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2015 Summer Course Offerings

Department of Spanish & Portuguese offers this summer Spanish 101-1,2,3 (Elementary Spanish) and Spanish 121-1,2,3 (Intermediate Spanish). For more information, please check our schedule for Summer Courses or visit SummerNU.

Congratulations, 2015 Grads!

Weinberg College's Convocation ceremony was held Saturday, June 20. Sheri Phillips Prentiss ’89 delivered poignant speech at Convocation Read more...View the interim dean's welcome and the speaker's keynote on Weinberg's YouTube channel, and see photos on the Weinberg Flickr feed.

Congratulations to our 2015 student wards winners: Mary Lewis, Mary Frances Verónica Bradford, Lindsay Jagla and Daniel Palacios

Best Essay for Spanish 200-level Literature and Culture Classes.

Author: Mary Lewis

Title: La imagen de la mujer desde la perspectiva del hombre y de la mujer: una comparación entre "El recado" por Elena Poniatowska y "Mientras por competir con tu cabello por Luis de Góngora."

Course: Spanish 220 - Introduction to Literary Analysis. Professor Lucille Kerr

Best Essay on the Literatures and Cultures of Latin America and/or Spain.

Author: Mary Frances Verónica Bradford

Title: “Destrucción de las normas narrativas: La atemporalidad en "Simetrías" de Luisa Valenzuela.”

Course: Spanish 395 - Citizenship and Urban Violence in Latin America. Professor Nathalie Bouzaglo

Author: Lindsay Jagla

Title: “La lucha para ganar agencia: fotografía en Latinoamérica."

Course: Spanish 361 - Latin America: Studies in Culture and Society. Professor Jorge Coronado

The Josef J. Barton Prize for Undergraduate Service in Spanish and Portuguese.

Daniel Palacios

Congratulations to our Portuguese student Elissa Rothman!

It is a pleasure to announce that our Portuguese student Elissa Nicole Rothman is the winner of the round trip ticket to Brazil offered by United Airlines on the occasion of the III Illinois Portuguese Language connection. 

Students of Portuguese from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign competed for this prize, by submitting videos on the theme "Why Portuguese is important for your future career". Elissa's video "The Dream Job" was really excellent. It can be seen on this link or on our Facebook Page.

Congratulations to Elissa!​

Check out Our Fall Newsletter!  

Read about our alumni, our current students and our faculty's research.

Congratulations to our own graduate student Cíntia Kozonoi Vezzani

who has just published an article in the jornal non plus: Revista Discente da Area de Françês, entitled "Dans l'âbîme". This article proposes to analyze the esthetical and thematic construction of the “abyss” in Boutès  (2008), in dialogue with another work of Pascal Quignard, Abîmes - Dernier royaume III (2002). We will investigate the structure of a metaphorical abyss, metaphor that centralizes the issue of time, as well as the desire of unity and reconnection among different elements (man, woman, voice and memory.)

"João Albasini e As Luzes De Nwandzengele: Jornalismo e Política em Moçambique, 1908-1922"

João Albasini e As Luzes De Nwandzengele: Jornalismo e Política em Moçambique, 1908-1922

Our own César Braga-Pinto, Associate Professor of Brazilian Studies at Northwestern University, co-edited this 400-page collection of articles by João Albasini, the founder of O Africano and O Brado Africano, the first black newspapers in Mozambique. João Albasini (1876-1922) was a prolific writer and activist who fought for the rights of Africans under Portuguese Colonialism.

2013-2014 Student Awards

The Honors and Awards Committee (Laura León Llerena, Lucille Kerr, Jill Felten, María Reyes Moran Fuertes and Darío Fernández-Morera) evaluated the papers nominated for departmental prizes and decided to award the following papers:

  • “Cuerpo y dictadura en la escritura de Roberto Bolaño y Diamela Eltit” by Anna Elder for Best Essay on the Literatures and Cultures of Latin America and/or Spain.
  • “Construcción dialógica de la figura femenina en ‘El recado’ y ‘Mientras por competir con tu cabello” by Yun Leefor Best Essay for Spanish 200-level Literature and Culture Classes.

Congratulations to Elisa Baena, who won an Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences for the academic year 2013-2014!!!  This is a distinct honor, based on the recommendation of Weinberg College's student-faculty Committee on Teaching Awards, which considers members and teaching assistants from all departments and programs. We are so proud of you, Elisa, and our students appreciate your hard work and passion for teaching!

Congratulations Casey Drosehn!

Casey Drosehn, a CLS student homed in Spanish and Portuguese, has just published a peer-reviewed article in A contracorriente. It is entitled "De los medios a los remedios: Qué y Los mecanismos de la curación."