News and Events

USC Eta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, has been reactivated

With the support of Professors Sherry Velasco and Erin Graff-Zivin of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Dean Steve Lamy of Dornsife, the USC Eta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, has been reactivated. The initiation ceremony took place this past February 27, 2015. Professors Jackie Cohen-Steinberg and Gayle Vierma led the initiation ceremony. Sigma Delta Pi, founded in 1919, "is the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities." Visit the Sigma Delta Pi website for more information on this organization.




Screeing of "Valentín" by the Spanish & Portuguese Film Club

The Spanish & Portuguese Film Club will be presenting the Argentine movie "Valentín" (in Spanish with English subtitles) on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:00 in THH 102. The movie is a drama about an 8-year-old boy, raised by his grandmother, who is surrounded by problems in his family he finds only himself capable of solving. Professor Jaclyn Cohen-Steinberg will be leading a short discussion at the end of the film. All the USC community is welcome to attend. See trailer here.

Professor A. Acosta (U. of Arizona) to give lecture “Thresholds of Illiteracy: The Fictions of Sovereignty and Decoloniality”

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows program invite you to a lecture by Professor Abraham Acosta  (U. of Arizona). The title of the lecture is “Thresholds of Illiteracy:  The Fictions of Sovereignty and Decoloniality” and it will take place Monday, February 23, 2015, 4:00 p.m. at Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 309K.

Professor Acosta is Assistant Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Arizona. He specializes in literary and cultural analysis, focusing on questions of subalternity, postcoloniality, and biopolitics in the Americas.  His research traverses the critical realities of contemporary multilingual contexts, where assumptions of power, knowledge, and capital crosshatch with historical translations of cultural difference. Acosta’s work has been published in such journals as Dispositio/n, the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Social Text, and Critical Multilingualism Studies.  His book, Thresholds of Illiteracy: Theory, Latin America, and the Crisis of Resistance (2014) is published by Fordham University Press.

Documenting the Mexican Revolution: Photographs from the Gustavo Casasola Archive

February 3, 2015

USC Libraries in conjunction with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese opens a weeklong exhibit in Special Collections, courtesy of the Fundación Gustavo Casasola in Mexico City and the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.

Photographs displayed at Doheny Special Collections are from the personal collection of Gustavo Casasola Zapata, son of pioneering Mexican photojournalist and entrepreneur Agustin Victor Casasola, who began the family tradition of documenting the Revolution and its aftermath.

Gustavo Casasola’s archive, preserved by the private Fundación Gustavo Casasola, contains more than 200,000 images on many subjects spanning the last century, and USC is the first university in the US to exhibit photographs from Gustavo Casasola Archive.

Photographs exhibited at Doheny provide a compelling visual chronicle of life in Mexico during the Revolution, from 1910 to 1920. Among them are images of iconic revolutionary figures, such as Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, and those of people –Adelitas and Juanes- whose names remain unknown.

Also on display are books from the USC Libraries, some of which are published by members of the Casasola family, and others feature Mexican photography and the Casasola legacy.

Screening of "Las brujas de Zugarramurdi" by the Spanish & Portuguese Film Club

The Spanish & Portuguese Film Club will be presenting the Spanish horror-comedy "Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi" (in Spanish with English subtitles) on Monday, February 23 at 6:00 in WPH B27. Professor Carolina Castillo Larrea will be leading a short discussion at the end of the film. All the USC community is welcome to attend. See trailer here.

Professor Anna More (UCLA / University of Brasília) to give presentation at USC

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) invite you to a lecture by Professor Anna More  (UCLA / University of Brasília) titled “Sovereignty and the Creole Archive in New Spain”.  Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:00 p.m. Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 120, University of Southern California.

Professor Maite Zubiaurre (UCLA) to give presentation at USC

Professor Maite Zubiaurre (Professor in Spanish and Portuguese and Germanic Languages at UCLA) will give the presentation “If Spain were a Bordello: Musings on National Eros” on Wednesday January 28 from 5 pm to 7 pm in SOS B 40.
This talk discusses sexual indeterminacy and pastiche in Early Twentieth century erotic Spain or “España verde,” a Spain that is sparkling, dynamic, uninhibited, freed from tradition, happily oblivious to sexual constraints and gender norms, so radically different from the somber, identity-searching country of which history seems so fond.  For it is precisely against the backdrop of two opposed Spains, an official and supposedly chaste nation, consecrated by history, and a highly irreverent, erotically charged nation hardly remembered, that I want to discuss three concrete examples of  sexual hybridism in early Twentieth Century Spain: First, erotic cyborgs, specifically female readers, cyclists, and typists; second, homoerotic desire, both in popular visual culture and in sexual theory as a form of post-imperialist propaganda; and, third, textual hybridism as a marketing strategy common in foreign-dependent Spanish erotica.

This event is co-sponsored by the Visual Studies Research Institute, USC, Del Amo Foundation, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Department of Spanish and Portuguese, USC

Professor Mariano Siskind (Harvard University) to give lecture on Modernismo

The Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature invite you to a lecture by  Professor Mariano Siskind (Harvard University) titled “World War I as a Latin American event: Modernismo and the question of cosmopolitan distance.” The lecture will take place on Monday, February 2, 2015, 4:00pm in  Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 309K at USC.

Mariano Siskind is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He teaches 19th and 20th century Latin American Literature with emphasis on its world literary relations, as well as the production of cosmopolitan discourses and processes of aesthetic globalization. He is the author of Cosmopolitan Desires. Global Modernity and World Literature in Latin America (Northwestern UP, 2014) and editor of Homi Bhabha's Nuevas minorías, nuevos derechos. Notas sobre cosmopolitimos vernáculos (2013) and Poéticas de la distancia. Adentro y afuera de la literatura argentina (Norma, 2006) (together with Sylvia Molloy). He is finishing a new monograph, World War Writing and the question of global distance. Latin American literature in the Great War (Routledge, forthcoming in 2016).

The Baltimore Theatre Teams with the Spanish Embassy to Fund Play by Professor Mar Gómez Glez

As the first first International Hot Desk Playwright, Professor Mar Gómez Glez is receving support from different institutions, including the Spanish Embassy, to develop a bilingual play. Read more here.

USC Spanish and Portuguese Achievement Award Fall 2014

The USC Spanish and Portuguese Achievement Award acknowledges unique academic achievement. It is based on student performance, overall progress and participation that go beyond the average course expectations, rather than high grades. Every semester, faculty nominate students enrolled in the Basic Language Program to receive this award in acknowledgement of their extraordinary achievements throughout the course. We are happy to congratulate the WINNERS of the USC Spanish and Portuguese Achievement Award in the Fall 2014:

  • Andrew Glenn Davis: Spanish 120
  • Courtney Beaulieu: Spanish 150
  • Hakop Ter-Akopyan: Spanish 220
  • Steven Andrew Dill: Portugues 120
  • Eduardo Moises Osorio: Portuguese 220

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.

Lecture by Ignacio Sánchez Prado

Leavey Library, Room 13

Thursday, November 20, 4pm 

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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