Everyone Has an Accent

"When we say that someone speaks with an accent, we generally mean one of two things: a nonnative accent or a so-called nonstandard accent. Both can have consequences for their speakers. In other words, it is worth acknowledging that people discriminate on the basis of accent within their own language group, as well as against those perceived as language outsiders. The privileged status of the standard accent is, of course, rooted in education and socioeconomic power."

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Everyone Has an Accent

Senior Lecturers Awarded DCAL Mini Grant

The Senior Lecturers from the Spanish and Portuguese Department were awarded the Mini Grant from DCAL and support from the Dean of Faculty and the Spanish Department to conduct an Experiential Learning project that furthers a sustainable use of Spanish outside the classroom and a sustainable production of food to help students build a cross-cultural competency through domestic and global experiences. Students from the Spanish classes, The Dartmouth Organic Farm as well as La Casa will be part of this experiential learning initiative. 

Chair, Silvia Spitta Interviews Lucrecia Martel

"LucreciaMartel’s Zama (2017), set on the outer colonial frontiers of the Spanish Empire during the last decade of the eighteenth century, pushes traditional notions of a colonial adventure tale to its parodic limits. Based on Argentine writer Antonio Di Benedetto’s 1956 novel of the same title, the film follows the plight of Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), a Creole (defined as a Spaniard born in the Americas and, therefore, considered a second-class citizen) magistrate in the service of the Spanish crown. Resentful of his demotion to the provinces, he yearns for a transfer to the city of Lerma, where his wife and family live, and where he hopes to escape the deadening routine of his assignment."

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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 BooksandSmith.com.


¡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!




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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.