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Solidarity with the victims of Paris attacks

The Department of Romance Languages expresses its solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Terrorists make us all victims by creating panic and havoc, but our solidarity, resilience, and demonstration of human love in the face of such cruelty will heal the wounds and plant the seeds for a brighter future.

At this time all UO students in France are accounted for and out of harm’s way.



Outbreak / Breakout Graduate Symposium

The Graduate Students at RL have organized their biannual Symposium around the concepts of “Outbreak” and “Breakout”. Please join us November 13th and 14th for a series of panels, talks, and activities that will engage researchers and the community with cultural representations of outbreaks and breakouts in the many societies that speak a Romance Language.

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Wacks publishes book on Sephardic literature

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Double Diaspora in Sephardic Literature: Jewish Cultural Production Before and After 1492. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015.

The year 1492 has long divided the study of Sephardic culture into two distinct periods, before and after the expulsion of Jews from Spain. David A. Wacks examines the works of Sephardic writers from the 13th to the 16th centuries and shows that this literature was shaped by two interwoven experiences of diaspora: first from the Biblical homeland Zion and later from the ancestral hostland, Sefarad. Jewish in Spain and Spanish