News & Events
New Faculty Member
Patrícia Amaral is a new Assistant Professor of Hispanic linguistics. She received her PhD in 2007 from The Ohio State University and has held positions at Stanford University, the University of Liverpool, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the interfaces between syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with a particular focus on language change in the Ibero-Romance languages. She is also interested in language contact. She recently edited Portuguese/Spanish Interfaces: Diachrony, Synchrony and Contact (with Ana Maria Carvalho, John Benjamins, 2014). She has been the recipient of several awards, like a doctoral fellowship from the Fulbright Commission and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, and research grants from the German DAAD and from the Spencer Foundation. She is currently working on several papers that address the interaction between syntactic change and discourse structure in the history of Spanish.
New Faculty Member
Olimpia E. Rosenthal is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese who specializes in Comparative Colonial and Postcolonial Cultural Studies, Andean literature and visual culture, and Critical Race Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2013, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at IU prior to her current position. During her graduate research, she was the recipient of several awards, including the Louise Foucar Marshall Dissertation Fellowship. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Condemning Mestizaje: Spatial Segregation and the Racialization of Sex in Colonial Latin America,” that traces the relationship between early modern notions of race that developed in the Iberian-Atlantic world (specifically in relation to notions of purity of blood) and systems of colonial racialization that emerged in the Americas in relation to mestizaje. She recently authored “La figura abyecta del mestizo en El primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno,” and her article “As órfãs d'el rei: Racialized Sex and the Politicization of Life in Nóbrega's Letters from Brazil” will appear shortly in ellipsis: Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association. At present, she is also co-organizing a workshop on Comparative Subalternities that will take place at IU’s Gateway Office in India in December.
Graduating Senior Spotlight: Sarah TeKolste
Wells Scholar Sarah TeKolste, a graduating senior with majors in Spanish and Theater, is featured in this exciting video prepared by the Provost's Office about Sarah's fascinating studies and goals.
Two Majors Win Stahr Awards
- Spanish major Christine White (BA '15) and Spanish and Portuguese major Molly Zweig (BA '15) have been selected to receive two of only five 2015 Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Awards for their commitment to academic excellence combined with outstanding accomplishments in student leadership and service to Indiana University Bloomington. Christine and Molly will be presented with their awards at the Senior Awards Dinner on April 12, at the IMU.
Shabani selected as a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow
Amina Shabani, Doctoral Student in the Department of
Spanish and Portuguese, has been selected as a Future Faculty
Teaching Fellow in the Department of Modern Languages,
Literatures and Cultures at Butler University for 2014-15.
Israel Herrera, Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has been elected President of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana Chapter, for the term 2014-2016.
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education. The AATSP encourages, supports and directs programs and research projects involving the exchange of pedagogical and scholarly information.
Through extensive collaboration with educators, professionals, and institutions in other countries, the AATSP contributes to a better and deeper understanding between the United States and the Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking nations of the world.
Among his plans as President of the association, Herrera will work with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana General Assembly to incorporate the Seal of Biliteracy in State School Districts, as well as to create an Indiana Stellar Teacher Award.
Edgar Illas is recipient of "2013 North American Catalan Society Prize for Outstanding Work in Catalan Studies" for his book
Edgar Illas is recipient of "2013 North American Catalan Society Prize for Outstanding Work in Catalan Studies" for his book, Thinking Barcelona: Ideologies of a Global City, published by Liverpool University Press in 2012. The prize, which was awarded at the University of Toronto on May 24, 2013 during the Fourteenth Colloquium of the NACS, recognizes the best contribution to the field of Catalan Studies over the past three years made by scholars affiliated with North American universities.
Kinnally's thesis nominated for ProQuest distinguished dissertation award
- Cara Kinnally's dissertation, "Writing America: Transnational Discourses of Empire, Race and Community Formation in Greater Mexico,” has been chosen as IU’s representative for the 2013 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Cara’s dissertation was chosen from a diverse and highly competitive group, as evidenced by the fact that each university is allowed to make one nomination in this category, Her nomination will be forwarded to a national competition.
Professor Herrera with the elected AEPE president
IUB Lecturer Israel Fernando Herrera has been elected Board Member of the AEPE (European Association of Teachers of Spanish) for 2013-16 and will serve as the US Representative for the organization. Herrera is a Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and regular presenter in the AEPE annual Congress. He presented in the last AEPE congress that took place in Jaca, Aragon (Spain).
The European Association of Teachers of Spanish is a professional organization that was created in 1967 at the International University Menéndez Pelayo of Santander (Spain). It fosters the sharing of ideas related to Spanish-language research and pedagogy, as well as promoting Hispanic culture and language in classroom teaching. Its members are teachers of Spanish working in Europe, Latin America and the USA.
Professor Darlene Sadlier is recipient of the College’s 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
- Darlene J. Sadlier
Sadlier, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, began her career at Indiana University in 1978. She has been director of the Department's Portuguese program for 32 years. Her books cover a wide range of subject matter that includes Lusophone literature, history, film and art.
Professor Kimberly Geeslin receives GSAC Faculty Mentor award.
- Professor Kimberly Geeslin received the 2012 Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Advisory Committee Faculty Mentor Award in recognition of the diligent guidance and extensive support she has provided for graduate students both in and beyond the classroom.
Fafulas wins NSF dissertation enhancement award
- Doctoral student Stephen Fafulas was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to support his dissertation research on second language acquisition under the supervision of Professor Kimberly Geeslin. His project, entitled “First and Second-Language Patterns of Variation: Acquisition and Use of Simple Present and Present Progressive Forms in Spanish and English” will include data from……
The new volume of IU Working Papers in Linguistics is featuring the work of our graduate students in Hispanic Linguistics.
Undergraduate Spanish major and recent IU graduate, Rachel Geissler (BA ’13, Spanish and Anthropology) was awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico for 2013-2014.
- The Spring 2008 issue of the IUF magazine, Matching the Promise, has a story on Donald Riskind, an alumnus that just created a fellowship in Spanish. The article is called “En Español, Por Favor.”
- Graduate student research conference February 27 & 28 - Literature
- Graduate student research conference February 27 & 28 - Linguistics
- Brown Bag Series in Hispanic Linguistics, Fall 2015
- Brown Bag Series in Literature and Culture, Fall 2015
- Working Group on Iberoamerican Imperial Histories, Fall 2014
- Café Hispano
- Portuguese Cafezinho
- Café Catalá
- Grupo de Teatro VIDA
- “Transatlantic Dialogues” Symposium, October 23-24
- Second Public Forum for Reflection, Solidarity, and Action on Ayotzinapa, October 14
- Emeritus Professor Catherine Larson's translation of María de Zayas’s comedy, La traición en la amistad (Friendship Betrayed), was chosen to open the theater season for the WSC Avant Bard company in Washington, DC.
- Symposium on Interlocutor Individual Differences, October 1-2
- Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Friday, September 25th
- Lecture by Professor Emerita of Latin American Literary & Cultural Studies, University of Kansas Vicky Unruh “Intimations of Mortality: The Cemetery in Post-Soviet Cuban Film and Fiction” Wednesday, September 9
- Film series which focuses on the Spanish Civil War, Spring 2015
- 19th-century Portugal and Brazil film series, Spring 2015
- A Symposium in Honor of Prof. Catherine Larson’s Retirement, April 17
- 5th Annual Song Festival, April 10
- Lecture by Dr. Ricardo Andrés Guzmán “Immigration and Mass Incarceration in the U.S.: Law, Capital, and the Criminalization of Surplus Labor” Friday, April 3
- Symposium on Postcolonial Studies, April 3 & 4
- A Conversation on Poetry with Francesc Parcerisas
- Lecture by Dr. Denise Filios “Unbounded Speech: Performance, Manuscripts, and the Libro de buen amor (Book of Good Love)” Friday, March 6
- DIÁLOGOS XII -The Graduate Student Research Conference Feb 28 & March 1
- Lecture by Dr. Ignacio Infante ‘Huidobro's Hazaña:’ Postcolonial Translation and the Avant-Garde Poetics of Mío Cid Campeador (1929)” Friday, January 30
- Lecture by theater director Lucienne Guedes Fahrer "Processo Colaborativo de Criação," Wednesday, December 10
- IU CINEMA - The Documentary films of Natalia Almada, Mon & Tues, October 27 & 28
- Hispanic Poetry reading, Friday, October 24
- Grupo de Teatro VIDA, October 23-25
- Lecture by Dr. Shawn Loewen "Is second language instruction effective? Measuring linguistic knowledge," Monday, October 13
- Lecture by Dr. Carolyn Nadeau "Transcultural Food: What Cervantes' Writing Reveals about New World-Old World Exchanges,” Wednesday, October 8
- Lecture by Dr. Earl Fitz Breaking New Ground: “Inter-American Literature and the Roles of Language and Literature Departments in its Development.” Friday, September 19
- Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Friday, September 12th
- Lecture by Professor Fernão Pessoa Ramos "Cinema Documentário e Cultura Brasileira:
Breve Panorama Históric." Thursday, April 17
- Lecture by Dr. Rena Torres-Cacoullos “Code-switching and cross-linguistic
priming.” Wednesday, April 9
- Lecture by Professor Luís Madureira “Where ‘God is like a Longing’: Theater and Social Vulnerability in Mozambique.” Tuesday, March 4
- Brazilian author João Paulo Cuenca and his English language translator, Elizabeth Lowe, will present a reading from the recent translation of Cuenca's book The Happiest Ending for a Love Story is an Accident. Tuesday, February 25
- Lecture by Dr. Álvaro Enrigue "Magic Journalism. On the New New Latin American Non-Fiction Writing" Monday, November 18
- Lecture by Dr. Nelson Cerqueira "Hermeneutics and Literary Criticism: Reading Jorge Amado" Monday, October 28
- Lecture by Dr. William Viestenz "Monstrous Birth: The Politics of Neighborliness in La pell freda" Friday, October 25
- Sensory Worlds: Iberian Empires and The Other Senses SYMPOSIUM October 4-5
- Lecture by Dr. Gisela Cramer, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Wednesday, October 2nd, 4:00pm
- Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Friday, September 20th
- Lecture by Dr. Rita de Maeseneer, University of Antwerp, Belgium, Monday, September 16th, 4:00pm
- Publishing Workshop by Dr. Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University, Thursday, September 12th, 9:30am
- Lecture by Dr. Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University, Wednesday, September 11th, 3:30pm
- Lecture by Dr. Peter Hulme, University of Essex, Wednesday, September 11th, 4:00
- Working Group on Iberoamerican Imperial Histories, Spring 2013 schedule
- Lecture by Dr. Adrienne Martín, University of California, Davis “Quixotic Animals” Wednesday, April 17th
- Screenings of Night Across The Street directed by Raúl Ruiz (April 5-27)
- IU CINEMA - Fifty Years of Brazilian Cinema: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
- 3rd Annual Spanish and Portuguese Song Festival, Monday April 1 from 5 to 7pm
- 2012-2013 Fulbright Dissertation Fellows. Jaison Castro Silva (Universidade Federal do Ceará), Lorena Santos (Universidade de Brasília) Friday, March 29 - Room change BH 236
- Lecture by Dr. E. Michael Gerli “The Gathering Storm: Pre-Expulsion Converso Apologia in Castile 1391-1492” Thursday, March 21st
- Lecture by Dr. Luis Ortiz “Languages in Contact - Spanish and Haitian Creole: Acquisition of Interface Phenomena among Bilinguals” Friday, March 1st
- Workshop: "Linguistic Variation in Caribbean Spanish" by Dr. Luis Ortiz, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Thursday, February 28th
- Lecture by Professor James Buckwalter-Arias, Hanover College,
"El origenismo ante la literatura mundial" Wednesday, February 27th
- Working Group on Iberoamerican Imperial Histories, Fall 2012 schedule
- Sociocognitive Second Language Acquisition, Dr. Dwight Atkinson
Nov 15, 1:00 pm, IMU Sassafrass Room
- Lecture and Reading by Alexis Levitin
(SUNY- Plattsburgh) 2pm, Monday, Oct. 29th, BH 004
- Lecture by John N. Crossley
Emeritus Professor, Monash University, Australia
Challenging Cultures in the Early Spanish Philippines Friday, October 26
- Hispanic Poetry reading with Professor John Nieto-Phillips, Friday, October 26
- Lecture by Professor Jennifer Smith
Southern Illinois University "The Interplay of Race, Class, and Gender in Emilia Pardo Bazán's Insolación" Friday, October 19
- 60th Anniversary Celebration &
Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni Lecture
Friday, September 21
- Desencuentros Program
- Lecture by João Ubaldo Ribeiro
- Ninth Annual Graduate Student Research Conference
- Special Lilly Library exhibit: The Portuguese-Speaking Diaspora January 13 - April 30, 2012
- Lecture: “Joan Maragall and the Affects of Catalanism” Professor Javier Krauel
University of Colorado, Boulder
Friday, November 18, 2011, 4:30P-6:00P
Dogwood Room, IMU
- MESDA Lecture
- Adriana Lisboa Lecture (Fall 2010)
- Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, 2010
- Pía Barrios Lecture (Spring 2010)
- Sacred and Profane in the Early Modern Hispanic World Symposium
- Conversation with Hèctor López Bofill
- Scholar-in-Residence, Andrew Cohen, University of Minnesota
- Scholar-in-Residence and Annual Catalan Lecture, 2008
- MEM Past Events
- Lecture by Professor Geoffrey Ribbans, Spring 2007
- Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, Fall 2006
- Brown Bag Series in Literature and Culture (Fall 2014)
- Brown Bag Series in Hispanic Linguistics (Fall 2014)
- Brown Bag Series in Spanish Literature and Culture (Fall 2013)
- Brown Bag Series in Spanish Linguistics (Fall 2013)
- Brown Bag series in Literatures in Spanish (Spring 2013)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (Spring 2013)
- Brown Bag series in Literatures in Spanish (Fall 2012)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (Fall 2012)
- Brown Bag series in Literatures in Spanish (Spring 2012)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (Spring 2012)
- Brown Bag series in Literatures in Spanish (Fall 2011)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (Fall 2011)
- Brown Bag series in Literature and Culture (Spring 2011)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (Spring 2011)
- Graduate Student Research Forum (Spring 2011)
- Brown Bag series in Literature and Culture (Fall 2010)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (Fall 2010)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (Spring 2010)
- Brown Bag Series in Literature (Fall 2009)
- Brown Bag Series in Linguistics (Fall 2009)
- Brown Bag Series in Literature (Spring 2009)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (Spring 2009)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (Fall 2008)
- Brown Bag series in Hispanic Linguistics (2007-08)
- Brown Bag series in Literature (2007-08)