The Spanish & Portuguese Program believes that the study and appreciation of the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage of the hundreds of millions of Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan speakers in the Americas, Europe and Africa, including the various Latino communities in the United States, has intrinsic value and is central to a comprehensive liberal arts education. Our Lecture Series aims to augment our current program, allowing students the opportunity to network and gain critical information within their field of study. Although the topics of the lectures vary from session to session, their analytical nature guarantees that the access of knowledge remains a constant.
Dr. Pilar Chamorro
Friday, March 7th
Herter 301 @ 3pm
Assistant Professor of Linguistics from University of Georgia, Dr. Chamorro’s research deals with temporal reference and the truth-conditional and pragmatic contribution of temporal, aspectual, and modal expressions across languages. She is also interested in the semantics of plurals. More specifically, her work explores the expression of event plurality in periphrastic constructions in Galician, Portuguese, and the Spanish spoken in Galicia. She examines their relation with verbal pluractionals and similar quantificational expressions cross-linguistically. She is also conducting research on the semantics of perfect constructions in Southern varieties of African American English (AAE). Her talk at UMass is entitled: On the Plurality of Western Iberian Romance Periphrastic Pasts.
Friday, February 21st
Herter 301 @ 4pm
Assistant Professor of Spanish at Middlebury College, Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo specializes in Spanish sociophonetics. He is a native of San Juan Puerto Rico, and earned his PhD in Linguistics at New York University in 2011. In his talk, he will present a sociolinguistic analysis of the voicing variation of /ʒ/: [ʒ~ʃ] in Buenos Aires Spanish (BAS), which has been characterized as a sound change in progress from /ʒ/ > [ʃ]. For more information, please see Dr. Rohena-Madrazo's detailed abstract.
Friday, November 22nd
Herter 301 @ 3pm
Assistant Professor at Boston University, Professor Daniel Erker teaches courses in general linguistics and Spanish linguistics. His research interests include language variation, contact, and change, acoustic and articulatory phonetics, Spanish in the United States, the languages of Latin America, and the evolution of human language. Professor Erker is currently developing the Spanish in Boston Research Project, a community based study which examines how Spanish is spoken in the greater Boston area.
Venezuela hoy: María Figuera
Thursday, November 7th
Herter 601 @ 4pm
Associate Professor at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela and former graduate of the Spanish and Portuguese Program at UMass, María Figuera will present Perspectivismo histórico en la novela venezolana del siglo XXI
Tuesday, November 5th
Spanish poet and scholar Aurora Luque will give the talk "María Rosa de Gálvez, dramaturga ilustrada". Luque is one of the foremost contemporary poets of the Spanish literary scene, and has published important collections of poetry as well as translations and critical essays on Spanish, Greek, and French literature. After her presentation on 18th c. dramatist María Rosa de Gálvez, Aurora Luque will talk informally about her own poetry.
Thursday, October 31st
Herter 301 @ 10
Page Piccinini is a graduate student in Linguistics at the University of California-San Diego. Page's research interests include speech perception, speech production, bilingualism, code-switching, accented speech and language implications on cultural interactions. She has worked extensively on Spanish-English codeswitching and her most recent work deals with L3 speech perception.
Thursday, October 3rd @ 6:30 Herter 301
Professor Marta Segarra, from the Universitat de Barcelona, gave a lecture on women writers from the Maghreb, women who currently live in Catalunya and have published a corpus in Catalan. The title of her talk was Nacionalismo y postcolonialismo: Escritoras catalanas del Magreb.Marta Segarra is the co-founder and director of the Centre Dona i Literatura. Gènere, sexualitats, crítica de la cultura at the Universitat de Barcelona. She is the coordinator of the C´tedra UNESCO Dones, and editor-in-chief of the journal, Expressions maghrbines that publishes new, cutting edge research in French and English on literature and other cultural forms - film, music, etc.- rooted in the Maghreb and its diasporas.
aLmOdóVaR en eVoLuCIóN
Lunes 6 de Mayo 2013 --Du Bois 702
Eduardo Urios-Aparisi from the University of Connecticut, "Ángeles terrenales: el modelo cultural de la gran cadena del sur en Almodóvar
Fran Zurián from the Universidad Complutense de Madrdi, "Los inicios creativos de Pedro Almodóvar"
Lola Juan Moreno, "¿El hábito no hace al monje?: color y vestuario en el cine de Almodóvar"
Gorka Maiztegui Zuazo, "Sangre, sudor y lágrimas: el amor en Almodóvar"
Christina Beaubien, "La normalización de la violencia en la horda primitiva de Almodóvar"
Giseli Tordin, "En los bordes de la ficción y de la ciencia en el cine de Almodóvar"
Alexander Joy, "La autocreación del auteur en el cine de Almodóvar"
Ponencia de clausura:Barabara Zecchi, "La piel de Almodóvar"
Comite Organizador: Barbara Zecchi, Christina Beaubien, Giseli Tordin, Lola Juan Moreno, Gorka Maiztegui Zuazo
Anton Carrera i Liz Castro
Excel·lent participació als actes de Sant Jordi (23 d'abril) a la Universitat de Massachusetts que va cloure l'escriptora i editora resident a molts pocs quilòmetres d'Amherst, Liz Castro, amb la presentació del seu últim llibre What's up with Catalonia? El dia abans i coincidint amb la diada de Sant Jordi el poeta i pintor Anton Carrera va presentar el seu últim llibre de pintures i poemes Enlloc, i va comentar les traduccions que havien fet els estudiants del programa de català del poema número 20 del seu últim poemari.
Revisiting the Spanish Civil War
Co-Sponsored by SpanPort
Sebastiaan Faber (Professor of Hispanic Studies and Chair of Latin American Studies at Oberlin College, Director of the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures, and Chair of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives) came to present his paper "Historians Behaving Badly: The Perpetual Polemics about the Spanish Civil War" and engage discussion about contemporary debates among Spanish historians and intellectuals; how to appropriate, interpret, remember and memorialize the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).
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Luso-Brazilian culture has historically ignored tragedy as a genre, but Brazil's oral and musical traditions provide ideal components for a critical and creative investigation of the problems and potentials of this ancient art form. Popular poetry - performed, chanted, and danced - is still alive in the Brazilian backlands, the sertão. In the barren high plateaus of the Brazilian Northeast, poetry is still chanted and danced: festivities involving the local cattle traditions like Bumba-meu-boi [Bumba my ox] combine the choral processions of Ancient Greece with the medieval carnival dances of the wooden horses; pelejas [spontaneous verbal duels] are still practiced as a living genre of poetic insult: a combat opposing two chanting poets - just like Greek poets or medieval Minstrels; the rural communities of the Northeast still relish the chanted recitations of oral and written narratives, the cordel; and all over Brazil carnival reigns, with its large "body" of dancing and chanting individuals packed together by the moving-chanting-and-musical corpo de baile, the Chorus-line.
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On Tuesday March 5, Spanish Film Director Patricia Ferreira introduced her documentary Señora de... and gave a talk on multilinguism in Spanish cinema. The discussion was coordinated by Jordi Dosaiguas.
On Wednesday March 6, Barbara Zecchi introduced Ferrera's movie Els Nens Salvatges for the MultiCultural Film Festival. The screening of the movie was followed by a A&Q session with the director coordinated by Eva París-Huesca and Jordi Dosaiguas.
An afternoon of Poetry and Sculpture with Márgara Russotto and Román Hernández
Thursday, March 28th: Herter 301
Margara Russotto is a poet and a professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at UMass/Amherst. Román Hernández is a sculptor and a professor of Sculpture at the University of La Laguna, Faculty of Fine Arts, Islas Canarias, Spain
Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype
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In "Latinos Beyond Reel," filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how US news and entertainment media portray -- and do not portray -- Latinos. Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors, and producers, they uncover a pattern of gross misrepresentation and gross under-representation -- a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers and welfare-leeching illegals.
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Dr. Quintero Rivera is currently the Director of the Social Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras which is the most prominent research institution in the social sciences in the country. Since the 1980s the main focus of Quintero Rivera's research has been a historically grounded and theoretically informed analysis of popular culture in the Hispanophone Caribbean and Latin America. In this vein, his book Salsa Sabor y Control: Sociologia de la Musica Tropical, won several awards including best book in Spanish by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Casa de las Americas prize. His most recent book Cuerpo y Cultura: Las Musicas Mulatas y la Subversion del Baile, pursues and developed this line of investigation of Caribbean and Latin American popular culture, developing a theory of cultural production by means of an historical and empirical analysis of dance practices and performances. Professor Angel Quintero Rivera is a prolific and versatile scholar who writes about different domains of cultural creation (music, dance, art, religion), framing his research in historical perspective while developing original theoretical analyses.
November 29, Herter 209
Professor at the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria in Brazil, Lawrence Flores gave a reading of his poems. His book Engano Especular (2012) is the result of an ongoing work on poetry and poetic translation over the past 15 years. His translation of Hamlet is forthcoming by Editora 34, Sâo Pauo. Currenty, he has a Research Grant by the Brazilian government to develop his translation of King Lear.
One-Day Conference on Contemporary Spanish Cinema
The Second International Conference on Spanish film, SPANISH CINEMA TODAY
Opening Remarks Catherine Portuges (Director, Film Studies Program, UMass) Barbara Zecchi (Conference Organizer, UMass)
Cine y Representación Giulia Colaizzi (Univ. Valencia, Harvard University) Cine y Cultura Digital Vicente Luis Mora (Brown University) Cine y Periodismo Concha Gómez (Univ. Carlos III Madrid, UMass Amherst) Cine e Inmigración Domingo Sánchez-Mesa (Univ. Granada, UMass Amherst) Cine y Erotismo Santiago Fouz-Hernández (Univ. Durham, Harvard University)
Film director Mara Cristina Carrillo at UMASS
On Thursday Oct 11 at 2:00 in Herter 301, Film Director María Cristina Carrillo will introduce her documentary _La Churona_ about the controversial efforts of a large community of Ecuadorians in Madrid to get an image of their Virgin La Churona into a Catholich church in Spain.
GYNOCINE: Mujeres, Dones and Cinema
El propósito de este encuentro es establecer un puente entre la teoría fílmica feminista y la práctica cinematográfica de las mujeres españolas, y empezar un nuevo diálogo.
Presentaciones Margarita Alexandre: actriz, directora, productora Mar Coll: directora Inés París: directora, guionista Alicia Luna: guionista Margarita Lobo: Filmoteca Nacional Susan Martin-Márquez: Rutgers University Núria Triana-Toribio: University of Manchester Kathleen Vernon: SUNY at Stony Brook