New Summer Course – Spanish for Health Care Professionals

Beginning Spanish for the Medical Professions

 The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is offering a new, beginning Spanish language course for individuals intending to go into health-related areas. It is designed for students with little or no formal background in Spanish. The course is devoted to the study of medical Spanish terminology and the cultural issues related to successful interactions with Spanish-speaking patients and their families in the clinical encounter. It will introduce a wide array of vocabulary particular to the medical field, as well as help the student develop a cultural understanding of medicine and illness in the Spanish-speaking world to prepare for potential work with Spanish-speaking patients in future careers in medicine, nursing, social work, translation/interpretation, or mental health settings.

Check out this and other listings in Spanish at the Summer Sessions Webpage:



BIG GIVE — SEIZE THE MOMENT  MARCh 8th!  The Cal experience is made up of so many moments. Moments of realization. Moments of glory. Moments of truth. A-ha moments and moments you’ll remember for the rest of your days. You can make more Berkeley moments happen during Big Give, our day of online giving March 8, helping us maintain our position as the No. 1 public university in the world as we approach our 150th anniversary. Visit and donate today!

Congratulations Ph.D. in RLL

Congratulations to the following student for completing the Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures this fall semester 2017.

Jenelle Thomas with a dissertation titled “Vous êtes hombre de bien”: A study of bilingual family letters to and from colonial Louisiana, 1748-1867

Congratulations – New Advanced Students

Congratulations are extended to Poema Quesado Valente  and Felix Treviño  for passing the Qualifying Examination in Hispanic Languages and Literatures this semester-fall 2017.



Congratulations to the following students for completing the Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures this fall semester 2017.

Jacqueline Bialostozky with a dissertation titled “Aesthetics of the Surface: Post-1960s Latin America Queer Rewritings of the Baroque”

Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee with a dissertation titled “Alienation in the Andes: Labor and Cultural Disenfranchisement in Colonial Peru, 1570-1640”




Congress Targets Graduate Tuition Waivers

We note with great concern the proposal currently before the US Congress that aims to tax graduate students on tuition remissions.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Nationwide, about 55 percent of all graduate students had adjusted gross incomes of $20,000 or less… and nearly 87 percent reported incomes of $50,000 or less. At the same time, master’s-degree students received tuition waivers averaging nearly $11,000, and doctoral students got waivers averaging more than $13,600.

To raise taxes on this population would dramatically reduce the number of students who can afford higher education, and in the absence of additional funding it would especially disadvantage students who have historically been underrepresented within graduate programs in the US.

We stand firmly with the 30+ national learned societies that have called for opposition to the proposal.

Congratulations, Professor Bergmann!

Congratulations to Prof. Emilie Bergmann, on the publication of her volume (co-edited with Stacy Schlau): The Routledge Research Companion to the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. (more…)

Message from Faculty – DACA

As faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Berkeley, we are saddened and deeply troubled by the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as the Dreamers Act, is scheduled to be suspended.

We echo UC President Janet Napolitano’s call for “Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation that would provide a permanent solution” for Dreamers by charting “a secure path toward citizenship,” and we applaud her commitment to maintaining structures of support for DACA students throughout the UC system.

We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will remain a welcoming place for all students in the months ahead, and we stand firmly with Dreamers, their families, and their friends during these difficult times.