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Eduardo González will give a talk on Pedro Almodóvar's recent movie, La piel que habito

Eduardo González will give a talk on Pedro Almodóvar's recent movie, La piel que habito | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

On Oct. 18, at 4:00 PM in Herter 209,  Prof. Eduardo González (Johns Hopkins University) will give the talk: “All about my sex, all about mother, my race, my skin and yours, ALL”. At 2:00, in Herter 207, we will screen Almodóvar's movie _La piel que habito_

 

Prof. González joined the Hopkins faculty in 1981 and is the author of five books _Carpentier, el tiempo del hombre_ (1978), _La persona y el relato_ (1985), _The Monstered Self_ (1992), _Cuba and the Tempest _(2006) and _Cuba and the Fall: Christian Text and Queer Narrative_ (2010). Currently he is working on two new book projects: _Pedro Almodóvar Measure for Measure_ and _The Chimerical South_.

 

The event, organized by Prof. Regina Galasso (Comp Lit) and Prof. Barbara Zecchi (SpanPort) is cosponsored by the Program of Spanish and Portuguese, the Program of Comparative Literature, and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

The talk is in English. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Trailer of the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlZgGlwBgro

 

 

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THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES

THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Check our webpage: http://www.umass.edu/spanport/

Questions? Email:
-Barbara Zecchi, Program Director bzecchi@spanport.umass.edu
-Luiz Amaral, Graduate Program Director, amaral@spanport.umass.edu
-Carole Cloutier, Lang. Program Director, cloutier@spanport.umass.edu
-Luis Marentes, Undgrd. Program Dir., marentes@spanport.umass.edu
-Frank Fagundes, Honors Program Director, fagundes@spanport.umass.edu
-Leah Dodson, Office Manager, ldodson@spanport.umass.edu
We are located in 416 Herter Hall, 161 Presidents Drive,
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003.
Phone: (413) 545-2887, Fax: (413) 545-3178

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT US?  It's easy!

Just click on this link below to make your tax-deductible donation:

http://www.umass.edu/spanport/donate/index.html

Any amount will have an impact on the future of our program!! Whatever you can afford, we greatly appreciate your generosity!

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Susan M. DiGiacomo on The Catalan Independence Process

Susan M. DiGiacomo on The Catalan Independence Process | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Monday, January 26 from 12:30 – 2:00 in Machmer W25. 

 

Susan M. DiGiacomo, professor of anthropology at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Catalonia) will give the talk "Now It's Time: The Catalan Independence Process".  An anthropologist and long-time scholar of Catalan nationalism and language politics, Susan DiGiacomo was directly involved in the mobilizations for a referendum on Catalan independence.

 

Most people know that on September 18, 2014, Scotland voted in a binding referendum on independence, and decided to remain part of the United Kingdom. Less well known is that on November 9, 2014, Catalans also voted on independence, under very different circumstances and with a different result. In the face of continued prohibitions and threats by the Spanish government, 2,300,000 people -- nearly as many as turned out for the last European elections -- braved a cold rain and long lines to register their preference in a democratic "process of citizen participation" run entirely by volunteers, with no immediate political consequences and no international recognition of the result. More than 80 percent of them voted in favor of independence. This colloquium offers an insider's view of a political process that is vilified and even criminalized by the Spanish state, and largely invisible to or misunderstood by the international press. It is argued that this process is the outcome not only of a deeply flawed transition to democracy in Spain following the death of Franco in 1975, but of three centuries of Catalonia's history as a militarily conquered territory assimilated to Spain by force. This presentation is also an argument for an anthropological agenda responsive to and driven to some extent by current events rather than by theoretical considerations, and for personal engagement as a form of knowledge.

 

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Studying Abroad in Lisbon, Portugal

Studying Abroad in Lisbon, Portugal | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Bem-vindo a Lisboa!               By Mirabella Pulido    ( December 2014)

 

This past spring semester, Bethany Braga and I were two UMass Amherst students who took the opportunity to study abroad in Lisbon, Portugal through the UMass in Lisbon program (now known as Study in Portugal Network). Bethany is a senior in Isenberg and I’m a junior journalism major with a minor in Portuguese. Studying abroad in Lisbon is a possibility for all students at UMass, regardless of their majors.

 

Our time spent in Lisbon was incredible. It’s difficult to sum up an entire experience in a few adjectives that simply do not give the culture and the people justice. Lisbon is the only European capital on a coast and we took advantage of the 300 sunny days in the year that we could. Immediately upon arrival in January, Lisbon was bright, sunny, and warm. The Ponte Vinte-Cinco de Abril bridge, Cristo Rei, Terreiro do Paço, Belém, Oriente, Marquês do Pombal, Bairro Alto, and others became our favorite sights and spots and now have special meanings to us.

 

Soccer, or o futebol, is a favorite Portuguese past time and we got to experience this passion by going to soccer games, supporting the local teams (Vai Benfica!), and reveling in championships. The food, or a comida, is another major part of Portuguese culture. When we weren’t at the beaches, or as praias, surfing or lounging, which was often, we could be found in the many restaurants and outdoor cafes stuffing our faces with pastries (os pastéis) and sipping on coffee, which was almost always an espresso shot taken at the counter. 

 

It is impossible to forget the other sites we visited during our time in Portugal. We often ventured outside of Lisbon and went to nearby Belém and Sintra for a quick day trip or weekend adventure. In Belém, we got the famous pastéis every time and marveled at the antiquated, colorful castles contrasted against the lush greenery of Sintra. We went up north to Porto, which was awarded the European Best Destination for 2014. Porto is famous for its vineyards and we had a winery tour and sampling of port wines at Graham’s Porto, after making a quick stop in university-town Coimbra. Our all-time favorite place though, was Berlengas, the UNESCO-protected national reserve and island 30 minutes off the coast of Portugal. Surrounded by crystal, turquoise waters, the island boasts vibrant florae and wildlife.

 

Bethany and I studied Português for three semesters prior to going abroad with Professora Susana Antunes. When we returned for this fall semester, she kindly requested us to come and speak to her class about our semester abroad, which we were more than happy to do. Attempting to put these five months of ecstasy, learning, and maturing into a 20-minute presentation of testimonies and a few pictures proved to be a difficult when refraining from going off on tangents of reminiscing, but this experience is something we will always cherish and continue to share with others.

 Obrigada e à nossa!                                                                                               

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8 Reasons Why Spanish ISN'T A Foreign Language

8 Reasons Why Spanish ISN'T A Foreign Language | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Anyone who’s ever enrolled in a Spanish class knows that schools generally refer to it as a “foreign language.” Most of us repeat the phrase uncritically, as if it were actually true.

But is it?

Take a look around. Spanish isn’t “foreign” to the United States at all. The names of many of our states and cities are Spanish -- a testament to the fact that Spanish-peakers colonized many areas that later became part of the United States before English-speakers. Many of us use Spanish words when speaking English, often without being aware of what we’re doing. Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the country and many people, both immigrant and native-born, are raised speaking it.

The growing presence of Spanish in the United States makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Groups like ProEnglish and politicians like U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) want to make English the official language of the United States.

Whether or not you agree that’s the right solution to navigate the country’s linguistic diversity, one thing is certain -- Spanish is no more “foreign” to the United States than English.

Check out 8 reasons why Spanish isn’t a foreign language in the slideshow here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/12/spanish-foreign-language_n_3430860.html

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Catalan Courses this Spring

Catalan Courses this Spring | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Claudia Marcela Páez, Santiago Vidales, Susana Antunes, and Odalis Patricia Hidalgo at NECLAS

Claudia Marcela Páez, Santiago Vidales, Susana Antunes, and Odalis Patricia Hidalgo at NECLAS | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Neclas 2014 Annual Meeting

Claudia Marcela Páez, and Santiago Vidales,  organized and chaired the panel “Vigencias y diversidad en el cuento latinoamericano” at NECLAS (New England Council of Latin American Studies).

The four talks focused on the currency and diversity of the Latin-American short story and centered on the works of Silvina Ocampo, Anabelle Aguilar Breadley, Ana María Shua and Julio Ramón Ribeyro: 


--Susana Antunes (UMass Amherst): Erotismo y fantasía en ‘La sueñera’ de Ana María Shua

--Odalis Patricia Hidalgo (UMass Amherst): Evolución y construcción del imaginario en los cuentos de Julio Ramón Ribeyro

--Claudia Marcela Páez Lotero (UMass Amherst): ¿Qué hay detrás de la felicidad?: Entre la violencia y la agresividad, la justicia y la venganza
en ‘Las fotografías’ y ‘El árbol grabado’ de Silvina Ocampo
--Santiago Vidales (UMass Amherst): Intersecciones erráticas: interseccionalidad y performatividad en los cuentos de Anabelle
Aguilar Brealey

 

In the photo, from left to right: Odalis Hidalgo, Santiago Vidales, Claudia Páez Lotero and Susana Antunes.

URL: http://www.neclas.org/

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Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment

Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
The conventional wisdom is that humanities majors are wasting all that tuition money and dooming themselves to lives of underemployment. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Humanities degrees are actually worth well more than the cost of college.
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Café Lusófono, Friday Nov. 21, 4th floor lounge in Herter

Café Lusófono, Friday Nov. 21, 4th floor lounge in Herter | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
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SpanPort at the 1st Annual UMass Cognitive Science Workshop

SpanPort at the 1st Annual UMass Cognitive Science Workshop | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

PhD Candidate Andie Faber and Prof. Meghan Armstrong presented their work at the 1st Annual UMass Cognitive Science Workshop on Thursday, Nov 13th. Students and faculty from various departments across UMass Amherst came together to learn about and contribute to the Cognitive Science efforts on campus. Andie Faber presented her work on mass agreement patterns in Asturian and Spanish, and Prof. Armstrong presented her work on child comprehension of disbelief through audio and visual modalities. For more information on the Cognitive Science Initiative at UMass, please visit: http://blogs.umass.edu/cogsci/

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SPANISH & PORTUGUESE OPEN HOUSE AND STUDY ABROAD MINI FAIR on Nov. 6

SPANISH & PORTUGUESE      OPEN HOUSE AND STUDY ABROAD MINI FAIR on Nov. 6 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 4:00 in Herter 301 for our Open House and Study Abroad Mini-Fair.

 

Come and learn about our

-Spanish Major 

-Study abroad programs in Salamanca, Oviedo, Granada and Buenos Aires

-Undergraduate Research Program

-Integrative Experience

-Thatcher House

-Honors Program

and much more!!!

 

Pizza will be served!!

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Luis Marentes at the 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South

Luis Marentes at the  5th Conference on Immigration to the US South | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Prof. Luis Marentes presented the paper “The Place of Social Media in the Current Immigration Debate” at The 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South: Immigration Reform and Beyond? at the University of Florida. http://www.latam.ufl.edu/2014-immigration-conference

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Susana Antunes in Albuquerque

Susana Antunes in Albuquerque | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

29 Oct 2014 -- Susana Antunes gave a talk at the  American Portuguese Studies Association - APSA - 9th International Conference at New Mexico, Albuquerque (24-26 October).
Her paper, entitled "Corsino Fortes and Pedro da Silveira: The World United by Islands", analyzed the books _Pão & Fonema_ (1973), by the cap Verdean poet Corsino Fortes and _A Ilha e o Mundo_ (1952), by the Azorean poet Pedro da Silveira.
 

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Prof. Luiz Amaral at the University of Toronto

Prof. Luiz Amaral at the University of Toronto | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Prof. Luiz Amaral was a guest speaker at the University of Toronto on October 10. He gave a talk in Linguistics about his recent research on the acquisition of recursion in native Brazilian languages, with a specific focus on multiple embedded relative clauses and genitive constructions in Wapichana (an Arawak language spoken in Brazil and Guyana). In a second talk to professors in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, he presented some ideas and suggestions on how to revitalize Portuguese programs in North America. He talked about different aspects of language programs in the US and Canada, and the 2007 MLA recommendations for language departments. He also presented a list of suggestions for future actions that included individualized and online language learning, community outreach initiatives, the redesigning majors and minors to better serve students interested in social and behavior sciences, among other topics. 

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CALL FOR PAPERS MONOGRAPHIC VOLUME (V) FALL 201 ÁMBITOS FEMINISTAS

Feminism and Gynocine

The guest editor and editorial committee of Ámbitos Feministas invite original papers for publication in the Fall 2015

Monographic Volume V. The topic chosen is female-authored filmic production of the Americas and Iberia, and the role played

by directors, producers, and scriptwriters on issues that influence the cultural image and representation at a political and a

symbolic level. We are therefore seeking critical essays that, besides analyzing the filmic text, reflect also on the author´s

approach to feminism as a political stance. We invite articles that deal with a wide range of topics within the manifold

realities depicted by each generation. Female gender or sexual discrimination, sexist violence, equal parenting or immigration

are some of the examples that we consider relevant, far from any intentionalist criticism, in order to observe and compare

the analysis of the author´s viewpoint and that of her work.

We are projecting a monographic volume that offers an overall picture that positions and discusses canonical and

contemporary works from the standpoint of feminist film theory, gender theory, and feminism as various forms of political

expression.

Guest editor for the monographic volume: Irene Melé Ballesteros, University of Massachusetts Amherst

EDITORIAL GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS:

• The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is January 31, 2015. Send original papers and a cover letter/bio to:

Irene Melé Ballesteros monograficovambitosfeministas@gmail.com

 

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Entrevista exclusiva a Barbara Zecchi, con motivo de la publicación de 'La pantalla sexuada'

Entrevista exclusiva a Barbara Zecchi, con motivo de la publicación de 'La pantalla sexuada' | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
'Los géneros cinematográficos no son divisiones 'naturales' o imparciales sino determinadas por cuestiones ideológicas, marcadas por el género sexual'

Entrevistamos a la profesora y ensayista Barbara Zecchi (italiana residente en los Estados Unidos, nacida en Londres en 1962) con motivo de la reciente publicación de 'La pantalla sexuada' (Cátedra, Feminismos, 2014) donde la autora de 'Desenfocadas' (Icaria, 2012) vuelve a analizar las relaciones entre los feminismos y el cine.

 

Click here to read the entire interview:

http://www.diarioprogresista.es/entrevista-exclusiva-a-barbara-zecchi-con-motivo-de-la-pubicacion-de-59379.htm

 

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Prof. Lloret gives a talk at the MLA Convention in Vancouver

Prof. Lloret gives a talk at the MLA Convention in Vancouver | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Vancouver, Jan 10, 2015. Albert Lloret  presents a paper for the panel on Textual Scholarship in the Hispanic World.

He talked about the printed circulation of two fifteenth-century Valencian
works (Ausiàs March's poetry and chivalric romance Tirant lo blanc), and
about the hermeneutical consequences of studying the material
re-constitution of medieval texts in the early hand-printing press.

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The search committee at the MLA in Vancouver

The search committee at the MLA in Vancouver | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

January 9-10, 2015. Profs. Meghan Armstrong, Albert Lloret, Patrick Mensah and Barbara Zecchi (from left to right)  are interviewing at the Modern Languages Association Convention in Vancouver for the new Tenure Track position in Modern Peninsular Literature.  

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Luis Marentes participa en un encuentro internacional sobre el buen vivir/sumak kawsay en Otavalo, Ecuador

Luis Marentes participa en un encuentro internacional sobre el buen vivir/sumak kawsay en Otavalo, Ecuador | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Con una ponencia llamada “¿Basketball oaxaqueño o pelota mixteca en Oaxacalifornia? Deporte, migración e identidad transnacional”, el profesor Luis Marentes participó en el Encuentro Internacional sobre Buen Vivir, Estado Plurinacional e Interculturalidad Latinoamericana en Otavalo, Ecuador.

 

Con el lema “la democracia se construye participando” la mañana de este jueves se dio inicio al encuentro internacional sobre “buen vivir". Para ver el video pulsar en el enalce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDXPHUVdcQo&feature=youtu.be

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IV Seminari Internacional LITERATURA I PECAT

IV Seminari Internacional LITERATURA I PECAT | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

For the 3rd time, SpanPort is one of the co-sponsors of the Conference Literature and SIn in Palma de Mallorca (January12-15 2015), coorganized by Dolores Juan Moreno. This edition's sin is WRATH

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Prof. Francisco Fagundes presents a paper at the Université Sorbonne 3

Prof. Francisco Fagundes presents a paper  at the Université Sorbonne 3 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Francisco Fagundes presented a paper entitled “A Patografia Um Homem Sorri à Morte – com Meia Cara e a Medicina Narrativa” at Décalages Vie et oeuvre de José Rodrigues Miguéis/Incoincidências Vida e Obra de José Rodrigues Miguéis at the Université Sorbonne 3, on 13 November 2014.

URL: http://incoincidencias.wordpress.com/

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LA EMIGRACIÓN: ENTREVISTA A MARIBEL RAMS

LA EMIGRACIÓN: ENTREVISTA A MARIBEL RAMS | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

“Mas con todo yo quiero, y es ansia de todos mis días, el llegar a mi casa y gozar de la luz del regreso. Si algún dios me acosare de nuevo en las olas vinosas, lo sabré soportar;  sufridora es el alma que llevo en mi entraña; mil penas y esfuerzos dejé ya arrostrados en la guerra y el mar…”La Odisea, Canto V, v. 219-223


En este año 2014, la directora Iciar Bollaín ha estrenado con escaso eco el documentalEn tierra extraña que recoge los testimonios de un conjunto de emigrados y emigradas españolas en Edimburgo. Con un compromiso firme con la realidad, en especial con los más desfavorecidos, nos muestra el desarraigo, la esperanza, la indignación de personas forzadas a buscar una oportunidad, lejos de un país paralizado e incapaz de ofrecer a licenciados, ingenieros, trabajadores en conjunto otra salida mejor que una maleta.

 

Con un compromiso firme con la realidad, en especial con los más desfavorecidos, nos muestra el desarraigo, la esperanza, la indignación de personas forzadas a buscar una oportunidad, lejos de un país paralizado e incapaz de ofrecer a licenciados, ingenieros, trabajadores en conjunto otra salida mejor que una maleta.

 

Bollaín ha demostrado una visión del cine como instrumento no sólo narrativo, sino pedagógico,  responsable que sirva para denunciar y visibilizar a través del arte los conflictos laborales y familiares de la mujer (Mataharis), la violencia de género (Te doy mis ojos), la destrucción de los indígenas (También la lluvia),… En la línea de Ken Loach, Iciar Bollaín se vincula a un reducido grupo de cineastas comprometidos, siempre en lucha con las distribuidoras, que tendrían a Javier Bardem y Berlanga como principales referentes. En esta ocasión, Bollaín abandona la ficción para colocar una cámara y registrar las impresiones, muchas veces dolorosas, de estos emigrantes que se unieron bajo el proyecto “Ni callados ni perdidos”.

 

Click here to read more: http://debuenaletra.com/2014/11/17/la-emigracion-entrevista-a-maribel-rams/

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Prof. Francisco Fagundes launches a new book and is interviewed interviewed in the television program Atlântida, RTP Açores.

Prof. Francisco Fagundes launches a new book and is interviewed interviewed in the television program Atlântida, RTP Açores. | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Professor Francisco Fagundes launched his new book in the cultural festival Outono Vivo 2014 in his native city of Praia da Vitória, Açores on November 1, 2014. The book, Mau Tempo no Canal de Vitorino Nemésio: Tradução, Simbolismo, Escrita, Oralidade, Diáspora (Ponta Delgada: Ver Açor, 2014) was presented by Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio, former Ministro de Portugal and author. Prof. Fagundes was interviewed in the television program Atlântida, RTPAçores.

 

To watch Prof. Fagundes's interview, click here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s33OTHQcjg

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The 1st edition of the Latin American Film Festival concluded yesterday

The 1st edition of the Latin American Film Festival concluded yesterday | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Many thanks to: Odalis Hidalgo y Claudia Paez-Lopez for this initiative, Prof. Ornelas for his support and to all the graduate and undergraduate students for their collaboration and participation! 

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Altar del Día de los Muertos

Altar del Día de los Muertos | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Nov. 1 2014-- Thanks to the initiative of Pilar Osorio, Ana Alonso , Odalis Hidalgo and Aida Roldan, several graduate students made a Mexican Dead Altar in Herter 4th Floor

 

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition in which family and friends pray and remember their loved ones who have died. The tradition and activity consist of building altars with ofrendas with dishes, drinks, fruits or candies that they enjoyed when alive.

 

 Please come and visit it!!

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To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative

To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
Whether there’s actually a crisis is debatable. Let’s say there’s not, and work together to prove it.
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Manuel Frau, editor of El Sol Latino visits Prof. Armstrong's Spanish in the U.S. class

Manuel Frau, editor of El Sol Latino visits Prof. Armstrong's Spanish in the U.S. class | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Manuel Frau, UMass alum and editor of El Sol Latino made an exciting visit to Professor Armstrong's Spanish in the U.S. Service Learning class. He talked about many interesting issues such as the need for a bilingual newspaper and the importance of Spanglish and Caribbean varieties of Spanish in Holyoke and Springfield. Manuel also brought up interesting cases of dialect contact - such as the contact between Domincians and Puerto Ricans in Lawrence, as well as the contact between rural and urban varieties of Puerto Rican Spanish in Holyoke. Lots of linguistic work to be done on Spanish in Massachusetts!

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