Spanish and Portuguese

The Luso-Hispanic Film Festival Presents: El Remolino

El Remolino, a small village by the river in Chiapas, Mexico, is yearly affected by heavy floods. There, Pedro, a transgender farmer, tries to defend his identity and his dreams while Esther, his sister, strives to give her daughter a better future by filming their daily lives with a small camera. To them, life is like a swirl that spins them across the journey of their internal cycles and of the greater natural cycle of the river.

Q&A to follow with Director, Laura Herrero Garvin

Monday, January 29th


Filene Auditorium

Homelands and Borderlands: Poetry Reading and Conversation

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Author of the memoirs For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, winner of the Lambda Literary Prize. His latest book, Boundaries, a collaboration with photographer Jacob Hessler, challenges the physical and psychological dividing lines that shadow the United States.

Blanco will be reading from his latest publication, Boundaries, with a conversation to follow on his previous work and the connection between poetry and engineering. Please read more about Richard Blanco HERE.

Thursday, January 25th

Ocomm Commons


Book signing to follow

Books available to purcharse :

The Prince of Los Cocuyos
For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey
Looking for the Gulf Motel
Directions to the Beach of the Dead



Drawn to Resist: The Latin American Comics with Liniers

Ricardo Liniers Siri, better known by the name Liniers, is an acclaimed Argentine comic artist, writer, publisher and illustrator. His work has earned him comparisons to cartoonist legends Charles Schultz (Peanuts) and Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes). He has illustrated 6 New Yorker covers between 2014 and 2016.

This course is designed as a workshop, where students will approach

the world of comics from a historical and practical point of view. It will cover the most significant periods of Latin American comics tradition. By the end of the class, the student will be able to deploy a range of different methods for analyzing comics, including formal technique, genre, authorship, and intertextual analysis. The professor will also guide the students into a unique experience of personal exploration on how comics tell stories through words and images (no drawing skills are required).

Works by Caloi, Fontanarrosa, Maitena, Montt, Oesterheld,

Quino, Rius, etc.


Spanish 43

Winter '18

Professor: Liniers

Chicas Nuevas 24 Horas (New Girls 24-7)

In her most recent film, Chicas Nuevas 24 horas (New Girls 24-7: Lozano illustrates another form of violence against women, that of enslavement and trafficking of young Latin American women to prostitution rings in Europe (Spain).  Lozano's documentary has received international recognition, been awarded several prizes (Avanzadoras de Oxfam Intermon, Premio del Festival de Cine de Málaga, Cruz al Mérito de la Policía Nacional) and perhaps most significantly, the filmmaker has travelled across Latin America to educate young women about the workings of these illegal rings and to undermine the false promise of prosperity pledged to women in dire economic situations.

Chicas Nuevas 24 Horas

May 11, 2017

Loew Auditorium


Discussion to follow with Mabel Lozano at 8:00pm

Please view trailer here

Conference and Workshop on Language Teaching by Raquel Hidalgo Downing

Professor Raquel Hidalgo Downing (Department of Romance and Slavic Languages and General Linguistics, U Complutense) is joining us for two events. On Monday 2/20 (1:00pm-2:00pm) in Baker 102, Professor Hidalgo Downing will give a talk titled “Dynamic Assessment in Language Teaching.” (Sponsored by DCAL, open to the public, registration required).

On Tuesday 2/21 (10:10am-12pm) in Dartmouth Hall 106A, she will lead a workshop for the Spanish and Portuguese faculty. The title of the workshop is “Pragmática intercultural aplicada a la enseñanza del español.”

Latinx Heritage Month 2016 Presents: Día de Muertos

This month "La Casa" is collaborating with the Latinx Heritage Month committee, OPAL, and La Alianza Latina in the "Día de Muertos" festivities.

Wednesday, October 26: Making tissue flowers for the Baker-Berry Altar at "La Casa" from 4:30-6:00pm. Come join us at the "La Casa" Altar to learn about this tradition and have some Chocolate, arroz con leche y arepas.

Sunday, October 30:  Altar setting at the Baker-Berry Corredor. From 1:00 to 4:00pm we will be arranging the Altar. Everybody is welcome to join us.

Tuesday, November 1:  The Book of Life film screening, decorating sugar skulls, and traditional treats from 6:30-9:00pm at One Wheelock.

Wednesday, November 2: Día de Muertos Celebration at the Baker-Berry Corredor. The event starts at 5:30 pm followed by a candlelit procession to LALACS. Traditional food will be served.

Lecturer and writer Kianny N. Antigua latest publication

Synopsis: “Tiana believes that her world is twisted: her Mom spends little time with her and usually leaves her with her grandma. Tiana then imagines how it would all be if the world were upside down: if kids went out and work and their parents stayed home playing.”

Out of the Archive Guest Lecture Biography

Ximena Briceño is Lecturer of Latin American Literature at Stanford University. Her research engages theories of animality and cultural consumption in Latin American literature and visual culture, with a concentration in the Andean region. She has been an Ibero-Amerikanisches researcher in Berlin. Her current book project, The Wolf and the Saint: An Ecosophic Critique of Franciscanism in Latin America studies the artistic retelling of Francis of Assisi’s life and miracles as literary motifs in Latin American literary works.