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.


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

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