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Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo (Middlebury College) to give sociophonetics talk on Buenos Aires Spanish

Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo (Middlebury College) to give sociophonetics talk on Buenos Aires Spanish | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

 

On Friday, February 21st, Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo will give a talk entitled "Diagnoses of a completed sound change: phonetic and phonological evidence for /ʃ/ in Buenos Aires Spanish". The talk will take place at 4pm in Herter 301. Dr. Rohena-Madrazo, a native of San Juan Puerto Rico, will also visit Professor Armstrong's "Caribbean Spanishes and Creoles" class on February 20th! We're all looking forward to his visit!

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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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Linguistics Inequality Symposium

Linguistics Inequality Symposium | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
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The 7th edition of the CATALAN FILM FESTIVAL starts March 3

The 7th edition of the CATALAN FILM FESTIVAL starts March 3 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

 

INTEGRATIVE LEARNING CENTER, ROOM S404 

on TUESDAYS at 6:30 PM

 

3/3 BLOG, by Elena Trape

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne0nykoPygE

 3/10 ANOTHER ME, by Isabel Coixet

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg37MLNj16Q

 3/24 SEVIGNE, by Marta Balletbó-Coll

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lAvHL5-Z1I

 3/31 LA PLAGA, by Neus Ballús (director will be present)

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POkeTMVMFuU

 4/7 NEDAR, by Carla Subirana

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO3ZZyPNSRg

 4/14 TOTE VOLEM EL MILLOR PER A ELLA, by Mar Coll

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt8pJvwX4LE

 4/21 BARCELONA, ABANS QUE EL TEMPS HO ESBORRI, by Mireira Ros

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp6BYjxdDyo

 

For more information, please check our program online: 

http://www.umass.edu/spanport/programs/cff_schedule.html

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Prof. Barbara Zecchi at Cine Lit VIII, in PORTLAND, OREGON

Prof. Barbara Zecchi at Cine Lit VIII, in PORTLAND, OREGON | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Barbara Zecchi presented a paper at the International Conference CINE LIT VIII on Spanish film director's Pilar Miró, with the title «Tortura y Censura: El crimen de Cuenca (1979) de Pilar Miró». The movie, based on historical events, was  initially banned in Spain and the director subjected to military courts martial. Only in August 1981 was the film allowed to be shown in Spain where it was a box office success.

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Images and sounds of the 6th Catalan Film Festival at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst -Spring 2014

6th Catalan Film Festival at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Feb-Apr 2014) Organizers: Guillem Molla & Barbara Zecchi Song: "Shake It Baby" ('Remen...
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"Why Antonio Machado? Genesis and Canonical Centrality" --a talk by Prof. Luis Muñoz, University of Iowa

"Why Antonio Machado? Genesis and Canonical Centrality" --a talk by Prof. Luis Muñoz, University of Iowa | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Seventy-seven years after his death, Antonio Machado remains a central  figure in Spain, and his work continues to possess a deep authority in  the Spanish cultural scene. In this talk, I will seek to understand  some sources of that authority in Machado's "poetic workshop" his  ideas about the theory and practice of poetry, and also the notebooks  and drafts where we can see his poems take shape. These materials  offer us the possibility to reproduce some of the potentialities and  possibilities of the process of creation Machado underwent in making  his poems, which continue to contribute to a sense of Spanish national  identity.

 

 
Prof. Luis Muñoz, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at the Universidad de  Granada, specializing in contemporary Spanish poetry. He is also an  
awarded poet himself. Prof. Muñoz has edited eight anthologies and  critical editions and has authored seven original books of poetry,  
including *Septiembre* and *Correspondencias*. His book-lenght  
projects have been published by Visor, Hiperión, Tusquets, and  
Pre-Textos. His articles have appeared at venues such as *Ínsula* and  *Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos.*

 

Friday, February 13 at 4:45 PM in 301 Herter

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CALL FOR PAPERS: MONOGRAPHIC VOLUME (V) FALL 2015 ÁMBITOS FEMINISTAS

Feminism and Gynocine

The guest editor and editorial committee of the journal 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 a Barbara Zecchi, con motivo de la publicación de 'La pantalla sexuada'

Entrevista 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.

Click here to see the job posting: http://sco.lt/6BJrNJ

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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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SPAN 378's new blog: "El sonido en la vida"

SPAN 378's new blog: "El sonido en la vida" | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
Professor Armstrong's Spanish Phonetics class has a new blog called "El sonido en la vida". The blog includes posts about the ways in which we encounter sound in the real world, in different languages. Check it out!

https://elsonidoenlavida.edublogs.org

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«Iberian Expressions of Fake and Forgery in the Contemporary Cultural Scene» --a talk by Prof. Maria Rosell

«Iberian Expressions of Fake and Forgery in the Contemporary Cultural Scene» --a talk by Prof. Maria Rosell | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

«Iberian Expressions of Fake and Forgery in the Contemporary Cultural Scene»
This conference takes a critical look at European contemporary
expressions of fakeness; in particular, I delve into the Spanish
literary and artistic scene from the 19th through to the 21st
Centuries, because the Romantic period saw a marked increase in
artistic and literary forgeries. This was partly due to the deliberate
construction of collective identities and cultural heritages. The use
of fake was seen in the past as somewhat strange, even exotic, but in the 21st Century, however, it is more appreciated than ever, precisely because of its provocative and destabilishing qualities. Certain artists and writers in Portugal, France and Spain capitalized on this provocative potential.

 

Prof. Maria Rosell is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Valencian
International University and she also holds an appointment as
Part-time Instructor of Catalan at the Universidad Nacional de
Educación a Distancia. She graduated in 2011 with a PhD in Spanish
Literature from the Universitat de València. Prof. Maria Rosell is the
author of the scholarly monograph *Los poetas apócrifos de Max Aub* (Publicacions de la Universitat de València, 2012), and has another book in press with Publicaciones de la Universidad de Salamanca *La superchería moderna en las artes y en las letras: el otro Max Aub*.Her articles have appeared at venues such as *Revista de Occidente*, *Ínsula*, and *Revista de Literatura*. She has contributed to editedcollections published by Anthropos, Quaderns Crema, and Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat.

 

Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30 PM in 301 Herter 

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"The Language of Provocation: On 11-M" --a talk by Prof. Marcos Canteli

"The Language of Provocation: On 11-M" --a talk by Prof. Marcos Canteli | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

The Language of Provocation: On 11-M

Terrorism as provocation is as much a problem of language as it is an  ethical dilemma. Even so, there has been little discussion of language  in the surge of literary output following the Atocha Bombings (11-M).  This talk will focus on one exception: Onda expansiva (2012), a  collection of poems by Pedro Provencio. Onda expansiva moves away from  the rhetorical pathos characteristic of the majority of the poems that  revolve around 11-M. In doing so, it designates poetry as a space of  otherness that is capable of accommodating the choral aphonia that  bears witness to loss. Drawing on this work, one can begin to  understand poetry as a crack in a given language, and as an opening to  that which the language has erased.

 


Prof. Marcos Canteli is Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and  
Resident Director of Duke University in Madrid. He graduated in 2008 with a PhD  also from Duke University. A specialist in contemporary Spanish  poetry, Prof. Canteli has recently published the monograph *Del  parpadeo: 7 poeticas* with Libros de la Resistencia (2014). His essays  have appeared in journals such as *Revista de Estudios Hispanicos*,  *Res Publica*, and *Dissidences*, and in volumes published by Madrid's  Circulo de Bellas Artes, Abada, and Iberoamericana / Vervuert. He is  the author five books of original poetry published by Pre-Textos,  Bartleby, DVD, and Icaria, including *es brizna* and *catalogo de  incesantes*.

 

Monday, February 22 at 6:30 PM in 301 Herter.

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Apply Now for Spanish Thatcher Program! (FALL 2015)

Apply Now for Spanish Thatcher Program! (FALL 2015) | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

The application deadline for the Spanish Thatcher Program for Fall  2015 is February 23, 2015.

The Thatcher Language House offers a unique opportunity for second-language immersion on campus. Participants in Thatcher Spanish live among students engaged in one of our 6 language and culture programs and can take advantage of the common spaces, lounges and kitchen to socialize in Spanish. They also meet in the classroom regularly during the week for a two-credit conversation/culture course, SPAN 285. The Spanish Thatcher community strives to learn more about the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. When the students come together, they discuss current events from various countries, watch Spanish language films, attend social and academic events on and off campus, and cook Latin American and Spanish foods together.

You can access the application here:
http://ualc.umass.edu/rap/thatcherlanguagehouse

The deadline to apply for Thatcher Spanish, Fall 2015 is Monday, February 23rd.

For more information contact: Jayne Reino: jereino@spanport.umass.edu.

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In the photo: Spanish Thatcher Students attend event with Raquel Cepada Fall ‘14

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"What is this Cuplé anyway? The Cupletista in Turn-of-the-Century Spain as a Model for the New Woman" --a talk by Laura Navarro, The Ohio State University

"What is this Cuplé anyway? The Cupletista in Turn-of-the-Century  Spain as a Model for the New Woman" --a talk by Laura Navarro, The Ohio State University | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Answering the question "what is cuplé?" entails many different  considerations, including our reflecting on the role of cupletistas as artists and performers with an agency off and on the stage. A popular  risqué song, the cuplé was the favorite musical genre of mostly male  audiences. Cuplés strove to satisfy the voyeuristic needs of the  public in erotic, casual, and playful performances. Because of the  popularity of French minor theater, cuplé shows were highly influenced  by sicalipsis (eroticism or pornography), and were believed to be  dangerous to morality, especially by the conservative sectors of  Spanish society.

The cuplé scene became a profitable business for the theater industry  in Turn-of-the-Century Spain. Cupletismo also emerged as a new and  viable artistic profession for women, especially for working class  women. Given the erotic nature of their work, it is no wonder that  cupletistas were also linked to prostitution. As a result, cupletistas  suffered from social stigma as they represented a fierce dichotomy  between the sexually and economically emancipated woman (the New  Woman) and the victim to a repressive patriarchal social order.

 

Laura Navarro is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at the Ohio State  
University specializing in theater. She has presented her research at  
numerous conferences in the field. Her work has appeared at the  
*Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies*. Laura Navarro is also  
a poet, whose first book, *La reina del kitsch,* is forthcoming with  
Paroxismo. Her dissertation *Cupletismo y prostitución en la sociedad  
barcelonesa (1890-1940)* [Cuplés and Prostitution in Barcelona society  
(1890-1940)] explores cuplés (a popular music genre) and cupletistas  
(female cuplé singers) in late-nineteenth- to mid-twentieth-century  
Barcelona. Her research examines the ideological instrumentalization  
of a music genre often linked with prostitution in the context of mass  
theater and the redefinition of gender roles in modern Spanish society.

Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 PM in 301 Herter.


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Hispanic Linguistics grad students "de excursión" at the Infant Cognition Lab

Hispanic Linguistics grad students "de excursión" at the Infant Cognition Lab | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

This week students from Prof. Armstrong's graduate course on prosodic acquisition visited Dr. Erik Cheries at the Infant Cognition Lab here at UMass. Students learned about the different methodologies for exploring how infants think, as well as the exciting projects underway at the lab. Current projects include whether infants use faces to tell whether someone is more trustworthy or powerful , whether infants have expectations about the actions of objects based on sound and shape, and whether infants think it's "what's on the inside" that count. We are grateful to Erik for a fun and very informative tour! For more info on the Infant Cognition Lab: http://infantcoglab.wix.com/home

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

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