Founded in the 1960s, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, is widely recognized as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of language, literature and, more broadly, cultural expressions grounded in theorized and broadly socio-historical perspectives.
We offer B.A. degrees in Spanish and in combined Spanish and Portuguese; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Lusophone Literatures & Cultures. Our faculty have strengths in the colonial, postcolonial and globalization triad; feminist, gender and sexuality studies; memory and witnessing; human rights; subaltern studies; law and literature; cultural contacts; and the Hispanic legacies of Hebrew and Arabic traditions. In Linguistics, our strengths are in the study of language in its context(s) with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to language contact, phonology, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and syntax.
This is a theme-based course focusing on the differences in business approaches between Americans and Brazilians. It is designed for English speakers with proficiency in Spanish but with no prior knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese or for students with basic knowledge of Portuguese. Students will develop basic communications skills and cultural knowledge needed to function in a business environment.
Students can take this in place of PORT 3001, however, it will not count for Spanish & Portuguese Majors or Minors. For further information please contact our department advisers at SPAdvise@umn.edu or at 612-624-9348.
Thursday, November 21st
6:00 - 7:00 public lecture by the artist
7:00 - 9:00 public reception with the artist
Free and open to the public
Regis Center for Art
Uruguayan artist Eloisa Ibarra has combined traditional printmaking techniques with digital technologies to explore what she terms "the depletion of language" in contemporary society. The Seed of Babel consists of 20 prints in the etching and engraving mediums, as well as audio recordings accessed through digital QR codes incorporated into the artworks and the gallery.(Continue Reading)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
1210 Heller Hall
Barbara Weissberger, Professor Emerita, will speak on "Queen Isabel on TV: Politics Past and Present," as part of the Center for Medieval Studies 25th Anniversary Colloquium Series.(Continue Reading)
"Imagination is a key concept of cultural studies and theories of nationalism (Benedict Anderson, 1983) and postmodernity (Arjun Appadurai, 1996). However, contemporary scholars of language and linguistics have given little attention to the potential role of imagination in phenomena of language use and, in multilingual settings, language choice. This talk explores the ways in which language is imagined in the postmodern context of Miami, tracing the relationship between imagination and sociolinguistic reality. Evidence from sociolinguistic surveys, perceptual experimentation, and personal interviews is presented, as well as critical textual analyses of news coverage and popular television series set in South Florida."(Continue Reading)