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Read article: Community-based course SPAN 232 "Spanish in the Community" featured in LAS news
Community-based course SPAN 232 "Spanish in the Community" featured in LAS news
The College of LAS has featured a news story on SPAN 232 in honor of the course's 20th anniversary. Prof. Ann Abbott created the community-...
Read article: Prof. Salvatore Callesano, recognized as an LAS Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholar
Prof. Salvatore Callesano, recognized as an LAS Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholar
Prof. Salvatore Callesano has been recognized as an LAS LEAP (Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors) Scholar for outstanding contributions and potential in research and...
Read article: In Memoriam: Prof. Luisa Elena Delgado
In Memoriam: Prof. Luisa Elena Delgado
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Prof. Elena Delgado passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, surrounded by her family after battling brain cancer. Elena enjoyed a long and distinguished 34-year career at the University of Illinois, joining the Department...
Read article: Congratulations to Prof. Silvina Montrul, on the publication of The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, Morphosyntax, and Semantics
Congratulations to Prof. Silvina Montrul, on the publication of The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, Morphosyntax, and Semantics
Congratulations to Prof. Silvina Montrul on the publication of her new co-edited volume, T...
Read article: Graduate-student recipients of CLACS 2023 Summer Graduate Research Fellowships present their research at the SGRF Workshop
Graduate-student recipients of CLACS 2023 Summer Graduate Research Fellowships present their research at the SGRF Workshop
On February 9, CLACS held a workshop and reception for recipients of summer 2023 CLACS graduate research fellowships. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese was extremely well-represented, with 5 graduate students participating and presenting on the work they did as a result of the fellowships. A...
Read article: Prof. Silvina Montrul, recipient of the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award from the Linguistics Society of America
Prof. Silvina Montrul, recipient of the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award from the Linguistics Society of America
Prof. Silvina Montrul's book Native Speakers,...

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Mesoamerican Religious Myths and Rituals

This course focuses on the profound cultural and symbolic continuities and changes of religious myths and rituals in Latin America from its Mesoamerican past. Tracing religious texts and practices from the Pre-Colombian era, through colonialism and postcolonialism, and through the present, this course studies how religion shapes literary and cultural production.

SPAN 324 - FALL 2024

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Race and Performance

This course approaches cultural studies in Latin American and US Latinx studies through an introduction to race and performance studies, with particular emphasis on artists of color from the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States.

SPAN 254 - FALL 2024

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Las Otras Españas: Counter-hegemonic discourses in contemporary Spanish literature

This course serves as a panoramic introduction to Spanish literatures and cultures from the perspective of non-hegemonic discourses and subjects.

SPAN 465 - FALL 2024

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Global Spain: Between America, Europe, and the Mediterranean

In this course, we will explore the construction of the image of Spain for foreign consumption from the turn of the twentieth century to the present.

SPAN 320 - FALL 2024

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Spanish in the United States

In this course, we will explore the past, present, and future of the many different Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S. The main objective is to develop critical and linguistic awareness of the relationship between language, individual, and society.

SPAN 308 - FALL 2024

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Greater Mexico and Migration on Screen

This course explores how cinema produced in the U.S. and Mexico, from the silent period to the contemporary moment has mediated and commented on the presence of Mexicans in what is today the U.S., as well at the migratory experience.

SPAN 295 - FALL 2024

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Race and Nation in Latin American Cinema

This course explores the role of cinema in constructing and mediating ideas about race throughout Latin America in the context of the region's national formations from the early 20th century through the 21st.

SPAN 468 - FALL 2024

Pedro Almodovar

All About Almodóvar: Melodrama, Mothers, Memory and Movidas in the Films of the (Most) Fabulous Spanish Auteur

Who is Pedro Almodóvar and why are his films synonymous with “Spanish” culture? How do his films narrate contemporary Spanish history, disrupt gender norms, challenge traditional Catholic values, irk politicians in both the Left and Right, uphold and deconstruct Hollywood film style, and generally reframe the way Spanish cinema is perceived globally?

SPAN 528 - FALL 2024

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Beginner Basque

This course provides students with basic communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in Basque and introduces students to Basque culture and history. This course counts towards the Spanish major and minor. T/TH 3:30-4:50 pm; 3072E Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Building Instructor: Maialen Casquete de la Puente

BASQ 401 - FALL 2024

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From the Slave Ship to the Cruise Ship: Violence & Resistance in the Hispanic Caribbean

This course explores how authors and creators at the edge of empire defy and resist neocolonial gestures and interventions. Students will examine an array of literary and cultural productions from the 19th century to the present, with a special focus on contemporary visual cultures.

SPAN 316 - SPRING 2024

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Introduction to Latin American Cinema

This introductory, graduate-level course on Latin American cinema familiarizes students with the three fundamental areas of expertise that shape scholarship in the field: 1) the techniques of filmic analysis; 2) film theory; and 3) the history of film production in the region from the silent period through contemporary cinema.

SPAN 468 - SPRING 2024

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Beginner/Intermediate Basque

Continuation of BASQ401, with an exhaustive initial overview. Basque is an isolate language spoken in the Basque Country of northern Spain, southern France and the Basque diaspora in Western US and elsewhere. It is unrelated to any modern language. The course may be adapted depending on enrolled students’ needs & interests.

BASQ 402 - SPRING 2024

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Beyond Bracero, Narcos and Latin Lovers: Latin American and Latinx Film

TAUGHT IN ENGLISH, Gen Ed for “Literature and the Arts” and “US Minority Cultures;" This course studies the relationships between Latinx and Latin American culture through exciting films. It focuses on a set of current and relevant topics (migrations, assimilation and integration, ICE, political struggles, globalization, nationalism and transnationalism).

SPAN 248 (LLS 248) - SPRING 2024

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"Tan Cerca de los Estados Unidos": U.S. Interventions in Latin America Through Literature & Visual Culture

This course addresses the conflictive relationship between the United States and Latin America through literature and visual culture. In 1891, Cuban writer José Martí published his essay Nuestra América, referring to Latin America as opposed to the United States and Canada.

SPAN 535 - SPRING 2024

Felipe Galindo, 4th of July from the South Border

Mapping the Borderlands: Border Culture & Migration in the U.S. & the Americas

Span 326 Mapping the Borderlands focuses on how border communities imagine, experience, and coexist in el Norte, the American Southwest, and Greater Mexico. For the queer Chicana feminist Gloria Anzaldúa, the U.S.-Mexico border is an open wound: "una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds" (Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, 25).

SPAN 326 - SPRING 2024