BIG GIVE – MARCH 14, 2019

As you may know, our annual fundraising blitz, Big Give, is quickly approaching, taking place March 14,
2019. This event began in 2014, offering you and the entire Cal community — alumni, parents, students,
faculty, staff, and friends — the opportunity to demonstrate our collective generosity by supporting
Berkeley’s students, research, innovation, and dedication to excellence, all of which amplifies your
contributions through awareness and contest prizes. In 2019, we’ve set a goal to raise 10,000 individual
gifts; if we reach it, our Board of Trustees will donate $100,000 to Berkeley students in need.


Congratulations, Molly Borowitz!

Congratulations to Molly Borowitz, who will begin as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in Fall 2019!  Molly is currently finishing her doctoral work, which focuses on Early Modern and Colonial literature and culture. Her dissertation takes up the question of Early Modern forms of self-representation and their complex relations to institutional power.  (more…)

Professor Saum-Pascual publishes new book!

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Alex Saum-Pascual on publishing her book #Postweb! Crear con la máquina y en la red (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2018)In this new book, Prof. Saum-Pascual explores the role of digital technologies in recent literary experimentation in Spain throughout the last two decades. (more…)

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.


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…)

New Offering – Study and engage with issues of poverty and inequality in Latin America first-hand!

Do you want to get work experience in a Spanish speaking environment? Are you interested in giving back to the community and in developing skills associated with specific sectors (e.g. education, public health, human rights, environmental justice)?

The Global Poverty and Practice (GPP) Minor, in association with the Spanish Department and the UC Education Abroad Program is offering the opportunity to complete the GPP minor with an internship in Mexico or Chile through the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP).


Amelia Barili in the Showcase of Teaching Innovation and Reinvention

Sponsored by the UCB Center for Teaching and Learning, STIR (Showcase of Teaching Innovation and Reinvention) celebrates and highlights excellent teaching in our campus. Distinguished Teaching Award recipients and other innovative faculty from Science and Humanities participate in panels discussing student engagement strategies, large enrollment courses, and classroom and curriculum assessment. Amelia Barili represented our Department with her talk on Teaching 21st Century Competencies Through Authentic Assessment Pedagogy. Her presentation is the 3rd one in this video (17-24):


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: