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Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

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.

Department News

  • Congratulations to Julie Potach on receiving the Talle Family Scholarship for 2014-2015.

    The Talle Family Scholarship's purpose is to inspire, reward, and support academic excellence by awarding full tuition scholarships to exceptional students during their senior year in CLA. This prestigious award to outstanding undergraduate students is made possible through the generosity of Kenneth Talle. Margaret and Kenneth Talle graduated in 1966 from the University of Minnesota in the College of Liberal Arts. As one of ten scholarship recipients from across the college, you should be very proud of your success.

    JuliaPotach.jpgJulia Potach is a Spanish and Global Studies major in her third year at the University of Minnesota. Last fall, Julia studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador through the Minnesota Studies in International Development Program. During her study abroad experience, she interned with the pro-environment Yasunidos campaign and helped organize the collection of signatures for a national referendum on the issue of drilling in Yasuní National Park. Julia's academic interests include social movements, indigenous rights, and alternative development proposals in Latin America. She is also passionate about immigrant rights in the U.S. and hopes to practice immigration law in the future.

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  • Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

    UIClogo2014-smallest.jpgFaculty, staff, and students are invited to join us for the Second Annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC), The UIC will take place on April 17th and April 18th and will include presentations in a variety of languages. The conference starts at 10:00am on both days in Coffman Memorial Union room 303.

    Featuring Keynote Speaker
    Taylor Krauss, Executive Director of Voices of Rwanda
    Thursday, April 17, 12:30-1:30pm
    Theater, Coffman Memorial Union


    Musical Performances
    Friday, April 18, 11:45a,-1:15pm
    303 Coffman Memorial Union

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  • Phil Thornberry: "The acquisition of Buenos Aires Spanish intonation during a study abroad semester"

    Argetina study abroad studentsHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Phil Thornberry will present his doctoral dissertation research The acquisition of Buenos Aires Spanish intonation during a study abroad semester on April 25th. Phil's dissertation analyzes the changes in second language Spanish intonation of 11 learners studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while also accounting for these changes via an examination of relevant extralinguistic factors, such as contact with native speakers and attitudes towards the host culture and language variety. This public presentation will be part of Phil's doctoral final exam.

    Friday, April 25th
    10:00 a.m.
    112 Folwell Hall
    Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

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  • "Power, Prestige and the Periphery" - First Graduate Student Conference in Spanish & Portuguese Studies

    PPP LogoThe graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies are proud to announce their first graduate conference entitled "Power, Prestige and the Periphery." The event will take place on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus on April 11 and 12, 2014. The event is open and free to attend.

    For more information please visit our webpage

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