de México en el Siglo XXI"

Mathilda Shepard
Ph.D. candidate, University of Virginia
"El cine indígena en Abya Yala: colaboración, autonomía y soberanía visual." 

Pedro Larrea Rubio
Associate Professor of Spanish, University Lynchburg
"Aquí, sobre la tierra": La poesía indígena como canto y resistencia. 

Kit Decker
Chair of Humanities & Social Sciences, Professor, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Title TBD.


In this spring’s workshop for Spanish teachers, “A Global Approach to Indigenous Activism,” we will examine Latin America’s long history of indigenous activism.  We will also consider methods to introduce these topics in your classes. 

En el taller de esta primavera para maestras y maestros de español, “Un acercamiento global al activismo indígena”, examinaremos la larga tradición de activismo indígena en América Latina. También consideraremos métodos para presentar estos temas en tus clases.


Agenda

En este taller estudiaremos el activismo y la producción cultural de indígenas en las América 


10:00-10:20 Matrícula y encuesta de entrada.


10:30-11:15    Daniel Chávez Landeros. University of New Hampshire.
“Autonomía y Afirmación Cultural y Material de los Pueblos Originarios de México en el Siglo XXI”


11:15-11:25   Descanso


11:30-12:15    Mathilda Shepard. University of Virginia.
"El cine indígena en Abya Yala: colaboración, autonomía y soberanía visual." 


12:15-12:25    Descanso


12:30-1:15    Pedro Larrea Rubio. University of Lynchburg.
"Aquí, sobre la tierra": La poesía indígena como canto y resistencia. 


1:15-2:00    Almuerzo


2:00-2:45    Kit Decker. Piedmont Virginia Community College
“Aplicaciones al aula de los temas presentados”. 

This program is sponsored by The Longview Foundation.

María J. Jorquera Hervás appointed Director of UVA Global First in Valencia

March 28, 2022

UVA Valencia First offers new first-year and new transfer students a new program of international study through our oldest and largest study abroad program, UVA in Valencia (founded in 1983). This unique opportunity provides well-qualified and ambitious students a carefully crafted plan of first-year study and the transformative experience of living abroad, offering students a compelling classroom experience with a hands-on exploration of the history, cultures, politics, and architecture of the host city. Congratulations to María J. Jorquera Hervás!

https://uvaglobalfirst.as.virginia.edu/valencia-first 

Global Journey: Learn from Alumni

March 22, 2022

Learn how education abroad experiences prepared these alumni for careers and lifelong international interests!

Global Journeys: Learn from Alumni

Tuesday, March 22 5:00-6:00 pm

Hybrid: Hotel A & Zoom

Omar Velázquez

Congratulations to Omar Velázquez

March 7, 2022

Omar Velázquez has been elected to serve on the Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language and Culture Development Board. His service will have a broad and deep impact nationally. The Development Board, comprised of both educators and second language acquisition researchers, is responsible for reviewing, revising, and approving all items on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam. Managed by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the exam is given to approximately 175,000 high school students of Spanish each year. Congratulations to Omar Velázquez!

UVA in Costa Rica

March 2, 2022

We are pleased to announce that we have extended the application deadline for the UVA in Costa Rica program to March 15th.

Apply now to spend an amazing summer in beautiful Costa Rica while completing 6 Spanish credits!

Courses available are:

SPAN 2010-SPAN 2020

SPAN 2020-SPAN 3031

SPAN 3010-SPAN 3031

Dates: May 15-June 23

For more information and the application link, visit the program web brochure.

Questions? Please feel free to contact:

Professor Paula Sprague, Program Director  pas6ea@virginia.edu

Liz Wellbeloved, Program Advisor                   eaw5cf@virginia.edu

COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS GIVING NEW LIFE TO THE MAYAN BOOK OF CREATION

February 21, 2022

Professor Allison Bigelow and Spanish Graduate students, Mar Sotelo Padró and Winnie Pérez Martínez, are featured in UVAToday

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Learn about Study Abroad

February 17, 2022

Learn more about your education abroad options?

Drop-in advising from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in NCH 421 with Liz Wellbeloved, Education Abroad Advisor for Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Thurs. Feb. 3; Thurs. Feb 17; Thurs. Feb. 24; Thurs. Mar. 3; Thurs. Mar. 17

Spanish Major Declaration Workshop

February 9, 2022

Join us for a Spanish Major Declaration Workshop on Wednesday, February 9th at 6:00.  You can join the meeting at: https://virginia.zoom.us/j/95885363811?pwd=dGFUeXRmWTQvWmkyYTUyZ3pQS1MwUT09

 Students who want to declare a Spanish major should attend as well as those students who would like to learn more about the program.

Please download the Declaration of Major form and Major Requirements by Concentration & Course Grid   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).*

*Unless you took this course Credit/No Credit due to COVID during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, J-term 2021, or Spring 2021.

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.

Spanish Minor Declaration Workshop

February 3, 2022

to join us for a Spanish Minor Declaration Workshop on Thursday, February 3rd at 5:00.  You can join the meeting at: https://virginia.zoom.us/j/97433425735?pwd=L1psaXpxVWx2c3RjS1VvWVFkUmFHQT09

IMPORTANT: If you are a 4th year student wanting to declare a minor, you MUST contact me directly prior to February 1st.

Students who want to declare a Spanish minor should attend as well as those students who would like to learn more about the program.

Download the Spanish Minor Worksheet or Business Spanish Minor Worksheet and complete the appropriate form prior to the workshop. 

Also, download the Declaration of Major/Minor form and familiarize yourself with the form.

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

*Unless you took this course Credit/No Credit due to COVID during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, J-term 2021, or Spring 2021.

Spanish Faculty Advisors will be in attendance and review the highlights of declaring a Spanish minor and our study abroad programs, answer questions from students, assign advisors, and sign major declaration forms.

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La Vedemmia

December 20, 2021

The latest edition of La Vedemmia is now aviable, for this issues and past issues please vist our La Vedemmia page.

AATSP presents award to Gustavo Pellon

December 13, 2021

On Saturday December 11, the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese presented Professor Gustavo Pellón with the David T. Gies Distinguished Service Award.  This award recognizes individuals who have worked toward improving the teaching of Spanish in Virginia, above and beyond the general job requirements.

In presenting the award to Gustavo Pellón Sheila Cockey said, “Gustavo, you’ve had a profound impact on me and the other Spanish teachers in Virginia.  Your willingness to give of your time, energy, knowledge, and kindness is appreciated. So is your sense of humor! Thank you for all the work you have done for us, especially your work with the Center for the Liberal Arts. Those programs are interesting, stimulating, and provide us with an opportunity to widen our knowledge base and to network with other Spanish teachers in Virginia. You are a popular mentor on the UVA campus, respected for your knowledge and your enthusiasm for literature. Gustavo, it is with pleasure that I present this award to you, on behalf of the Virginina Chapter of AATSP, in recognition of your many years of giving to our profession.

Mining Language - Author Allison Bigelow

Modern Language Association Publication Prize Winner – Allison Bigelow

December 8, 2021

A call for celebrating – Congratulations to Allison Bigelow for being awarded the 28th Annual MLA Prize First Book!

 

Please click here for the press release from MLA and more information about Allison Bigelow’s book, Mining Language: Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

Wendy Red Star and her daughter Beatrice, CC license on Wikimedia

We're hiring! Assistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies

November 11, 2021

In the Spring of 2021, with the support of the Race, Place, and Equity grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Virginia launched a multiyear project to expand the undergraduate curriculum, diversify the faculty, and build relationships with local communities who have historically been marginalized from and directly harmed by their contact with the university. Over the next three years, UVA will develop approximately 60 new first-year courses grounded in experiential learning with elders from the Monacan Indian Nation and African American descendant communities. Further, UVA will recruit, as well as mentor, 30 postdoctoral fellows who are underrepresented in their fields. Finally, the grant has enabled UVA to hire three tenure-track faculty members, two of which have been hired, as part of a cohort whose research brings new attention to issues of racial justice and the redress of inequity in Black and Indigenous communities.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Architecture are conducting a joint search that seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies, focusing on intersecting issues of race, place, land, and equity. The successful applicant will likely be hired in either Arts and Sciences or the School of Architecture, although a joint hire is also a possibility for a candidate whose research and teaching contribute to both academic units and would be enhanced by a joint appointment. Applications will be welcome from scholars who could find a home in School of Architecture in the department of Architectural History or Landscape Architecture or the following departments in the College of Arts and Sciences: Carter G. Woodson Department of African American and African Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Art; English; Global Studies; History; Media Studies; Politics; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The successful candidate will have an active research agenda that focuses on Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies within and across Native Nations, including but not limited to issues of ecology and traditional environmental knowledge, historic preservation, cultural heritage, Indigenous landscapes, language revitalization, sovereignty, the sacred, and social movements. We are especially interested in candidates whose work focuses on North America and can enrich local partnerships and contribute to collaborations throughout Indian Country and Turtle Island, as well as ongoing research, teaching, and service related to Native and Indigenous Studies at UVA, including the undergraduate minor and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship program.

Application review will begin December 10, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. The appointment begins with the fall semester of 2022. Applicants must have received their PhD by time of appointment. Scholars from underrepresented communities, including Native American, Indigenous, African American, Latinx, Asian American, queer, neurodiverse, and differently abled scholars, are especially invited to apply.

TO APPLY:

Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs: search for posting R0030413 complete the application, and attach the following:

***Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.***

1. Cover letter of application describing (1) areas of research and teaching interest (2) potential research collaborations with groups at UVA and in Native and Indigenous communities; (3) your demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or working with diverse populations (not to exceed three single spaced pages).

2. Current curriculum vitae with the names of three references

3. Research statement (not to exceed two single-spaced pages)

4. Teaching philosophy (not to exceed one single-spaced page)

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Questions about this position should be directed to Christian McMillen, Associate Dean for Social Sciences, Professor of History, and chair of the search committee, at cwm6w@virginia.edu. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor, at nr7f@virginia.edu.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area.  To learn more please visit https://dualcareer.virginia.edu. For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville  and https://embarkcva.com/.
 

COVID Vaccination Requirement
The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 
 

If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination. 

If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates. 
 
NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption.  For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage. 

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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We're hiring! Associate or advanced Assistant Professor of Black Diasporas in the Américas

November 10, 2021

The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia has launched a multiyear faculty hiring initiative devoted to Race, Justice and Equity, building on a broad range of recent commitments, including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project to hire 10 Tenure/Tenure Track faculty working on the Global South; an expansion and University endowment commitment to the Carter Woodson Institute and Department of African and African-American Studies; the establishment of the Dean’s Doctoral Fellowships to enhance our recruitment of  underrepresented graduate students; and a parallel project in collaboration with the Mellon Foundation to appoint 30 Race, Justice, and Equity Postdoctoral and Arts fellows across the University (20 in Arts & Sciences). 

These commitments further our mission as a public university, dedicated to the promise of democratic life, and consistently engaged with the unfinished struggles for democracy, freedom, and justice with which our national and institutional histories are so deeply entangled. The present historical moment—and the deep histories that have produced it—call us to engage with renewed urgency the particular histories of inequality affecting Black communities in the United States and across the globe. Our hiring, research, teaching, and institutional practices and commitments must respond to that call.

As part of this initiative, UVA Arts & Sciences has launched a cluster of 10 tenured/tenure track searches for faculty members working in Black studies in national and global contexts, with intersecting fields of interest across disciplinary domains. Appointments will span multiple fields: Music and Sound Studies, Black Political Thought and Philosophy; Sociology of Race; Black Feminist Theory; Studio and Digital Art; Race, Media and Technology; Black Diaspora and Latinx studies; Environmental Justice; Race and Health, Black Youth studies. Four of these searches were completed last year with the next six occurring this Fall.

These new faculty members will join a community of colleagues at UVA already working in and across disciplines on the social, cultural, political, historical, and environmental questions that are central to African, African-American, and Diaspora communities across the US and around the world. The University of Virginia’s location and history necessitates that we sustain and expand research and teaching in these areas.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia invite applications for a position at the Associate Professor rank in the field of Black diasporas in the Américas (Afro Latinx and/or Afro Latin American studies), with a start date of Fall 2022. Applications from advanced Assistant Professors (at least 3 years beyond PhD) are also welcomed. We are seeking candidates studying Black diasporic cultures in the Américas using a broad variety of approaches.

Eligible applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field (such as Spanish, Black studies, English, Latinx studies, Latin American studies, Ethnic studies, American studies, Performance studies, History, Media studies, or Comparative Literature) by the time of appointment, and candidates will be assessed based on their demonstrated record and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service. We seek candidates at an advanced stage in their career development who are able to support our departments in administrative leadership roles and graduate mentorship. Native, heritage, or near-native command of Spanish and English is required. We welcome colleagues with the ability to research and teach in multiple languages of the Américas.

The successful candidate will be able to take advantage of collaborative relationships with students and faculty in other departments, units, and research initiatives, such as the graduate certificates and fellowships in American Studies, Digital Humanities, Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice, Gender/Sexuality Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Race and Inequality in Higher Education, as well as the various humanities labs and working groups housed in the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures.

Screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

TO APPLY:

Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs: search for posting #R0030201, complete the application, and attach the following: 

***Please note all required documents must be uploaded in the Resume box.***

1. Cover letter (2 pages) addressing areas of research, teaching experience, and potential projects or collaborations at the University of Virginia

2. CV addressing research, teaching, and service record

3. Inclusive excellence statement (1 page) that addresses the applicant’s demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations and/or cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in your work.

4. The names and contact information for three references

Candidates will be asked to submit additional supporting materials, such as a writing sample, if selected to participate further in the recruitment process.

***Only applications that contain all required documents will receive consideration.***

Questions about this position should be directed to Anne Garland Mahler at agmahler@virginia.edu. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at nr7f@virginia.edu.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area.  To learn more please visit https://dualcareer.virginia.edu. For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 
 
If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.
 
If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates. 
 
NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption.  For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage. 

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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Contemporary Poetry Night

November 8, 2021

Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society Presents....Contemporary Poetry Night with Professors Valverde and Díaz Granados Monday, November 8, 2021, Monroe 130, 6:00 pm. Join us for a night of poetry and a discussion about the role of poetry in modern society.

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Allison Bigelow Wins Book Award from American Historical Association

October 20, 2021

Congratulations to Allison Bigelow, who has just received the 2021 James A. Rawley Prize for Atlantic History from the American Historical Association. Allison's book, Mining Language: Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture for the University of North Carolina Press, 2020), is the first monographic study of the technical and scientific vocabularies that Indigenous, African diasporic, South Asian, and European miners and metallurgists developed as they extracted and refined the metals that shaped the history of racial capitalism and globalization. The book draws together methods of visual, material cultural, and historical linguistic analysis to shed new light on the materiality of language, the connections between colonial science and society, and the understudied intellectual contributions of Indigenous, African, and South Asian mining women and men. You can learn more about the book here (YouTube link, rocking that no-childcare life during COVID), and you can purchase Mining Language from any of the BIPOC-owned bookstores on the department list of resources.

This is the 23rd year of the Rawley award, and the first time that the prize has gone to a scholar in Spanish. For a list of all recipients of the 2021 AHA book awards, please click here.

Le utz a wach? Come learn K'iche' at UVA! (Institute of World Languages)

October 18, 2021

From the Institute of World Languages: thanks to a collaborative program with Duke and Vanderbilt Universities, UVA students can study a range of less-commonly taught languages. By pooling our resources, these three universities have made available language study and summer immersion programs in Maya K'iche', Haitian Kreyòl, Turkish, and Swahili

To learn more about the K'iche' program, please click here: https://youtu.be/g-diWyGDvLE. Please contact Allison Bigelow (amb8fk) with questions about the K'iche' program.

Click here to learn more about the consortium program: https://iwl.virginia.edu/language/lctl

A Conversation with Takoua Ben Mohamed (Italian)

October 15, 2021

A conversation (in Italian) between Italian Studies faculty Hiromi Kaneda and Stella Mattioli with Takoua Ben Mohammed, a Tunisian-Italian cartoonist, illustrator, graphic journalist, and video creator and producer.

When: October 22nd at 3:00 pm (USA, Eastern)

Where: Zoom

Two Fall-themed community events this month

October 14, 2021

Greetings and happy Autumn! Here area  couple of community events happening in Charlottesville during the month of October that may be of interest to students studying Spanish.

1) Garden and Harvest Festival at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday October, 17th at 3:30. This event will be a fundraiser to support sanctuary work with María Chavalán Sut. (See attached poster in English)

2) Volunteers needed to help organize the Día de los muertos festival, held at the Mcguffey Art Center, 201 2nd St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902. 

                EN: SET UP DATE: Friday the 29th of October. The celebration will be held outside on Mcguffey art centers front lawn on October 31st starting at 4pm. Dismantling of the altar will be Thursday, October  4th. 

                SP: La fecha de instalación es: viernes 29 de octubre. La celebración se llevará a cabo al aire libre en el jardín delantero del centro de arte Mcguffey el 31 de octubre empezando a las 4 pm. El desmayo  del altar será el jueves 4 de octubre.

                In previous years, some our UVa students have had a great time volunteering for this community event. Two years ago, Zachary Anderson, one of our students, wrote this thoughtful and moving article on  his experience with the festival for the Cavalier Daily.

                Here is the event information from the organizer, Estela Knot (Lua Project):  

  • Dia de los muertos plan for 2021: Please Click the link below for dates and details. gracias friends, espero que pueden participar.
  • Español: El día de los muertos está a la vuelta de la esquina y espero que todos podamos unirnos para crear el altar, interpretar una pieza (bailar, cantar un canción, un poema, una obra de artista) o incluso simplemente para celebrar con nosotros. Todo es posible. Este será nuestro décimo año !!! ¿Puedes creerlo? He preparado un breve formulario de Google para que lo llene y sepamos cuántas personas podrán participar. Toda esta información nos ayuda a  planear y crear los flyers y empezar a publicarlo pronto. Unámonos y creemos algo hermoso para nuestro décimo año. no tiene por qué consumir mucho tiempo. Puede ser algo en lo que trabajes desde casa o algo que realices el día. todo es posible. Espero escuchar de usted.
  • English: the day of the dead is just around the corner and I hope that we can all come together to create the altar, perform a piece (song, a poem, a piece of artist work) or even just to celebrate with us. This will be our 10th year !!! Can you believe it? I have prepared a short Google form for you to fill out so that we can know how many people will be able to participate. This information will help us in our planning and in creating what we will publicize, which we really need to start working on soon. Let's come together and create something beautiful for our 10th year. it doesn't have to take up too much of your time. It can be something you work on from home or something that you perform the day of.  anything is possible.  I look forward to hearing from you. 
  • Link to form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCKH-Kbpk4F7HbRetfjYaP4b09WZqzcEJL10iXNzjyk2vteA/viewform?usp=sf_link 

 

Strips and Films: Urban Migration, Race, and Identity in Contemporary Visual Art

October 14, 2021

A double event (November 5 and 19) that will feature the participation of two guest speakers: Haitian Argentinian Wisny Dorce (film director and producer, founder of the first Black audiovisual company in Argentina), and Argentinian Italian Daniel Cuello (cartoonist and writer). The talks will be on Zoom, in Spanish (Wisny) and Italian (Daniel) with subtitles in both languages and English translation.

WHEN: Friday, November 5, from 3:15 to 4:30 (Wisny Dorce) Friday, November 19, from 3:15 to 4:30 (Daniel Cuello)

WHERE: Zoom 

This event is sponsored by the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation as part of the project Creative Urban Arenas: A Digital Repository.

 

Wisny Dorce is a Haitian Argentinian movie director active in the Afro Argentine film panorama. He is the founder of the audiovisual production company Black Existencia Film. With his work Wisny tries to uncover and expose the institutional discrimination that the Afro descendant community in Argentina is experiencing. This talk will be in Spanish with Spanish subtitles and English translation.

Daniel Cuello is an Argentinian Italian artist, cartoonist, and writer. His work engages with the intellectual discussion around the concept of otherness. Daniel’s graphic novels describe, in a simple and nonoppressive tone, themes such as racism, migration, tyranny, and dystopia. This talk will be in Italian with Italian sub

K-12 English Learners Educational Resources

October 13, 2021

The educational resources for K-12 English Learners that the students in Esther Poveda's community engagement course sequence created in the Fall and Spring of 2020 are now available! They feature topics ranging from algebra vocabulary to a synopsis of the American Civil War, all designed for native Spanish speakers working to learn English. Please find the resources via this link:

http://cvilleeducationequity.com/k-12-multilingual-resources/

DVP FEDERICO DÍAZ POETRY READING WEDNESDAY OCT 13 6PM

October 11, 2021

On Wednesday, October 13th at 6:00pm the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, in conjunction with the English Department, the Center for Poetry and Poetics, and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, will be hosting a poetry reading by our Distinguished Visiting Professor Federico Díaz Granados. Mr. Federico Díaz Granados, who resides in Bogotá, Colombia, is one of the most prominent voices in contemporary Spanish-American poetry. Close to 200 critics from more than 100 universities (Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, and Princeton, among them) elected him the most significant Colombian poet born after 1970. His reading will be given in person in NAU Hall 101 at 6:00pm. Please join us in giving Mr. Díaz Granados a warm welcome and fantastic turnout for his poetry reading! 

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