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2014 News


Congratulations to our Portuguese student Elissa Rothman!

October 7, 2014

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!

September 9, 2014

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


Congratulations to our own graduate student Cíntia Kozonoi Vezzani

June 11, 2014

Cíntia Kozonoi Vezzani 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"

May 8, 2014

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

April 7, 2014

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

March 13, 2014
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!
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