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“Be Bold and Courageous: How Latin@s Can Empower Themselves in the Digital Age.”

“Be Bold and Courageous: How Latin@s Can Empower Themselves in the Digital Age.” | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

 JULIO RICARDO VARELA will give the talk "Be Bold and Courageous: How Latin@s Can Empower Themselves in the Digital Age"

in Herter 301 on Thursday, September 25 2:30-4. 

 

 Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77 on Twitter) is the creator of the Latino Rebels, a collective of social media influentials, bloggers, journalists, poets, writers, producers, photographers, and business professionals.

To see their webpage click here: http://www.latinorebels.com/contact/

 

The event is organized by Professor and Latino Rebel, Luis Marentes

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SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL at Holyoke Community College

SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL at Holyoke Community College | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

During the summer Professors Meghan Armstrong and Luis Marentes have been working with Holyoke Community College faculty to establish closer working relations between both institutions. As part of this new cooperation we would like to announce HCC’s Spanish Film Festival. 

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Carole Cloutier's Salamanca Summer Program in the news: "La concejala de Educación recibe a alumnos de Massachusetts"

Carole Cloutier's Salamanca Summer Program in the news: "La concejala de Educación recibe a alumnos de Massachusetts" | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Salamanca, July 15, 2014: "El ayuntamiento de Salamanca ha abierto sus puertas a un grupo de estudiantes americanos que aprenden español en la ciudad. Carmen Sánchez Bellota, concejala de Educación en Salamanca, daba la bienvenida este 14 de julio a un grupo de estudiantes de Massachusetts que aprenden español en la ciudad. La edil agradecía al colegio Hispano Continental el esfuerzo de enseñar español junto a los valores humanísticos que representan a Salamanca. La institución lucha cada curso para que todos sus alumnos tengan un buen reconocimiento internacional y porque el hecho de estudiar en la ciudad de la cultura impulse su formación “Para nosotros es un orgullo y una satisfacción que estudiantes como vosotros vengan a aprender nuestro idioma”, les decía la concejala, quien definía Salamanca como una ciudad pequeña y acogedora que ofrece a sus visitantes experiencias inolvidables. -


See more at: http://salamancartvaldia.es/not/50366/la-concejala-de-educacion-recibe-a-alumnos-de-massachusetts/#sthash.YHH5ECeV.dpuf

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Luis Marentes discusses immigration reform on "Tan Cerca Tan Lejos" radio

Luis Marentes discusses immigration reform on "Tan Cerca Tan Lejos" radio | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

You can listen to the June 5 interview here:

http://tancercatanlejos-mexico-usa.com/85-2/

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Luis Marentes interviews DREAMer Erika Andiola for “Tan Cerca Tan Lejos”

Luis Marentes interviews DREAMer Erika Andiola for “Tan Cerca Tan Lejos” | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Prof. Luis Marentes interviewed Erika Andiola, prominent DREAMer and co-founder of DRM Action Coalition. You can hear the July 3 interview here: http://tancercatanlejos-mexico-usa.com/85-2/

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Filmmakers Josefina Molina and Inés París present Barbara Zecchi's _Desenfocadas_

Filmmakers Josefina Molina and Inés París present Barbara Zecchi's _Desenfocadas_ | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Madrid, June 26--

Josefina Molina and Inés París present Barbara Zecchi's _Desenfocadas_ at the Central bookstore, in the Museo Reina Sofía, in  Madrid.

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COMMENCEMENTS 2014: Marshals Aida Roldán and Pau Cañigueral

COMMENCEMENTS 2014: Marshals Aida Roldán and Pau Cañigueral | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
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COMMENCEMENTS: Phd Carmen Cosme with her advisor, Prof. José Ornelas

COMMENCEMENTS: Phd Carmen Cosme with her advisor, Prof. José Ornelas | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know

Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
Trying to complete a PhD thesis in time for the October deadline? We share some advice on getting over that final hurdle
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Santiago Vidales Defends MA Thesis

Santiago Vidales Defends MA Thesis | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Santiago Vidales successfully defended his MA thesis, “Correspondencias tempestuosas: Tres ensayos para acompañar a Sycorax y Calibán.” As the abstract indicates, “This thesis seeks to understand the representations and uses that [Shakespeare’s] Caliban has had in different spaces and historical moments. The anti-colonial interpretations of Roberto Ferández Retamar authorize us to read metaphorically the current socio-political situation of Latin immigrants in the United States through the perspective of The Tempest.” His committee was formed by Prof. Luis A. Marentes (chair) and Prof. Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge (from the English Department).

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Maribel Rams gives a talk in Norwich (UK)

Maribel Rams gives a talk in Norwich (UK) | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

"Maribel Rams recently attended The Second International Conference of the Women's Film and Television History Network, UK/Ireland. The conference featured the keynote speakers Jane Gaines, Christine Gledhill, Jackie Stacey, Sue Thornham, and Helen Wheatley. Maribel presented her work, "Women's Autobiographical Documentary Production in Spain" and focused on the counter-memories provided by the self-inscription and subjective position of the Spanish women documentarists."

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Luiz Amaral and Emiliana Cruz present workshop in Oaxaca

Luiz Amaral and Emiliana Cruz present workshop in Oaxaca | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Luiz Amaral (Hispanic Linguistics) and Emiliana Cruz (Anthropology) present a workshop on Pedagogical Grammars for indigenous language documentation, revitalization and education during the 6th Coloquio sobre Lenguas Otomangues y Vecinas in Oaxaca - Mexico. The Hispanic Linguistics program will receive its first graduate student who is a speaker of an Otomanguean language next fall, as we extend our collaboration with language teachers, community leaders, linguists and anthropologists who work in Oaxaca.

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Francisco Fagundes in the Azores and in Paris

In May 21-24 Professor Francisco Fagundes (Spanport) will present an invited paper on Luso-American Autobiographies at the international symposium O Faial e a Periferia Açoriana nos Séculos XV a XX, held in Horta, Faial, Azores. He will present another invited paper, “A patografia Um homem sorri à morte – com meia cara e a medicina narrativa,” at the Colloque International, 13-14 novembre 2014, at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.

 

In August, Prof. Fagundes will return to the Azores to launch his translation of a Luso-American’s autobiography, Para Trás Anda a Lagosta: A Autobiografia de Lawrence Oliver (Ponta Delgada: Ver Açor).

 

In November he will travel to the Azores again for the launching of his volume of studies on Mau Tempo no Canal, de Vitorino Nemésio: Tradução, Simbolismo, Escrita, Oralidade, Diáspora (Ponta Delgada: Ver Açor).

Nineteen areas of Portugal recommended works for the Concurso Nacional de Leitura. The Committee that recommended works to represent the Autonomous Region of the Azores chose four books, national and international, as most recommendable reading:  O velho que lia romances de amor, by Luís Sepúlveda; Crónica de uma morte anunciada, by Gabriel García Márquez; A quinta feira dos pássaros, by Paulo Assim; e A Lagoa dos Castores: narrativas da minha diáspora, by Francisco Cota Fagundes (http://www.planonacionaldeleitura.gov.pt/Concursos/upload/ficheiros/lista_de_obras_cnl_distrital%285%29.pdf)


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Irene Melé interviews Catalan Film Director Roser Aguilar

Irene Melé interviews Catalan Film Director  Roser Aguilar | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Barcelona,  August 11

Irene Melé Ballesteros interviewed Catalan film director Roser Aguilar . They talked about Roser's career, work in progress and her movie “Lo Mejor de mí”, one of the films screened during the 2014 edition of the Catalan Film Festival at Umass Amherst. Aguilar gave Irene permission to publish her interview in  the Digital Humanities Initiative web, GynoCine: A History of Spanish Women’s Cinema, contributing to the enterprise that professor Barbara Zecchi started back on 2011 of rescuing, collecting, and promoting women’s cinematographic work in Spain. The interview will be published soon both in text and video together with a complete bio of this emerging author and a full collection of her short films.

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Professor Frank Fagundes launches his new book , a translation of Lawrence Oliver's _Para Trás Anda a Lagosta_

Professor Frank Fagundes launches his new book , a translation of Lawrence Oliver's _Para Trás Anda a Lagosta_ | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Lajes do Pico, Aug. 26 2014 

In the Museu do Pico, in the CCA Centro de Conhecimento dos Açores, in Lajes do Pico, Prof. Frank Fagundes launched a new book on Aug. 26. It is a translation of  Lawrence Oliver's autobiography with a postface. Lajes do Pico is only a few miles from where the author was born in 1887.

 

 URL: http://www.culturacores.azores.gov.pt/agendaNovo/default.aspx?id=2815 

Lawrence Oliver, Para Trás Anda a Lagosta: A Autobiografia de um Luso-Americano. Organização da desta edição, tradução do inglês e Posfácio de Francisco Cota Fagundes. S. Miguel, Açores: Ver Açor, 2014. 

Two other books -- one edited by Prof. Fagundes, Antonio Igrejas, and Susana Antunes, and another volume on novelist Vitorino Nemesio, will be coming in respectively in November and December of this year.

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Barbara Zecchi is interviewed by Navarra Television on her book _Desenfocadas: Cineastas españolas y discursos de género_

Barbara Zecchi is interviewed by Navarra Television on her book _Desenfocadas: Cineastas españolas y discursos de género_ | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Pamplona, June 10, 2014:

Talk show host Amaia Medinabeitia interviews Barbara Zecchi on her book _Desenfocadas: Cineastas españolas y discursos de género, at the daily talk show "Me importas tú" (Navarra TV)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87vq5xKJqpQ

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Barbara Zecchi Member of CINES DEL SUR Jury, in Granada

Barbara Zecchi Member of  CINES DEL SUR Jury, in Granada | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Granada, June 1-8, 2014

The jury of the eighth edition of the Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur, whose members are Barbara Zecchi, Andrea Herrera, Ana Martín and Jesus Lens, announced this year’s prize at a press conference held in Saturday at Teatro Isabel la Católica.

GOLDEN ALHAMBRA:

40 DAYS OF SILENCE, by SAODAT ISMAILOVA, Uzbekistan

 SILVER ALHAMBRA:

HERITAGES, by Philippe Aractingi. Lebanon

 BRONZE ALHAMBRA:

LIAR’S DICE, by GEETU MOHANDAS, India.

SPECIAL MENTION TO

IT’S US, by Nick Reding, Kenya.

 

See URL: 

http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/culturaydeporte/cinesurgranada/?lang=en

See Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xc8cN0UXJM

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Dolores Juan Moreno and Pau Cañigueral participated in the "Conference at Sant'Anna: Mediterranean Visions" in Sorrento, Italy

Dolores Juan Moreno and Pau Cañigueral  participated in the  "Conference at Sant'Anna: Mediterranean Visions" in Sorrento, Italy | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

June 13th-14th, 2014

Dolores Juan Moreno, organizer of the panel "Mediterraneo poetico",, gave the talk "Asfalto y seda. Visiones mediterráneas del viaje en la poesía de Aurora Luque" The paper analyzed two visions of travel in Aurora Luque's poetry from a Mediterranean point of view. It focused on the study of two poems, "Road Movie" and "Taller de sedería" and the main goal was to discuss how she balances -in her lyrical approach- the pursue of knowledge and the encounter with the Other. Pau Cañigueral Batllosera presented the paper "Josep Pla: la creación del paisaje de la Costa Brava" that studied Josep Pla's involvement in the promotion of tourism in the Costa Brava, a promotion fueled by Francoist regime. Josep Pla took this opportunity to transform the description of the landscape into a literary device. This endeavour  allowed him, on the one hand ,to dodge censorship and, on the others, it contributed to his success as a Catalan writer.

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COMMENCEMENTS: Class of 2014, Spanish Majors with Profs. Zecchi, Marentes and Ornelas

COMMENCEMENTS: Class of 2014, Spanish Majors with Profs. Zecchi, Marentes and Ornelas | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
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COMMENCEMENTS: Alba Arias, M.A. and Lucia Donatelli, M.A. with advisor Prof. Luiz Amaral

COMMENCEMENTS: Alba Arias, M.A. and Lucia Donatelli, M.A. with advisor Prof. Luiz Amaral | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Barbara Zecchi: “El Minor contribueix a reflectir el multiculturalisme d'Espanya i de la Península Ibèrica en el seu conjunt" - Actualitat - Institut Ramon Llull

Barbara Zecchi: “El Minor contribueix a reflectir el multiculturalisme d'Espanya i de la Península Ibèrica en el seu conjunt" - Actualitat - Institut Ramon Llull | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

JUne 26, 2014

 

A partir del curs vinent la Universitat de Massachusetts (UMass) impartirà un Minor en estudis catalans. En els darrers anys, els estudis catalans han pres molta força a UMass, gràcies a l’equip docent que coordina la professora Barbara Zecchi. Hem parlat amb ella per valorar aquesta fita i els estudis catalans a Massachusetts.

 

Amb la Universitat de Massachusetts (UMASS) ja són tres les universitats d'Amèrica del Nord que ofereixen un Minor en estudis catalans. Ens podria explicar quin ha estat el camí de la UMASS per aconseguir-ho?

Gràcies al lectorat finançat per l'Institut Ramon Llull, el 2006 la Universitat de Massachusetts va començar a oferir classes de llengua i cultura catalanes. Des de llavors hem anat creixent en tots els aspectes: en nombre de classes, de professors, d'esdeveniments i activitats culturals i, per descomptat, en nombre d'estudiants, en entusiasme, visibilitat i ara ... tenim el Minor!

Click here to read the entire interview:

http://www.llull.cat/catala/actualitat/actualitat_noticies_detall.cfm?id=31086&url=barbara-zecchi-%E2%80%9Cel-minor-contribueix-a-reflectir-multiculturalisme-d_espanya-i-de-peninsula-iberica-en-seu-conjunt.html

 

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Ana Rona Defends Dissertation

Ana Rona Defends Dissertation | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Ana Rona defended her PhD dissertation, "Formación de intérpretes y políticas lingüísticas en la Provincia Jesuítica del Paraguay (S. XVII - XVIII). Her dissertation explores language policies regarding selection and training of interpreters by the Society of Jesus in the former Paraquaria (the Jesuit Province of Paraguay), through public and private Jesuit documents. Information regarding interpreters, their linguistic repertories and considerations about the quality of their work is then analyzed with relation to overt and covert language policies (Schiffman, 1996), in relation to the political and economic policies and goals of the Jesuit order, in all its contradictions. Her committee was formed by Prof. Patricia Gubitosi (chair), Prof. Jose Ornelas, and Prof. Edwin Gentzler (from Comparative Literature).

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Stephen Small joins Phi Beta Kappa

Stephen Small joins Phi Beta Kappa | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

We are very happy to announce that Stephen Small has joined Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society. It is an honor for us to have one of our majors belonging to one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies.

Stephen graduated from Easthampton High School in 2010 and this May will receive a dual degree in Spanish and Italian Studies, dual minors in Political Science and European Studies, and a certificate in International Relations. When asked why he decided to major in Spanish he told us:

 

«I majored in Spanish because the language opened up an entire world of intellectual inquiry to me in a way that nothing else had done before. I began studying the language when I was fifteen and was immediately fascinated by it. I wanted to know everything there was to know about Spanish, and soon I began teaching myself and spending most of my time studying grammar, history, and literature. In a few years, I became reasonably fluent and began studying French and Italian. It was this fortunate encounter with Spanish that led me to study in Spain and Italy for three semesters, make friends and contacts all over the world, study other languages, and decide on an international career. I can say without reservation that I do not know where I would be today had I not studied Spanish.»

 

During the summer he will engage in volunteer work and will then move to Italy, where he will work as an assistant language teacher in the public schools. His longer term goals are to return to graduate school for a PhD to prepare him for work in either academia or law.

Congratulations, Stephen!

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Diana de Paco on Diana de Paco (Wednesday, April 30 at 5:00)

Diana de Paco on Diana de Paco (Wednesday, April 30 at 5:00) | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Spanish Dramatist Diana de Paco will give a talk about her works on Wednesday, April 30 at 5:00PM, in Herter 112.

 

Diana de Paco (Murcia, 1973) es licenciada de Filología Clásica por la Universidad de Murcia y en Filología Italiana por la Universidad de Salamanca, doctora en Filología por la Universidad de Murcia. Profesora Titular de Filología Griega en la Universidad de Murcia. Ha realizado diferentes estancias de investigación en Italia, Alemania e Irlanda ya ha trabajado como letora de español en la Universidad de Bérgamo durante el curso 1996-1997. Sus publicaciones están dedicadas, en su mayoría, al estudio de la literatura griega y su pervivencia en la literatura actual. Entre sus obras destacan  

- Eco de Cenizas, 1999.
- Polifonía, 2001,
- Lucía y La Antesala,  2002 
- Su tabaco, gracias, 2004 
- El canto póstumo de Orfeo. Monólogo de tres almas. En sentido figurado, 2009.  
- PCP,  2010. 
- Orestíada. Cenizas de Troya, 2006. 
- Las amistades peligrosas,  2007. 
- La fierecilla domada, 2008.
- Obsession Street, 2008. 
- El monominimalista y Ana y Manuel, , 2011.
- De mutuo acuerdo y La metáfora, 2013.
- Espérame en el cielo o…, mejor, no, 2013. 

 

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Francisco Fagundes on Jorge Sena

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Professor Francisco Fagundes presented an invited paper, “Jorge de Sena Poeta do 25 de Abril”, at the colloquium Portugal and the World: on the 40th Anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, held on April 23, 2014 (http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/events/upload/2014-April-Portuguese.pdf.). 


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