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Spanish & Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley

Welcome to the web resource of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Our department is a medium-sized one, big enough to offer a wide variety of approaches to teaching and research yet small enough to afford students at both the graduate and undergraduate level personal attention and mentoring. We offer an abundance of opportunities to learn and achieve mastery of the languages and cultures we study, which include Catalan, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Romance Studies and Spanish. Our programs are specially designed for highly motivated students with a passion for other languages, literatures and cultures, for imaginative approaches to these and for careful crossing of traditionally defined geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders.

Several of our faculty are formally involved with or are active in other departments or academic units on campus—for example, Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Film and Media, Gender & Women’s Studies, the Portuguese Studies Program, the Spanish Studies Program, the Catalan and Occitan Studies Program, and the Center for Latin American Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Upcoming Events

News

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. 

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Message from the Department regarding the election

¡Cómo, hermanos humanos,
no deciros que ya no puedo y
ya no puedo con tanto cajón,
tanto minuto, tanta
lagartija y tanta
inversión, tanto lejos y tanta sed de sed!
Señor Ministro de Salud; ¿qué hacer?
!Ah! desgraciadamente, hombres humanos,
hay, hermanos, muchísimo que hacer.

César Vallejo, “Los Nueve Monstruos” (fragment)

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BIG GIVE — BE THE BERKELEY EFFECT –  NOV. 17 

The butterfly effect explains change so from the smallest gift to the biggest, your generosity to Cal holds truly transformative power.
The Berkeley Effect changes the world. During Big Give — our day of online giving — you can be that effect by giving your favorite
Cal schools, colleges, and programs a boost. Together we’ll ensure that Berkeley students and faculty continue to spark transformative
change everywhere, maintaining our position as the No. 1 public university in  the world. Mark your calendars and on Thursday, November 17, visit BigGive.berkeley.edu or the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website to make a donation!

#NiUnaMenos

On October 19th the Department of Spanish & Portuguese held a reading on Sproul Plaza in solidarity with the Women’s Strike in Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia against Femicides.

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Congratulations to Clelia Donovan!

Clelia Donovan, Portuguese Lecturer and Program Coordinator, has been selected as this year’s winner of the Division of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Teaching Award. A reception was held on November 16 in the Durant Atrium to honor her accomplishments.

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.