Fall 2015

Wednesdays, 11:30am - Dugout *

Cafecitos (Spanish Conversation Hour) with IES Exchange Student Claudia Quevedo-García. Look for a 'cafecitos' sign at one of the tables.


September 24, 7pm - Beckman Auditorium

The Spanish Club presents the film Sin Nombre (2009 - Focus Features) written and directed by Cary Fukunaga: "Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young Honduran woman, Sayra (Paulina Gaytan), joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en route to the United States. Along the way she crosses paths with a teenaged Mexican gang member, El Casper (Edgar M. Flores), who is maneuvering to outrun his violent past and elude his unforgiving former associates. Together they must rely on faith, trust and street smarts if they are to survive their increasingly perilous journey towards the hope of new lives." http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/focus_features/sinnombre/# This film is part of the International Film Series and the IWU theme "Nation(s) Divided?". 


September 28, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium

Dr. Antonio Sotomayor, assistant professor and librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will give a public lecture in English titled "The Sovereign Colony: Puerto Rico in the Olympic Movement." This event is sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies Tucci Endowment and is also part of IWU's theme "Nation(s) Divided?".

Ceded to the United States under the terms of the Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War of 1898, Puerto Rico has since remained a colonial territory. Despite this subordinated colonial experience, however, Puerto Ricans managed to secure national Olympic representation in the 1930s and in so doing nurtured powerful ideas of nationalism. By examining how the Olympic movement developed in Puerto Rico, Antonio Sotomayor illuminates the profound role sports play in the political and cultural processes of an identity that developed within a political tradition of autonomy rather than traditional political independence. Dr. Sotomayor talk  describes the surprising negotiations that gave rise to Olympic sovereignty in a colonial nation, a unique case in Latin America, and uses Olympic sports as a window to view the broader issues of nation building and identity, hegemony, postcolonialism, international diplomacy, and Latin American–U.S. relations. 


October 1, 7pm - Buck 108*

Come hear about post-graduation opportunities that are available to you as Spanish majors or minors. Dr. Montserrat Mir from Illinois State University will talk about earning an M.A. degree in Spanish and Dr. Isabelli, professor in the IWU Department of Hispanic Studies, will talk about opportunities with Fulbright and the Spanish Ministry of Education.


October 1, 6:30pm - State Farm Hall Rm 002

Dr. Adriana Ponce, professor in the IWU School of Music, will present the film, Pelo Malo. The film follows the life of a 9-year-old boy who is obsessed with straightening his hair, showing how he explores his identity while his actions elicit a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. Dr. Ponce will lead a discussion immediately following the movie. Popcorn and soft drinks will be served. This film is part of the International Film Series and the IWU theme "Nation(s) Divided?". 


October 9th, 4pm - Buck 204*

Dr. Carmela Ferradáns, professor in the IWU Department of Hispanic Studies, will host a discussion, in Spanish, on the Spn 308 Reading Circle book, "Nada" written by Carmen Laforet. Any student that has read the book in Spanish and is able to discuss in Spanish can participate in this reading circle event.


October 29, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium

Dr. Joseph Jordan, associate professor of African/Afro-American Studies at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will present Race, the Black Nation(s), and the Gendering of the Black Aesthetic in the Diaspora. How are ideals of beauty created, transformed, exported and assumed? What role do race and gender play in these dynamics, especially for people living outside of their countries in the American hemisphere?  Can ideals of beauty, gender or race be used to unify and create common grounds for civil and human rights? Using the movie Black Orpheus (1959) to frame his work, Dr. Jordan will examine assumptions, misconceptions and similarities about black beauty in the Diaspora. His presentation, along with the showing of the movie Black Orpheus will be part of the Symposium: Legacies of Africa: Divided Nations and Diasporic Identities, a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort to address the campus annual theme of “Nation(s) Divided?". This event is co-sponsored by the International Studies Program, SALSA, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Hispanic Studies Department.


October 29, 11:30am - Buck 108*

Hispanic Studies major/minor informational meeting. It's advising time! The Hispanic Studies major/minor is very flexible with lots of options, so it's easy to get confused. That with the fact that we've made changes to our curriculum. We will be holding an information session (pizza included) with the updates that we've made and we will also be presenting courses (and professors) that we'll be offering next semester. We hope to see you there! Link to our updated requirements


November 9, 4pm - CLA 105

Dr. Molly Robey, assistant professor in the IWU English Department, will present "God's Handwriting": Biblical Geography and the Invention of Central America at the Religion Department Colloquium. This event is co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies team of the International Studies program. 


November 11, 11-1pm - Dug Out*

Come support Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honorary Society, and buy a bake sale item. The proceeds will provide a scholarship for a child enrolled in the IWU Language School for Kids Spanish language program. 


November 18th, 4pm - Davidson Room*

Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honorary Society, will initiate its new members. The honorary guest will be Sophie Rebert of the McLean County Health Department.


*not eligible for the Spn 102 and Spn 201 extracurricular activity requirement


Spring 2016

January 18, 7pm - Beckman

Dr. Ferradáns will present the film El laberinto del fauno [Pan's Labyrinth] (2006) written and directed by Guillermo del Toro: "In 1944 Spain young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her ailing mother (Ariadna Gil) arrive at the post of her mother's new husband (Sergi López), a sadistic army officer who is trying to quell a guerrilla uprising". This film is part of the International Film Series. In Spanish with English subtitles


January 21, 7pm - Beckman

The Spanish Club presents the film Frontera   (2014, USA) directed by  Michael Berry: "A former Arizona sheriff's wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing into the US is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever". This film is part of the International Film Series and the IWU theme "Nation(s) Divided?". 


February 18, 7pm - Beckman

Dr. Ferradáns will present the film Nostalgia de la luz [Nostalgia for the Light], (2010) written and directed by Patricio Guzmán: "In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet's regime. This film is part of the International Film Series. In Spanish with English subtitles


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