Founded in the 1960s, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, is widely recognized as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of language, literature and, more broadly, cultural expressions grounded in theorized and broadly socio-historical perspectives.
We offer B.A. degrees in Spanish and in combined Spanish and Portuguese; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Lusophone Literatures & Cultures. Our faculty have strengths in the colonial, postcolonial and globalization triad; feminist, gender and sexuality studies; memory and witnessing; human rights; subaltern studies; law and literature; cultural contacts; and the Hispanic legacies of Hebrew and Arabic traditions. In Linguistics, our strengths are in the study of language in its context(s) with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to language contact, phonology, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and syntax.
Professor Emeritus Anthony Zahareas was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens on May 15, 2013, in recognition of his scholarship in the field of Hispanic Studies.
In addition to receiving the honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, Professor Emeritus Anthony Zahareas was awarded the Insignia of the Order of Isabel la Católica from the His Majesty the King of Spain (on behalf of the Spanish Government) on May 8, 2006 for his dedication to and promotion of Spanish language and culture.(Continue Reading)
Carol A. Klee was recognized for her contributions to the field of Spanish studies at an awards ceremony on May 18 at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul. Klee received the Premio Narváez from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese for being an extraordinary teacher of Spanish who continues to be a role model and mentor for teachers throughout the state of Minnesota and across the U.S.(Continue Reading)
Hispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate John Trimble will be presenting his doctoral dissertation research Acquiring variable L2 Spanish intonation in a study abroad context. His dissertation follows the L2 (second language) Spanish intonation and social interactions of study abroad participants as they spend a semester in the Venezuelan Andes, a dialect of Spanish known for its distinct absolute interrogative intonation. This public presentation will be part of John's doctoral final exam.
Friday, June 7th
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.
Friday, May 17th
3:00 to 5:00pm
Portuguese Studies Assistant Professor Sophia Beal will present "Walking All over Brasília: Cultural Texts of the Capital from the 1970s to 2000s" for the final SPRG forum of the academic year. Please join us!