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April 10, 2018

Cinema Francophone: Bienvenue à Marly-Gomon (2016, Rambaldi), April 11th at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a mini-film series, en français! Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m., Willamette 110. All francophiles and cinephiles are welcome!

April 11th: Bienvenue à Marly-Gomon (2016, Rambaldi).

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*All films will be in French with English Subtitles. Questions? Contact Natalie Brenner at

March 6, 2018

Middlebrook on Why Read Don Quijote?

In February, Leah Middlebrook spoke at a panel on Why Read Don Quijote Now? as part of the U.C. Berkeley Designated Emphasis on Renaissance and Early Modern Studies’ series “Why Read…?” Her short talk, titled “Knight + Duenna as a Way of Life,” took a twenty-first century look at the theme of friendship in the novel.

October 25, 2017

2017 RL MA students rejoice post forum performance

On Friday, October 20, 2017, from 12 to 5:30 pm, the RL department got together for the annual MA Fall Forum. This year, we listened to rich and wonderfully varied presentations by eleven second-year MA students who presented their research in a formal conference setting of four sessions chaired by doctoral students, followed by Q&A.

Check below the enclosed program to read the tantalizing abstracts!

Director of Graduate Studies Fabienne Moore and Graduate Coordinator Lena Cottam organized the event, a highlight of the MA program.

Congratulations to Yasmin, Stacey, Linguesh, Kiana, Laurel, Rafa, Miki, Riccardo, Lara, Austin and Peter for stimulating intellectual exchanges that are the foundation of our RL community.

October 18, 2016

MA in French: Bonnie Auguston in Lyon

This year, I was fortunate enough to be selected to spend a term abroad in Lyon, France during my MA studies. In the absence of a doctoral candidate, the Department of Romance Languages supported my application for the Beall Graduate Scholarship and worked closely with me to ensure that I will be able to graduate on schedule. I cannot thank the department enough for this opportunity. The scholarship is designed to support graduate students carrying out professional development activities. As someone pursuing a career in teaching, it has been such a valuable experience to be able to truly immerse myself in French language and culture. Every day I am inspired by something that I want to bring back to my students in the classroom.

Similar to the Graduate Employee positions on UO’s campus, I am working this term as both a student and an employee. As a student, I am taking master-level courses at Université Lumière Lyon 2, which are challenging to say the least. This term I’m studying Renaissance Literature in a course on “Démons et Merveilles” as well as 19th Century Literature in a class entitled “La contre-histoire romantique du theatre.” In lieu of teaching duties this term, I work as the Graduate Assistant for the Centre Oregon, the amazing office that facilitates study abroad programs between a network of partner schools in Lyon, Oregon and St. Louis. My work with Centre Oregon has revealed another facet of professional development wherein I have learned much about the many details that go into planning and organizing a study abroad program.


In August, students from the US arrived in Lyon, nervous and excited. Together with the resident director of the program, Laurie Wilson, and program assistant Rémédios Hernandez, we greeted the students at the Part-Dieu train station and connected them with their host families. The first few weeks were very busy helping the students settle in and navigate the logistics and practical details of day-to-day life in Lyon. I assisted with orientation activities and accompanied the students on several excursions during the first few weeks to better acquaint them with Lyon’s rich history. On a guided tour of L’Institut Lumière, we even reenacted the first film, La Sortie de l’Usine Lumière à Lyon, (pictured below) which took place in 1895 in the 8th arrondissement of Lyon where the Lumière brothers invented cinema. In fact, La Rue du Premier Film is just a few blocks away from my apartment; I walk by it every single day. The triangular glass building in the background of the photo houses the original structure of the factory where the film took place. The vibrancy of the cinema scene in Lyon continues today featuring an annual film festival. This year’s distinguished guests attending the festival were Catherine Deneuve and Quentin Tarantino. Across the street from this historical birthplace of cinema, now a hub for film directors, actors, and connoisseurs from all over the world, I pass by a group of gentlemen playing pétanque daily in the courtyard.


The most interesting excursions were those in which the students (and I) got to meet real people and share a glimpse of their daily life. One such outing was a cooking class hosted by a Lyonnaise woman in her home just outside the city. We made a tian (pictured below), a main dish and, of course, a dessert. This class was not only an opportunity for the students to learn a little about food in the gastronomy capital of France, but it was also secretly a French language lesson. The students were speaking French as they cooked and learning new words and phrases as the instructor asked them to chop the garlic or slice the eggplant. Afterwards they told me they learned so much and it didn’t even feel like class!

The first week in October, we took a day-trip to Beaujolais, a very famous wine region near Lyon, and on a perfect day, we met an extraordinary couple: one a wine maker, one a bread maker. They shared with us both parts of their life. We were given a lesson in wine tasting, a tour of the vineyards (pictured below), a lesson in bread making, and, the best part of the day, we partook in a meal as a group. In true French style, we shared many courses and many hours of conversation. These excursions were just two of the countless incomparable experiences I’ve had here. They were reminders that amidst the amazing historical architecture and the libraries containing centuries upon centuries of ground-breaking literature, the people and relationships are what matter most. Culture is learned in person through experiences.

Though the students are now more acclimated to life in France and settled in with their host families, I continue to provide them with resources and support as needed. I have assisted with tasks ranging from academic advising to finding local dance classes to helping students register to vote. (It has been particularly interesting to be abroad during an election year.)

Additionally, I organize regular cultural outings to foster community among the Centre Oregon students as well as encourage them to make the most of their stay by taking advantage of everything Lyon has to offer. This weekend, I arranged for a group of students and I to attend a play at Théâtre des Célestins directed by James Thiérrée, the grandson of Charlie Chaplin and great grandson of playwright Eugene O’Neil. As a student of literature and the arts, it is unbelievable to be surrounded by so much history at every turn! My experience so far has been invaluable and I know that I will be a better student and teacher of French because of it. I am so grateful to the Department of Romance Languages for giving me this incredible opportunity!


June 12, 2015

First Annual SHL Potluck/Convivio

convivioOn a sunny and warm evening, the 19th of May, at the Many Nations Longhouse, the Spanish Heritage Language Program hosted its First Annual Spring Convivio to celebrate the end of a successful academic year and to honor the graduating seniors who have participated in SHL while completing their undergraduate studies.
Faculty and students enjoyed homemade tostadas prepared by our very own SHL Director, Profesora Claudia Holguin, ensalada de nopales, and tinga de pollo, among other delights, to the sounds of the new Andean Music Ensemble (MUS 410), directed by Professor Juan Eduardo Wolf. After dinner, Profesora Holguín along with Amy Costales, Advisor for the SHL Program, presented graduating seniors with certificates acknowledging their participation in and dedication to SHL UO. The sometimes raucous, sometimes tear-brimmed impromptu acceptance speeches presented by the graduates were a pleasing introduction to the many end of year celebrations marking academic year 2014-2015.
February 26, 2015

Carmen Boullosa speaks on historical novel set in Texas in 1850s

boullosaThe Department of Romance Languages and the Translation Studies Working Group welcomed renowned Mexican writer Carmen Boullosa (novelist, playwright, essayist, poet) to the UO on February 17, 2015. Author of some fifteen novels and numerous plays and other texts, Boullosa visited the UO to present Tejas: La gran ladronería en el lejano norte, just published in English translation under the title Texas, the Great Theft (translated by Samantha Schnee). Boullosa’s bilingual presentation included a discussion of the many threads of research and inspiration that went into the writing of a novel set in Texas in 1859, and a side-by-side reading of a selection of the novel in both Spanish and English. Boullosa’s narrative crisscrosses the border, capturing the spill and flow of gossip and speculation and repetition at full speed. It is also a novel that deals in translations, in the contact between and among languages, a novel written in Spanish that invites the reader to imagine parts that are spoken in English. As the characters hear, mishear, repeat and distort–sometimes deliberately, other times by chance–a key, precipitating phrase (carried back and forth across the border by human voice and carrier pigeon, in various languages, discreet or combined), Texas becomes a novel, in part, about translation, a novel already in translation from its very first moments.

Texas Cover—Carmen Boullosa

February 9, 2015

L.A.-based performers Las cafeteras speak on the power of storytelling

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On the morning of Wednesday February 4th the East L.A. son jarocho band Las Cafeteras took time out from their mostly sold-out West Coast tour to visit the UO and give two back-to-back workshops for our Spanish Heritage Language (SHL) classes.

The workshop, entitled “Sounds of Resistance: From Storytelling to Movement Building” was an interactive session engaging our SHL students and faculty in the power of storytelling as a tool of resistance against power, privilege and silence. The workshop incorporated Las Cafeteras’ own hip-hop infused urban folk brand of son jarocho music as well as spoken word and our own student’s personal testimonials to explore storytelling as a tool of activism and social justice. Many of the Spanish Heritage students in attendance also attended Las Caferas’ performance later that evening at the WOW Hall in downtown Eugene. Here is what students in attendance had to say about the experience:

“This workshop hit home for me. Gracias a [Senior Instructor of Spanish] Heather Quarles (pues, todas las profesoras) y el programa de SHL para esta oportunidad. ‘Until lions write books, history will glorify the hunter.’”– Jennifer Esparza

“Esta experiencia fue muy interesante para mi, porque cuando era niña vivía en east L.A. Por eso, podía relacionarme con su música y mensaje”. –Maddie Gomez

“Gracias a todos que ayudaron a traer a Las Cafeteras a la universidad para hablar. La experiencia fue fenomenal y el concierto también”. –Gabby Gomez

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May 7, 2014

2014 RL Spring Social

The Romance Languages Department will host its annual Spring Social on Thursday, May 22 in the Gerlinger Lounge.  The Spring Social is a celebration of achievements by RL undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.  The 2014-2015 RL scholarship winners will be honored at this event. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

RL Spring Social
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Gerlinger Lounge (2nd Floor of Gerlinger Hall)


Images from 2013 RL Spring


Professors Robert Davis and Andre Djiffack pause for a photo at the 2013 Spring Social

Professors Robert Davis and Andre Djiffack pause for a photo at the 2013 Spring Social

Group shot of the 2013 Spring Social honorees and award winners

Group shot of the 2013 Spring Social honorees and award winners

Student and Teacher, 2013 Spring Social

Student (Jordan Betzer) and Teacher (Geraldine Poizat-Newcomb, 2013 Spring Social

March 31, 2014

Spanish Film Club: Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema

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Pa Negre

Mondays at 7pm April-May 2014 (weeks 2-9)
Global Scholars Hall—Room 117

In collaboration with Latin American Studies, Romance Languages, the Yamada Language Center, Cinema Studies, the Oregon Humanities Center and the Global Scholars Hall.
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March 7, 2014

Special screening of ‘The Great Beauty’- 2014 Academy Award

The UO Italian Program presents a special screening of ‘La Grande Bellezza‘, un film di Paolo Sorrentino.  Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film!

Tuesday March 11th, 2014
Bijou Art Cinemas (492 East 13th Avenue, Downtown Eugene)

The film will be introduced by Sergio Rigoletto, UO professor of Italian/Cinema Studies.


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