Friday, January 30, 2015

INFORMATION SESSION/PIZZA PARTY: Semester Abroad Program at the University of Cádiz, Spain

Do you want to learn Spanish while enjoying a beautiful semester in Spain? 
Now is the time to register for Fall 2015! 

Semester Abroad Program at the University of Cádiz, Spain 

  • Program dates for Fall' 15: Sept. 14-Dec. 18, 2015
  • For EARLY ADMISSIONS, apply before February 15, 2015

Some outstanding features of the program include:

  • Full Room-and-Board Fellowship with a host family for the entire semester.
  • On-site resident director in Cádiz to assist VU students.
  • Classes taught by highly qualified university professors.
  • Classes from Monday through Thursday, to allow students to travel.
  • Classes designed by the Spanish Faculty at VU in conjunction with the Faculty at the University of Cádiz.
  • Courses in virtually any field; flexibility in terms of courses taken (all majors welcome).
  • Impressive location and full immersion in the Spanish culture.
  • Conveniently located in the south of Spain, near Seville and Córdoba, and less than one hour by plane or less than four hours by train from Madrid.

or contact Dr. Julio Villa-García
Coordinator of Study Abroad Programs in Spanish 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lecture by Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández , PhD January 30th!

Join us for a lecture by Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández , PhD (University of South Carolina) titled "Journalists as Detectives: Contemporary Mexican Crime Fiction and the Chronicle Genre in the Context of the Drug War" on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 3:00pm—4:00pm in Mendel G93  - Language Media Center!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Five Spanish Students are 2015 Fulbright Finalists!

We are proud to announce that the following five Spanish students have been selected as 2015 Fulbright Finalists:


Brigid Connolly (Spanish/Cultural Studies major) - Costa Rica

Taylor De La Pena (Spanish/English major) - Argentina

Tiffany Ferrette (Spanish/Philosophy major) - Colombia


Rachel Finkelstein (Hispanic Studies) - Mexico

Gabriel Molina (Hispanic Studies) - South Korea

Congratulations and best of luck to all of you!

New Summer Study Abroad Program in Brazil!

The Department of Romance Languages and Litertures is proud to offer a
new Summer Study Abroad Program in Brazil!

The language and culture program at PUCRS (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul) introduces students to one of the most dynamic universities in Brazil and all of Latin America. Students will stay with Brazilian families in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, where PUCRS is located, and take Portuguese language courses from Brazilian faculty. Coupled with the language courses will be a course on Brazilian Culture taught in English by Villanova faculty and local excursions led by a “gaúcho” guide twice a week to explore Porto Alegre, its culture and history. The 135 acre campus is equipped with modern classrooms, one of the most technologically advanced university libraries in Latin America, a science museum, a large gym facility with multiple floors and sports, an industrial park, restaurants and much more! Regular classes will be in session, and students will be able to meet Brazilians through their homestay and on campus. During a long weekend trip to PUCRS’ forest reserve, Pró-Mata, students will explore environmental issues with PUCRS experts. The summer program will conclude with a 3–4 day academic excursion to Rio de Janeiro.

2015 Dates: May 15–June 25/27 (Return TBD). 
Visit our webpage for more information!

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Last Lecture in the Dante Lecture Series: March 16, 2015 at 4pm!

Thank you to everyone who attended the third Dante lecture yesterday! The fourth and final lecture of the Dante Series, "Dante and the New World Project" by Mary Watt (University of Florida) will take place March 16, 2015 at 4pm in the Speakers' Corner of Falvey Library! We hope you will join us as we bring this wonderful and enlightening series to a close!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"The road to Velázquez (or how to read a 16th Century Spanish painting)" by Dr. Miguel Hermoso Cuesta

As part of the Literature and Arts Forum series, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures presents:"The road to Velázquez (or how to read a 16th Century Spanish painting)" by Dr. Miguel Hermoso Cuesta (Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)). The lecture will take place on February 19, 2015 at 3:00pm in Garey Hall Events Room. The event is ACS approved and is sponsored by the Department of Humanities and the Department of History. We hope you will join us!

The third lecture of Dante Series is TODAY!

The third lecture of the Dante Series is TODAY!

The lecture is titled "Dante's Europe" and will be given by Giuseppe Mazzotta of Yale University. It will take place from 4-6pm in the Villanova Cinema at the Connelly Center.

We look forward to seeing you there!

A lecture by Maria Giulianna Zambrano on “Aesthetics and Politics of the Carceral Space in El Apando”

The Department of
Romance Languages & Literatures

is proud to present a lecture by 
Maria Giulianna Zambrano 
(University of Texas at Austin) 
“Aesthetics and Politics of the Carceral Space 
in El Apando.” 

The lecture will take place on 
Monday, January 26, 2015 
from 11:00am—11:45am 
in Mendel G93 (Language Media Center). 

We hope you will join us!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Où est Charlie? Thursday, January 29 at 5:30 in Speakers' Corner of Falvey Library

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in an open conversation about the recent events in Paris. Following brief remarks by several members of the faculty, the moderated forum will be open to all.

Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
Thursday January 29, 2015
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Lecture by Kim Potowski, PhD on Thursday, February 12, 2015!

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is proud to present a lecture by Kim Potowski, PhD, leading researcher and public speaker from the University of Illinois-Chicago, titled “No Child Left Monolingual: Why languages are of critical importance in the U.S.”

The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4 pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch Classroom (Room 101) in VU Law School.

We hope to see you there!

Spring 2015 Foreign Film Series begins February 4th!

Our Foreign Film Series is back every Wednesday at 7pm in SAC 300 starting February 4th! See our poster below for upcoming screenings! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2-Year Teaching Residency for Outstanding SPANISH Graduating Students through the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers

Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT) is recruiting bright, energetic and committed young people with a major in Spanish as well as any recent Spanish grads for an opportunity to contribute two years of their lives in service to young people in Catholic schools while earning a fully funded master’s degree in education and teacher certification. PACT is a two year service teaching program within the Department of Professional Studies at Providence College. PACT exists to contribute to the renewal and enrichment of Catholic education in New England by providing Catholic elementary and secondary schools with highly qualified professional educators.

Teachers in the PACT program are recent college graduates who:

          a) Graduated with a GPA of 3.00 or better
          b) Serve as full time teachers in Catholic schools in dioceses throughout New England.
          c) Complete most of their course work during two summers of intensive study on the
              Providence College campus
          d) Live together during the school year in small faith-based communities
          e) In addition to teaching, provide service to their schools as coaches, moderators,
              advisors, campus ministers, etc.
          f) Earn a fully funded Master of Education degree

PACT has a record of 100% employment for its graduates each year.
Applicants do NOT need to have studied education courses before applying.
Application information and forms are available at
Interested students should contact the PACT office – 401 865 2657 or or

Friday, January 9, 2015

Italian Table: New Day and Time for Spring 2015!

Happy New Year everyone! 
The first Italian Table of 2015 will be on January 26th from noon-1pm
We hope you will join us!

REMINDER: Third Lecture in the Dante Series January 22nd at 4pm!

Reminder! Next lecture in the Spanish Literature and Arts forum is coming February 12th!


The next lecture in the Spanish Literature and Arts forum is coming February 12th! 

See the list of scheduled lectures in the poster below!

Brazilian Lecture coming April 2015!

Romance Languages & Literatures and Latin American Studies will be co-hosting Dr. Bruno Carvalho from Princeton University on Monday, 4/13 at 4pm.  The title of his lecture is "Parties and Protests: Making Sense of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil".  It will take place in Driscoll Hall 132 & the event is ACS-approved. More information to follow. We hope to see you all there! 

Monday, January 5, 2015


On Sunday, December 21, 2014 the Cultural Pages of Spanish Main Newspaper, El País,  published a list of the ten best Spanish books of the year 2014.  Number 5 is Días de mi vida, the first volume of Vida by Juan Ramón Jiménez, edited by Drs. Mercedes Juliá and Mª Ángeles Sanz Manzano.  To read the article in El Paísclick here! 

Congratulations Dr. Juliá! A well deserved honor!