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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

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.

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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…)