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  • Spanish Club Film:Juan de los muertos, 10/14/14, 6:00pm in HU 354. 2011 Spanish-Cuban comedy. "A group of slackers face an army of zombies. The Cuban government and media claim the living dead are dissidents revolting against the government." (from IMDB).

  • 9-19-14 - I, THE WORST OF ALL [YO, LA PEOR DE TODAS] Film screening- "Directed by María Luisa Bemberg, Argentina, 1990, 105 minutes, color, Starring Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Héctor Alterio Based on a biography by Nobel laureate Octavio Paz, this film tells the story of the embattled 17th century nun, Sor Juana, who would come to be regarded as the mother of Mexican literature. Screened in conjunction with an appearance by translator Edith Grossman (9-23-14)" in Spanish with English subtitles (from NYS Writiers Institute)7:30 pm, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus.

  • 9/22/14 - “Black Venus: Ventriloquizing the Hottentot” – Presentation by Professor Emeritus Eloise Brière.  She will use the film VENUS NOIRE (2010) by the French filmmaker, Abdellatif Kechiche (of North African origin) and the story his film tells about Saartjies Baartman, the South African ‘Venus,’ as a way of discussing the origin of human zoos in Europe in the early 19th century,  a corollary of the slave trade and colonialism. 1:30 pm at the Emeritus Center, 134 University Administration Bldg, 1215 Western Ave.

  • Edith Grossman, translator of Spanish literature, 9/23/14
    Seminar on translation
    — 4:15 pm, Assembly Hall, Campus Center Reading — 8:00 pm., Assembly Hall, Campus Center
    "Edith Grossman is one of the world’s most celebrated translators of Spanish literature into English. Her newest work is Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2014), a collection of poems by 17th century nun, poet, and feminist, Sister Juana, known to posterity as the “Phoenix of Mexico” and the “Tenth Muse." Co-sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures." (from NYS Writers Institute)
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  • Professor Emeritus Herman Prins Salomon had his book "Queimar Vieira em Estátua" (“Burning Vieira in Effigy”) published 9/11/14 in Portugal by Cátedra de Estudos Sefarditas “Alberto Benveniste”.

  • Diana Aldrete will chair a panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association's 46th Annual Convention in Toronto, Ontario (April 30-May 3, 2015) called Human Rights Narratives in a Globalized Latin America. This panel will examine the relation of narratives of human rights in an increasingly globalized Latin America. For more information or to submit an abstract go to NeMLA. Abstract deadline is 9-30-14.

  • Congratulations to Carmen Serrano (Spn) who was awarded a 2014–2015 Diversity Transformation Fund Award to support a Spanish Heritage Day event this spring.

  • 2015-16 Fulbright US Student Program competition: Program participants pursue graduate or professional study, advanced research or English teaching in elementary and secondary schools or universities. For additional information contact: Jacqueline Quevedo at

  • Carmen Serrano (Spn) presented the paper “Rituals and Virtual Journeys to the Churchyard: Aesthetic Representations of Death in Santa, La amortajada, and Dama de corazones.” at the XX Annual Juan Bruce-Novoa Mexican Studies Conference Irvine, CA (May 2014) . She also presented a paper, “Gallo-Gallina: Gender Performance and the Androgynous Imagination in Elena Poniatowska's Hasta no verte Jesús mío.” at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (April, 2014) and she will chair a panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association's 46th Annual Convention in Toronto, Ontario (April 30-May 3, 2015), called Contemplating the Missing Pieces: The Fragmented and Grotesque Body. Her call for proposals was accepted by NeMLA in the area of Interdisciplinary Humanities with a cross in Comparative Languages & Theory. Professor Serran also chaired a panel and presented a paper, “Crossing Literary Boundaries: New Latina Gothic in Marta Acosta’s Dark Companion (2012) and Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (2006).”, at the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA). Saarbrucken, Germany (June 2014)
  • Congratulations to Professor Cynthia Fox (Fre) who was elected Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate.

  • David Lisenby’s (Spn) interview with Cuba’s renowned playwright Abelardo Estorino was published in the spring 2014 Latin American Theatre Review.

  • Lotfi Sayahi’s (Spn) book Diglossia and Language Contact: Language Variation and Change in North Africa. was recently published by Cambridge University Press.

  • Don’t miss LLC’s variety of language clubs and tables including:  Deutscher Stammtisch, La Pause Café, Tavola Italiana, Russian Learner's Club, La DolceVita, El Club de Español, UAlbany Tango Club.  See this page for meeting times and more information.

  • Complete your Spanish master’s degree in just 1 year! 

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