Mini Talleres Spring 2018

Every Thursday from 4:30pm-6pm 

La Casa

Refreshments provided

All workshops are conducted in Spanish or bilingual


May 24th

Kianny N. Antigua and Keysi A. Montás
Bachata Time! 

Book Release: Aquí hubo una mujer by Kianny Antigua

Book Release: AQUÍ HUBO UNA MUJER. CUENTOS PREMIADOS (Books&Smith, 2018) is Adjunct Professor Kianny N. Antigua’s latest publication. Its official presentation will take place at 77 Feria del Libro de Madrid, on June 7 at 17:30 / 5:30 p.m. - Salón Hilma Contreras.

This book is a collection of 15 awarded short stories, Prof. Antigua’s 4th book of short stories and her 15th publication.


The book will be available online on May 25th, via


¡Enhorabuena, profesora Antigua!

Rafael Nuñez ’18 presents his Honors Thesis at the University at Buffalo

Rafael’s Honors thesis investigates the renaissance of Argentine tango and its poetics of resistance in the 21st century. In his presentation, Rafael connects his findings to the overall theme of this year’s conference which is  “Spectacular, Spectacular! Truth, Violence, Politics and Performance”. He connects the political resistance found in contemporary tango to Guy Debord’s theory of the spectacle in order to demonstrate the processes by which cultural expressions can subvert traditional capitalist hegemony.  

The conference is the Romance Languages and Literatures 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference hosted by the University at Buffalo

Assistant Professor Sara Muñoz-Muriana’s Book Presentation

Prof. Muñoz-Muriana presented her recent book ‘Andando se hace el camino’: calle y subjetividades marginales en la España del siglo XIX at Librería Iberoamericana, in Madrid, on March 15, 2018.  The presentation was part of a workshop on women, literature and public space in the Spanish 19th century. Days earlier, in honor of the International Day of Women, Prof. Muñoz-Muriana had given a public talk on 19th-century feminisms at the Espacio de Encuentro Feminista in Madrid.


Another Win for the Department!

Un zompopo peculiar, Antigua’s novel, received the XIII Letras de Ultramar Literary Prize, in the children’s category. Letras de Ultramar is a literary contest sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic and organized by the Dominican Commissioner of Culture in the USA. The contest is aimed at recognizing Dominican writers living and writing abroad. This year’s prize was in Essay, Theater and Children’s Literature.

Un zompopo peculiar is an homage to Robert L. Frost. This is the second time Antigua has won this prize, the first time was in 2015 with her children’s novel titled Elementos!




See link for article in Spanish:

Roberto Rey Agudo publishes in the LA Review of Books

In his piece, “What Deep Learning Gets Wrong about Language,”he warns against the hidden social and economic costs of relying on automated translation—persistent problems with accuracy with the potential for costly errors in critical fields, gender and cultural bias in its design, shortchanging youth’s future access to higher paying jobs that require advanced language and intercultural skills--and argues that these issues stem from a narrow perspective about languages and how they are used. Instead, he advocate for a strong investment in language education and critical thinking skills. Roberto is one of two members of the Spanish and Portuguese Department selected to be part of the 2018 Dartmouth Public Voices Fellow program. 

Antonio Gómez Receives New Directions in Humanities Scholarship

Gramsci has become (once more) one of the most influential thinkers in the Humanities. His work helps us understand how new social hegemonic situations take shape, and how meaningful changes are fostered and consolidated through cultural and intellectual intervention. Antonio Gómez is working on a comparatist book on Gramsci and his reception in Spain in the late 1970s and during the last decade (2008-2018). For this project, he has been awarded a New Directions in the Humanities Scholarship. This is a transnational, multilingual and interdisciplinary research project. It will also be the first comprehensive study of Gramsci’s impact on modern Iberian culture. This book will also contribute to a vibrant broader conversation on Gramsci that many voices in the Humanities and Social Sciences relaunched following 2008. What these voices share and what this project shares with them is the attempt to “revamp” and mobilize Gramsci’s thought in a time of intense crisis (within and outside the university), when scholars try to re-conceptualize their work and role in a rapidly shifting and bewildering historical situation.