The Spanish Civil War@80

This year marks the 80th anniversary (1936/2016) of the Spanish Civil War.  In addition to ongoing courses in the department, the Berkeley campus is commemorating the war with a series of events (poetry readings, performances, book-talks, library exhibits, etc. Information on upcoming events can be found here.

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.


Borges, Buddhism and Cognitive Science

Last semester (Spring 2016) our Department offered the course “Borges, Buddhism and Cognitive Science”. This interdisciplinary and multicultural course gave the students the opportunity to study Borges’ work from the triple perspective of art, philosophy and science, as well as to explore the connection between the contents of the course and their own lives.  (more…)

Chilean Poet Raul Zurita’s visit

On April 21, Chilean poet Raúl Zurita, accompanied by his translator Anna Deeny Morales, traveled to Berkeley where he gave a public reading from his forthcoming book “Sky Below” (a bilingual edition). (more…)

Brazilian Cinema @ PFA

The PFA is screening a number of films by the extraordinary Brazilian filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho. This is a unique opportunity.  Don’t miss it! (more…)


March 11 – August 2016 in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library. This exhibit, NL || LE, presents a collection of digital works of literature—in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan as well as English—side by side with experimental print materials from the past century. Meant to be read in computers and other digital devices, the electronic stories and poems reveal new ideas about literary and media developments and encourage visitors to interact with the machines. Exhibit cases and tables were designed by students in a Berkeley Center for New Media seminar. Through the use of vintage computer equipment, NL ||  LE also highlights challenges involved in the preservation of electronic literature. For details visit


Adventures in Service Learning – Spanish 102C

Last semester (Fall 2015) the Spanish Department offered for the first time the course Spanish 102C: Volunteering, Global Education and Good Writing, designed to deepen the acquisition of the language and cultures studied in our program. The purpose of this new course is to assist and prepare students for the transition between taking courses and working as professionals. The methodology used to reach these goals was to give students the opportunity to work as volunteers in semi-professional environments–in Oakland International High School and East Bay Sanctuary Covenant–which serve those most in need within the Latino community in Berkeley and Oakland.  (more…)