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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

  • Professor Nicholas Spadaccini receives the Official Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic

    Congratulations and Felicitaciones to our faculty Professor Nicholas Spadaccini, a Cervantes scholar and editor-in-chief of Hispanic Issues and Hispanic Issues Online, for receiving the Official Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica).

    The award, which is given for significant contributions to Spain and its culture, will be bestowed on behalf of the King of Spain at a ceremony at the Spanish embassy in Washington, DC.

    For information on Hispanic Issues you can follow this link:

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  • To Give Voice to the Silent Tragedies of War

    To Give Voice to the Silent Tragedies of War: Associate Professor Luis Ramos-Garcia is featured for his work organizing scholarly and artistic events to bring top-notch theater groups and internationally recognized scholars to Minnesota.

    For more than 20 years, Luis Ramos-Garcia has visited war torn countries in Latin America, traveling among shantytowns, engaging with the people, only to return with their stories, bringing to life their experiences through theater. In so doing, he hopes to draw attention to often poorly understood tragedies—tragedies that can seem far removed from everyday life in America. But the fact is, they're not.

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  • Public Lecture - Eduardo Lalo, University of Puerto Rico

    University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
    Rómulo Gallegos Prize

    Friday, April 22, 2016
    Folwell Hall 108, 3:00-4:15 pm

    “El Caribe gris: la escritura en el colonialismo profundo.”

    Introduction: Frances Matos-Schultz (Puerto Rico)
    Discussion: Salvador Raggio (Perú)
    Closing: Luis A. Ramos-García (Perú)

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  • 2016 Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC)

    April 6th, 7th & 8th
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    1210 Heller Hall

    The UIC will take place on April 6th, 7th & 8th and will include presentations in a variety of languages.

    Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join us for the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC), hosted by the Departments of Asian Languages and Literatures, German, Scandinavian and Dutch, French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and the Institute for Global Studies.

    The program is online at

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