All-Day Jewish University connects W&M to Community

      The Judaic Studies Program at W&M sponsored an all-day “Jewish University” Sunday, December 7th to a sold-out crowd at the Sadler Center. Four lectures by W&M faculty presented various aspects of Judaic history, lives, and media from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible to the Nazi Genocide and Jews in American Cinema in… Read More

Professor Berel Lang speaks on “Primo Levi as Writer and Thinker”

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Berel Lang, Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Letters at Wesleyan University, is one of the foremost scholars on the representation of the Nazi Genocide of the     European Jews in the world. His books include: Faces and Other Ironies of Writing and Reading (1983); Writing and the Holocaust (1989); Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide (1990); The Anatomy of… Read More

Teaching at a bilingual school in Costa Rica

Kate Wessman ('13) conducts an interview in Cádiz, Spain, during summer of 2014.

Phi Beta Kappa scholar Kate Wessman (HISP ’13) is currently teaching 4th and 5th grade Mathematics, Science, and English at the bilingual Escuela Cristiana El Puente in Quepos, Costa Rica. After graduating with a major in Hispanic Studies, she went on to earn an MA in Elementary Education with endorsements for Spanish (preK-12) and English… Read More

John E. Pence (’12) co-authors study on the history of corporate law in Brazil

John E. Pence ('12) is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese

Currently a J.D. candidate at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Hispanic Studies alumnus John E. Pence (’12) has recently co-authored a study on the history of corporate law practice in Brazil. His research, “Legal Elites and the Shaping of Corporate Law Practice in Brazil: A Historical Study,” is forthcoming (2015) in Law and… Read More

Katie Brown (’13) publishes article on Libro de buen amor

Libro de buen amor (manuscript S; 1343), fol. 2r.
The manuscript has been digitized by the Biblioteca Nacional de España

Hispanic Studies alumna Katie Brown (’13) recently published an article on orality and performativity in the 14th-century Libro de buen amor by Juan Ruiz, Archpriest of Hita.  The article appears in the latest issue of the e-journal eHumanista. Journal of Iberian Studies: “La voz performativa y el voluntarismo en el Libro de buen amor“. eHumanista 28… Read More

Teaching English in Chile

Kristin Giordano (3rd from left to right) with local authorities in Temuco, Chile

Since graduating with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Linguistics, Kristin Giordano (’14) has been teaching English at the Liceo (High School) Pablo Neruda in Temuco, Chile. A Phi Beta Kappa Scholar who worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Hispanic Studies program, Kristin’s deep interest in the way language shapes our lives and… Read More

In Flux: A Conversation on the Art of Translation

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Traduttore, traditore (roughly, ‘translators are traitors’) is a phrase frequently invoked when discussing the art of translation. Why would the act of translating be considered analogous to treason? What lies behind the act of translating? Can we speak of an ‘original’ and a ‘subservient translation’ or ‘copy’? What are some of the challenges a translator… Read More

Farmworker Culture, Social Justice, and Hispanic Studies

Kate Furgurson ('14)

Since graduating in May 2013, Kate Furgurson has been trying to ameliorate the lives of farmworkers in North Carolina.  A double major in Environmental Policy and Hispanic Studies, Kate joined Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) in order to work on helping farmworkers access health care services.  Her proficiency in Spanish (which she uses on a… Read More

The Camino de Santiago and the Forging of Galician Identity

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Since the Middle Ages the Camino de Santiago has been a major goal of pilgrimage in the Christian West, but its role in shaping a distinct Galician identity in our age is still a matter of research.  Thanks to the generous endowment of the Philpott-Pérez Award, professor George Greenia and Hispanic Studies major Ryan T…. Read More

La Plata, Argentina: A Student’s Experience

Comisión Provincial por la Memoria (La Plata, Argentina)

When she was 17, Sarah Caspari (’15) decided she would apply to William & Mary and spend a semester abroad in La Plata, Argentina.  During the fall semester of 2013, Sarah was finally able to realize her dream.  She prepared herself as much as she could taking several classes in Hispanic Studies and Latin American… Read More

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