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Congratulations to Our 2016 Award Winning Students

June 13, 2016

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is proud to announce our 2016 student award winners:

  • Gabrielle Enrique, winner of the Humberto E. Robles Prize for the Best Honors Thesis in Spanish
  • Kayla Morin, winner of the Best Essay for Spanish 200-level
  • Weldon Terrill, winner of the Best Essay on the Literatures and Cultures of Latin America and/or Spain Prize
  • Nicole Kempis, winner of the Vera R. Teixeira Prize

Professor Fernandez-Morera's The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise Finalist for WORLD Book of the Year Award.

June 11, 2016

WORLD magazine has announced its finalists for its 2016 Book of the Year awards, and we are proud to announce that Professor Dario Fernandez-Morera's book The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise is a finalist in the History/Biography category. This is just the latest honor bestowed upon the book. More information can be found here.

Congratulations to All of Our Graduating Majors and Minors, Convocation Is June 18th

June 7, 2016

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is proud to announce the upcoming graduation of 11 Majors and 33 Minors graduating this Spring. For more information about Weinberg's Convocation, click here.

Summer Classes Start on June 20th

June 1, 2016


Cornell Professor Gerard Aching to Present at "Modernisms Before Modernism", the Launch of the Global Avant Garde and Modernist Studies Graduate Cluster.

May 31, 2016

June 3rd is the launching ceremony of the graduate cluster global avant garde and modernist studies (gams). It will have three speakers, a roundtable and a reception including "Freedom from Liberation" a talk by Gerard Aching.


Come Join the 2016 Illinois Portuguese Language Connection

April 11, 2016

The Illinois Portuguese Language Connection is an initiative of three Universities in Illinois: The University of Chicago, Northwestern University andThe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.The IV IPLC will happen at The University of Chicago on April 23, 2016, from 11:00am to 5:00pm and will focus on Rio de Janeiro: History, Culture and Adventure.The main reason for this anual event is to gather the students of Portuguese from the three biggest universities in Illinois for a day of interaction, and also to reinforce the presence of Brazil within our institutions. More information at:

Contemporary Migrations: Destination Europe - A Film Series

April 7, 2016


Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility and 

violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

Beun Día, Ramón

Ramon, a young Mexican boy, tries to cross the border for the fifth time but fails. His friend tells him about his aunt living in Germany and that she has a better life over there. Ramon then goes to Germany to find his friend's aunt.


Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish boy, has traveled through Middle East and Europe to join his girlfriend, freshly immigrated to England. But, his journey comes to an abrupt end when he is stopped on the French side of the Channel. Having decided to swim across, Bilal goes to the local swimming pool to train. There he meets Simon, a swimming instructor in the midst of a divorce. To impress his wife and win back her heart, Simon decides to risk everything by taking Bilal under his wing.

Forum Language Tables in Allison

April 1, 2016

The Forum for Languages and Cultures at the Buffett Institute will host a series of Language Tables during Spring Quarter and would like to invite the broader Northwestern community of faculty, students and staff to attend. The Language Tables provide an opportunity to gather and converse in one of ten languages in the friendly environment of the PARC Dining Room in the Allison Dining Hall with refreshments provided by the Forum and the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives. The tables are open to everyone, from novice learners to native speakers. Come and practice your language skills while getting to know others on campus.

Tuesdays @ 4:00: Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Russian, and ESL

Wendesdays @ 4:00: French, Spanish, German, Polish, Hindi/Urdu, Portuguese


Congratulations to Professor Joel Colom-Mena for Being Named One of College Magazine's Top 10 Professors at Northwestern.

March 22, 2016

College Magazine, an online magazine run by student journalists nationwide, has named Professor Joel Colom-Mena one of Northwestern's Top 10 Professors. The article quotes student Meredith Falk, who says, "Joel goes the extra mile to help students outside of class. He has an amazing sense of humor that makes class even more enjoyable, and you can tell that he’s a well-rounded learner." Read the article here.

Cervantes, Christianity, and the Ides 2016 Bottom BannerStruggle Against the Islamic Caliphate: A Talk by Professor Darío Fernández-Morera

March 9, 2016

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Darío Fernández-Morera will be speaking at the Rockford Institute about his new book The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain.

Event: The Sixth Annual Ides of March Lecture on Democracy and Tyranny

Topic: Cervantes, Christianity, and the Struggle Against the Islamic Caliphate

Details: A reception will follow the lecture, which will take place on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at The Rockford Institute, 928 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, at 6:00 PM.

Registration: Advance admission is $15.00; couples, $25.00. (Add $5.00 if paying at the door.)

Read more about this event

Professor Darío Fernández-Morera was interviewed by Guatemalan TV's UFM NewMedia about Francisco de Vitoria and Jorge Luis Borges.

March 7, 2016

Professor Fernández-Morera speaks about freedom, community, and even cannibalism in the context of Francisco de Vitoria and Latin American. See the interview Francisco de Vitoria here. 

Professor Fernández-Morera explains the universality of Borges writing and his conflicts with other Latin Americans of the time. See the interview on Jorge Luis Borges here.

Come See Livio Sansone Give a Talk on "Lombroso and Latin America"

March 3, 2016

Livio Sansone, Professor of Anthropology and Afro-Brazilian Studies at Universidade Federal da Bahia Brazil, will talk on the influence of Cesar Lambroso:

  • Thursday, March 10th
  • 4:00-6:00
  • University Hall 201

The influence of the ideas produced by the cabinet of Cesar Lombroso in Turin on the debate on deviance, crime, degeneration and race on the young social sciences in Latin America is undeniable. It is especially so for the period 1889-1930 that in Brazil anticipates the creation of universities proper. Come and join us in this interesting and informative talk. Read more.


See Tracy Devine-Guzmán of the University of Miami Give a Speech on Native Sovereignty and Indigenous Wellbeing in Brazil.

February 17, 2016

Spring registration begins February 22nd. Start planning your course load now by visiting our Spring undergraduate and graduate course lists.

Come See Brazilian Poet and Author Italo Moriconi on February 5th.

February 2, 2016

Italo Moriconi, professor at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and author of numerous works of poetry, will be giving a talk: "Multilingualism and Prosifying in Contemporary Brazilian Poetry" on Friday, February 5th, noon to 2:00 at University Hall, room 201. Come listen and enjoy this master of thoughts and words. Refreshments provided.


Listen to Darío Fernández-Morera Speak on the Religious History in Andalusian Spain.

January 5, 2016

Professor Fernández-Morera spoke on the podcast Research On Religion in December. From the Research on religion website: 

From approximately 711 A.D. to the end of the 13th century, the majority of Spain was ruled by Muslims, with Christian rule finally unifying the country in the late 15th century . Prof. Darío Fernandez-Morera examines the history of al-Andalus and argues that this historical epoch was not necessarily a time of religious harmony and “convivencia” that many contemporary scholars claim. We examine the political, economic, and social status of Christians and Jews, as well as women, during this time period. 

Listen to the podcast here.

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