News and Events

Department of Spanish and Portuguese First Undergraduate Research Forum

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese celebrated the First Undergraduate Research Forum this past April 25 in Taper Hall. A committee selected the best student works from the upper division courses in the departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature written during the 2015-16 academic year. These are the students selected to participate in this forum and their papers:

- Zhuya Beatrix Lu (SPAN 310): “Los efectos lingüísticos de la invasión musulmana y el mozárabe”
- Dana Austin (SPAN 310 & REL 359): “World War II and the Decline of the Ladino Language”
- Sarina Romero  (COLT 375): “The Poetics of Identity, Cultural Theory and lo latinoamericano in Nicolás Guillén’s ‘Balada de los dos abuelos’”
- Joy Ofodu (SPAN 483): “Respuesta a la respuesta”

Congratulations!

Spanish 150 students enjoy Breaking Bread

Undergraduate students in Professor Marie Enright’s Spanish 150 courses enjoyed great food, company and conversation at the restaurant Guisados in Downtown Los Angeles, and for some it was their first time on the Metro!

Presentación del periodista salvadoreño Óscar Martínez "Una Historia de Violencia: Vivir y Morir en Centroamérica"

El Departamento de Español y Portugues, el Departamento de Literatura Comparada y el Departamento de Estudios Comparativos en Literatura y Cultura de la Universidad del Sur de California se complacen en presentar al periodista salvadoreño Óscar Martínez este 14 de abril a las 4 pm en la Sala Herklotz de la Biblioteca de Música de Doheny.

Centroamérica es una de las regiones más peligrosas del mundo.  Durante la década pasada, El Salvador, Honduras, y Guatemala han sufrido una de las tasas más altas de homicidios en sus historias.  Cada día, más de 1,000 personas huyen de estos países para enfrentar aún más pobreza, abuso y tráfico ilegal.

Martínez es autor de The Beast (Verso, 2013), una crónica sobre la migración centroamericana que fue nombrada uno de los mejores libros del año por The Economist, Mother Jones, y el Financial Times, ÓscarMartínez discutirá su libro más reciente, A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America (Verso, 2016).  Su presentación ofrecerá un retrato detallado de esta región en crisis, así como las formas en que la América del Norte está implicada.

This presentation will be in Spanish.

Professor Parra Receives USC Mentoring Award

Professor Andrea Parra, Associate Professor (Teaching) of Spanish and the Acting Director of the Basic Language Program, received the USC Mentoring Award this past April 6th from Vice Provost Elizabeth Graddy. The USC Mentoring Awards honor individual faculty members for helping to build a supportive academic environment through faculty-to-student mentoring and faculty-to-faculty mentoring. Congratulations Andrea!

The class of Latino Food Justice (SPAN 316) gets to meet Father Boyle of Homeboy Industries

The class of Latino Food Justice (SPAN 316) visited  Homeboy Industries and Homegirl Café with Professor Sarah Portnoy to learn about the food justice work at Homeboy. A few employees (ex-gang members and prisoners) told their stories and gave the students a tour of the facility. The class got to see the world's largest tattoo removal site in the world and eat delicious tacos and pastries. The highlight was getting to meet and talk to a Los Angeles heroe: Father Greg Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries.

Students in the class of The Culture of Food in Latino L.A. toured the Grand Central Market

Professor Sarah Portnoy´s class of SPAN 385 "The Culture of Food in Latino L.A." toured the Grand Central Market with its creative director, Joseph Shuldiner. The students spoke with Sarita from Sarita's Pupusería (featured in the photo), the owner of Chiles Secos where the students sampled the moles. They also spoke with the chef and tried different ceviches at La Tostadería.

"How to unbalance the pressures that correspond to each other on either side of the membrane?" a Performance and Round Table

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at USC Dornsife, the Del Amo Foundation, and the USC Thornton School of Music invite you to a performance by Alberto Bernal titled “How to unbalance the pressures that correspond to each other on either side of the membrane?” which features a musical piece based on Jacques Derrida’s “Tympan.” Bernal´s performance will be followed by a round table with Veronika Krausas, Associate Professor of Practice at the USC Thornton School of Music, and Ronald Mendoza de Jesús, Provost Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities. The event will take place this Wednesday, March 30, at 5pm in SGM 123.

Professor Rachel Price to present lecture “Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island”

The USC Dornsife Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Art History, and Comparative Literature, the Visual Studies Research Institute (VSRI), and the Doctoral Program in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (CSLC) at the University of Southern California invite you to a lecture titled “Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island” by Professor Rachel Price. Professor Price is associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University.  She works on Latin American, circum-Atlantic and particularly Cuban literature and culture; media; poetics; empire; and ecocriticism. Her essays have discussed a range of topics, including digital media, slavery, poetics, and visual art. Her first book, The Object of the Atlantic: Concrete Aesthetics in Cuba, Brazil and Spain 1868-1968, was published in 2014 by Northwestern University Press. Her most recent book, Planet/Cuba (Verso, 2015), discusses contemporary literature as well as conceptual, digital, and visual art from Cuba that engages questions of environmental crisis, new media, and new forms of labor and leisure. The lecture will take place Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 309K.

Play '39 Defaults' Written by Professor Mar Gómez Glez Premiering in LA

The play '39 Defaults' written by Professor Mar Gómez Glez of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will be premiering in Los Angeles this Sunday January 31 at 5pm at the Valencia Cultural Point (111 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014).

Described as a play that explores the trust between two strangers in an era where hospitality meets surveillance by situating both performers and spectators in an immersive theatrical environment, ‘39 Defaults’ is directed by Dani Zarandieta and it features actors Sergio Lanza and Stephanie O’Neil.

Visit here for more information and to buy tickets. The online magazine NewsWire has an article on the play. Other performances:

Friday February 5  at 8pm
Saturday February 6  at 8pm
Sunday February 7  at 5pm
Friday February 12  at 8pm
Saturday February 13  at 8pm
Sunday February 14  at 5pm

Spanish and Portuguese Film Club Announces Spring 2016 Movies

The Spanish & Portuguese Film Club announced the series of films that it will show during the Spring Semester of 2016. Click here for the schedule.

Professor Steinberg to Present his Book "Photopoetics at Tlatelolco"

Professor Samuel Steinberg (Spanish and Portuguese, USC) will present his book Photopoetics at Tlatelolco as part of the USC-LACMA History of Photography Seminar. The presentation will take place this Tuesday, January 26, 2016, from 7 to 9pm in Doheny Memorial Library 241 at USC. Professor Julian Gutiérrez-Albilla, also from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at USC, will comment on the presentation. 

In the months leading up to the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, students took to the streets, calling for greater democratization and decrying crackdowns on political resistance by the ruling PRI party. During a mass meeting held at the Plaza of the Three Cultures in the Tlatelolco neighborhood, paramilitary forces opened fire on the gathering. The death toll from the massacre remains a contested number, ranging from an official count in the dozens to estimates in the hundreds by journalists and scholars. Rereading the legacy of this tragedy through diverse artistic-political interventions across the decades, Photopoetics at Tlatelolco explores the state’s dual repression—both the massacre’s crushing effects on the movement and the manipulation of cultural discourse and political thought in the aftermath.

This series is organized by Ryan Linkof, Assistant Curator, LACMA, in coordination with USC's Visual Studies Research Institute

Please RSVP one week prior to all events at VSRI@USC.EDU

 

Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús to Give Lecture Titled “Time Fails: Reading Ethics in Two Poems of Borges”

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús will give the lecture titled  “Time Fails: Reading Ethics in Two Poems of Borges.” 

Is there something like an ethical time? If we take "ethics" not as a system of behavioral norms that responds to the question “What kind of life should I live?," but rather as what we obtain when our relations to others override our concern for our own lives, then what kind of time could be regarded as “ethical?” Through a reading of two poems by Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, we will take up this question. Paying attention to the ways in which Borges imagines a time that is out of joint, we will explore whether Borges can help us to imagine a form of relational time that exceeds the temporality of the ego.

The lecture will take place Wednesday,  February 3 from 2 to 3:30 PM in THH 309K. RSVP here. Reception to follow. For more information click here.

 

Professor Graff Zivin to Give Lecture “Levinas in Latin America”

Erin Graff Zivin is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature at USC. Professor Graff Zivin’s research and teaching interests focus on constructions of Jewishness and marranismo in the Luso-Hispanic Atlantic, aesthetic representations of torture and interrogation, the relationship between ethics, politics, and aesthetics (particularly in the context of Latin American literary and cultural studies), and the intersection of philosophy and critical theory more broadly.

She will give the lecture “Levinas in Latin America” this Wednesday January 20 from 3:30 to 5 PM in ACB 330. To RSVP and receive a working paper by Professor Graff Zivin, please email Jessica Marglin (marglin@usc.edu) by Monday, January 18. For more information click here.

Best Wishes to Prof. Ana Tere Martinez on her Retirement

The Spanish and Portuguese Department honored prof. Ana Tere Martinez for her more than 40 years of service at USC. Ana Tere has been a truly exceptional teacher and an exemplary colleague. While she will be deeply missed among students and peers, we wish her nothing but the best for this new chapter in her life. As a farewel gift, professor Marianna Chodorowska-Pilch wrote this poem to her friend and colleague:

Para Ana Tere Martínez Sequeira
Es una tica elegante y atinada, entendés.
De pelo colocho y macho, ahí la ves. 
Siempre activa y al día con la salud, no creás.
Ha sido mi compa a la par durante años.
 
En vez del gallo pinto o el casado, ahora come ensaladas.
En vez de la papaya o el mango, ahora disfruta de manzanas.
Vieras, sigue mejorando la dieta,
Pero el yodo de su tierra no le puede faltar.
 
Muy dedicada a su brete, vos verás.
Siempre alistando materiales y muy metódica.
No se encamota con cualquiera, ahí la tenés.
En lo profesional, ha sido mi cómplice y más.
 
Ay pucha, casi se me olvida, no pensás.
Me ha divertido con las expresiones de “pura vida”.
Ha intentado eseñarme a no mear fuera del tarro
Y no ser más seria que un payaso en vacaciones.
 
Por dicha, se queda cerca y espero verla.
Vos todavía sos muy joven para pensionarte.
Yo sigo siendo güevona y es una vara triste para mí,
Pero diay, vos entendés:
¡Ojalá podás disfrutar de tu familia y chinearte más!

Celebration for Mothers-to-Be at the Department

Best wishes to our "soon-to-be mom" colleagues prof. Goretti Prieto Botana, prof. Jaclyn Cohen-Steinberg, and prof. Nathalie Bragadir. We wish you joy and health in your new additions to the family.

Basic Language Program Award Presented to Students

Our Chair Prof. Erin Graff-Zivin, and BLP Assistant Director Prof. Andrea Parra presented the award on December, 7 2015. Students were nominated by their professors Liana Stepanyan, David Zarazua and Carolina Castillo Larrea. Also in the picture is student Hakop Ter-Akopyan, who received the Spanish and Portuguese Community Service Award from Prof. Mercedes Fages Agudo, Director of Los Feliz en Español and Chair of the Community Service Award Committee.

Students in SPAN 310 Visit Boekmann Center

Each semester, students who are enrolled in SPAN 310 (taught by Prof. Marianna Chodorowska-Pilch) have a rare opportunity to see a facsimile  of "La Biblia de Alba" in the USC Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies Special Collections, where Librarian, Mrs. Barbara Robinson, explains to them the history of this treasure, which was acquired by USC from the late Prof. Moshe Lazar.  This activity is part of an introduction to the history of the Spanish language.

USC Department of Spanish and Portuguese students visit Gyre: The Plastic Ocean exhibit at Fisher Museum

Students in the course of Spanish 220 visited this past semester the exhibit Gyre: The Plastic Ocean at the Fisher Museum of Art. This was done as part of an assignment developed by Professor Lori Mesrobian who thought about linking the exhibit to the topics of the arts and the environment which are covered in the course. Click here to read the article from the Fisher Museum of Art.

SUSA students set up altar for Día de los Muertos

USC students of the Spanish Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA) celebrated Día de los Muertos (Nov. 2) by seting up two weeks earlier a traditional altar honoring deceased family members, friends and famous persons.

“Freedom as Other,” A Lecture by Gabriela Basterra

Is freedom our most essential belonging, the intimate source of self-mastery, an inalienable right? Or is it something foreign, an other that constitutes subjectivity, a challenge to our notion of autonomy? Expanding on her new book The Subject of Freedom: Kant, Levinas (Fordham UP, 2015), professor Gabriela Basterra will analyze Kant’s concept of freedom at its most challenging and promising. What is the potential of this concept to surprise our present thinking on the ethical and the political?

Gabriela Basterra works on philosophy and literature as a member of the Comparative Literature and the Spanish Departments at NYU. Between 2004 and 2010 she was a Director of Program at the Collège International de Philosophie, Paris, where she developed the program “Tragic Autonomy: Interaction between the Ethical and the Political.” Professor Basterra is also the author of Seductions of Fate: Tragic Subjectivity, Ethics, Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), and a coeditor of the monographic journal issue Quel sujet du politique? (Rue Descartes, 2010).

Co-sponsored by the USC Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Taper Hall of Humanities 309K. RSVP here.

Students volunteer at local garden

This semester Professor Portnoy's class on food justice is working with Proyecto Jardín, a community garden in Boyle Heights, as part of a USC Good Neighbors Grant.  They toured the garden recently and did some volunteer work, including weeding and lots of sweating! 

Students in Professor Portonoy´s class visit Grand Central Market

As part of Professor Portnoy's class on food justice, students toured the Grand Central Market downtown. They visited with local vendors to learn about sustainabiility practices and observed the recent gentrification of the market. They observed the disparities between the new vendors and the local Latinos who shop and eat at more traditional stalls.

Spanish and Portuguese Film Club Announces Fall 2015 Movies

The Spanish & Portuguese Film Club announced the series of films that it will show during the Fall Semester of 2015. Click here for the schedule.

¡Viva la cámara! Photographic Exhibit Opening a Huge Success

The opening reception for the exhibition in the Doheny Library, drawn from the Gustavo Casasola Foundation in Mexico and the USC Libraries Boeckmann Center Collection was held on September 16, a symbolic date that marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain.

Photojournalist Gustavo Casasola, UCLA professor Maarten Van Delden, and USC professor Liana Stepanyan discussed the causes of the Mexican Revolution, the local photographers—including many members of the Casasola family—who followed the unfolding events, and how the revolution continues to shape the country’s identity. The panel gathered students and scholars, and was featured on the front page of the Daily Trojan: http://dailytrojan.com/2015/09/16/doheny-opens-mexican-revolution-photo-exhibit/

 The remarkable photographs from the Gustavo Casasola Archive will be on display at the Donehy Library Ground Floor Rotunda through December 16, 2015. Providing a compelling visual chronicle of life during the Revolution, this exhibition features iconic symbols of Mexican Revolution, such as images of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, and those of people – Adelitas and Juanes- whose names remain unknown.

For more information about the event, visit https://libraries.usc.edu/exhibitions/viva-la-cámara

Information about the Gustavo Casasola Archive is available here: http://www.casasolamexico.com

Panel discussion and opening reception for photographic exhibit "¡Viva la cámara!" at USC

Courtesy of USC Libraries, with assistance of the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles.

Please join us this Wednesday, September 16, at 4:00 pm for a discussion about the crucial role photography played in the 1910–1920 Mexican Revolution, followed by the opening reception for an exhibition in Doheny Library, drawn from the Gustavo Casasola Foundation in Mexico and the USC Libraries Boeckmann Center Collection. Photojournalist Gustavo Casasola, UCLA professor Maarten Van Delden, and USC professor Liana Stepanyan will explore the causes of the decadelong upheaval, the local photographers—including many members of the Casasola family—who followed the unfolding events, and how the revolution continues to shape the country’s identity. The exhibition will be on view through December 16, 2015. Click here for more information.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Welcome Reception

All Spanish & Portuguese majors and minors and prospective students are welcome! Come join us for a light lunch and learn more about our classes, study abroad programs and majors and minors.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

12:00 – 2:00 PM  

THH 309K

Professor Gallego's Spanish 220 class visits exhibit on Iberoamerican folk art

This past September 2nd, 2015 the Spanish 220 class of Professor Lorena Gallego took a field trip to see the art exhibit Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art at the National History Museum. According to the museum's website, this exhibit s "brings together hundreds of folk art masters from across 22 countries to showcase modern culture, religion and traditions through a celebration of beauty and power. Crafted by the best living artisans in the world, these more than 1,200 pieces tell the modern day stories of communities across Mexico, Central and South American, Spain and Portugal." 

Dr. Sigüenza-Ortiz gave the keynote address

Dr. Consuelo Sigüenza-Ortiz gave the Keynote Address at the USC Latino Honor Society Induction ceremony, sponsored by USC El Centro Chicano in spring semester 2015.  The LHS was established at USC in 1997 in direct response to the need of a program that recognized the academic achievements of undergraduate Latino students as well as their dedication to the community.  LHS promotes academic scholarship and commitment to community service, especially within the Latino community.

Estudiantes recibieron una distinción de la Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica, Sigma Delta Pi

La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica, Sigma Delta Pi, y el Capítulo ETA de la Universidad del Sur de California honraron este pasado mayo a las estudiantes Rachel Echeto (acompañada en la foto por la Jefa del Departamento, la profesora Sherry Velasco) y Steph Moy  con la presentación de los cordones oficiales de la Sociedad que conmemoran su graduación de esta universidad y su permanencia como socias activas de este capítulo y su futura membresía continua de esta organización después de su graduación. Enhorabnuena y nuestros mejores deseos por su futuro personal y profesional. Spanías Didagéi Proágomen.

Faculty presented at the Spring Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of AATSP

Several of our colleagues presented at the Spring Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of AATSP (The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). The conference took place on April, 25 2015 at the University of La Verne. Prof. Ivette Gómez delivered a paper about "Enseñar literatura del Siglo de Oro en el siglo XXI: el uso de Facebook para actualizar la discusión de textos literarios". Prof. Liana Stepanyan presented on "Teaching Mexican Revolution through photographs". Finally, Prof. Vianey Cabrera, Prof. Lorena Gallego and Prof. Leah Kemp did a collaborative presentation and workshop on "How to Increase Cultural Literacy/Competency in the L2 Classroom". Congratulations and thanks to all of them for sharing such a wonderful work!

Prof. Martin Ocón-Gamarra Receives Award 2015 Professor of Color Recognition Award

Congratulations to Prof. Martin Ocón-Gamarra for receiving 2015 Professor of Color Recognition Award hosted by the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA) and the Academic Culture Assembly (ACA) of USC’s Undergraduate Student Government’s Program Board. He was nominated by his students to be recognized for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the campus.

Prof. Ocón-Gamarra is being described by his nominators as inspirational, passionate and dedicated. They highlighted how he has created active thinkers and leaders by constantly challenging his students to think critically and creatively, being also a role model to other students of color on campus.

We feel honored to have such an accomplished and committed instructor among us. ¡Felicidades, Martin!

Basic Language Program Award Presented to Student

Congratulations to Chase Rosenberg for receiving the USC Spanish and Portuguese Achievement Award for the 2015 Spring Semester. Chase took SPAN 150 and was nominated by his professor Jamie Fudacz upon his excellent performance this semester. Prof. Liana Stepanyan --USC Spanish and Portuguese Achievement Award Coordinator-- and Prof. Andrea Parra --Basic Language Program Interim Director-- presented the award to Chase on April, 30 2015. Chase, who is going to take SPAN 220 in Valencia this summer, stated how much he loves the Spanish and Portuguese Department and how grateful he is to be studying Spanish with us.

Join the Department of Spanish & Portuguese for a talk with professor and author Mar Gómez Glez

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese cordially invite you to a talk with professor Mar Gómez Glez, author of the recently published La edad ganada (Caballo de Troya, 2015). The talk will take place Monday, April 27, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Language Center Assembly Room (THH 309K).

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese sends its farewell wishes to Deborah Olivos Romero.

Deborah has served as a department administrator since 2008, and all the faculty and students feel deeply grateful for all her help during these years.

We would like to congratulate Deborah on her new position as an Office Manager with the Department of Linguistics. We wish her the best both professionally and personally as she moves into her new position. While we will miss the day-to-day interaction with her - she has been an indispensable part of our Department - we know that she will continue to do well and achieve major milestones at USC

Best of luck, Deborah!

Professor Karina Miller (UC, Irvine) will give the lecture "Escrituras Impolíticas: Literatura y política en la América Latina de los años sesenta" this Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Southern California invites you to a lecture by professor Karina Miller (University of California, Irvine) titled "Escrituras Impolíticas: Literatura y política en la América Latina de los años sesenta."  The lecture will take place this Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 309K.

Professor Miller is author of Escrituras Impolíticas. Anti-representaciones de la comunidad en Juan Rodolfo Wilcock, Osvaldo Lamborghini y Virgilio Piñera (Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2015). Currently a Research Associate at the University of California, Irvine, she has articles published and forthcoming in Cuadernos de Literatura, Hispamérica, Revista Iberoamericana, Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism, and A Contracorriente. She has co-edited (with María Cisterna) a special issue of Revista Iberoamericana on the topic of Políticas de los afectos y las emociones en producciones culturales de América Latina (forthcoming).

Screening of the movie "El Norte"

The Spanish & Portuguese Film Club will be presenting the movie "El Norte" (in Spanish with English subtitles) on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 in THH 301. Professor Consuelo Sigüenza-Ortiz will be leading a short discussion at the end of the film. All the USC community is welcome to attend. See trailer here.

SPAN 385 students become political activists and support a community garden!

The students of SPAN 385 with Professor Sarah Portnoy continued this semester establishing strong bonds with the local community.  Among the topics discussed in the class is street food legalization in L.A. In Los Angeles, street food vending is illegal, yet there are 15,000 or more street vendors selling food on the streets of Los Angeles. In food deserts, their presence can be an important source of healthy food. Street vendor Caridad Vásquez visited SPAN 385 to discuss "la lucha", the current legalization effort, and share her street food with the students. A representative of a Boyle Heights non-profit organization LURN also lectured the class about the history of the legalization effort and the current political process. She brought tacos, quesadillas, nopales and huitlacoche and 4 salsas. Delicioso!

Students also visited the Erica Glazer Community Garden in South L.A. There they learned about the importance of community gardens for local Latino residents and did some weeding! 

Prof. José Teruel Benavente to give presentation "Luis Cernuda en Los Ángeles"

The USC Dornsife Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Prof. José Teruel Benavente (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) on "Luis Cernuda en Los Ángeles." The lecture will be on Tuesday, April 7, at 4:00 p.m. in the Taper Hall of Humanities, Room 309-K.

Natalia Pérez to give presentation "The Distant Echoes of Diego Sánchez de Badajoz"

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is happy to present Natalia Pérez, USC Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, who will give the presentation "The Distant Echoes of Diego Sánchez de Badajoz" this Wednesday, April 1, at 2pm in THH 309K.

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.

CSULA and USC are cosponsoring EDICE International Conference in 2016

El Programa EDICE (Estudios sobre el Discurso de la Cortesía en Español), la Universidad Estatal de California en Los Ángeles, la Universidad del Sur de California, la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, el Instituto Cervantes y la Universidad de Estocolmo invitan al VII Coloquio Internacional del Programa EDICE “Identidad, interculturalidad y multiculturalidad en discursos en español. Actividades de imagen y situación comunicativa.” a desarrollarse en Los Ángeles, California (EE. UU.) del 28 de marzo al 1 de abril de 2016. Profesores y estudiantes de USC recibirán un descuento en el precio de la inscripción. Visite nuestro sitio para obtener más información./Visit our website for more information.

Students in the course "The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles" continue writing about their explorations in blog

The students in the course of SPAN 385 "The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles" continue talking about their culinary explorations in the city of Los Angeles in the blog Hispanic Food and Culture in L.A. The blog was created by Professor Sarah Portnoy and receives contributions from the culinary anthropologists registered in her class.

Professor Dianna Niebylski to present lecture “Zamba, 1970’s Pop Hits and Selective Amnesia in Lucrecia Martel’s Films La ciénaga and La mujer sin cabeza”

The Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature welcome Professor Dianna Niebylski (University of Illinois at Chicago) who wil give the presentation “Zamba, 1970’s Pop Hits and Selective Amnesia in Lucrecia Martel’s Films La ciénaga and La mujer sin cabeza” this Thursday, March 12, 2015, 12 – 1 PM at Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 309K. Lunch will be provided.)

Professor Niebylski is Professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In this talk, Profesor Niebylski will look at the largely unstudied use of popular music in Lucrecia Martel’s first and last films La ciénaga and La mujer sin cabeza. Niebylski demonstrates how delving into the cultural and historical circumstances attached to the soundtrack allows spectators to appreciate the themes of selective memory, collective amnesia, class privilege and class prejudice, the socio-economic stagnation and income inequality, which are central for understanding the significance of these films.

 

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.

 


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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