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Students do volunteer work for SPAN 316

In the course of Spanish 316 students did volunteer work in various community and school gardens around the city this semester. In the class, they studied issues of food access and health issues that affect Latino communities of Los Angeles. The students learned about local solutions such as urban gardens , school gardens, and corner stores being converted to provide more healthy selections. The volunteer requirement of the class was a great way for them to interact with local Latino community members, speak Spanish, and make a difference in areas around USC!

Student writes about her experience in the Valencia Summer 2014 program

USC Dornsife Magazine published in October 2014 the article "A Wish Granted" by Senior Engie Salama about her experiences in the Valencia Summer 2014 Program. In this article Engie praises her experience in the program.

Madrid Summer Program Informational Meeting

Tuesday, November 11 4:00 p.m.

THH 120 

Lecture by Ignacio Sánchez Prado

Leavey Library, Room 13

Thursday, November 20, 4pm 

SPAN 220 in Valencia: Informational Meeting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 1:00-2:00pm

Location: THH 120

A Transsexual and Transnational Spain

Crossing Borders with José Luis Borau's Cinema of the 70s

October 24, 2014

The Marrano Spirit: Derrida and Hispanism

A symposium at USC sponsored by the USC Del Amo Foundation, the Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program, and the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature

April 11-12, 2014


"Exposing Belief: What Remains with Photography"

A lecture at USC by Patricia Keller (Cornell University) sponsored by the Del Amo Foundation, the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and of Comparative Literature, and the Visual Studies Research Institute (VSRI)

Wednesday, April 9, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Herklotz Room, Doheny Memorial Library

"Pathologistics of Attention"

A Lecture by Jonathan L. Beller, Professor of Humanities and Media Studies and Critical and Visual Studies, Pratt Institute. Monday, November 12, 3:00 p.m. Taper Hall 170.  Presented by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Program in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture, and the Visual Studies Research Initiative.

Chicken Necks and Chili Queens

In a course taught by Sarah Portnoy, USC Dornsife students learn Spanish via the lens of L.A.’s food truck revolution – including a gastronomic tour through the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles.  Read more.

A Forkful of Culture

USC Dornsife undergraduate students ventured to myriad Latino eateries throughout Los Angeles to practice their Spanish, get a flavor of Hispanic food and culture, and learn about food-related issues in their community.  Read more.

A Partnership with Chile on PhD Fellowships

USC and the Chilean Ministry of Education announced the creation of a partnership that will provide Ph.D. students from Chile with full tuition and living stipends as they pursue advanced degrees at USC, which enrolls more international students than any other university in the United States.  Read more.

Comparative Studies: The Next Generation

Students may find an edge in the academic marketplace in this new program that redefines doctoral studies in the humanities.  Read more.

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