News

New Faculty Member, Tom McEnaney

The department is very pleased to welcome Tom McEnaney as new member of the department.  Professor McEnaney comes to us from Cornell University as an advanced Assistant Professor. His research interests include the history of media and technology, Argentine, Cuban, and U.S. literature, sound studies, linguistic anthropology, computational (digital) humanities and new media studies. His new book, Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (FlashPoints at Northwestern University Press, 2017) investigates the co-evolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States. Professor McEnaney will be teaching in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature.

Achy Obejas, Writer-in-Residence for Spring 2017

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to welcome distinguished writer, translator and teacher Achy Obejas as our Writer-in-Residence for Spring 2017. She will be teaching a beginning workshop for translators, which will include critical readings, in-class exercises, peer critique and discussion. (more…)

No Legacy || Literatura electrónica

Prof. Saum-Pascual’s exhibit No Legacy || Literatura electrónica, that was on display at UC Berkeley last year, is opening this week in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts. The show will be open February 23 – May 5. Please click here to visit the CCA event page with more information.

Anabel Hernández joins us as visiting scholar

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is happy to announce that journalist and researcher Anabel Hernández joins us as visiting scholar during the 2016-2017 academic year, as part of the UC Berkeley research group “Mexico and the Rule of Law”, co-directed by Ivonne del Valle and Estelle Tarica. 

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Message from the Department regarding the election

¡Cómo, hermanos humanos,
no deciros que ya no puedo y
ya no puedo con tanto cajón,
tanto minuto, tanta
lagartija y tanta
inversión, tanto lejos y tanta sed de sed!
Señor Ministro de Salud; ¿qué hacer?
!Ah! desgraciadamente, hombres humanos,
hay, hermanos, muchísimo que hacer.

César Vallejo, “Los Nueve Monstruos” (fragment)

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BIG GIVE — BE THE BERKELEY EFFECT –  NOV. 17 

The butterfly effect explains change so from the smallest gift to the biggest, your generosity to Cal holds truly transformative power.
The Berkeley Effect changes the world. During Big Give — our day of online giving — you can be that effect by giving your favorite
Cal schools, colleges, and programs a boost. Together we’ll ensure that Berkeley students and faculty continue to spark transformative
change everywhere, maintaining our position as the No. 1 public university in  the world. Mark your calendars and on Thursday, November 17, visit BigGive.berkeley.edu or the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website to make a donation!

#NiUnaMenos

On October 19th the Department of Spanish & Portuguese held a reading on Sproul Plaza in solidarity with the Women’s Strike in Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia against Femicides.

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Congratulations to Clelia Donovan!

Clelia Donovan, Portuguese Lecturer and Program Coordinator, has been selected as this year’s winner of the Division of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Teaching Award. A reception was held on November 16 in the Durant Atrium to honor her accomplishments.