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Spanish & Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley

Welcome to the web resource of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Our department is a medium-sized one, big enough to offer a wide variety of approaches to teaching and research yet small enough to afford students at both the graduate and undergraduate level personal attention and mentoring. We offer an abundance of opportunities to learn and achieve mastery of the languages and cultures we study, which include Catalan, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Romance Studies and Spanish. Our programs are specially designed for highly motivated students with a passion for other languages, literatures and cultures, for imaginative approaches to these and for careful crossing of traditionally defined geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders.

Several of our faculty are formally involved with or are active in other departments or academic units on campus—for example, Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Film and Media, Gender & Women’s Studies, the Portuguese Studies Program, the Spanish Studies Program, the Catalan and Occitan Studies Program, and the Center for Latin American Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Upcoming Events

News

Encuentros Iberoamericanos en Berkeley: Twenty Years

“Still your Department!”

Those were the words Prof. Michael Iarocci used to welcome over forty former graduate students who gathered in the Department on September 20th-21st, to celebrate the first ‘Encuentros Iberoamericanos Berkeley: Twenty Years”. The two-day conference brought together many academics and professionals currently working in the U.S. and abroad. This was an opportunity to exchange ideas, to think together, to reconnect, to reminiscence and to get reacquainted with colleagues, the Department and their Alma Mater-Berkeley. The Department would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the organizers Rocio Ferreira (class 2002) and Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel (class 1996) for making this event possible.

Click here to view conference program.

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Congratulations, Allen Young!

Congratulations to our former graduate student, Allen Young (Berkeley PhD, 2012), who has been awarded the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Translation prize, for his translation of Losing is What Matters, by Manuel Pérez Subirina. The $10,000 prize is awarded for the best translation of a Spanish-language literary work into English. (more…)

Welcome New Faculty and Graduate Students!

The department is very happy to welcome Nathaniel Wolfson, who joins the department as Assistant Professor of Portuguese.  Professor Wolfson received his PhD from Princeton University, and he comes to Berkeley from a post-doctoral appointment at Harvard University.  His research and teaching focus on modern Brazilian literature and culture. (more…)