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Alex Karaholis wins the Corbin Prize

Graduating Spanish Senior Alex Karaholis won the Frank N. & Lee L. Corbin Prize, which is presented to an outstanding senior attending graduate or professional school. She will be attending law school in the Fall.

 


Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Student Award Winners

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is proud to honor the 2017-2018 student award winners.

The Vera R. Teixeira PrizeWilliam White

Josef J. Barton Prize for Undergraduate Service in Spanish and Portuguese - Nathan Kirchhoff

The Humberto E. Robles for the Best Honors Thesis in Spanish - Stephanie Marin

Best Essay for Spanish 200 level Literature and Culture Classes Prize - Adrian LaFont-Mueller

 Best Essay on the Literatures and Cultures of Latin American and/or Spain - Grant Everly

  


Portuguese Program Research Assistants Keyla Carvalho & Augusta Saraiva Win 1st Place in Undergraduate Research Expo

Their poster presentation "Negotiation of Meaning in Portuguese According to Linguistic 

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Background" won 1st place  in the morning session of Poster Presentations in the area of Arts, Humanities and Performance.

According to their Advisor, Prof. Ana C Thomé Williams, at NU, second year students of Portuguese interact by video-conference with native speakers of Portuguese. . The data collected in these interactions help us understand how these interactions take place and how they facilitate learning through conversation. The results can define subsequent steps on language pedagogy for advanced courses in the language. Keyla Carvalho and Augusta Saraiva studied the acquisition of vocabulary in Portuguese by Spanish speakers and non-Spanish Speakers within these interactions. Their research sought to answer these questions: 

What's the impact of Spanish knowledge in vocabulary acquisition? How do Spanish speakers negotiate meaning? How do they compare  with non-speakers of Spanish?


Carlos Halaburda receives both the Sexualities Project at Northwestern Summer Research Grant and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship 

Carlos will spend the summer of 2018 conducting research at the  Ibero-Amerikanische Institut (IAI) in Berlin, Germany. His investigation studies Argentine dramaturgies  concerned with the problem of human reproduction in the context of transatlantic migrations, the appearance of the cosmopolitan masses, and the emergence of ethnic nationalisms in Latin America’s long  fin de siècle, 1880-1920.

 


Cintia Vezzani receives Fellowship for Paris Program in Critical Theory 

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The Department of Spanish & Portuguese is happy to announce that graduate student, Cintia Vezzani,has received the Paris Program in Critical Theory Fellowship.  Cintia will spend the 2018-2019 academic year in Paris at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle to conduct theoretical research.

 

 


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Congratulations Ana Thomé Williams

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese is proud to announce that our Professor Ana Thomé Williams is the winner of the 2018 “Portuguese University Professor” from the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese. The award ackownledges excellence in the teaching of Portuguese in the United States.

 

 


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A Letter of thanks from the Lopez Family

Graduate Student Verónica Dávila has shared a letter of thanks from her family. The Spanish & Portuguese Department helped organize a fundraising campaign for the family after their housing was damaged or destroyed during the hurricanes in Puerto Rico. The letter is below:

 

    15 de enero de 2018

 

     Northwestern University

     Departamento de Español y Portugués

     Chicago, Illinois

 

     Reciban un fuerte abrazo de parte de la Familia López Ellis.

     Como todos saben la isla de Puerto Rico fue afectada por el Huracán María el pasado 20 de septiembre de 2017. Aún teniendo experiencias anteriores con dichos fenómenos naturales no nos imaginabamos la magnitud de María. Toda la Isla, en mayor o menor grado, fue afectada. El sistema eléctrico colapsó en un 100% y los medios de comunicación (radio, celulares, internet) a penas estaban disponibles. En nuestro caso en particular, también sufrimos de una gran inundación por lo que perdimos practicamente todo.  Fueron momentos de mucha desesperación; había que tomar decisiones rápidas para salvaguardar nuestras vidas, por lo que estuvimos en el techo de nuestro hogar por casi 11 horas.

Gracias al apoyo de nuestra familia y de personas maravillosas y con gran corazón como ustedes, pudimos comenzar a recuperar nuestro hogar y nuestras vidas. No pensamos jamás que recibiriamos tanta ayuda. Con sus donaciones pudimos ayudar a varias familias del área de Levittown: Fam. Torres, Fam. López Rodríguez, Fam. Cortés y Fam. Pérez. Todas ellas les envían su mas profundo agradecimiento y gratitud.

 Nos sentimos muy orgullosos que nuestra hija Verónica Dávila sea parte del Departamento de Español y Portugués de Northwestern, Universidad no solo de gran prestigio sino una que  fomenta el servicio comunitario, la caridad y solidaridad.

Gracias a todos y cada uno de los que nos donaron dinero para nuestra recuperación. Les estaremos infinitamente agradecidos.  Aquí en Puerto Rico tienen una nueva familia que los recibirá con los brazos abiertos. Dios los bendiga.

 

Eternamente agradecidos,

 

Familia López Ellis


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Watch Professor Cook's "Language and Cultural Studies" Video 

Professor Cook explains her research on the Judeo-Spanish language (the language of the Sephardim [the Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492] ) in the video below:





Congratulations Carlos Halaburda

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese is proud to announce that the Ibero-Amerikanische Institut (IAI) Research Grant has been awarded to Spanish & Portuguese doctoral student Carlos G. Halaburda. During his research stay in Berlin, Carlos will be part of the Institute’s 2018 research project, “Knowledge Production and Cultural Transfers: Latin America in Trans-regional Contexts.”