Nicaragua trip with Dartmouth Students

A group of 19 Dartmouth undergraduate students, three medical professionals, and two Geisel medical students recently traveled to the northern Atlantic autonomous region (RAAN) of Nicaragua and spent two weeks on a experiential learning international service trip working as volunteers in a medical clinic and on a construction team. Participants in the program engaged in thoughtful reflection, learned many aspects about Nicaraguan culture and history from the communities in Nicaragua, and experienced deep personal growth, as well as practiced their Spanish with their Nicaraguan hosts and the patients, who came to the medical clinic. For more information about the Nicaragua trip, please contact the Dartmouth Center for Service or Prof. Douglas Moody.

Dartmouth College Nicaragua Programs

First LSA+ in Cusco, Peru featured in the Dartmouth Now

A Language Study Abroad Plus Program in Cusco, Peru started this fall 2015. A group of students from the Spanish and Portuguese department spent three month in South America, and here is how they celebrated Thanksgiving!

Read the full article featured in the Dartmouth Now, using this LINK







"Jauja" Movie Screening Jan 15th



Followed by an in-depth Q&A post screening with Director Lisandro Alonso

Lisandro Alonso is a key figure of the New Argentine Cinema, a loosely connected new generation of filmmakers that has emerged since the late 1990s. The most radical, controversial, and arguably original representative of this new wave, Alonso is the director of La libertad/Freedom (2001), Los muertos/The Dead (2004), Fantasma (2006), Liverpool (2008) and, most recently, Jauja (2014).

With Jauja, the film we plan to screen at Dartmouth, Alonso has turned towards a somewhat traditional narrative cinema. Co-written with the poet Fabían Casas, photographed by Finnish cinematographer Timo Salminen, and starring Viggo Mortensen, the film is a colonial adventure that focuses on the period of the "conquest of the desert" during the late 1870s. A quasi-Western, it has been compared John Ford's The Searchers but also Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness. Alonso's film has garnered wide-spread acclaim at international film festivals, particularly Cannes, where most of his films were premiered.

Lecture by Luis Castellvi on El rapto de San Ignacio- Jan 19th

“This paper will address the epic poem San Ignacio (Madrid, 1666) by the Jesuit Hernando Domínguez Camargo (Viceroyalty of Peru, 1606-1659), paying particular attention to the depiction of the saint’s rapture at Manresa (book II, canto V). This passage shows how the poetic description of an ecstatic vision is a subgenre of ekphrasis, based on the assumption that the imagination of the poet may go beyond the testimony of the mystic. The paper will look at how Camargo reads and responds to his two main models – religious epics (Belmonte Bermúdez, Escobar y Mendoza, Oña) and Góngora – blending them into something new. I will focus on ekphrasis in order to argue that we should complement this reading/re-writing process with seeing/looking at visual art portraying religious ecstasy. A final reflection will be devoted to how readers might respond to Camargo’s mixture of orthodox doctrinal content and an aestheticized sense of the world.”

Palmar Álvarez Blanco Lecture Wednesday, November 4th

A lecture and discussion with Prof. Palmar Álvarez Blanco (Chair, Department of Spanish, Carleton College), on cultural responses to austerity. Spain’s deep economic crisis has inspired brilliant new ways of reimagining the cultural and political spheres of our times. Interrupting the status quo of neoliberal’s radical redesign of life will be the focus of the talk and ensuing conversation.

A Conversation/Poetry Reading re: Federico García Lorca in Vermont

About the speaker: Patricia Billingsley has been researching the intersection between the lives of Federico García Lorca and Philip Cummings since 2006. In the course of her research, she has discovered important new archival documents in the United States and Spain and received additional unpublished materials from leading Lorca scholars and biographers. She has given invited talks about Lorca and Cummings at the International Institute in Madrid, the City University of New York (CUNY), and Smith College, and co-curated an exhibition on “Lorca in Vermont” at the CUNY Graduate Center with Christopher Maurer. Her website about Cummings ( has been viewed by over 5,000 visitors since its launch in 2011. A graduate of the University of Delaware (BA, Psychology) and California State University, Northridge (MA, Applied Experimental Psychology), Ms. Billingsley was a software usability analyst before becoming a communications specialist at Smith College. Now an independent scholar, she is writing a book about Lorca's time in Vermont and its surprising repercussions.

Caribe Global

Caribe Global is a two-week series of readings, performances, exhibits and conversations by writers, performers, and artists who represent Cuban American, Dominican and Dominican American, and Nuyorican experiences and artistic visions.
Oct. 1
* 11:45-1:15PM Treasure Room, Baker Library
   Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks Brown Bag Lunch
* 5:00-6:30PM Faculty Lounge
  Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks Lecture with reception afterward

Oct. 2
* 6:30-8:00PM Rocky 003
  Josefina Báez multi-media performance and Q&A

Oct. 5
* 5:00-7:00PM Rocky 001
  Rey Andújar performance and presentation

Oct. 8
* 5:00-7:00PM La Casa
  Rubén Sánchez Féliz reading and reception

Oct. 12 (not public event)
* 7:00-9:00PM Dartmouth 102
  Migdalia Cruz and Eddie Sánchez workshop with students

Oct. 13 (not public event)
* 12:00-1:30PM Haldeman 031
  Migdalia Cruz and Eddie Sánchez workshops with students

Oct. 13
* 4:00-5:30PM 041 Haldeman
  Migdalia Cruz, Eddie Sánchez, and Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez panel on Nuyorican and Latina/o theater

Professor José M. del Pino awarded Endowed Chair


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is proud to announce that Professor José M. del Pino has been awarded an Endowed Chair with the name of "Dartmouth Professor of Spanish".  The Endowed Chair acknowledges the academic excellence of our faculty, and also provides additional funds for research and other professional activities during a period of five years.  The donor/donors are anonymous.  Congratulations Professor del Pino!

Fall AT Workshops

Students who have never drilled before must attend the Orientation and all practice sessions; students who HAVE drilled before must attend the first workshop as listed below in order to establish their schedule.

We will figure out the case-by-case attendance schedule the first day of the workshops.

We need you!



Wednesday, September 16th - General orientation + workshop 6:00pm - 8:30pm - 105 Dartmouth

Thursday, September 17th - workshop- 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Friday, September 18th - workshop - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Monday, September 21st - Jury - 1:45pm - 2:45pm

Wednesday, September 23rd - individual meetings with AT's. TBD

Friday, September 25th - Drill sessions begin